Joining an Open Source Company

Joining Acquia not only marks the earliest stage that I’ve joined a company, but also the first time I’ve joined a commercial Open Source company. This was one of the main reasons I chose to join the company. Managing a services business at an Open Source software company creates some interesting challenges compared to my past experience in traditional software and consulting businesses.

  • There’s more than one culture to adapt to. When you join an Open Source company, you not only need to adjust to your company’s culture, but you need to become an active member of the Open Source community. At an early stage, the cultures are likely to be quite similar—but its not guaranteed. Even with compatible cultures, you’re still dealing with two sets of personalities and the politics that come any time you get people together.

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