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Build a Big Data Business Around Open Source

By Trista Pan

A Handbook for Founders & Initial Committers of Successful Open Source Projects

This talk provides guidance for entrepreneurs and open-source contributors who want to build a big data business around their successful open-source projects. The talk will explore the advantages of open source for big data, including the benefits of community-driven development, the use of powerful tools like Apache ShardingSphere or Hadoop, and the ability to leverage big data analytics to create new business opportunities.

The talk will provide insights into how to effectively attract top talent and build your team from open-source communities, monetize an open-source project, attract investors, and create a sustainable business model that maximizes both innovation and profitability.

Trista will share her unique empowering journey from being the only female Apache Member in China to co-founding SphereEx, securing funding, and overcoming the challenges and prejudices women developers still face nowadays.

Through case studies of successful open source projects and big data startups, this talk will demonstrate the potential of open source to drive innovation and growth in the big data industry. Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of the key factors that contribute to the success of open-source big data projects and the tools and strategies needed to build a thriving big data business.

About the Speaker


Juan Pan (Trista), an AWS Data Hero, is the CTO and Co-Founder of SphereEx, an Open-Source SaaS commercial start-up backed by some of the world’s top VCs.

Previously a Senior DBA at JD Technology, she was responsible for the design and development of JD Digital Science and Technology’s intelligent database platform.

Juan now focuses on distributed databases & middleware ecosystems and is strongly committed to Open-Source. She’s serving as an Apache ShardingSphere Project Management Committee member, as well as a mentor with various other Apache incubating projects.

Recipient of the 2020 and 2021 “China OSCAR Open-Source Pioneer”, she is frequently invited to speak at relevant conferences in the fields of database & database architecture – including AWS Summit Shanghai and AWS Dev Days.

She loves to encourage more women to pursue careers in technology and regularly shares her empowering journey from open source contributor to CTO at events such as AWS She Builds Summit. She is also praised by students for her mentorship efforts at initiatives such as Google Summer of Code or Anita B. Org’s Grace Hopper Celebration.

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