Marketing is not typically a priority for open source projects, yet early marketing efforts driven by companies in the OpenStack ecosystem have undeniably made a huge impact on its initial success. In this session we'll discuss the challenges in working within our complex open source community while also taking on serious competitors with deep pockets. How can you be a good citizen in the community and contribute to building the OpenStack brand, while also leveraging the brand and community resources for your company's benefit? In this panel, we will discuss:
* Building and leveraging the OpenStack brand -- the multiplier effect
* Embracing your competitors in the community to fight the bigger enemies
* Why it's important to create a movement -- rally a joint mission and/or common enemy
* Adding another stakeholder to your marketing plans -- the community
* Being flexible and reactive to timelines, variables, lack of a solid roadmap
* Tackling bottom-up marketing versus traditional enterprise marketing personas
* Staying scrappy and pooling resources to make a big impact without a big budget
Gretchen Curtis is a Co-Founder andChief Strategy Officer at Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. Prior to Piston Cloud,she was Director of PR & Communications for NASA’s CTO for IT Chris C. Kempand the NASA Nebula cloud computing project (now known as OpenStack compute). Whileat NASA, she was part of the writing team that created NASA’s open governmentplan as well as a core contributor to the Federal Cloud Computing Strategycreated under federal CIO Vivek Kundra.
Gretchen started her... Read More →
Director of Marketing, OpenStack Foundation
I am the Director of Marketing for the OpenStack Foundation. I helped launch OpenStack and have since been coordinating with different companies and technical leaders in the community to promote OpenStack and drive adoption through activities like event organization (including the twice-yearly Summits), case studies and media relations. I have been marketing in the technology industry for more than eight years, with a background in early stage companies, open source and enterprise software... Read More →
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