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Tuesday, March 29 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Keynote: Building Visible Companies Around Open Software - Ping Li, General Partner, Accel Partners

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We’re in the golden age of open innovation. Millions of developers worldwide work in concert to build innovative open software. Today, these bits power many of the fastest-growing, most progressive technology companies in our economy.

While the development methodologies behind open innovation are tried and true, the company-building methodologies are still a work in progress. Sustainable companies, when built correctly, can be powerful forces behind open development -- driving useful contributions and feedback that benefit open participants at large. Entrepreneurs starting companies around open projects must find a balance between community leadership, customer focus, and offering value-added, proprietary products. Each effort is important, as no one alone can support a healthy business.

Accel Partners has been an investor in open startups for over a decade, as the early backer of Cloudera, Couchbase, Springsource, Sysdig, Xensource and others. In this talk, Accel’s Ping Li will present the “three Ps” of sustainable, open companies: the Project, Product, and Profit phases -- and why each, in sequence, is necessary to building the next great open technology startup.

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Partner, Accel
Ping Li joined Accel in 2004 and focuses on enterprise software application and infrastructure investments. He is the lead investor and board member at Blue Jeans, Cloudera, Code 42, DataGravity, Primary Data, Ratpr, Sysdig and Trifacta. Ping is also active in the security space as... Read More →

Tuesday March 29, 2016 3:40pm - 4:00pm PDT
Grand Sierra Ballroom