The Rise of Open Source Challengers

The Open Source Challenger Landscape 2021

Quick recap: how did we get here?

Quote from “The Business of Open Source” (2008) by Watson et al (link)
Open source databases overtook closed source databases in popularity in early 2021 (DB-engines.com, link)

Why open source wins

1. R&D and innovation

2. Community and Ethics

3. Product and Features

4. Distribution

5. Data Privacy & Security

Open source is also good for the world

What is new in this wave?

The Open Source Challenger Landscape 2021

A. OSS takes over the application layer

  • Distribution: non-technical end-users of applications usually aren’t developers. They simply don’t care about open source in and of itself, reducing the virality and PLG benefits.
  • Product: UI and UX design has traditionally been difficult to solve and work on in open, distributed and decentralized way within open source communities.

B. The end of closed source software categories

Data, infra & OSS; Support great teams @NEA | Ex @BCG | @Harvard Ec/CS

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Rajko Radovanović

Rajko Radovanović

Data, infra & OSS; Support great teams @NEA | Ex @BCG | @Harvard Ec/CS

More from Medium

How A German Start-up Achieved 4 Mn € ARR In One Year

eFounders’ predictions for 2022 — Tech

Rise of open-source SaaS

The Low-Code / No-Code Ecosystem