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The Fourth Annual Southern California Linux Expo

Matt Asay

Matt Asay Matt Asay has been involved with open source since 1998, and is one of the industry's leading open source business strategists. Asay currently runs US operations (Sales, Marketing, Business Development) for Alfresco, the open source leader in Enterprise Content Management. Prior to Alfresco, Asay was Director of Novell's Linux Business Office and was responsible for helping to lay the strategic and business foundation for Novell's use of open source software. In addition, Asay founded the Open Source Business Conference, the industry's premier open source strategy event, and served as an Entreprenuer-in-Residence for Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, focusing on open source investment opportunities.

Before Novell, Asay was General Manager at Lineo, an embedded Linux software startup, where he ran Lineo's Residential Gateway business. Asay earned his Juris Doctorate degree at Stanford Law School, spending two of his three years studying software licensing and innovation, and specifically the GNU General Public License, under Professor Larry Lessig. He also holds Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) and Brigham Young University, respectively.

Asay blogs for InfoWorld and has his personal open source blog. .

Open Source: The Highest Stage of Technology Capitalism (Or, "The Next Decade of Software")

When a pure developer phenomenon, open source largely fed that audience. Namely, developers writing software for other developers. With the rise of viable open source business models, however, open source is increasingly permeating every area of software, with many of the most promising projects being enterprise applications.

In this presentation, Matt Asay will highlight both the emerging open source business models and the likely commercial opportunities they provide. He will build a framework for analyzing where open source is going, and identify ways to capitalize on this rising open source tide. Open source software is revolutionizing the way software is developed, sold, and supported - this presentation will explain why.

Presentation Slides: OpenOffice