Journées du Patrimoine des start-ups

On September 14th we participated in the French event “Journée du patrimoine des Start-ups”, basically hundreds of start-ups opening to the public to let them know what a start-up is about. On that occasion we organized an event called How free software changed my life. We had there two great speakers who did awesome presentations, that we’ll summarize here.

Julien of Stuffomatic:

How free software changed the life of Plee, the bear

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Stuffomatic is a video game studio, launched in 2012. They developed 2 games:

Julien started long time ago using proprietary software. But he was facing a dilemma: either pay for expensive software and all the upgrades or counterfeit. At some point, it became clear:

I’m a software maker. I wouldn’t like people counterfeiting my software. Let’s do free software.

And it made a lot of sense. Free software enabled him to know more people, share, contribute, get improvement from others. And evolve in the free software ecosystem without barrier, stay up-to-date for free. Code is accessible but we stay author, so others cannot claim ownership on it.

But then came the business model issue. The crowdfunding was the natural solution. And at this point they discovered Open Funding.

On Open Funding, we fund the software step by step, with limited amounts each time. It enables us to limit our communication effort, and to move forward without explaining the whole thing in only one step. It helps us keeping our agility.

They learned with Andy’s Super Great park that making great software is not enough. They now know they need to complete another essential task: communication. This is also true for crowdfunding. So they communicated on blogs, forums and sites dedicated to free software or video game. And Communication is a long term process: they need to build a community to support them and to help Plee the bear grow. And that’s what free software is about.

Sacha of Stample:

How free software is changing the world

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Stample is a distributed social network. It is built on the new standards that are about to change the web.

To us, social means contribution. At Stample, we think that we’re switching from a society of consumption to a society of participation. We’re moving from public to actors.

Current social networks are organized like a panopticon. It is a prison in which noone sees each other, but the Panopticon sees everybody. On your social network, you can prevent others from seeing your data or your pictures, but you cannot prevent the network to see them. Stample offers security through distribution. If you control your data, you can use it freely. You can share what you want with whoever you feel like.

 

 

Free software makes sense on the distributed web

Free software offers 4 basic freedoms:

  • to study
  • to transform
  • to use
  • to distribute
Those four freedoms were published by Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation in 1986, before the Web even existed.

At Stample, we think that we should add a fifth freedom relative to Social Web: to control one’s information and identities.

People associate Open Source with geek. Open source would certainly be nothing without the geeks, because geeks initiated a lot of projects. But these projects wouldn’t exist without their users. And they’re not only geeks, they are everybody, so the end user is the destination of free software. Some free software are very well designed.

Open source is not to be associated with geeks. It is rather a way to move from this society of consumption to the society of contribution.

There does exist a design issue with some open source projects because people are often not enough professional. These software are made by developers and no designer participate. But when the software is backed by a company, it can become beautifully designed. There are many examples of that.

Stample offers a secured way of sharing your data with your network. It is secured because it is distributed, and it is secured because it is open source. They fit together well.

I finished the day by presenting Open Funding to the assistance, trying to convince them that we’re all concerned about software, because our society runs with software. Your phone, your television, your factory. Tomorrow even your car will be driven by software. It seems a major issue to us. And we think everybody should be concerned. We should all contribute. That’s what Open Funding is here for.DSCF0039

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Great time at the #JPDS

It was such a great experience seeing all the poeple who joined us for the JPDS last saturday at Mutinerie.

We had a good workshop with the people from Stuff-o-matic, Stample and GNUSide. We got the chance to show the work we’ve done and the projects we’re all working on. Thanks again to all the assistants!

Remeber to start your own free software project on our site http://funding.openinitiative.com/

Soon some pictures from the event!

 

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Can free software change your life? This is how it changed ours

When we thought about the title for the workshop of the Journées du Patrimoine Des Startups that take place in Paris between 12 and 14 September we talked about the importance of free software for us and how really it has been a life changer in many levels.

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There are many reasons we work with free software and why we have started a crowdfunding site for it. Each one of us has personal reasons for this, but there are some common factors that have changed our lives since we first knew free software. Here are some of them:

1.    Money and time saver: how many times have you fought against permissions, licenses and all kinds of obstacles that don’t let you use software in its full potential? Free software makes you confirm that it should be open and free as its name stands for. We’re not saying that free software is equal to no money, but to being up for everyone. Anyhow, it’s always a cheaper option than any other private software.

2.    If you know something, get into it: when we’re talking about development, of course there’s a big importance of the work you can do making the software better. But on Open Funding, we are not all a group of developers and that’s the great thing about free software. You can really contribute from what you know and this really finishes with the idea that free software it’s reserved to geeks. We found ourselves being useful for a good cause from different points of view, because it’s not only about doing the software but also making people aware of it and distribute it.

3.    Great entourage: have you ever been to a free software event? You may find that the people that work around free software can be the most open and sharing people you can ever meet. There’s a sense of sharing and working together that’s natural from this environment. And also, if you really don’t understand something they will try to help you. Maybe some of them can escape from explaining in a language that seems out of this world, but they’ll try their best. Since we first starting attending this kind of events our network has really increased and we have met great people to work with.

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4.    Developers are good at what they do: when the idea of creating Open Funding came to life, we talked about how valuable developers work is and how sometimes it doesn’t get recognized as it should. There are many creative people with great projects and we think they deserve to get a fair recompense for the value of their work. Also when developing, it’s sure you’ll be near great creators who will challenge your competences

5.    Share, share, share: the spirit of free software exhales sharing and distributing. As we said before, you really can help from what you know and spreading the word out may be one of the best ways and literally anyone can do it. For example, there are many people in events who work as volunteers with a project they trust. With free software, the community is really everything and we confirm this every day with the projects we are co-funding.

 

There are many other positive reasons why free software has changed our lives, and that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about this week in our workshop with the heads of three different free software companies who will share their experience and tell us how it really has changed their lives. If you want to get inspired by their stories, join us!

http://www.jpds.fr/workshops/open-initiative

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Open Funding in the next JPDS

We’re happy to announce that we will be in the next edition of the Journées du Patrimoine des Startups, that will take place between September 12th and 14th in different places in Paris, including Mutinerie, the coworking space where we’re installed.

We’ll have two apperances during the event. The first one consists of a presentation of the company for all the assistants, the introduction of Open Funding and the work we do here.

The second one, is a 2-hour event hosted by Open Funding that’s called “Comment le logiciel libre a change ma vie” (“How Free Software changed my live”), a conferece with  the heads of three different entreprises of Free Software: Gnu Side, Stample and Stuff-o-matic (Creators of the game “Plee the bear” which is being funded on our site).

These will be three days to discover the different startups in the local scene and we’re lucky to be part of such a great event which is celebrating its second year.

So if you’re in town and want to hear great stories about free software from some , its great advantages, and get to know some startups that are makeing their way through, you’re more than welcome to join us. Come and get involved!!

 

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