COSS Weekly, Issue #21: March 21th, 2021
Welcome to the twenty-first issue of COSS Weekly, the global Commercial Open-Source ecosystem newsletter brought to you every week by Joseph Jacks and the team at COSS.Community, OSS Capital and Open Core Summit.
Each week, we neatly summarize the latest happenings in COSS, often including objective commentary across primarily the following areas: Funding, Content, Liquidity, Data, Markets.
💰 COSS Funding
TerminusDB, maker of an open-source collaboration platform for working with large and complex data, announces $4.3M seed led by Volta Ventures. Link
LottieFiles, a platform for the Lottie animation file format, announces $9M Series A led by M12 (Microsoft's venture fund). Link
Docker announces $23M Series B led by Tribe Capital. Link
Rumble, provider of a network/asset discovery platform to reduce attack surfaces and respond to incidents, announces $5M funding round led by Decibel Partners. Link
OctoML, maker of a machine-learning acceleration platform built on Apache TVM, announces $28M Series B led by Addition. Link
Oso, maker of a "batteries-included "authorization tool, announces $8.2M Series A led by Sequoia. Link
Saleor, maker of an open-source, graphQL headless e-commerce platform, announces $2.5M seed led by Cherry Ventures. Link
📚 COSS Content
Great interview with a great human: Tobi Lutke, creator of Shopify. Includes a key mention of Tobi's open source roots with payment gateway API abstraction "Active Merchant," still maintained today. Link
Jason Lemkin: MongoDB is perhaps the great "commercial" open source success story of all. It's now at $700M ARR, growing almost 40% a year! Stunning! 55m downloaded its core software for >free< last year. 5 interesting learnings (thread continues). Link
How HashiCorp Works: A website dedicated to making our implicit practices explicit. Link
What did Sun's Open Source Program Office (OSPO) do? (A micro-history) by Simon Phipps. Link
Wikipedia introduces the Wikimedia Enterprise API, an opt-in product for commercial entities. (See: Wikimedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up by Noam Cohen) Link
Docker CEO talks pivot progress, product-led strategy, and coders as 'kingmakers' by Chris O'Brien. Link
JJ: Happy St. Patrick's Day to all, in particular to my COSS friends in Ireland: NearForm, Roadie, TerminusDB, ToganLabs. Link
Software Company Ontology by JJ. Link
Thinkst Canary: We bootstrapped to $11 million in ARR. This is pretty unusual, so we wrote down some thoughts on it. Link
Harness embraces open source and pledges to support community 'like an enterprise customer' by Paul Sawers. Link
JJ: Latest public COSS category performance as of 3/18/21. This basket has increased in value by 1400%+ over the last year and is worth > $55B in aggregate. Link
What's up with these new not-open source licenses? by Justin Colannino Link
Sia: We're updating our source code license! Skynet and its third-party devs are united in our commitment to writing software that empowers freedom. Now, this new license enables developers to sustainably fund that development. See the Skynet License. Link
The OSS Startup Podcast Episode 3: Creating one of the world's most popular open source databases, MongoDB, with Max Schireson (early CEO of MongoDB). Link
Entreprenerd: Did you know that free and open source developers in Belgium are considered being self-employed by default? The consequence is that FOSS developers have to pay social security contributions for the work they do on their project, even if they don't make any money. Link
Inside Open Source #2 by David Meiborg. Link
The General Data Protection Regulation and Open Source Software Communities - How GDPR Affects Open Source Communities by Amye Scavarda Perrin. Link
GitLab floats a new company over the Great Firewall of China by Richard Speed. Link
JJ responds to comments from Martin Casado around the "diminishing relevance" of open-source. Link
Jason Warner (CTO of GitHub): I love this...turning into the curve to find their groove for sure. Amazon gonna Amazon & this approach cements their audience/buyer. Perhaps open source companies can approach it similarly with AWS. Not gonna stop AWS no matter what your license. Instead, play a diff game. Link
💸 COSS Liquidity
Instaclustr, helping run reliable open-source applications at scale, announces acquisition of credativ — expanding ts breadth of open-source infrastructure expertise and geographical footprint. Link
📊 COSS Markets
|Ticker||Name||Market Cap||Total Revenues/CAGR (1Y TTM)||Total Revenues (LTM)||Last Price||Total Return (1Y)||1-Day %|
|QTCOM||Qt Group Oyj||$2.33B||44.45%||$72.54M||87.80||433.74%||5.28%|
|PRGS||Progress Software Corporation||$1.94B||6.98%||$442.15M||43.86||49.91%||1.83%|
Data from Koyfin
📈 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.
- 🏦 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.
- 🌩️ 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.