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OCS 2020 Breakout: Rudina Seseri and John Bruce (CEO of Inrupt)

Rudina Seseri is Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures leading the firm’s investments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled enterprise software as a service (SaaS), cloud, Information Technology (IT) software, infrastructure, DevOps, and vertical markets. Rudina has led the investment in Inrupt, the company fueling the success of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s Solid open source platform. Her additional investments and board seats include ChaosSearch, CloudTruth, Plannuh, Talla, Verusen, Zylotech, Celtra, CrowdTwist (acquired by Oracle), and SocialFlow. Rudina has been named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Powerful Women, and recognized on the TechCrunch List as one of the most active and engaged investors in the VC industry today as recommended by founders. She has been named a Boston Business Journal Power 50: Newsmaker, a Women to Watch honoree by Mass High Tech and a Boston Business Journal 40-under-40 honoree — recognized for her professional accomplishments and community involvement. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS).

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John Bruce is a President/CEO of software and service companies across various high technology markets, including Information Security, Social Media and Telecommunications. He has strong strategic skills and operational expertise, with particular emphasis in sales, marketing and business development. Experienced in financing and working with top tier investors. He originally worked extensively across Europe, ten years in Silicon Valley and now ten years based in New England. Specialties: Executive leadership, strong operational skills, marketing and sales execution, early through to exit technology start-ups, financing and transactional expertise.

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Rudina Seseri, Founder and Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures and Inrupt investor sits down with John Bruce, Co-Founder and CEO of Inrupt

Rudina introduces herself + Glasswing Ventures, plus John Bruce + Inrupt - 0:00

What is Solid all about, what is it designed to do, and why open-source? - 2:00

How does Inrupt fit in the open-source Solid world, and what role does Inrupt and its platform play in that context? - 3:27

To that end, what does commercial success in the massive open-source undertaking look like? - 4:48

From an investment perspective, open-source presents some unique opportunities for frontier tech development. Do you have any insights on the qualities of commercial open-source software, and how it extends in building differentiated, and cost-effective ecosystems? - 6:19

Does the Solid community have some governance structure? And how do you draw the line between what’s open-source and contributed to the community, and what is commercial, for-profit on the Inrupt side? - 8:08

Can you speak about one or two use cases of how the enterprise server would be adopted in a commercial context? - 10:38

How does one shift the whole direction of the web? What are some of the drivers that are enabling the gigantic shift? - 12:38

What’s your take on developing open-source and what would you impart? - 15:05

Closing thoughts - 17:04

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