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Tuesday, November 2 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Panel Discussion: Applying the Principles of Product-market Fit to Open Source Projects - Emily Omier, Emily Omier Consulting, LLC; Amanda Robson, Cowboy Ventures; Leigh Marie Braswell, Founders Fund; Nithya Ruff, Comcast

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Product-market fit is a term used in the business world to describe when a product’s features and attributes are in alignment with the needs of the market it’s in, usually resulting in rapid growth in adoption. In this panel, panelists will discuss how the idea of aligning what your software does with the needs of a particular market is important to open source projects as well, and can help open source projects grow rapidly while building a sustainable community. Panelists with different perspectives on the open source ecosystem will explore how maintainers can learn from the principles of product-market fit and techniques used to find it and apply the lessons to their own open source projects to improve “project-market” fit, drive community growth, and contribute to a robust community of users and contributors.

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Leigh Marie Braswell

Investor, Founders Fund
Leigh Marie Braswell is an investor at Founders Fund focused on developer tools as well as data/ML infrastructure & applications. Before joining Founders Fund, she was an early engineer & the first product manager at Scale AI, where she originally built & later led product development... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Head, Amazon OSPO, Amazon
Nithya Ruff is the Head of Amazon’s Open Source Program Office. Open Source has proven to be one of the world’s most prolific enablers of innovation and collaboration and Amazon’s customers increasingly value open source innovation and the and cloud’s role in helping them... Read More →
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Emily Omier

Positioning consultant, Emily Omier Consulting, LLC
Emily Omier is a positioning consultant who helps open source startups accelerate revenue and community growth by clarifying the project and product's market category, unique value in the market and target user audience. She hosts The Business of Open Source podcast and writes a blog... Read More →

Amanda Robson

Principal, Cowboy Ventures
Amanda loves working with passionate founders who have become experts in their space. She works with enterprise companies broadly but focuses on innovations in developer tooling, data management, security, applied AI, and supply chain.

Tuesday November 2, 2021 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
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