Future Founders Training: Session 2

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Join a Series of Training Sessions for Future Founders - those with an active interest in learning about the business of Open Technology.

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Session 2: Product Development

Speakers: Fiona Nielsen, Justin Cormack, Sam Weaver, Tom Wilkie


- Feature development - internal resources, community, customers

- Building a road map

- Features which will be free v features which will be paid for

- Implementing the right pricing structure

- Customer onboarding and delivery


Fiona Nielsen - CEO, O2H

Fiona Nielsen is a bioinformatics scientist-turned entrepreneur. Having worked at Illumina developing tools for interpretation of next-generation sequencing data and analysing cancer genomes, Fiona realised the main bottleneck for genome interpretation and precision medicine is accessing the right data. Therefore, she decided to disrupt outdated practices with the aim of accelerating drug discovery. In 2013, Fiona founded DNAdigest as a charity to promote best practices for efficient and ethical data sharing, and in 2014, she co-founded Repositive to develop an online community platform and global exchange for genomic data. Fiona’s familiarity with the industry ensured that Repositive’s platforms would provide data access solutions while also respecting the industry need for privacy, data governance and IP protection. Repositive built the innovative Cancer Model Platform and international network of providers and biopharma partners to compile the world’s largest directory of cancer models. Early partners including AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, XenTech and Shanghai LIDE Biotech has positioned Repositive as the go-to global marketplace to accelerate translational cancer research. Fiona features on the 2018 WISE100 list, an index of the UK’s 100 most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, and she regularly speaks on invited panels on the subjects of genomics, impact entrepreneurship, and ethical data sharing.

Justin Cormack - CTO, Docker

Justin Cormack is CTO of Docker, and serves on the Technical Oversight Board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. He has been involved in the open source community for many years, and has worked in publishing and financial services as well as software startups. He has been focusing on supply chain security and container and cloud native software delivery as an engineer and executive. He is based in Cambridge.

Sam Weaver - CEO, Plural Labs

Sam is the CEO at Plural Labs, a venture-backed startup that empowers DevOps teams to effortlessly deploy and operate production-ready open source applications from day one. Sam has spent over a decade in open source, having held engineering, architect and product management roles at Red Hat and MongoDB. Most recently Sam was the Head of Product at Unqork, the No Code Enterprise Application Platform.

Tom Wilkie - VP, Technology at Grafana

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