CEO Tales: Open Source Business Models

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Our first CEO Tales of 2013 brings together speakers from some of the most successful new businesses in open source to take a look at these new models, including:

  • Jack Lang, Chairman, Raspberry Pi Foundation
  • Jane Silber, CEO, Canonical
  • Kirk Wylie, CEO, Open Gamma
  • Nigel Beighton, European CTO, Rackspace
  • Tom Hulme, IDEO

Over an evening of drinks networking and panel debate we will bring together entrepreneurs in the sector, senior executives from their customers, and investors, to consider: which models turn open source into good business? Who will be the winners and losers in the open source economy?

Rapidly deployed, free of costly software licenses, open source software has been a star sector over the past decade. Traditionally, companies seeking to sell open source services have relied heavily on consulting services and support, but business models are emerging that will change the way people think about open source. Dual licensing, open core, paid for add-ons, subscriptions are all part of the mix offered by an increasing number of suppliers.

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Kirk Wylie, OpenGamma

Kirk Wylie, opengamma, open source business modelsKirk Wylie is the CEO and Co-Founder of OpenGamma, a financial technology startup building an open source risk analytics platform for the financial services industry. Focusing exclusively on Capital Markets, OpenGamma has raised $23M in funding and employs 31 people in London and New York.

Kirk began his career in Silicon Valley, where he worked for various technology firms (Broadbase Software, BEA WebLogic, Talking Blocks, M7) and founded Radik, an open source RDBMS startup with $12M in funding. Prior to co-founding OpenGamma, he spent a number of years in the financial services industry, building the initial risk management technology stack for a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund management group, and served as the head of software architecture for the front-office technology division of KBC Financial Products. Follow Kirk on Twitter: @kirkwy

Jack Lang, Raspberry Pi

Jack Lang, Raspberry Pi, open source business modelsJack Lang is a serial entrepreneur, business angel and entrepreneur in residence at the University of Cambridge. Jack is Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which has created a $25 credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard with the aim of promoting knowledge of computer technologies, especially among school age children. Previously, he co-founded Topexpress, which went on to design the software for the BBC Microcomputer. After that he set up Netchannel, which created the first interactive television and which NTL acquired in 1998.



Jane Silber, Canonical

Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical and open source expertJane is Chief Executive Officer at Canonical, the Ubuntu experts. She has over 20 years experience in software, including business development, operations and software management experience. Before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2010, she ran several of Canonical’s business units as Chief Operating Officer.

Jane’s previous roles include Vice President of Interactive Television Company and Vice President of General Dynamics C4 Systems. She has also worked in Japan for Teijin Ltd conducting artificial intelligence research and product development, and in the US at General Health, a health risk-assessment firm.

She holds an MBA degree from Oxford University, an MSc degree in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University, and a BSc degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Haverford College

Nigel Beighton, Rackspace

nigel Beighton, speaker on open source, CEO talesAn obsession with taking things apart has always served Nigel well so the exciting world of technology and all its nuts, bolts and volts was a logical career choice for him. Joining Rackspace in early 2011 Nigel is showing the benefit of his own unique style of CTO leadership where he is brought experience from the likes of Associated Northcliffe Digital,, Operandi-Group and CityReach International. He has also served on non-executive boards for Photobox, Digital UK and Inview Interactive.

Nigel leads our Product Management function that works on the development our OpenStack community and is also our technical evangelist and our loud voice in the market. Rackspace have a world-class customer offering and it’s his job to ensure that everyone knows that.

Tom Hulme, IDEO

Tom Hulme, open source speaker, CEO talesTom is Design Director at IDEO in London, where he uses the innovation and design process to develop new business opportunities. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Tom has first-hand experience in building successful enterprises and, as a result, a very thorough understanding of business. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was listed in WIRED UK’s top 100 “digital power brokers” in 2011 and 2012. In November 2012 he was included in the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 most influential people. Tom is also a member of the advisory board of the Tech City Investment Organisation of the UK government, supporting the startup community in East London.

Tom founded OpenIDEO, IDEO’s open innovation platform that won a 2011 Webby Award in the Community Category and presently has over 36,000 users from more than 170 countries. The technology is now being applied to clients to manage their own closed communities.


  • 6th February, 5 New Street Square, London
  • Drinks networking, panel discussion and audience Q&A, drinks networking

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