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OCS 2020 Breakout: Jose Manrique Lopez, CEO of Bitergia

Jose Manrique Lopez is the CEO and shareholder in Bitergia and a free, libre, open source software development community. He is a graduate Industrial Engineer with research and development experience from the Technological Center for Computer Science and Communications of the Principality of Asturias (CTIC), W3C working groups, Ándago Engineering, and Continua Health Alliance. Former executive director of the Spanish Open Source Enterprises Association (ASOLIF), and expert consultant for the Spanish National Open Source Reference Center (CENATIC). Involved in several communities related to free, libre, open source software he is currently active in GrimoireLab and CHAOSS(Community Health Analytics for Open Source Software). He has been recognized as an AWS Data Hero and GitLab Community Hero.You can reach him on Twitter as @jsmanrique, and when he is not online he loves to spend time with his family and surfing.

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Learn about the responsibilities and benefits of having an Open Source Program Office (OSPO) in your organization.

Introduction - 0:00

Commercial Open Source Software Company Index (45-50 companies that generate more than $18b of revenue per year and have about 70k employees) - 0:46

How much these companies depend on the maintainers? (Manrique shares some data (obtained with - there are around 4k active maintainers per month. Compare this to 70k employees! How does the activity of top 50 maintainers look?) - 2:00

People are the limited resources in OSS ecosystems - 5:18

Organizations and their OSS ecosystem (Three levels of companies existing inside the OSS ecosystem: consuming, releasing and actively contributing to third party open source projects. ) - 5:56

Legal - People - Engineering (Why do companies inside the OSS ecosystem need to care about legal issues and licensing. How does this interact with the people management issues. ) - 8:09

You are not alone (Communities that can help you with these questions:,, - 11:15

Take care of your ecosystem (Manrique talks about how companies start open source program offices to take care of their relationship with the ecosystem, and how those offices can improve the culture of the company. Funding projects and why you should be aware of tip jars if you want to create a sustainable ecosystem. ) - 12:50

The Way of the Maintainer (Manrique explains the active users -> contributors -> maintainers pipeline. Why is the trust the most important factor in advancing through the pipeline. ) -15:18

”Not invented here” syndrome (Manrique highlights how medium and big companies develop this syndrome - why use an open source solution when you can build your own? Manrique thinks the greatest error in this way of thinking is in what you don’t see - community around that open source project has already seen problems and faced obstacles that your company isn’t even thinking about. ) -17:53

Final remarks -19:00

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