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COSS Weekly #44

COSS Weekly, Issue #44: August 29th, 2021

Here's the forty-fourth 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 $256.2M in funding for Grafana Labs, Discourse,, and Fig, plus two acquisitions from Elastic and an upcoming IPO from ForgeRock!


💰 COSS Funding: $90.8M

  • Grafana Labs, building open and composable operational dashboards for visualizing data and improving monitoring, announced their $220M Series C led by Sequoia Capital and Coatue. Link

  •, building an extreme performance parallel-compute platform for data pipelines, announced their $14M Series A led by Dell Technologies Capital. Link

  • Fig, adding VSCode-style autocomplete to your existing terminal, the preferred API platform for developers, announced their $2.2M Seed led by General Catalyst. Link

  • Discourse, providing open forum hosting tools for civilized discussion, announces their $20M Series A led by Pace Capital. Link

📚 COSS Content

  • JJ: "WebAssembly should be a default binary target powered by @wasmerio // @ThePracticalDev @bendhalpern @taybenlor." Link

  • JJ: "Based on three mathematical variables (age, growth rate + total current volume time series), there is a > 95% statistical probability that @ParallelNFT ranks in top 5 all-time top-performing assets on @opensea (or anywhere, for that matter) before end September 2021 = > 80K ETH." Link

  • @tecmint: "#Linux turns 30 today. Happy birthday Linux here is your f-ing cake, go ahead and compile it yourself..." Link

  • JJ: "PREDICTION: By 2025, more than 5 COSS database companies valued at greater than $35 Billion each will exist. CANDIDATES: @Redisinc @CockroachDB @InfluxDB @couchbase @MongoDB @neo4j @DataStax." Link

  • Prime Venture Partners: "New podcast episode! @Viral_B_Shah Co-founder & CEO @JuliaComputing talks about Open Source Business Model, How@JuliaLanguage gives Superpowers to Programmers & the Future of Software Engineering @shripati Acharya #startups #AI #ML." Link

  • JJ: "Continuing its hyperbolic curve of world domination, @NocoDB today reached 17,000+ stars, further establishing itself as the fastest growing open source application project in 2021." Link

  • Matt Asay: "For the past few years, I've been fortunate to work at AWS. Today, however, is my last day there. Very bittersweet for me. Amazon is a demanding, great place, filled with talented, driven people. I will deeply miss both the company and its people." Link

  • Jeff Amico: "Over the last year @a16z has delegated the majority of our governance rights in protocols like @Uniswap @Compoundfinance to a network of nonprofits, startups, university orgs & more. Today were excited to share the details of this program & open source all of its component parts." Link

  • Benedict Evans: "So many parallels between crypto and open source." Link

💸 COSS Liquidity (M&A + IPOs)

  • JJ: "Latest COSS IPO S-1 filing = @ForgeRock." Link

  • Elastic acquires (provider of security policy management solutions). Link

  • Elastic acquires security vendor CMD. Link

  • Jamin Ball: "Elastic never gets the premium valuation, but always impresses - $193M rev (+50% YoY) vs $172M consensus (12% beat) - $194M next Q guidance vs $189M consensus (3% raise) - ~130% net retention - 26 months GM adj. CAC payback - 74% GM - 6% FCF Margin". Link

📊 $COSS - Public Markets

  • $COSS markets up 7.96% 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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