The ancient Romans brought us many ingenious inventions. The Roman civilization had the potential to start an industrial revolution, but eventually this revolution never happened. What went wrong? One of the important inhibiting factors was the existence of slavery: why invent machines when a free source of work force is ubiquitous?
A Couple of months ago, I submitted the follow proposal for a 40-minute conference session to OSCON:
In 2007, Dries Buytaert (Drupal) and Bruno Lowagie (iText) had a dinner meeting in Antwerp, discussing how to create a business for their open source project. In 2008, Dries founded Acquia and Bruno founded 1T3XT. 5 years later, Acquia was ranked #2 in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 in the US; iText was #10 in the Benelux Fast 50. In his talk, Bruno will confide the key secrets of this success.
This was the full Abstract:
I'm in the top #5000! I waited until I was on place #4900 to announce, because it will be very hard to "defend" that place ;-)
I've been active on StackOverflow for 479 days now, and already I'm playing with the big boys: my reputation is higher than 10,000:
Whenever you go somewhere with an Android device, Google registers your location (unless you disable this feature). You can see the result of this functionality by visiting your location history. For instance, on January 5th, we flew from Brussels to Amsterdam, and from Amsterdam to San Francisco: