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OCS 2020 Keynote: Fabien Pinckaers

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Fabien Pinckaers began combining his love for business and technology from an early age - by 13, he had already created and sold his first piece of business management software. His greatest success has been TinyERP (started in March 2002), which grew into OpenERP before transforming into Odoo as it took on more than just Enterprise Resource Planning software. With a lot of hard work and determination, Fabien was able to grow a one-man band of a company (he was the only employee), into a multinational company with offices on three continents and more than 100 employees. Fabien achieved this in eight short years and before the age of 31! Now Odoo has partners in over 100 countries and more than two million users. Fabien's goal is simple - to provide affordable, easy-to-use, open source, integrated business software so companies can focus on growing their business rather than running it.

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JJ interviews the Founder/CEO and Creator of Odoo, the 1,000+ person company behind a wide suite of FOSS apps and COSS services around them.

Can you share an abridged short story of Odoo? — 00:24

Building Odoo strictly from customer funding — 2:14

What have you learned from growing Odoo so efficiently? — 3:14

Fabien expands on the business’s investments in R&D. — 6:34

What was Odoo's business ceiling before going open core? — 7:00

In the application layer, how has open-source evolved? — 8:04

Did the remote aspect of open-source help you move faster? — 10:13

What are your thoughts on remote work? — 10:59

What does Odoo's community look like? — 12:21

Can you talk about Odoo's partnership dynamics? — 13:55

How do partnerships help with Odoo? — 15:41

What is Odoo's growth opportunity in next 5-10 years? — 16:52

JJ gives the floor to Fabien for an Odoo demo — 18:26

What advice would you give budding open-source creators? — 23:44

What counterintuitive, non-obvious lessons have you learned? — 25:25

How do you view competition, competing vendors, & strategy? — 26:23

What are your biggest business challenges today? — 29:17


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