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About FOSS United Foundation

FOSS United Foundation is a registered non-profit founded in 2020, dedicated to the cause of building Free and Open Source (FOSS) projects and communities in India and elsewhere.

It originally started out as the ERPNext foundation in 2016 with the same broad goals. Its new avatar is a joint collaboration between the teams at Frappe, the publisher of ERPNext, one of the largest FOSS projects out of India, and Zerodha, India's largest stock broker and a fintech company.

The foundation, currently in its infancy, aims to provide grassroots support to FOSS projects and events, and invite industry patronage to support FOSS, in India.

Goals

India is now a hub of startups, innovative consumer software, developer communities, and largescale technological infrastructure. However, somewhere along the lines, the spirit of FOSS and hacking seems to have been overshadowed. This is illustrated by the disproportionately low number of quality FOSS projects coming out of India given a thriving industry compared to the explosion of projects that has happened globally over the last decade.

In the Indian context, our goals are:

  1. To promote the spirit of hacking, tinkering, and writing code, not only for profit, but for fun.
  2. To build quality free software for public good.
  3. To build quality free software that specifically empowers people with tools to run their livelihoods and power the economy.

Leadership

Founding directors

Kailash Nadh

Kailash Nadh

Kailash is the CTO of Zerodha, India's largest stock broker, where he co-founded the technology team in 2013. A lifelong hobbyist developer, he published his first FOSS project in 2002, a blogging platform. More on his website.

Rushabh Mehta

Rushabh Mehta

Rushabh is the Founder and CEO of Frappe and creator of the Frappe Framework. Frappe is the publisher of ERPNext, the world's most popular FOSS ERP project. He talks about his work and shares his views on his blog.

Patrons

Industry patrons who have pledged their support.

Nithin Kamath

Nithin Kamath

Nithin Kamath is the founder of Zerodha, India's largest stock broker, and Rainmatter, a fintech and climate fund. While not a developer, he appreciates the importance of FOSS and is a founding member of FOSS United who has pledged his backing to the foundation to fund FOSS projects and organisations. He is widely regarded as the world's most handsome stock broker.

Volunteers

FOSS United is a volunteer powered organization. Here is a list of our current volunteers!

Krutika Thakkannavar

Krutika Thakkannavar

Krutika crafts UI/UX for the suite of products at Zerodha. She creates awesome illustrations and graphics for FOSS United.

Prakash Hogade

Prakash Hogade

Prakash is the accountant and administrative officer of Frappe and FOSS United. Prakash has extensive experience in managing accounting and administration and is an expert ERPNext user, also handling user support from time to time. In his free time, Prakash loves to read and help people around him.

Shivam Mishra

Shivam Mishra

Shivam is a full stack developer and a designer at Frappe. At frappe he works on the Frappe Framework, Charts and ERPNext. When not working on either of these, he works on websites like this one. More on his website.

Vishal Arya

Vishal Arya

Vishal helps FOSS United expand it's reach and start converstaions about FOSS. He loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster developer communities, love organizing, volunteering and attending tech community events and meeting new people.

Contact

Write to use at foundation@fossunited.org or send us a message on the forum.