Panel Discussion: Open-source Development as a Full-time Pursuit

Wednesday, 11 October, 2023 - 16:5017:30

Moderator: Daria Barteneva, Microsoft

Panelists: Costa Tsaousis, Netdata; Matteo Collina, Platformatic; Michael Yakshin, Microsoft


Join us for a panel event focused on open-source development as a full-time pursuit. Panellists will share their firsthand experiences, challenges, and successes in transitioning from part-time contributors to full-time open-source advocates.

Daria Barteneva, Microsoft

Daria is a Principal Site Reliability Engineer in Observability Engineering in Azure. With a background in Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, and Music, Daria is passionate about machine learning, diversity in tech, and opera. In her current role, Daria is focused on changing organisational culture, processes, and platforms to improve service reliability and on-call experience. She has spoken at conferences on various aspects of reliability and human factors that play a key role in engineering practices, and has written for O'Reilly. Daria is originally from Moscow, Russia, having spent 20 years in Portugal, 10 years in Ireland, and now lives in the Pacific NorthWest.

Costa Tsaousis, Netdata

Costa is the Founder and CEO of Netdata. Since 1995, he has been actively working on internet related startups. He has been a co-founder and C-level executive of many successful projects, including Internet Service Providers, Cloud Hosting Providers and Fintech startups. With passion for innovation, he now leads Netdata, an open-source monitoring solution aiming to simplify and modernise infrastructure observability for everyone.

Matteo Collina, Platformatic

Matteo is the Co-Founder and CTO of with the goal to remove all friction from backend development. He is also a prolific Open Source author in the JavaScript ecosystem and modules he maintain are downloaded more than 17 billion times a year. Previously he was Chief Software Architect at NearForm, the best professional services company in the JavaScript ecosystem. In 2014, he defended his Ph.D. thesis titled "Application Platforms for the Internet of Things". Matteo is a member of the Node.js Technical Steering Committee focusing on streams, diagnostics and http. He is also the author of the fast logger Pino and of the Fastify web framework. Matteo is an renowed international speaker after more than 60 conferences, including OpenJS World, Node.js Interactive,, NodeSummit, JSConf.Asia, WebRebels, and JsDay just to name a few. He is also co-author of the book "Accelerating Server-Side Development with Fastify" edited by Packt. In the summer he loves sailing the Sirocco.

Michael Yakshin , Microsoft

Michael Yakshin is a Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft in Dublin, leading a team focusing on client-side agent and SDKs for metrics part of Microsoft's Observability systems. In his past life, Michael wore many hats, including software development for web analytics, embedded controllers, specialized Linux distributions, security and reverse engineering. Free and open source software is Michael's passion, currently pouring it into Kaitai Struct, a free declarative language bringing understanding to binary structures, one byte at a time.

@conference {292167,
author = {Daria Barteneva and Costa Tsaousis and Matteo Collina and Michael Yakshin},
title = {Panel Discussion: Open-source Development as a Full-time Pursuit},
year = {2023},
address = {Dublin},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = oct