Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

Management and Leadership

22 Mar 2011, 20:45 p.m.

A Slightly Disjointed (Due To A Five-Day Cold) Musing On Open Source, Fear, Motivation, And Witnessing

I was introducing C. to a set of QuestionCopyright friends and acquaintances, and they were joking about indoctrinating her, and she was curious to hear what free culture is all about. So she wondered why …

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02 Mar 2011, 3:54 a.m.


Now that my new bosses have told the world: yes, I'm also now consulting for the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that supports Wikipedia and other free knowledge initiatives. To grossly simplify, I'm coordinating software development …

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26 Feb 2011, 8:52 a.m.


Since I last mentioned my career, I have turned into a consultant. I have a few gigs; let me tell you about two of my clients. is a nonprofit that aims "to educate the …

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01 Feb 2011, 7:47 a.m.

When Am I Ever Going To Have To Use This?

Yesterday, while negotiating with potential clients, I used: You know, standard reading, writing, and interpersonal speaking skills (many courses, school newspaper, speech & debate, Academic Decathlon) Basic algebra to work out some price quotes (elementary …

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23 Aug 2010, 21:45 p.m.

Two Tips On Convincing Managers & Executives To Invest In Your Technology Projects

From a years-old job-advice email to a friend. The sort of knowledge that Rachel Chalmers or Karl Fogel finds obvious but that some of us still haven't quite integrated into our day-to-day communications and long-term …

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24 Jun 2010, 15:40 p.m.

The Second Step: HOWTO encourage open source work at for-profits

At the excellent Open Source Bridge conference earlier this month, people seemed to enjoy my talk. The one-liner: Even at pro-FLOSS businesses, logistical obstacles and incentive problems get in the way of giving back. I’ll …

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10 May 2010, 10:29 a.m.

GNOME & Conference Planning & Writing

I'm back in New York City. Big priorities this week include: Preparing to move to a bigger apartment here in Astoria Getting the GNOME 3.0 launch marketing machine up and running Organizing the late May …

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05 Feb 2010, 22:48 p.m.

Another Change

I'm no longer working with Collabora Ltd. In the first several months after I joined Collabora in April 2009, I served as lead project manager, got the new website up, and started putting some new …

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22 Nov 2009, 21:29 p.m.

Career Analysis Stuff

You might be interested in my analysis of my career history in a longish Crooked Timber comment. I'm very glad that I had so many different work experiences before making irrevocable choices, and that I …

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25 Sep 2009, 8:49 a.m.

We Already Know The Title Of His Management Tips Book

I used to watch Project Runway identifying with the contestants. Now I watch and think, "Tim Gunn is really good at phrasing criticism in a way that's likely to get across to the designer. I …

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