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COSS Weekly #43

COSS Weekly, Issue #43: August 22nd, 2021

Here's the forty-third issue of COSS Weekly, the global commercial open source (COSS) company category newsletter, brought to you every Sunday afternoon (Pacific Time) by the team at OSS Capital, creators and stewards of COSS Community and Open Core Summit.

We deliver only the most fresh 😋 news from the previous week in COSS across: Funding, Content, Liquidity and $COSS (Public Markets).

This last week saw $454.4M in funding for Postman, Apollo, Preset, Teleport, Metabase, and Webiny, and discussions on NFTs and COSS from across the space.


💰 COSS Funding: $454.4M

  • Apollo, creating a programmatic approach to labeling and managing the data at the heart of AI development, announced their $130M Series D at +$1.5B valuation led by Insight Partners. Link

  • Preset, announced their $35.9M Series B led by Redpoint Ventures. Link

  • Postman, the preferred API platform for developers, announced their $225M Series D at $5.6 billion valuation led by Insight Partners. Link

  • Webiny, creating a serverless application framework, announced their $3.5M Seed led by Microsoft's venture arm M12. Link

  • Teleport, a leader in remote infrastructure access, announced their $30M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins. Link

  • Metabase, providing open-source tools that make it easy to interact with datasets, announced their $30M Series B led by Insight Partners. Link

📚 COSS Content

  • Deepak Prabhakara: "I am thrilled to announce my new venture @boxyhq ( and extremely excited to team up with @caloique on this journey. Read our blog to find out what BoxyHQ does and why we decided to take the plunge into solving this problem -" Link

  • Matt Mullenweg: "Some belated news and some timely news, on the latest with @automattic." Link

  • MoonShotWoki: "The metaverse will be open source, and Mark Zuckerberg will own as much of it as you or I." Link

  • JJ: "New communities are sprouting constantly, but they need open, transparent and user empowering spaces ... Chat -> @discord, @RocketChat, @Mattermost, @element_hq, etc. Content versioning -> @github,@gitlab, @Wikipedia, @IPFS, etc. Social graph/network -> @Forem" Link

  • JJ: "In only 850~ code commits, @calendso is at 6,000~ stars. THE FUTURE OF TIME IS OPEN SOURCE!" Link

  • JJ: "All COSS founders should learn from @patrickdevivo and his awesome work @askgitdev" Link

  • Eric Newcomer: "Databricks is in talks to raise at a valuation somewhere between $35 billion and $40 billion, sources told me." Link

  • Tracy Miranda: "Unpopular opinion: there aren't enough open source foundations. We could do with many, many, many more helping sustain projects and grow communities." Link

  • Ed Sim: "Hot off the press: 'What's 🔥 in Enterprise IT/VC Issue #250', PLG + Dev First Rule, breaking down the Top 20" Link

  • Iheanyi Ekechukwu: "Not only do I love working at PlanetScale and hacking on our product, but I also really enjoy using our product every single day. Wrote more about how we use PlanetScale to build PlanetScale. If it's not good enough for us, it's not good enough for you." Link

  • ParallelNFT: 📈 Link

  • Sourcegraph: "We're indexing every open source repo with > 1 star on GitHub and GitLab to bring code search to the open source universe." Link

  • ^ JJ's response: "Obviously great ideas require unobviously great execution.... AWESOME to finally see this." Link

  • Setting new expectations for open source maintainers by Luis Villa ( Link

  • Corey Quinn: "Holy hell @awscloud, I was kidding you jackholes!" Link

  • JJ: "To all my COSS homies who are afraid I've abandoned you for NFT land: Fear not! NFTs are actually fundamentally COSS --- they would not exist without this cool open source project known as Ethereum (LGPL 2.0 licensed, written in Go). Why do I LOVE NTFs? A thread..." Link

  • FOSSA: "Everything you need to know about the LGPL open source software license, including its relationship to #GPL and key differences between LGPL v2.1 and v3 #OSS." Link

  • Umbrel: "Umbrel 0.4.1 is now out with @lightning LND v0.13.1, latest versions of @mempool, @SpecterWallet, @BtcpayServer, @SamouraiWallet Server (Dojo + Whirlpool) in the Umbrel App Store, performance upgrades, bug fixes, and more. Simply login to your Umbrel to update!" Link

  • The Jiho: "Capitalism and Socialism are now loaded terms that rile people up too much for productive discussion. I think the Crypto-economy is actually a moderate middle road with positive elements from both sides of the political spectrum and a blend of Eastern and Western thinking." Link

  • JJ: "IMO, open core as a company building approach is a positive term relative to the open source core, not a negative one. I've always believed that the open source core (vs. the closed "crust") is most valuable to non-customers, not least valuable; inverse methods are anti-patterns." Link

  • Christopher L: "I disagree with that definition. Open Core is ONLY successful if the open source is viable and usable by a large % of users. The value add is in delivering services that something like large enterprises would like, but are unable or unwilling to develop on their own." Link

  • The Jiho: "Community members that dedicate their lives to learning everything about a single project will always have project-specific alpha over professional investors that need to learn about many projects. This is a feature not a bug." Link

  • Ed Sim: "Hot off the press: 'What's 🔥 in Enterprise IT/VC Issue #210', APIs + developer tools for the win, Postman and Apollo at at combined $7.1B of value, Postman's dev first flywheel." Link

  • Remix: "It's 5pm on Friday. In other words, it's a great time to release new software! React Router v6.0.0-beta.2, hot off the press. npm install react-router@next react-router-dom@next" Link

💸 COSS Liquidity (M&A + IPOs)

  • No M&A events occurred last week

📊 $COSS - Public Markets

  • $COSS markets up 1.03% last week

  • Latest $COSS markets snapshot below as of market close last Friday courtesy of Koyfin.

Koyfin Market Data

This issue of COSS Weekly is brought to you by Mayfield Fund

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