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COSS Weekly Issue #12

COSS Weekly, Issue #12: January 17th, 2021

Welcome to the twelfth issue of the COSS Weekly, the global Commercial Open-Source ecosystem newsletter brought to you every Sunday by Joseph Jacks and team at COSS.Community, OSS Capital and the organizers of Open Core Summit.

Each week, we neatly summarize the latest happenings in COSS, often including objective commentary across primarily the following four areas: Funding, Content, Liquidity, Data.

💰 COSS Funding

In 2020, 12 COSS companies each raised $50M+: Sourcegraph, SiFive, Sysdig, Dremio, Plume, CockroachDB, ForgeRock, Redis Labs, Couchbase, HashiCorp, Confluent, PingCAP. Link

Cockroach Labs, building cloud database management software, announces $160M Series E (at $2.16B valuation) led by Altimeter Capital. Link, creating dev tools for production-ready containers, announces $6.6M seed led by Boldstart Ventures, Decibel Ventures, and FXP Ventures. Link

Molecula, building an enterprise feature store for machine-scale analytics and AI, announces $17.6M Series A led by Drive Capital. Link

Stacklet, developing a cloud governance platform based on Cloud Custodian, announces $18M Series A led by Addition. Link

Openbase, building a platform to help developers and organizations choose the right software package every time, raises $3.6M seed led by Zeev Ventures. Link

Vue Storefront, developing a leading cloud-native open-source storefront, raises $1.5M seed led by SMOK Ventures and Movens VC. Link

📚 COSS Content

Openly Operated creates certification for apps and services that operate with full transparency. Link

Understanding COSS Market Dynamics by Joseph Jacks. Link

The accidental open-sourcing of Linksys, one of the world's most popular routers. Link

Conversation between William Falcon (GridAI, PyTorch Lightning) and Sarah Cannon (Index Ventures) on launching AI startups. Link

Discussion of open-source software turning into non-compete software and the BSL license. Link

4 open source lessons for 2021 by Sarah Novotny (Open-Source Lead, Azure). Link

Thoughts on Elastic replacing Apache 2.0 license to SSPL. Link

Harry Stebbings (Stride VC, 20VC Fund) speaks with Ali Ghodsi (CEO of Databricks) on The Twenty Minute VC. Link

GitLab weighing options for going public after employee share sale, which valued company at $6B. Link

What can industry founders learn from 4 "Tech -> Company -> Category" stories? Link

More new projects and services are prioritizing at the level of Twitter and FaceBook. Link

Julia Schottenstein (tech investor at NEA) shares VC analysis of GitHub metrics. Link

📈 COSS Data

  • 🌐 YC COSS: For the first time ever in 2020, 15~ COSS startups have gone through YC in a single year representing 30%+ of the total (50~ since 2006). Our YC COSS dataset tracks and provides granular data on the growing but still small COSS YC alumni.
  • đŸĻ COSS PE Funding: This dataset tracks the latest funding events for all stages of COSS companies, mostly in private markets, for 2020-2021+
  • 📊 COSS Index: The well-known COSSI sheet for the exclusive $100M+ revenue club of COSS companies. New data points and growth happening weekly.
  • 🌩ī¸ AWS COSS: List of COSS services on AWS. Continuously evolving. We plan to offer similar datasets for Azure, GCP, and other major clouds.
  • 📈 COSS IPO: Analysis of every COSS IPO since 1999.

COSS Weekly is brought to you via COSS.Community, produced by OSS Capital (the first and only COSS-dedicated early-stage investor platform for COSS founders)

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