[Baypiggies] considering starting a Open Source collective

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Thu Jan 29 07:23:09 CET 2009

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 6:03 PM, Donna Snow <donnamsnow at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been considering this for awhile because I met the guys running the
> collective in Seattle and was impressed. Financially my business is ok for
> now (start another project for Stanford next month) but I think a collective
> would help to highlight each individuals strengths without the overhead of
> the usual "company" setup. Like I said, I have the office and I have the
> server space, I just don't have the time in the day I need nor all the
> expertise I'd like. I think it's a good time to get out there because there
> is going to be more demand for Open Source,especially since Obama has
> received a report from Scott McNealy
> http://www.linux-magazine.com/online/news/sun_s_mcnealy_advises_obama_administration_on_open_source

That's worth a special meeting in itself.

> I still need to do more research on this but if anyone is available next
> week and would like to talk please let me know.

I'm in. I wrote more privately.

> Glen, I'll keep you in the loop if you want to try and start one in the SF
> area. Let me do some more digging into what it takes to set one up (legally,
> etc).
> Thanks guys/gals :-)
> Donna
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 4:57 PM, Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:
>> I *really* like the idea and have thought of it this often. I know people
>> in different areas that would do something similar if there were others
>> close to them. However, it needs to be fairly close to be effective for me.
>> If you were in San Francisco, I'd seriously consider it.
>> This is a great discussion point. Maybe we'll get several small
>> collectives (like one in SF; one in Concord; one closer to where you live,
>> etc.) San Francisco does have Sandbox Suites (http://www.sandboxsuites.com/)
>> which seems to be the same and seems *very* cost effective to me depending
>> upon which package you need.
>> Good luck with the collective...  Times are tough for *all* of us right
>> now, so we understand. (Frankly, I'm hoping my current customer pays his
>> invoice early or I won't have rent money -- it's gotten that bad for me).
>> But, we'll get through it eventually.
>> All the best,
>> Glen Jarvis
>> --
>> 415-680-3964
>> glen at glenjarvis.com
>> http://www.glenjarvis.com
>> "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -M. Gandhi
>> On Jan 28, 2009, at 4:08 PM, Donna Snow wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'd like to talk to a few people who might be interested in participating
>> in a collective. The collective would focus on python and Open Source
>> projects. http://www.webcollective.coop/ is an example of one in Seattle
>> that is doing really well right now.
>> I have room for another desk in my office on Hamilton, space on our
>> servers at Hurricane Electric and we have servers galore in our office. With
>> the state of the economy right now, trying to make it as a sole-proprietor
>> is going to be extremely tough. I'd like to have a conversation with a few
>> people interested in venturing out on their own. We can share rent cost and
>> colocation cost.
>> I am not sure HOW to set one up exactly but we can discuss this at the
>> initial meeting and determine whether it makes sense to pursue the
>> collective.
>> Interested? email me offlist and we'll meet at my office at the beginning
>> of next week.
>> Thank You!!
>> Best Regards,
>> Donna M Snow, Principal
>> C Squared Enterprises
>> illuminating your path to Open Source
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