Driving a startup that is relying on an Open Source Project is in our opinion the ultimate joy and challenge - we can pipe back the support from our customers (let's call you sponsors) into supporting the project in a scalable manner along with all the contributions from the community.
We want to take an organized and transparent approach to this, so for your information, we will work on a number of programs, most notably:
- Community Contributors: Engage active contributors for stronger participation
- Community Issues: Respond to community issues and bugs in timely manner
- Community Response: Respond to discussions in all channels
- Community Onboarding: Make learning, installing and using Neo4j easier
- Community Mindshare: Engage in the broader NOSQL community
We are just getting started with it, so please bear with us. We'll start small and continually improve, revisit and iterate.
As one of the goals we want to make Neo4j more community friendly, especially for people just getting started with NOSQL / graph-databases and neo4j (but also for you, the power users). Please let us know in what areas you think it is currently too hard to get going with Neo4j, and what could be done to improve this (there is a comment section below ;).
We are also going to virtually hang out with all of you, starting once a week in a Neo4j Cuddle Room with whiteboard sharing, voice and audio/video. There we can show off cool stuff to each other, provide feedback on community projects and just hang out. Stay tuned for the exact day and time. Hope to see you there!
We really need you to help us to make this a global movement, and we are thrilled to see what is happening. If you feel you want to be part of this, please contact us and we will make sure to get you to improve your karma via Neo4j, Graphs and NOSQL code contributions, blog content and speaking engagements. And we have Cookies.
Thanks a lot for your time, and Happy New Year!
Peter, Andreas and Michael