Simon started his term as a director of The Document Foundation yesterday (it’s the charity that develops LibreOffice) and has written on his personal blog explaining why TDF is a model for new open source community charities.
Simon is one of the hosts interviewing the hledger project this week on FLOSS Weekly 375.
The sort of alpha personalities who invest venture capital are good at sounding plausible and authoritative. It’s not until they veer into an area where you’ve got a high degree of expertise that you realise how they really view the world. An article in TechCrunch gave a window into the world of two high-flyers; the former CEO of MongoDB and the former managing director of Intel Capital. Both could be expected to have a good understanding of open source, and both now have executive roles at a major VC, Battery Partners.
What’s visible through that window is disappointing to say the least. Riven with serious factual errors that are probably the expression of the authors’ worldview, it’s clear that these VCs don’t see open source the same way the open source community does. Read more on InfoWorld.
An interview with Simon is featured on the web site at Open Forum Europe at the moment.