At some point in my career I decided I wanted to quit software development and do an MBA. For a stroke of luck, I failed the admission test and I kept developing software. It was early 2010, and I did not know Node.js existed, and the impact it would have on my life.

I wanted to speak at conferences, and I was terrible at it.

Then, I was lucky to find a job that allowed me time to develop Open Source libraries. I was lucky that someone noticed one, and I went speaking at 2013.

Now I travel the world as a consultant and conference speaker, and I maintain close to 200 OSS libraries. Open Source can change your life too, because there is no such thing as luck.


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Very good! Open source (or Free Software?) is a way of living

Paolo Rovella at 18:43 on 11 May 2017

Such an inspirational talk! Thanks Matteo ;)

So surviving as an OSS maintainer *is* possibile!


Entertaining story and great advice. I really enjoyed it!

Samu at 10:26 on 12 May 2017

It always nice to hear a successful story about the people contributes in open source!

M_a_s_s_i at 11:27 on 12 May 2017

Inspiring! Should encourage all of us to contribute more and be more engaged in the community :-)

Stefano Sala at 15:35 on 12 May 2017

Interesting excursus on Matteo's life in open source, a bit more focused on the community rather then on himself would have been better, I think :)

More community content and some real life problems with OS is what was missing here for me

The talk was really inspirational and entertaining but focusing more on the community and less on speaker's feats and failures could go a long way. Nevertheless, it answered a lot of questions I had about open-source and I understand how it could motivate me and the others to contribute more.

Enrico Bono at 20:24 on 12 May 2017

Thanks for you effort, but I didn't like the 20 minutes of "who I am". I didn't see the point of the whole talk.

Anonymous at 22:03 on 12 May 2017

inspiring for persons who already did it, not for others. I can read your CV when I want...

Andy Johnson at 22:11 on 12 May 2017

this was a bit "out of topic" to the conference, as was addressing personal aspects into the world of entering into IT as developers. Some way it was a cool talk that I will suggest to who is starting, and such a way I can find myself

Great talk.

Samuele Lilli at 19:26 on 26 May 2017

The kind of talk that set the hype in me: is thanks to people like Matteo that I push myself to my limits and set the boundaries every day a little bit upper.
Thanks again.