From DBA & Open-Source Contributor to CTO & Co-Founder of a Commercial Open-Source Company
Trista is the CTO and Co-Founder of an open source SaaS commercial start-up that has received seed funding from some of the world’s top VCs. Having gone from being a woman developer in the open source world to CTO, didn’t simply mean a change in her title: it brought deep changes starting from her perspectives on technology, the open source community, and approaches to daily work, to the way to communicate with and retain the most talented developers, investors etc.
This journey included growing an open source community from just a handful of contributors, to one of the leading communities in China and fastest growing Apache projects in the world. The secret? True openness and inclusiveness, the willingness to both mentor students by collaborating with initiatives such as Google Summer of Code or Anita B. Org’s Grace Hopper Celebration, while at the same time fostering a technically sound community whose solution has been adopted by over 170 corporations listed on the stock exchange.
In this talk Trista will share her empowering journey and valuable experience of being the CTO at an open source commercial start-up, how women in tech can take the challenges they face and turn them into opportunities, and best practices for open source project leadership. Tune in to get inspired to think big, to be encouraged to leave your mark and pursue your dream.