Monday, April 17, 2006

Bootstrap Austin: An Open Source Community

I gave a talk recently to TAG Austin on the Open Source aspect of Bootstrap Austin. The audio and slides are available on the Boot Rap. Through the services option for full membership in Bootstrap Austin, we now have 80+ bootstrappers (of our 500+ members) providing some kind of negotiated product or service to the group. The bootstrapper benefits by gaining reputation in the community, experience and improvement of their product or offering. Bootstrap become a customer and Evangelist for the bootstrapper and gains in the richness of offerings for our community. If the Bootstrapper has learned something through serving Bootstrap, s/he can take that learning and monetize it outside the community. Indeed, the Boot Rap itself is an example of this; it is produced by a Bootstrap member company, HearThis. They record, edit and produce Boot Rap and make it available on iTunes and on their website.

If you are a community builder, I hope this gives you some ideas. If you have interest in using any of the technologies/services to build your community, please contact those companies directly.

1 comment:

Monte Hayward said...

I enjoyed the video of your presentation to Austin City Council. Thanks for pushing the bootstrap revolution.

As a software developer considering relocation to Austin, I am curious about its neighborhoods. During my visit, several Austinites mentioned the large high-tech employers up north. I would then ask these follow-up questions, and get blank stares: "Where are Austin's startups located? Is there a neighborhood of lofts, rehabbed buildings, or offices that house small startup companies?" For instance, in Seattle, there are clusters of high-tech startups (bootstrap and venture cap) in Pioneer Square, Queen Ann, and Belltown neighborhoods. Where are the hotspots for this kind of activity in Austin?
--Monte Hayward