Introducing SF Beta Office Hours

So, I've got this idea for a website.

So, I’ve got this idea for a website.

Are you an early-stage founder? Drop by SF Beta Office Hours each Friday to chat about your idea with Christian Perry, CEO & Founder of SF Beta. (That’s me!)

How does it work?
Office Hours provide a chance to share your idea, get advice and feedback, and talk about life as a founder — all in a relaxed, informal, one-on-one environment.

Who is eligible?
Office Hours are designed for founders of early-stage startups — companies that are bootstrapped, seed funded, or angel funded.

When and where?
All Office Hours are conducted over Google Hangouts or Skype. Appointments take place every Friday and last approximately 30 minutes each.

How much does it cost?
It’s free, and always will be.

How do I sign up?
Head to our Office Hours page and sign up from there.

The Kloudless Interview, featuring Eliot Sun

As more and more files move into the cloud, keeping track of them, and tying them all together, can be a nightmare — particularly since each cloud storage provider, like Box, DropBox, and so on, operates in a fragmented, non-standardized universe, requiring hours (if not months) of time to integrate them all together.

Kloudless, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC in 2013, is “the last cloud storage API you’ll ever need.” The fast-growing open source platform, which now supports more than 2,500 clients, allows developers and organizations to connect with (and between) nine of the largest cloud storage providers — using just a single line of code.

Based out of Berkeley, CA, a block away from the college campus where the co-founding team originally met, I joined Eliot Sun for a wide-ranging 27-minute @sfbeta On Air interview, where we discuss Kloudless, the state of the modern cloud, and the remarkable story of the team’s six-year journey.

In addition to discussing Kloudless in depth, along with Eliot’s personal story as a founder, we chat about a lot of topics — life as a startup in Berkeley (where the sun is always shining, and rent is 60% cheaper than SoMa), opportunities at the edge of cloud technology, the rise and fall of location-based mobile apps, and more. We even coin a new hashtag: #MiddlewareIsTheNewOpenWeb.

Watch the full Kloudless interview on YouTube, or simply enjoy it in embedded above.

The Oauth.io Interview: Three Clicks, Three Steps, and You’re Done

OAuth, the universal login protocol, was supposed to make life so easy — and now, thanks to Oauth.io, it does.

In the latest @sfbeta On Air interview, Webshell Co-Founder Mehdi Medjaoui tells the story of his life as a rising star in the open source startup universe.

With the power of a simple API, OAuth.io powers integration with over 100 Oauth providers. The process involves three lines of code, and takes about 90 seconds to complete, saving developers headaches, money, and most importantly — their sanity.

Built atop a major open source project, oauthd, Oauth.io relies on this open daemon, built from contributions of developers from across the world. The power of the daemon helps explain why more than 4000 apps already rely on Oauth.io, which streamlines and simplifies what can often be an unwieldy and cumbersome integration process.

Rather than embracing the defensive IP mentality of a proprietary thought regime, Mehdi sees open source as a core strategy to the success of his startup. While acknowledging a more guarded approach may yield better short-term results, Medhi believes that the long-term success of his company depends on the future of the web — and at Oauth.io, he’s jointly invested in both.

Watch the full Oauth.io interview on YouTube.

Bountysource: Continuous Crowdfunding for Open Source Projects

More than ten years ago, David Rappo and Warren Konkel met in an IRC chat room to figure out ways to incentivize open source software development. They built a solution called Bountysource, sent it into the wild, and moved along.

But in the way that projects find a life of their own, Bountysource never died — in fact, it kept growing. So last year, Warren and David gathered all their contributors together, and brought the band back to San Francisco. Once a project, now a full-time startup, Bountysource is the continuous crowdfunding marketplace moving open source forward.

The platform-agnostic service adds a financial incentivization layer across major open source repositories — GitHub, SourceForge, and so on. Through Bountysource, companies and individuals place “bounties” to fix bugs, solve features, and start new projects, ranging from a few dollars to a few thousand.

Popular not just with engaged end users and open source geeks, companies like Facebook and Mozilla place bounties on important bugs to drive attention to them — generating fast, low-cost solutions that would otherwise languish or consume the time of an in-house developer.

Bountysource is for more than fixing bugs — it’s a fundraising platform for entirely new projects. They helped fundraise a campaign for NeoVIM, the modern take on the popular text editor — along with HabitRPG, the open source task management system with gamified RPG elements. Unlike platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, Bountysource offers continuous crowdfunding, with a funding model that supports the continuous lifecycle of product development.

Some developers love Bountysource because avid users posts bounties on issues that matter to them most. When dealing with dozens, if not hundreds, of potential projects at once — when figuring out what problems to solve can be the biggest problem of all — bounties help developers identify issues that mean the most to their users, while giving users direct input and influence over the direction that a project takes.

The Bountysource team will be showcasing at the BCV Open Source Startup Summit on April 22, and more information can be found at http://bountysource.com

This GDC “SausageFest” is Actually… A Festival with Sausages

Developer cat is a developer.

Developer cat is a developer.

GDC, the annual game developer conference, is heating up in San Francisco — as are the bazillion parties oft dubbed “sausage fests” for their preponderance of dudely revelers. Realizing this, an ingenious company called Paymentwall is hosting a sausage fest of its own — but this time, there will actually be sausages.

The cleverly-titled SausageFest takes place tonight at the upscale San Francisco-based Supper Club — and oh, will there be supper. In addition to the obligatory scantily clad women in German regalia (*sigh*), the third annual festival features unlimited German sausages of all shapes and sizes, washed down with free-flowing pints (perhaps even litres?) of German beer.

Ve have vays of making you drink.

Ve have vays of making you drink.

According to Paymentwall’s CEO, Honor Gunday, the party will be set to a soundscape of German 80s music, along with a German oompah band. It is unclear whether the mashup geniuses of Bootie will be there to mix the two sounds together, but one can only speculate — and hope.

Paymentwall makes a suite of monetization services for mobile and social games, including subscriptions, offer walls, and in-game currency sales. The company helps free-to-play apps become profitable by incentivizing users to become customers, whether through actions they take, or purchases they make.

Appropriately enough, the SausageFest admission policy eats the dog food — so to speak — of its parent company’s philosophy. Attendees can either pay $10 for admission, or visit the Paymentwall booth at #2030 on the GDC convention floor to redeem a complimentary “MINT Card” for free admission.