Commitment to the Cause

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”

I think it’s a wonderful quote, primarily because it’s true.  There really are only two options regarding commitment, you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing in life as inbetween.  WANdisco is very much “in” when it comes to Apache Subversion.

Today we made a couple of very important announcements.

  1. We upped our sponsor level of the ASF from Bronze to Silver.
  2. We increased the number of full-time subversion committers by hiring two of the most experienced Subversion engineers in Branko Čibej and Stefan Fuhrmann.

The ASF is a non-profit, volunteer-run foundation and this will help aid organizational, legal and financial support for a broad range of Apache licensed projects including Subversion. We continue to be extremely grateful to the ASF.  This is a ‘safe home’ for Subversion.  Apache have led the way in community open source development since 1999 and they are no stranger to mature, pervasive open source technology like Subversion.

Branko and Stefan are two wonderful software engineers with lot’s of experience in the SVN community.  Branko has been involved in the project since 2000 and he has always worked on some of the most difficult and complex problems.  Karl Fogel told me a long time ago that he could really help deliver the branching and merging improvements we hope to make.

Stefan has worked on the Subversion client TortoiseSVN since 2003 and now spans both client and server.

I think this is great news for the community as a whole.

This announcement coincides with the second year of our Subversion Live Conferences.

The first year we ran the events they were a huge success.  It presented a unique opportunity for Subversion users from a wide spectrum of organizations to interact with each other and the core Subversion developers.  Registration is now open here:


About David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies. Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of Altostor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth. With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognised as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards. David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Specialties:IPO's, Startups, Entrepreneurship, CEO, Visionary, Investor, ceo, board member, advisor, venture capital, offshore development, financing, M&A

1 Response to “Commitment to the Cause”

  • avatar C. Michael Pilato

    Congratulations on the new hires! Branko and Stefan will no doubt be great assets to the WANdisco team, just as they are — and have been — to the Apache Subversion community.

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