It is inevitable that data and computing power will become ever more distributed across the edge and the cloud.
Building distributed systems of interconnected devices has become exceptionally difficult. Old tools, and the best of intentions, have been contorted past their breaking point. It takes massive budgets and highly specialized teams to ensure data integrity, security, and privacy - which means most connected systems remain negligently vulnerable.
Millions of application developers need access to simple tools.
Hundreds of technologies need to be integrated.
This blog post is about their framework for thinking about community and ultimately company growth – zero to IPO.
Good reading for their take on community and metrics per stage.
The cloud, edge, and open source landscape continues to evolve - which means that we need to chart our own course into the future. However, Ockam’s route to IPO also considers the various ways that other companies have run the gauntlet from Zero-to-IPO. I’ve been fortunate to have been ‘in the rooms where it happened’. Over the past 10 years I’ve directly worked with well over 100 companies that were underpinned by open source software projects. I’ve seen spectacular successes, breathtaking failures, modest acquisitions, and some companies that simply fade into the darkness. I’ll save those stories for another time, maybe over a beer.
In order to recruit our team, or for a developer to consider using Ockam, first they have to know we exist. We create and distribute a tremendous amount of content at Ockam with one goal - driving developer awareness.
For example, The first product Ockam shipped was a blog on our Values. The second was a white paper that shared our vision. Even this post is an example! We have a learning library that outlines our thesis on the open source ecosystem, teaches computer science fundamentals, gives insights into our team culture, and demonstrates our technology. We’ve sat down for dozens of podcasts and interviews over the past two years. Ockam’s content is based around teaching. Being an effective listener and a great teacher are core underpinnings when building an open source community.