Traction

It seems anywhere you go in the startup world the term traction is one that always gathers attention. Everyone wants to know how popular you are. In a way it reminds me of high school all over again, only now the stakes are a bit higher. Now it’s not the eye of that special someone you’re trying to catch, it’s the eye of the special VC firm. Or maybe it’s the eye of the other users in the room. Very few people want to be the first to talk about something new and definitely no one wants to be the last. Traction. I’ve been able to witness this subtle evaluation firsthand with our relatively young open source community, Mautic. And I’m excited to share with you some preliminary results.

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Open

If you think about the title of this post I wonder what might be the first thing that comes to your mind. Perhaps you think of an antonym – closed, or maybe you think of an action taken as with a door or window. Perhaps you think of someone being an open book and what that entails. There are any number of proper definitions of the word open. If you are anything like me (or you live in the same circle as me) then you’ll more than likely think of the same definition as I do – open as in open source. But let’s look at a few of the alternate definitions and then seek to apply them to open source. Continue reading Open

Beta List Featured Startup Mautic

So there’s an awesome website, if you’ve never heard of it you need to check it out. It’s called Beta List. Beta List gives you just what it sounds like, a list of awesome new software platforms that are currently in beta. You can get a quick overview of what the app does and view a screenshot or two before visiting the site to sign-up for the beta. Continue reading Beta List Featured Startup Mautic

Open Source Appreciation

When you’re volunteering in an open source community most of the time you understand that you are giving your time and talents without any expectation of payment. Monetary payment. You do the work because you see the value in the community and you see the opportunity to get involved, contribute your skills, and make a difference. You don’t do it for the praise and you don’t do it for the personal gain. You’re volunteering. Continue reading Open Source Appreciation

Use Marketing Automation and Never Work Again!

Wait, what? Maybe the best way to start a post like this would be with a better title. :) I admit it’s a bit facetious and not exactly true; but unfortunately it is what most people think of when they see the term marketing automation. There is of course much more to the topic so perhaps we should start this post with some background.

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Why I Love Open Source (Reason 2)

I previously blogged about the first reason why I love open source. You can read that post here. This is the second in the WILOS (Why I Love Open Source) series. It’s difficult to come up with just one reason to focus on at at time and maybe that’s why my posts on the topic come so far apart. But I have narrowed down my second reason why I love open source and I’ve listed it below along with my reasoning. Please keep in mind these are in no particular order and I hope you’ll agree with each of these reasons.

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A Vision Statement

One of the first things every community should have is a reason for doing what they do. I’ve said it numerous times before and I’ll probably elaborate on it even more in a future blog but the first and most important part of every community is the “why”. I won’t go into more details now; if you want to refresh your memory watch this video.

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Proprietary Open Source

I’ve noticed a bit of a trend in some business circles where companies are eager to use open source. Open source is the “thing to do” and everyone is doing it. I love it. The more the world uses open source the better. The problem comes when the businesses are using open source but keeping their same closed source mindset! That’s not the open source way. That’s a business interested in open source merely to be included in a trend. That’s a poor attempt at proprietary open source.

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The Danger of Assumptions

Assumptions can be a very dangerous thing. They can be exceptionally harmful in an open source community. Of course its not always intentional to be assuming something about someone or a situation. In fact I imagine, to some extent, human nature causes us to make assumptions based on the knowledge we have on hand. Unfortunately, more often than not, those assumptions are false. And the resulting feelings, emotions, and actions which are taken as a result of those assumptions can harm the community.

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On Community Excitement

Open source is a challenging and very interesting space to build a community. There’s a certain amount of excitement derived from being involved in something open source and available to all. There’s also a certain amount of confusion and if you’re not careful there’s a certain amount of conflict. But community excitement is different. It’s catching. It’s fun.

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