Mitgründer für Startup mit existierenden Kunden gesucht

Für Uni1 ( suchen wir mind. einen weiteren techn. Mitgründer (oder frühen Angestellten, wenn weniger Risiko gewünscht ist).

Uni1 will die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Unternehmen und Hochschulen weltweit revolutionieren. Uni1 hat bereits Kunden und basiert auf einem erprobten Konzept. Wir können zur Zeit wg. (noch nicht) ausreichender Softwareunterstützung leider nicht skalieren.

Ideal wäre ein Full-Stack-Entwickler mit entsprechender Erfahrung in Java + Javascript und Web-Technologien. Sozialkompetenz und die Fähigkeit in einem schnellen Umfeld zu arbeiten sind ebenso wichtig. Als Ort ist Berlin oder Nürnberg ideal, aber kein Muss.

Bei Interesse bitte Email an mich.

Dirk Riehle,

Wed Nov 19: At Offener IT Gipfel and Hochsprung Award

Today, I was in two places at once. I participated in the Offener IT Gipfel of Germany’s green party where I had been invited to give a talk on open source and to participate in a panel moderated by a member of the German national parliament.

(Local copy.)

I was also present at the Hochsprung Award ceremonies by way of a video recording where we received first prize for our Startupinformatik concept for creating student startups from our computer science Master program.

(Local copy.)

I would usually would have chosen to be in Erlangen to receive the award in person, however, I had long been announced in the Offener IT Gipfel program and could not withdraw, after the Hochsprung-Awards had been decided. My students represented me well.

Best Quotes for Promoting Open Source Developer Career Article

IEEE Computer asked me about some quotes for promoting my recent article on developer careers, to be used on their social media channels. Naturally, I had a field day. A brainstorm ensued. Here are some of the better ones I suggested to them:

The changing career of programmers: Open source to help or hurt?

Ever wondered whether open source makes programmers look good?

And you thought, open source was a communist invention?

If you are a programmer, here’s to that salary increase:

What the world’s best programmers want you to know about open source:

The way to Google is paved with good open source.

As an agile programmer, I code open source, for fun, fame, and profit.

Open source: Helping programmers have a better life since 1998!

Free software: Making open source programmers happy since 1985!


Mike Milinkovich on Open Source Consortia @mmilinkov

Mike Milinkovich’s talk at OSS 2015 on “How the Eclipse Community Works”


  • Trend #1: Software über alles (ref: Software is eating the world)
  • Software is becoming the value-creating differentiator (impl: hardware is getting commoditized faster than software)
  • Trend #2: Quoting Immelt (GE): Every industrial company will become a software company
  • Milinkovich: Then, every company is becoming an open source company; also, software avg unit cost approaches zero
  • Many companies will not be able to pivot fast enough from license sales to new business models; they will fail

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Open Source for the Energy Sector (in German)

A progress report towards an open source foundation for the energy sector (in German) that I initiated and am currently guiding. The article dates back to February already, but I got a hold of it only now.

Konsortiale Open-Source-Softwareentwicklung im Energiesektor

Christof Heinritz, Peter Herdt, Stephan Janeck, Gerhardt Regenbogen, Dirk Riehle, Frank Rose, Michael Roth, Detlef Thoma, Michael Tuchs.

Der Ausbau der Energie- und Wassernetze, neue Steuerungskonzepte für eine verstärkte Einspeisung von erneuerbaren Energien (EEG) sowie erhöhte Anforderungen an die IT-Sicherheit als Bestandteil der kritischen Infrastruktur sind einige der Themen, welche die Netzbetreiber mit ihrer technisch orientierten IT in naher Zukunft meistern müssen.

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Assumption about Longevity and Its Consequences

If you have run into me recently, I may have bugged you with the following question:

Given the rapid pace of development in medical technology, I expect my generation to live to 100 years of age. A child being born today may live to the age of 250 years of age. Under this assumption, what health issues do I need to watch out for most to achieve that age?

I have little scientific fact to backup the assumption; it is based solely on my perception of the acceleration in medical technology today. Once you make the assumption that the average life span may be growing rapidly, you start to wonder how to take advantage of it. Or, put another way: What are the parts of your body should you be caring for most?

For example, I see three layers:

  1. Mechanical stuff. If you have a bad knee, I expect that this will be fully fixable within the next 10-20 years or so. It seems to me to be a purely mechanical issue.
  2. Systemic stuff. More difficult to fix, if anything goes wrong, are systemic issues, for example, arthritis or a bad lung. It is not clear to me how easily this can be fixed.
  3. The brain. At the high end sits the brain. Things that can go wrong are illnesses like Alzheimer or Parkinson, but also loss of energy to live. How to avoid those?

These are all hypotheses, but the question is real. What are the most difficult things for medical technology to tackle and how to avoid that they’l become a problem once we are starting to live longer and longer lives?

Research, Teaching, and Startup Concept of my Professorship (in German)

Over on my research group’s blog at Friedrich-Alexander University I finished summarizing the underlying concepts for the three cornerstones of my professorship:

I wrote it in German, as this is reaches the target group best; as always, Google Translate is your friend, and if you are interested, drop me a note!

Open Source Business Foundation to Merge with Open Source Business Alliance in 2014

Negotiations between the two main German open source business non-profits finally led to a tangible result:

The OSBF, headquartered in Nuremberg, and the OSBA, headquartered in Stuttgart, will merge to form a single German non-profit to further “everything open” from an economic and business perspective. (In German.)

I’m a member of both organizations and a member of the board of the OSBF though I was not involved with the drawn-out negotiations. I very much welcome the reunification (and it is a reunification after a split many years ago); as a fellow board member wrote to me: “Dirk, you are getting your Christmas wish fulfilled.” (Earlier this year, I had complained that “All I want for Christmas is that the People’s Front of Judea will finally merge with the Judean People’s Front and open its Berlin office. There is a lot of work to be done.”) The new name has not been announced yet though I think it will be “Open Source Business Foundation”.

Congratulations to Peter Ganten (OSBA) and Richard Seibt (OSBF) and the many others who made it happen!

Open Source in Automotive Industry Rising

Bearing Point Consulting just published a study on the use of open source software in the automotive industry. It shows how open source is on the rise, no surprise. Martin Helmreich, a student of mine, did most of the work, and I guided study conception and evaluation. Here are links to the German version and the English version.