Bees of the Open
  Source Ecosystem

The Open-source
  Software Revolution

Open-source software (OSS) has been one of the quietest revolutions in history. The incredible victory of OSS over proprietary software has been invisible to the majority of the world’s population. OSS is still not understood by most people - despite its tremendous success since the early 1980s and explosion since the early 2000s.

Beyond making source code available publicly, the underlying OSS principles of transparency, participation and collaboration on a global scale have led to tens of millions of people working together on common challenges which has created incredible value. There are obvious commercial OSS success stories such as RedHat with its $30 billion valuation and Mulesoft’s valuation at $6.5 billion - acquired by IBM and Salesforce respectively. Still, the general public and many executives do not appreciate that OSS powers practically every part of every digital interaction they have.

Tech giants such as Microsoft, Facebook and Google run to a large extent on OSS and contribute major amounts of IP and funding to OSS products each year. Further, there are many companies such as Hashicorp, GitLab, Elastic and Confluent that are proud Commercial Open-source Software (COSS) companies with multi-billion dollar

OSS has beaten proprietary models through engaged distributed communities, with a sense of purpose, operating with an inclusive meritocracy where ideas can come from anywhere and the best ideas win. A company employing even thousands of engineers and investing tens of millions of dollars per year cannot compete with tens or hundreds of thousands of developers that contribute to products because they want to. The crowd will win, every time.valuations. COSS is a proven, highly efficient way of creating and operating businesses.


Whilst the OSS ecosystem is vibrant and powerful, it faces challenges and unanswered questions. For example:
How can a person or company with a closed-source product predictably move it into an OSS model and build a community of contributors?
How should companies “connect” with the OSS world? For example, if a company today takes but does not give to OSS, how can it create a strategy to mature its posture in relation to OSS to gain efficiency, new prospects and so it remains an employer of choice for top talent?
How can companies create an internal “product factory” that leverages OSS principles and dynamics for their own private products?
How can graphic designers, product managers, technical writers and other potential contributors get involved when the platforms, documentation and processes that underpin OSS are targeted only at software developers?
How can the time to understand products and available tasks be streamlined so that the barrier for contributors is lowered?
How can companies verify the work and approach of developers and other digital professionals in depth before hiring?

At OpenUnited, we solve these challenges and answer such questions - our vision is to be the bees of the open-source ecosystem.


Our Product Factory Platform is now available to enterprise customers to create open-source style transparency, collaboration and reuse within your company.
OpenUnited can help your company to:
Realise your own internal digital Product Factory that breaks down silos.
Benefit from open-source dynamics such as transparency, collaboration and reuse internally ("inner source").
Create an OSS strategy including helping to safely promote private software projects to OSS or COSS products.
Improve your OSS posture and perception to ensure your employer branding is attractive to top digital talent.
Hire proven top talent based on OSS contributions.