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COSS Weekly #46

COSS Weekly, Issue #46: September 12th, 2021

Here's the forty-sixth 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 $335.5M in funding for Snyk, Supabase, and Seqera Labs, acquisitions from Digital Ocean and Acquia, and updates from some of the most exciting COSS companies in the world!


💰 COSS Funding: $335.5M

  • Seqera Labs, building better data pipelines to find insights from unstructured information across silos (incl. for COVID 19), announced their $5.5M Seed led by Talis Capital and Speedinvest. Link

  • Snyk, building the most trusted developer security platform, announced their $300M Series F co-led by Sands Capital Ventures and Tiger Global. Link

  • Supabase, creating backend-as-a-service database tools, announced their $30M Series A led by Coatue. Link

📚 COSS Content

  • Matt Asay: "'Developers may contribute for the sheer love of code; companies don't. Ever.' By ⁦@mjasay for ⁦ @InfoWorld" Link

  • Kazuki Ohta: "Exactly 10 years ago (2011.09.06), @TreasureData got the first office in Los Altos with 3 of us (@frsyuki, @YoshikawaHiro, me). We went to IKEA to buy some furnitures, and Fry's to buy used WiFi router to save the $. Cannot believe we have now 500 colleagues. Good old memories." Link

  • Open source can boost EU economy and digital autonomy by Paul Sawers. Link

  • GitHub merges 'useless garbage' says Linus Torvalds as new NTFS support added to Linux kernel 5.15 by Tim Anderson*.* Link

  • Cheryl Hung: "Today is my first day as engineering manager at @Apple ! I'm thrilled to join @arungupta @ParisInBmore @JamesMunnelly @jenniferfraser @Lemonjet @mabb0tt among many others to bring the best of K8s and open source infra to Apple." Link

  • Gamestonk Terminal: "Ending the week on a high with another great contributor feature now added. Excel Discounted Cash Flow now on the terminal." Link

  • DEV Community: "Forem[dot]dev is a community dedicated to discussing & improving @forem --- the open source software behind #DEVCommunity. Join for resources & conversations that can help you get more involved with DEV --- and even help you self-host your own #Forem." Link

  • peer_rich: "i like web3.0 but have serious doubts on how to run non-financial apps like email, basic texts without fees. people are price sensitive and were pissed off when whatsapp charged $1 a year even if tx fees go down to cents, it would still not be free." Link

  • Jono Bacon: "Are you involved in or running an open source project? Well, I put together a video with 5 common mistakes I see, all of which are completely avoidable. Here I dig into licensing, code review, onboarding and much more. #opensource #github Check it out." Link

  • Juan Linietsky: "Another fact of the MIT license is the 'no warranty' clause, written in uppercase. It means the authors bear no responsibility about anything the software may be used for. If Godot is used for military projects, gambling or even illegal activities, we have nothing to do with it." Link

  • JJ: "Open source (OS) is not a warm and fuzzy, abstract thing. Importantly, OS was designed and carefully invented by very smart people (RMS, Raymond/Perens, Peterson)...and carries a precise meaning. Definitionally, OS refers explicitly (and only) to a kind of technology." (View Thread) Link

  • JJ: "Web2 could not exist without open source. Web3 cannot exist without open source." Link

  • JJ: "None of these replacement concepts could even exist without open source as the core, fundamental enabler." Link

  • peer_rich: "State of Open Source. 2019: self-hosted or hosted by us. 2022: self-hosted, hosted by us or hosted by everyone." Link

  • Scott Carey: "Want to know what went wrong @Docker in the lead up to the big split of 2019? I spoke to @solomonstre, dozens of early employees, customers, rivals and analysts to get the full story." Link

  • Creative Commons: "In 2018, OSS contributed between €65 and €95 billion to the EU's economy. Yesterday, the @EU_Commission published a study conducted by @OpenForumEurope that analyses the economic impact of #OpenSource on the European economy. Read the study." Link

  • gf_256: "what using open source software in 2021 feels like." Link

  • Jordan Novet: "'MongoDB was worth just $1.2 billion at the time of its IPO in 2017. It's now the only publicly traded open-source company valued at $30 billion or more.' from @levynews last week." Link

  • Gamestonk Terminal: "We've now added a completely new menu to the terminal. Check out our Dark Pool Shorts menu - now live." Link

  • Raluca Ada Popa: "About the UC Berkeley CS lab culture (such as RISELab @ucbrise) that has become the incubator for red-hot enterprise startups @Databricks, @OpaqueSys, @SiFive, and @AnyscaleCompute." Link

  • Eduardo Silva: "Interesting,@fluentbit reached 3k github stars (maybe not an useful metric)... but this 2021 we will reach 500 Million deployments just on container-based ecosystems :O" Link

  • ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast from website after French climate activist reportedly arrested by Gareth Corfield. Link

  • Timothy Chen: "This is the first non-infra open source project we talked to, and it's fascinating to see how a open source version or calendly taking off and being a startup on its own. Tune in to listen to @amanda_robs and I talk to @peer_rich about how @calendso is building the future." Link

  • JJ: "Bottoms up transformation is not just happening in software (open source / developer driven communities)... It is also happening in finance (developer traders)." Link

  • Dennis Marttinen: "The announcement blog post for Racklet, an open source data center scale model, just went live! This is the latest project I've been working on over the summer together with @kubernetesonarm and some other amazing folks. Check it out at" Link

  • valoisworld: "TAKE NOTES #NFTDROPS." Link

  • Bart_Mol: "Recap: I paid for my $5 Big Mac, using my @getumbrel node that is 9.500 km away, connecting with @ZeusLN, paying 6 sats transaction fee. 6 sats. $0,003. Let that sink in. Like @jackmallers always says: 'You can't compete with open source' Your turn @Mastercard & @Visa." Link

  • JJ: "Vitalik is 27. In 2015, he founded Ethereum, an open source project with a built in currency, now worth > $400 BILLION. BEHOLD... this is the future of COSS." Link

  • Armon Dadgar: "Sharing a brief update on Terraform and community contributions, given some recent noise. TL;DR: Terraform is continuing to grow rapidly, we are scaling the team, and we welcome contributions. Also we are hiring!" Link

  • ^ JJ's response: "Thank you for sharing this! I actually think it's a great practice to suspend acceptance of "external" code contributions (freezes, stability, curation).. many excellent reasons. Doing so does not make a project any "less" open source." Link

  • Calendso: "We are just 7 days away from our launch event!." Link

  • Jamie Kyle: "I could not be more excited for the work that we're doing on @rometools It's not just a faster version of previous generation tools, the new architecture we're exploring will be capable of things that were impossible before Want to help?." Link

  • Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: "Open-source software starts with developers, but there are other important contributors, too. Who exactly? Good question via

    @theregister & @sjvn It's not easy to measure the value of those who contribute to #opensource, but it's worth the effort." Link

  • JJ: "Border-less -Sanction-less -Currency-less -Permission-less -Censorship-less -Discrimination-less ... only one thing in existence can fundamentally provide all of these properties, in parallel." Link

  • Forem: "Welcome to the #Forem fam, @1vibe." Link

  • Rosalie Chan: "I spoke with @DerekZanutto from @CapitalG and @asynchio from @OSSCapital on the 2 reasons why $38 billion @databricks has become so wildly successful. Here's what they had to say: via @businessinsider." Link

  • JJ: "To all developers: Here is a simple path to great riches and impact: Simply, be the @Apple of your open source." Link

  • Kazuki Ohta: "@TreasureData is hiring 100+ positions globally (Remote, US, Japan, Canada, UK, Germany, India, etc). Come and join this rocket ship to accelerate world's customer centricity in the digital era! >" Link

  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service is so flexible it wants to be called by a new name. Meet Amazon OpenSearch Service, more or less the same code, without the trademark infringement by Thomas Claburn. Link

💸 COSS Liquidity (M&A + IPOs)

📊 $COSS - Public Markets

  • $COSS markets up 0.54% last week

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

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