Welcome to The Craft of Open Source, hosted by Ben Rometsch, Co-Founder and CEO of Flagsmith. This bi-weekly show is focused on the ins and outs of the Open Source Software Community. Join Ben as he speaks with the brightest minds that have brought us some of the most adopted technologies on earth. Each episode is an interview with creators, maintainers, entrepreneurs, and key contributors to the open source community.
We will cover critical topics for open source developers, contributors and entrepreneurs such as: Which open source licenses are best if you want to start a business at some point? How did people start their projects? What was the first commit? Did people start their projects for business or a different reason? How can you build an organic community around new projects? How can you create a business and still be open source? Where is open source headed?
The types of licenses that we plan to profile will include: GNU General Public License (GPL), The Apache License, Microsoft Public License (Ms-Pl), Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL), Eclipse Public License (EPL), and MIT License.
Nic Hourcard, Co-Founder of QuestDB
Nicolas Hourcard saw this need for a high performance time-series database and decided to co-found QuestDB. In this episode, he joins Ben Rometsch to share the genesis of this project and the problems they are trying to fix with the technology.
Mitchell Hashimoto, Founder Of HashiCorp, Creator Of Vagrant, Packer, Serf, Consul, Terraform, Vault, And Nomad
Mitchell Hashimoto's company HashiCorp is the creator of Vagrant, Packer, Serf, Consul, Terraform, Vault, and Nomad. Together, these open source projects have over 100,000 stars on Github and exist to help engineers better with consistent workflows to provision, secure, connect, and run any infrastructure for any application.
Torkel Ödegaard, Grafana Creator & Project Lead
Looking for observability dashboards that have the right balance between looking good, easy to use, powerful, and intuitive? Ben Rometsch has a web application just for you. In this episode, he sits down with the creator and project lead of Grafana, Torkel Ödegaard, to talk about how he started this company that offers a monitoring observability solution built on open-source components. He takes us inside into the work they put into creating a great user interface as well as the behind-the-scenes of meeting co-founders, finding the people to finance the deals, and scaling. Talking to others thinking of building a monitoring and observability company, Torkel then shares some advice on how to navigate the open-source industry and more.
David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH), Creator Of Ruby On Rails, Founder & CTO At Basecamp & HEY
Released in 2004, Ruby on Rails is an open-source web application framework written in Ruby. Created by David Heinemeier Hansson, the framework takes full advantage of the Ruby’s unique features to create a language that continues to be very approachable even after almost two decades of development. In this conversation with Ben Rometsch, David dives deep into the genesis and evolution of Ruby on Rails and talks about his other works in progress at Basecamp and HEY. He also shares his prophetic and revolutionary insights on licensing, antitrust and other issues that matter to the open-source community.
Quinn Slack, CEO & Co-Founder Of Sourcegraph
Universal code search is an awesome tool that can make you a lot more efficient as a coder, but not many developers or companies use it. An open source alternative to Google Code Search, Sourcegraph is on a mission to bring this underappreciated piece of software into every developer and every company that needs it. The company’s CEO, Quinn Slack joins Ben Rometsch on the show to share how Sourcegraph works with former Google developers to replicate some of the amazing features of Google’s internal code search tool that are not offered by most of the competition. He also talks about the initial struggle they had in offering a cloud service, their subsequent shift to self-hosting, and the difficult decision to go partially open source. A coder himself, Quinn believes that once developers start using code search, they wouldn’t be able to live without it again. But first, the challenge is to convince them to use it in the first place.
Robin Gustafsson, CEO @ k6
Companies that have an open source component usually started out as open source and then developed an enterprise version of the software later. Load testing SaaS platform, k6 approached its development the other way around – producing an interesting dynamic that has resulted to unique outcomes for the company. As CEO Robin Gustafsson relates in this conversation with Ben Rometsch, that entry into the relatively unknown territory of open source gave the k6 team a lot to argue about for some years, but it ultimately allowed them to create a business model that benefits from the best of both worlds. Interestingly, the company’s unique path has created a clear delineation between which of its components are open source and which are proprietary. Listen in and pick up some cool lessons from this company’s journey.