I debated writing this blog post because I thought: “Who really cares if I have a new blog and what I’m planning on doing in the future?” And ultimately I decided that I wanted to write this post anyway, so here we are.

The past year has been an interesting one, to say the least. I began the year with my dream job, working at System76 as Community Manager. I love the people there and really got along well with my co-workers. But I found that I had a desire to work on many different things besides what the focus of the company was, and ended up making a decision that I would strike out on my own and become a contractor.

Following the decision to leave System76, detailed in this post, I worked on various contracts and worked with my friend Benjamin Flanagin on the open source PR and Marketing platform Leaflet Bomb. I wanted to build a company around the open source application – but I found interest from investors lacking and wasn’t sure I had the desire to grind that out trying to make it work. (However, I’m still open to working on it if someone wants to provide some funding *wink* *wink*).

Since then, I’ve taken on a contract with the Thunderbird project, which has been an amazing learning experience. I’ve never before worked on a team with a product serving 26 million users, and it’s proven to be a very humbling position to be in.  I have a lot of hope for the future of Thunderbird, and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of shaping that future.

As you can see if you are reading this, I have a new blog and it is wonderful. I converted it over to a fully-fledged WordPress blog after using Ghost for a long while. I’ve no problem with Ghost, it’s a great simple blogging platform – but I found that I was running up against some limitations of the software and decided it was time for a more feature-rich platform. So I went with the tried and true WordPress.

So now, on to the podcast which I’m sure most of those reading this are most curious about. Yes, it is happening. Yes, I know what it is going to be about. No, I don’t know what it is going to be called yet.

The Podcast:

So, here goes, the podcast is going to be about open source use in businesses, and businesses built around open source. It’s going to be a weekly podcast and it’s going to feature interviews with people from well-known companies talking about their use of open source software to power their businesses. We’ll get a look behind the curtain at company policies, attitudes and culture around the use of open source software and hopefully we’ll all learn something in the process.

The name so far is eluding me. I wanted to call it “Open for Business” but it appears as though Ebay had a podcast by the same name. I’m not sure if I can use the same name, perhaps a reader can enlighten me on whether or not I’ll get sued if I steal it.

Beyond that I like “Default: Open”, don’t ask me why. It’s just a phrase I used at Mycroft when I ran the tech there to describe our approach to adopting software into our workflow. The idea was, by default, we would use open source unless it was simply not possible.

Let me know what you think, I’m interested in hearing feedback on what you think the name of the podcast should be, or about my plans in general. Comment here or Tweet at me at @ryanleesipes.

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