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CodePlex Foundation Reports on 100 Day Goals

Jan 07, 2010, 18:33 (1 Talkback[s])

"Earlier this week, I noted the fact that the 100 day mark for the CodePlex Foundation had passed (on December 19) without any comment from the Foundation on how they had fared against their aggressive goals for that time period, including the replacement of the founding, interim Board of Directors, with a permanent board.

"That blog entry sparked a call from the Foundation's PR firm, and an opportunity for me to spend an hour on the phone with Sam Ramji, the interim President of the Foundation, and Foundation Deputy Director Mark Stone during which we covered a lot of ground, including what's been accomplished so far, what the Foundation has learned so far, how that has affected its planning, and what we can expect to be announced in the short term and long term future. They also informed me that a press release covering some of the same topics would be issued today. That announcement was posted to the Foundation Web site at Noon, and you can find it here (as usual, it's also pasted in at the end of this blog entry).

"With that as prelude, here's what we talked about, and here's what I learned.

"Overview: It sounds from my conversation with Sam and Mark that the Foundation has had a rather typical startup experience: too much to do in too little time, some glitches, some surprises, and some successes. Unlike a typical startup, which will often go into stealth mode and contemplate its navel for months on end, though, the Foundation has been engaging - as it should - in a great deal of dialogue with all sorts of people in all sorts of roles in the commercial and community landscape. They include members of the open source community generally, potential project contributors, potential sponsor members, Microsoft ecosystem OSS participants, and others."

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