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Welcome Thread

Hey there! Welcome to COSS.community!

If you're getting your feet wet, COSS stands for Commercial Open Source Software.

This community is a place for builders, investors, and fans of open source technology β€” and for the growing ecosystem of COSS companies, built on open-source tech.

An open future is just beginning!

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET

Welcome!

  1. Leave a comment below to introduce yourself, including any open-source projects/communities you're involved with, and any other interests in life.

  2. Reply to others' comments with questions and greetings. ✌️

  3. Share anything COSS-related that you've been exploring lately!

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Michael Bromley

Hi everyone!

I'm the creator of open-source headless e-commerce framework vendure. I'm based in Vienna, Austria but originally from the UK.

My project is still in the beta phase and I don't yet have any commercial offerings, but I plan to release some commercial plugins next year (open core model). Right now I have a healthy community with ~600 members in my Slack group and a number of teams & individuals building projects on top of Vendure. Just today I had a call with a team who is using Vendure to build the online store system for a major European supermarket chain!

I'm happy to be a part of this community and share insights with like-minded people πŸ‘‹

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Rick Lamers

Vendure feels like a breath of fresh air. I’m too scarred from working with Magento I guess to enjoy building E-commerce. But this looks so nice you might make me reconsider. Wish you all the best!

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Michael Bromley

Hi Rick - that's great feedback ;) I started the project as a result of my frustration with the state of existing OSS offerings. There are a lot of frustrated e-commerce devs out there with similar scars. So yours is exactly the kind of reaction I am hoping to create!

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Sam

Beautiful website, UI, and tool, Michael! Exciting about the community growth and the "Built with Vendure" progress as well!

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Julian Dumitrascu

I should find time to discuss this with you.

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Sven

Hey everyone πŸ‘‹- I'm Sven and I'm the CEO and co-founder of Webiny. We help developers and organizations to build solutions on top of the serverless infrastructure. Thank you to @jj for an amazing conference and now this community. Looking to actively participate in the discussions and get to know everyone.

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Sam • Edited on

Welcome @sven ! Impressive tool β€” the ready-made apps you're already offering look fantastic. Look forward to learning from your experiences and the conversations to come!

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Elena

Hi everyone, I'm Elena. I am a co-founder of Evidently AI. We build open-source tools for machine learning teams to analyze and monitor ML models in production. We had an early release this month, and are working to build up the functionality. Happy to connect with other open-source startup founders here and on Twitter.

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Rick Lamers

Hi Elena! Good to see you on here too. Looking forward to track Evidently AI - what you’re creating looks very useful. I’d wager most drift goes undetected today. Cheers!

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Sam

Hopefully COSS.community will be a great nexus point, Elena!

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Rick Lamers • Edited on

Hi everyone! I’m Rick and together with some incredible people I’m building Orchest. A pipeline tool for data scientists that let’s them focus on what actually matters.

I’m incredibly impressed by the amazing knowledge and accomplishments of everyone I see in the COSS community. I thank @jj and his team for initiating it and sparking many important and interesting conversations.

Looking forward to learning from all of you.

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Sam

Thanks for the intro, @ricklamers ! As someone with a bit of data wrangling experience, this seems pretty amazing

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Sonal Goyal

Nice to meet you here Rick, would love to check Orchest out! Nice name too

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Rick Lamers

Thanks Sonal! Appreciate the compliment about the name πŸ€—

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MJ Amartaivan

Hey everyone, I'm MJ. I'm the Co-Founder and CEO of erxes Inc, an open-source all-in-one growth marketing & management software. Simply, the open-source of Hubspot. Our goal is to become the WordPress of MarTech.

I'm happy to be a part of this COSS family and share insights with like-minded people. I’d be happy to connect via Twitter and answer any questions regarding how we can work together.

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Sam

Awesome mission, MJ. And erxes.io is beautiful!

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Sam

Hi everyone, I'm Sam. I'm one of the people helping build COSS.community β€” just like you!

My background spans writing, experience design, front-end, and lean building. You can see some of my work here.

My main areas of focus are climate, open-source tools, and communities β€” which is part of why I'm so excited about our COSS.community!

If you're interested in chatting about any of these topics, or introducing on a general note, drop me a line any time!

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Jacob Herrington

Howdy! I work on Forem :)

Really interested in this community and glad we get to build it together!

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Sam

You and the team are doing fantastic work, @jacobherrington ! Computers indeed!

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Kai Lyons • Edited on

Hello, my name is Kai Lyons. I am the founder and CEO of Fivnex - a work-in-progress COSS company. I work on Fivnex products like Keter and MEML.

I am here mostly to read and discuss COSS. I am also here to provide support and ideas.

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Tobias • Edited on

Hi everyone, I'm founder of opensustain.tech and the open-source community protontypes. I'm currently working as a software developer and aerospace engineer at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research at JΓΌlich Research Centre. Previously, I developed autonomous and fully electric delivery vehicles for DHL based on open source technologies like ROS.

protontypes develops the tool LibreSelery for funding distribution in open source and supports organizations to open source principles in sustainable technology domains like renewable energy.

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Sam

Hi @ly0n , welcome! Exciting work!

Do you know how many projects LibreSelery has been used in? Any insights about the results / effectiveness?

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Tobias

Hi @sam ,

at the moment we are in contact with multiple open source projects that showed interest but we are still testing it on a smaller scale. It is still a prototype and we are lacking resources to scale it since the main developers working full time in other jobs and we also have not that many contact in the COSS community yet.

The concept was tested internally with quite some success and distributed around 3000€ between the contributors of LibreSelery and its dependencies. In the last months, we gathered feedback from multiple communities like GNU or Debian to evaluate the needs of the community. You can see this feedback in our issue board. A new architecture that allows better community adaptions has been created by us and will be released in the next week. Together with the RWTH Aachen University we are also evaluating the economical factor. We are still looking for a stronger partner to go larger steps, that one reason why I joined this community.

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Havi

Hello Y'all! Lovely to meet you and learn about your projects. Afraid I'm a bit late to this thread - but hey, it's still 2020. Since autumn, I've been working with Scarf (scarf.sh or @scarf_oss on twitter ) on developer content strategy and outreach. I'm a big fan of the dev.to approach to content|community - it's cool to see forem launch to make this replicable ...

@sam does coss.community have a policy around re-posting blog content here to give it better distribution in the coss.community? (cross-posting used to be out of favor, but I don't think that's true any longer... ) Please advise :-) TIA!

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Andrea Cavagna

Hi everyone, I'm Andrea. I am a partner of an open-source company associated with the consulting company beSharp.
I'm building an open-source project with the goal to help developers in securing and accessing their Cloud Access.
We had launched the project on the 1 of October and we reached over 5k downloads of the v0.3 release.
Also on the 11 of January, there will be another important announcement of the project, with the release of an important feature.
I'm looking to connecting with other Founders and advisor, here or on Twitter!

Also if you are interested in Cloud and in Cloud access management, in particular, I'm writing a Medium publication on those topics

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Chas Nelson

Hi all, I'm Chas, Founder and CTO of an imaging AI company called gliff.ai. We recently received seed funding to develop a suite of private and secure productivity tools for developing imaging AI in regulated space (e.g. health-tech, aerospace, etc.). We've decided to go open-source with our products and have managed to bring our investors on board with the idea and so are now working out the details.

When I next get a proper holiday I also want to pick up a project I started during lock-down to create and open-source (software and hardware) system for automating my Gaggia Classic semi-automated espresso machine... I believe that the extra caffeine might be essential to get us to round A funding!

I'll probably be posting some fairly open questions to help us clarify our ideas surrounding COSS for gliff.ai. I look forward to the discussions!

You can find me on Twitter/GitHub/LinkedIn.

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Sam

Sounds fascinating, Chas! I love seeing more open-source hardware projects.

Regarding Gliff, an open-source imaging tool for medicine could be a path to normalizing open fundamentals in the health industry overall. Data, therapies β€” very exciting possibilities!

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Bill Shepherd

Hello all, I'm Bill Shepherd the CEO and joint founder of gliff.ai
Our aim is to help people create the best AI-ML possible, with a suite of productivity tools and to also address many of the concerns users have around the Fairness, Accountability and Transparency of AI.
Our product will be COSS focused upon Imaging in the MedTech sector. We are at the seed-funding stage, looking to raise Series A late 2021. Based in the beautiful City of Durham in England.

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Sam

Really important work, @billshep . Glad you're leading that initiative and very excited to learn more.

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Alex Remedios • Edited on

Hey all, I'm Alex.

I am a backend engineering freelancer and open-source developer.

You can see the testing and deployment tools I have created on GitHub

Notably:

  • whaler for understanding why your docker image is so large
  • nbmake for automating jupyter notebook testing

Thanks for all of the research done into the viability of open source businesses!

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KP Krishna Kumar • Edited on

Hi. I am KP creator of SimSim.one, an universal Authorization (AuthZ) platform.
I have 35 years of IT industry experience, thrilled to be part of the COSS community.
My project is in development phase, hope to make it commercial OSS eventually. I have to learn all about COSS first. I am here to learn and hopefully meet a co-founder here.
Happy to connect via twitter to explore opportunities to collaborate and work together.

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Zack Ellis

Hi everyone, I'm Zack Ellis. I'm the founder & CEO of TheirStory. We're building an end-to-end oral history platform to help communities streamline the process for collecting, preserving, and making accessible the audiovisual stories of the individuals that make up their community.

We're very much inspired by the work of the Shoah Foundation -- founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg and responsible for recording, indexing, and preserving the stories of over 55,000 Holocaust and other genocide survivors. Their former executive director, Doug Greenberg is an advisory board member. Our goal is to take the lessons learned around process and technology from the Shoah Foundation and build a platform that will be accessible for any community to preserve and pass on their values, stories, and lessons for generations to come.

We work closely with The Permanent Legacy Foundation who is building an open source preservation platform. More on our partnership here.

One of the challenges of audiovisual media (especially long-form) is finding the moments that are interesting to any given individual and easily editing/manipulating the media. We work closely with the open source community who are building transcript-powered audiovisual technologies to create open source components that we then integrate into TheirStory to create a single integrated system. The open source community is largely led by the Hyperaudio team.

Looking forward to connecting with others in the COSS community!