Bain Capital Ventures Presents

The Open Source Startup Summit

Tuesday April 22nd. San Francisco, California

111 Minna Gallery

Bain Capital Ventures &

are bringing together the top minds in open source for an unforgettable day in an intimate environment.

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A summit that explores the business of open source.

Share knowledge with worldwide leaders.

This summit will change the way you think about open source.  Open source domain experts will be diving deep into strategies and stories from the trenches about how they built their businesses.

Growth Strategies
Business Model Generation
Community Building

Connect with the open source technology community.

Following the general sessions of the summit will be the world renowned SF Beta startup showcase.   Hundreds of people will attend to share drinks and conversations about the future of open source.

Learn from these amazing speakers


Salil Deshpande

Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

Salil Deshpande has invested $115M  over 8 years into 25 companies in software infrastructure, open source, middleware and enterprise software, such as Typesafe (the Scala language; Akka and Play frameworks for Java), Redis Labs (the Redis NoSQL database), DataStax (the Cassandra NoSQL database), Aria Systems (ERP for recurring revenue businesses), Hazelcast (in-memory data grids for Java), (queues and workers in the cloud), ZeroTurnaround (faster Java redeployments), MuleSoft (integration), Buddy Media (platform for Facebook and Twitter APIs), SpringSource (Java app servers), Dynatrace (Java application performance management), and Lending Club (P2P lending platform). Salil is on the Forbes Midas List in 2013 and 2014.


Mark Brewer

President & CEO, TypeSafe

Mark Brewer is President & CEO of TypeSafe, the company behind Scala and Akka. Mark previously served as Vice President of Business Operations for VMware's Cloud Application Platform, where he helped build out their cloud application platform portfolio. Prior to VMware, Brewer was Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Services at SpringSource, where he was responsible for the packaging and delivery of SpringSource's enterprise (subscription) offerings. Brewer also participates as Board Member for several open source technology companies, including Stormpath, LucidWorks and ActiveState.


Greg Schott 

CEO, MuleSoft

Greg Schott is CEO of MuleSoft, the most widely used integration platform for connecting SaaS and enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise. Greg recently guided MuleSoft to their $50 million Series E round, positioning the company as a dominant force driving the open, connected, enterprise cloud. Greg is a lifelong leader in open innovation, formerly serving as VP at Springsource, Verticalnet, and Agile Software.  


Naval Ravikant

Co-Founder, AngelList

Naval Ravikant is the founder of AngelList, a disruptive force in funding startups. At Bain Capital Ventures' open source summit he'll expand upon his recent thoughts that Bitcoin-like crypto-currencies could be used as a foundation for funding open source projects: what he calls Appcoins become shares of an open source project, which can be bought by anyone to contribute funding to open source projects, and they appreciate in value as the open source project succeeds.


Luke Kanies

Founder & CEO, Puppet Labs

Luke founded Puppet and Puppet Labs in 2005 out of fear and desperation, with the goal of producing better operations tools and changing how we manage systems. He has been publishing and speaking on his work in system administration since 1997, focusing on development since 2001. He has developed and published multiple simple sysadmin tools and contributed to established products like Cfengine, and has presented on Puppet and other tools around the world, including at OSCON, LISA,, and His work with Puppet has been an important part of DevOps and delivering on the promise of cloud computing. He serves as a board member for the Software Association of Oregon.


Mårten Mickos

CEO, Eucalyptus


Mårten Mickos is the CEO of Eucalyptus, a cloud computing software company backed by Benchmark Capital and BV Capital.
Mickos is the former CEO of MySQL, before Sun Microsystems acquired MySQL in January 2008 for $1 billion.
He joined Benchmark Capital]as an Entrepreneur-in Residence in September of 2009.
In this talk he'll speak about the number of open-source things that MySQL got right, and a number of subtle nuanced open-source things that Eucalyptus has struggled with.


Abraham Elias

CTO, Sencha

Abraham Elias is responsible for overseeing Sencha's strategic direction and enabling its rapid growth as a global provider of application development software and services. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at BH Capital Partners. Abraham's results driven management and introduction of commercial open source solutions enabled BH Capital to become one of the fastest growing privately held companies in Florida. Abraham brings an entrepreneurial spirit and a proven track record of achieving revenue goals and profit growth.


Jason Van Zyl 

Founder & CTO, Sonatype

Founder, Apache Maven

Jason is the founder and CEO of Takari, the founder of the Apache Maven project and creator of Maven Central: one of the largest Open Source component repositories in the world. Jason currently serves on the Apache Maven Project Management Committee, and has been involved with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) for ten years. Jason helped to found Codehaus, a well-respected incubation facility for open source community projects, and is a frequent speaker at many major software conferences, including JavaOne, EclipseCon, EmergingTech, and ApacheCon. Prior to Takari, Jason founded Sonatype and served as Sonatype's CTO.


Andi Gutmans

Co-Founder, Zend

Founder & Architect, PHP 

Andi Gutmans provides vision and direction for Zend’s innovative leadership in the evolution and growth of PHP application development software and services. He has been instrumental in establishing and promoting PHP as a technology platform of choice for Web and mobile applications running on-premise and in the cloud. Mr. Gutmans has consistently championed the benefits of PHP openness, standardization and best practices among enterprise IT leaders and the developer community. As part of this effort, he has established strategic partnerships for Zend with Adobe, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, and led the vision and formation of the company’s Zend Framework open source project — two initiatives that are helping to drive PHP adoption among large enterprises worldwide.


Patrick McFadin

Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra, DataStax

Patrick McFadin is regarded as one of the foremost experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. As the Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest deployments in the world. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief Architect at Hobsons, an education services company. There, he spoke often on Web Application design and performance.


John Mark Walker

Chief Cat Herder, Red Hat

Called "one of the original generals in the open source army," John Mark Walker is the Gluster Community Leader for Red Hat. An experienced marketing executive specializing in grass roots community-building for startups, John Mark's career has spanned numerous organizations, including Splunk, Sourceforge, VA Linux, and Hyperic. He's widely known for identifying and nurturing community contributors into becoming leaders and evangelists in their own right, allowing communities to benefit from the network effect and a larger center of gravity.


Diane Tate

Program Manager, Mozilla 

Diane joined Mozilla to operate and expand the WebFWD startup accelerator, which incubated 33 developer-led, open source startups across 4 continents. Diane's current role focuses on developer engagement, and working with startups to keep the web open.


James Pearce

Head of Open Source Projects, Facebook

James manages the open source program at Facebook. He's a developer and writer with a special passion for the web, mobile platforms of all sorts, and helping developers explore their potential. Previously at Sencha, dotMobi, Argogroup and Ernst & Young, he has also written books on the mobile web for Wrox & Wiley. He's easy to find on, @jamespearce or


Issac Roth

CEO, StrongLoop

Issac Roth is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, best known for creating Red Hat OpenShift out of Red Hat cloud technologies. He is currently CEO of StrongLoop, an open source mobile API tier built on Node.js. Issac was previously Co-Founder & CEO of Makara, the PaaS startup, from 2010 to 2013, and has served as Venture Advisor to Shasta Ventures, focusing on cloud, mobile, and big data.


Sarah Novotny

Technical Evangelist, NGINX

Sarah Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX. Sarah has run large scale technology infrastructures as a Systems Engineer and a Database administrator for and the ill fated In 2001, she founded Blue Gecko, a remote database administration company with two peers from Amazon. Blue Gecko was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She’s also curated teams and been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery for Meteor Entertainment and Chef.


Alex Williams

Founder, The New Stack

Alex Williams is Founder of The New Stack, an independent voice about the enterprise, enterprise startups, developer communities, the DevOps movement and the business models that encompass this new world, launching April 29th. Prior to The New Stack, Alex was a writer at TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb, covering data platforms, mobile technologies and cloud infrastructures.


Christian Hasker

Senior Marketing Director, DataStax

Christian heads up Product Marketing and Cassandra Community Outreach for DataStax. He has more than 15 years’ experience with database technology, having held roles at startups and large enterprises in sales, product marketing and product management. He has been involved with open-source NoSQL technologies since 2009, when he incubated products for emerging databases at Quest Software.


Ben Galbraith

VP Global Products,

Ben Galbraith is Vice President of Global Products for Walmart's e-commerce division where he leads the teams developing the next generation of Walmart's e-commerce properties. Previously, Ben has worked for and started companies in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. Ben's a long-time open source enthusiast, creating to track the emerging open-source rich web ecosystem and leading open-source development tooling efforts at Mozilla. At Walmart Labs, his teams have started numerous open-source projects, notably the popular Hapi Node.JS framework. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and seven children.


Dion Almaer

VP Engineering, WalmartLabs Mobile

Dion Almaer is Vice President of Engineering for Walmart’s global mobile efforts. His team has developed experiences across mobile applications and websites, using and producing a slew of open source. The mobile services team open sourced a series of node.js tools and frameworks such as the popular hapi framework. A conditional tier rendering system on top of Backbone (Thorax, Lumbar, and Fruit loops) is another great example.
Open source has been vital to Dion’s mission including having worked on open source developer tools at Mozilla and being part of the Google Open Source and Open Web teams.


Brian Zisk

Executive Producer, SF MusicTech Summit

Brian Zisk is a serial entrepreneur specializing in digital media, web broadcasting and distribution technologies. He is a founder of BuzzMakers, Inc., which produces the SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money & Technology Summit. He is a co-founder of the SF MusicTech Fund. Additionally, Brian is a Co-Founder and Technologies Director of the Future of Music Coalition and a Board Member and/or Strategic Advisor for a wide variety of tech companies and non-profits. Brian was previously a founder of The Green Witch Internet Radio which specialized in Open Source Audio Solutions and was sold to CMGI (NASDAQ: CMGI) at the turn of the millennium. This lead to the spinning out of the Xiph Foundation, creators/maintainers of the Open Source technologies Icecast, Vorbis, Flac, Theora, XSPF and more.  Brian is an expert at frenzy whipping, brand awareness, and in creating new business models.  


Christian Perry

Founder, #sfbeta


Christian Perry is the Founder of #sfbeta and Co-Founder at For more than seven years, Christian has built and catalyzed technology communities across eight cities on three continents. His work has been featured in Wired, GigaOm, TechCrunch, Mashable, and VentureBeat. He served as a charter member of Intel's Social Media Advisory Board, actively advises numerous companies and community organizers, and blogs daily from 


Michael Gold

Founder, #techdrinkup


Michael Gold is a serial tech entrepreneur with expertise in marketing and product development. He's advised well known brands such as HBO, LG, Montecristo, Starbucks, and Target. Michael's marketing strategies have been featured on Mashable and he's been written up in numerous publications including Forbes, Examiner, The Observer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Techcrunch. His company,, connects world-renowned innovators and technologists through events, summits, and destination experiences. 

About the Organizers

Bain Capital Ventures' new Palo Alto office led by Managing Directors Salil Deshpande and Ajay Agarwal has made more than a dozen sizable investments (not counting seeds) in less than two years. Bain Capital Ventures, with approximately $4B under management and offices in Palo Alto, Boston and New York, is the venture arm within Bain Capital, with $70B under management. Bain Capital Ventures raises a new venture fund approximately every three years and is currently investing out of a $660M stage-agnostic venture fund raised in 2012 in projects ranging from $500K seeds to $50M growth-stage investments. conceptualizes and produces tech events with the mission of creating connections and sharing knowledge among entrepreneurial leaders in high growth technology verticals. Our events, #sfbeta and #techdrinkup, have spread worldwide through our community of entreprenur-organizers and our open sourced event production playbook.

Sponsors and Partners

Video Sponsor

For open source companies that want to reach the enterprise, improve customer success, and grow revenue, ServiceRocket helps companies like Cloudera, Elasticsearch, Mulesoft, Couchbase, and NGINX build their training businesses and 24x7 Support offerings.

Showcase Sponsor

DataStax powers the apps that transform business for more than 300 customers, including startups and 20 of the Fortune 100. DataStax delivers a massively scalable, flexible and continuously available big data platform built on Apache Cassandra™. DataStax integrates enterprise-ready Cassandra, Apache Hadoop™ for analytics and Apache Solr™ for search, across multiple data centers and in the cloud.

Livestream Partner

Flipps transforms the smartphone into a virtual VOD media box and ensures online content and subscriptions are available at any time on any TV screen. Flipps is a cloud-based mobile media discovery and control technology designed for the connected home. It allows consumers to ‘place shift’ - take their media with them, anytime, anywhere - effortlessly controlling the stream of digital content over DLNA and Airplay-­compliant TVs, game consoles and other connected devices.

Photo Booth Partner

Pixilated is an Open-Air Event Photo Booth serving San Francisco, NYC, Baltimore, Maryland, DC, Philadelphia. We Bring Fun, Get Pixilated!

Community Partners

#SFBeta Startup Showcase — Presented by Datastax

Ionic is a cross-platform, open source HTML5 app development framework meant for building native-feeling mobile apps with pure web technologies. Ionic is best friends with AngularJS and features support for complex gestures, animations, and mobile UIs. Released in late 2013, Ionic has over 4000 stars on GitHub and developers around the world are creating over 200 apps a day with the framework.

Bountysource is the funding platform for open source software. Place bounties on issues; collect bounties by submitting solutions; fund new or existing open-source projects/ideas with fundraisers. We integrate with a variety of issue trackers, including GitHub Issues, Bugzilla, SourceForge, JIRA, Trac, BitBucket, LaunchPad, and Pivotal.

A Billion Messages for Good is an initiative of, whose mission is to provide nonprofit organizations with communications technologies to help them reach their goals and further the impact of social good.

AutoDevBot makes it easy for you to monitor all of your API endpoints. By using open source testing frameworks such as Frisby.js for monitoring your production APIs, you can reuse the same monitors for dev and QA testing.  We make it easy for your DevOps team by automatically deploying your new monitors when there is a push event into the GitHub repository we create for you.

Kloudless is a toolkit for cloud storage users and developers. We put cloud storage services in the places you need them to be. is OAuth that just works.  Integrate 100+ OAuth providers in minutes.  Already 4000+ apps rely on us.

Stormpath is a User Management API that reduces development time with instant-on, scalable user infrastructure. Stormpath’s intuitive API and expert support make it easy for developers to authenticate, manage and secure users and roles in any application.


10:00 am
Registration / Coffee / Networking
11:00 am
Opening Remarks — Salil Deshpande (Bain Capital Ventures)
11:10 am
Keynote Address — Naval Ravikant — Using cryptocurrencies as a compensation model for open source software
11:45 am
Chrisitian Perry (moderator), Diane Tate (Mozilla), Sarah Novotny (O'reilly / NGINX), John Mark (Redhat), Christian Hasker (Datastax) — Building an Open Source Community
12:15 pm
1:00 pm
Salil Deshpande (Moderator), Greg Schott (Mulesoft), Mark Brewer (Java, Tomcat, Grails, Scala), Marten Mickos (MySQL, Eucalyptus)
1:35 pm
Dion Almaer (Walmart), James Pearce (Facebook) — Open Source Projects at Facebook
2:00 pm
Salil Deshpande (Moderator), Luke Kanies (Puppet Labs), Andi Gutmans (PHP), Jason Van Zyl (Apache Maven)
2:35 pm
Salil Deshpande (Moderator), Andi Gutmans, Will Hayes, Jason van Zyl, Gary Nakamura
3:00 pm
Coffee Break
3:30 pm
Ben Galbraith (Moderator), Dion Almaer (Walmart), Issac Roth (Strongloop), Max Lynch (Drifty), Abe Elias (Sencha) — Open Source in Mobile
4:00 pm
Patrick McFadin (Datastax) — Open Source and Big Data
4:30 pm
Michael Gold (moderator), Salil Deshpande (Bain Capital Ventures), Christian Perry (, Alex WIlliams (The New Stack), Brian Zisk (SF MusicTech Summit) — Startup Pitch Panel
4:50 pm
Closing Remarks —  Salil Deshpande (Bain Capital Ventures), Michael Gold (, Christian Perry (
5:00 pm
Cocktail Reception / Passed food
6:00 pm
#sfbeta Startup Showcase Presented by Datastax

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