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Open source software eats everything.

OSS Capital is the world's first and only early-stage COSS (Commercial Open-Source Software) company investor and platform. COSS companies are defined as "Any company that would not exist without the parallel co-existence of a given Open-Source technology"

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  • Mass knowledge-transfer from previous generation to next generation of COSS founders.

    OSS Capital offers a unique and diverse COSS Equity Partner network that exists to transfer aggregate wisdom from the previous decades 50+ most successful COSS founders. OSS Capital is backed and supported by COSS founders who have collectively unlocked $19B+ in annual revenue, driven $80B+ in outcomes, captured $200B+ in company value, created 70K+ jobs and raised $12B+ in VC. Their companies and technologies have created trillions more in value for all.

  • Radically improving COSS company understanding and capital efficiency.

    The most successful COSS companies of the last decade raised $250M ~ in VC along their way to reach $100M + in annual revenue. We believe COSS companies are fundamentally more capital efficient than this and they have the potential to be 50%+ more capital efficient than history has indicated. As a result, we aim to reduce this average by 50% or more while producing even greater business and ecosystem outcomes and positive impact.

  • 1 Billion People Creating Open-Source.

    By focusing on providing the best freely available data-driven knowledge for all on the immensely inherent abundance of the business-model-agnostic open core approach to company building and entrepreneurship, we aim to accelerate the democratization and popularity of the hybrid FOSS (free / open source) technology engineer<>creator and COSS startup founder role. Additionally, we aspire to speed the materialization of 1B+ humans creating open source technology by 2030.

shape 2OSS Capital Partnership and Advisors

  • Joseph Jacks

    Founder and General Partner

    Joseph Jacks

    Joseph Jacks is the Founder and General Partner of OSS Capital. He is based in San Francisco.

    Previously, Joseph was an EIR at Quantum Corporation in support of the Rook project which was subsequently donated to the CNCF (its first storage project) where he has also been involved (at the board level, in various committees and as an advisor) since inception. Joseph also founded KubeCon (now also run by the Linux Foundation's CNCF) while also founding and building Kismatic, the first enterprise-focused commercial Kubernetes company (acquired by Apprenda, subsequently acquired by ATOS). Over the preceding several years, Joseph worked at Mesosphere (now D2IQ), Enstratius (acquired by Dell Software), TIBCO Software and Talend in various sales, engineering, product and strategy capacities.

    Joseph is also the founder of Open Core Summit, the global COSS ecosystem conference, run independently as a vendor0neutral community that includes the leading investment firms, cloud providers, COSS companies, analysts, F2000 enterprises and more. The first OCS occurred in San Francisco, September 19-20th, 2019, uniting nearly 1,000 attendees across 29 countries, 40 major sponsors and 100~ speakers. The second annual OCS 2020 occurred fully online from December 16-18th, 2020, with 13,000+ attendees, 200~ speakers and 50~ major sponsors, celebrating and democratizing knowledge about the meteoric growth of the COSS category.

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  • Heather Meeker

    Founding Portfolio Partner: Legal

    Heather Meeker

    Heather Meeker is OSS Capital's founding core portfolio partner for portfolio-wide commercial OSS licensing and legal best practices, special projects and key strategic initiatives. As an internationally-known expert in software licensing, for over 20 years Heather has been a thought leader and trusted advisor on the use of open source software in business, and has helped scores of emerging companies structure licensing and business models.

    As a lawyer in private practice, Heather has been recognized with many awards for her work in law and technology, and advised clients from startups to global enterprises on software licenses and software copyright. She is a prolific writer and speaker on software licensing, and is the author of Open Source for Business, a go-to handbook for open source licensing in commerce.

    Before her law career, Heather was a programmer of business applications and systems and a professional musician.

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  • Nick White

    Founding Portfolio Partner: Finance

    Nick White

    Nick White is a veteran of open source software finance and the founding OSS Capital portfolio partner for all things finance strategy and execution. He has been a key player in building SpringSource from Series A to $420M VMware sale, steering Talend through its “teenage” years between startup and $1B~ public company and was one of the key players in taking Elastic from pre-financed idea to a company with over 1,000 employees in 35 countries.

    In those roles, Nick has been the foundation of the back-office and while retiring as Elastic’s CFO in 2017, was at various times during its growth also responsible for accounting, tax, legal, HR, IT, and Real Estate.

    Before his involvement in open source, Nick qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England & Wales, a California CPA and was the Controller at Steve Jobs' NeXT as it transitioned from hardware to software.

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  • Jim Walker

    Portfolio Partner: Product Marketing

    Jim Walker

    Jim Walker is a Portfolio Partner focused on evaluation and creation of go-to-market and messaging strategies for OSSC portfolio companies.

    Jim’s career has been focused on advancing and building major markets for three of the most successful commercial open source companies: Talend, Hortonworks, CoreOS. He is currently the VP Product Marketing at Cockroach Labs.

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  • Bruce Perens

    Founding Board Partner

    Bruce Perens

    Co-Founder of the Open Source movement.

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  • Kevin Wang

    Strategic Advisor

    Kevin Wang

    Kevin Wang is a Strategic Advisor at OSS Capital where he helps founders of open source projects commercialize and scale. Kevin currently serves as the CEO of FOSSA, an open source license and vulnerability management platform adopted by the world’s largest enterprises and most popular open source projects. Kevin is a member of the 2018 Forbes “30 Under 30” list and was a 2013 Thiel Fellow.

    FOSSA was named by Network World as “Top 5 Open Source Companies to Watch” in 2017 and is backed by Bain Capital, Marc Benioff, Steve Chen, Jaan Tallinn and Justin Mateen.

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