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Talk: A road to open-source life

A road to open-source life

Slides: http://slides.com/balupton/open-source-life/

WHO AM I? (Why listen to me?)

Projects:

  • B2evolution
  • jQuery Plugins
  • History.js
  • DocPad
  • Interconnect
  • ChainyJS

Initiatives:

  • Open-Collaboration
  • Startup Hostel
  • Static Site Generators.net
  • Open-Company Initiative

WHY ARE YOU HERE? (why should you care?)

Some tangible takeways:

  • If you want to become successful in open-source
  • If you want to be requested by companies
  • If you want to be able to deal with paparatzi
  • If you want to stay... semi-sane

Some age-old lessons:

  • Success is not a straight forward path
    • It's okay to not know where you're going
  • Failure is feedback
    • A slap in the face
  • Goals change, that's okay
    • Refinement and focus requires life experience
  • Growth happens outside your comfort zone
    • Boundaries must be pushed to be established
  • You must be ready for growth
    • Otherwise you will regress / Life is important, invest in it

THE STORY (what to learn?)

  • 1997 (7-8)

    • Started programming (HTML/CSS)
  • 2006 (16-17)

    • jQuery's rise to fame
    • jQuery plugins
    • Started University
    • B2evolution
    • Freelancing through open-source
    • Immersed myself in community
  • 2009 (19-20)

    • jQuery Plugins
    • Full-time javascript developer
    • $18k/year - $20/hour
    • Immersed myself in tech
  • 2011 (21-22)

    • Created History.js
    • Aloha Editor
    • DocPad
    • Idea-Share
    • Moved to Sydney
    • Startups
    • Think & Grow Rich
    • Medical & Government
    • $91k/year - $75/hour
    • Immersed myself in business
  • 2012 (22-23)

    • Joined BugHerd
    • Part-time DocPad
    • Startup Workaway
    • Idea Share => Startup Hostel
    • Broke (it's okay, life goes on)
    • Studied Presence
    • Got bailed out
    • Got work
    • $84k/year - $150/hour
    • Immersed myself in personal development
  • 2013 (23-24)

    • Full-time DocPad
    • India (wait... opinions are good?)
    • Bali (Startup Hostel => Network)
    • Broke (blindspots are evil)
    • Toronto
    • Sponsorship
    • $84k/year - na/hour
    • Berlin (Hacker Retreat)
  • 2014 (24-25)

    • Toronto
    • End of sponsorship
    • Broke (diversity is important)
    • Health (disassembly is important)
    • Consulting
    • $96k/year - $80/hour
    • ChainyJS
    • Immersed myself in psychology
  • 2015 (26-27)

    • Trainings
  • 2020 (30-31)

    • Fiji

THE APPLICATION (how to apply it?)

  • It takes a very long time
  • It is very hard
  • Diversification is good
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