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OCS 2020 Keynote: Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon is a leading community and collaboration speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting which provides community strategy/execution, workflow, and other services. He previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, and OpenAdvantage. His clients include Huawei, GitLab, Microsoft, Intel, Google, Sony Mobile, Deutsche Bank, Santander, HackerOne, Mattermost, SAP, FINOS Foundation, The Executive Center,, Creative Commons, and others. He is the author of β€˜People Powered: How communities can supercharge your business, brand, and teams’ and The Art of Community, a columnist for Forbes and, founder of the Community Leadership Summit, founder of Conversations With Bacon, and co-founder of Bad Voltage. He is an advisor to AlienVault, Moltin,, Mycroft, Open Networking Foundation, and Open Cloud Consortium.

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A critical element of doing Open Core: Ensuring the relationship and collaboration between an OSS community and the companies is healthy.

Jono introduces the topic: Doing Open Core Well β€” 00:00

Popularity and divisiveness of open-core model β€” 00:49

Opinionated nature of open-source community β€” 1:43

Still-evolving landscape of open core β€” 2:12

The importance + challenge of bridging cultures β€” 2:34

The connective tissue between Project + Product β€” 3:35

Six Key Principles for balancing community and business - 4:30

  1. Who are your target audiences? Who are you designing for? β€” 4:43

  2. Are you being intentional about your community? β€” 6:41

  3. Do you have an open, accessible project infrastructure? β€” 10:14

  4. What is relationship between community and company? β€” 12:44

  5. Build strong, dependable trust and relationships β€” 14:50

  6. Have open, accessible, inclusive leadership β€” 17:05

Learning from each other, even those we disagree with β€” 19:12

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