Bloomberg: How Open Source is Driving Innovation in Tech
Today, I am joined by Adam Wolf, the Global Head of Engineering at Bloomberg—a company renowned for delivering data, news, and analytics through groundbreaking technology. With more than 17 years at Bloomberg and a strong academic background from Yale, Adam is a veritable treasure trove of insights when it comes to software engineering and innovation.
Bloomberg may be a titan in providing professional services that connect decision-makers, but did you know that its true “superpower” lies in its engagement with the open-source community? In a thought-provoking dialogue, Adam uncovers how Bloomberg leverages open-source technology to catalyze true technological innovation, compelling why this open approach has more benefits than meets the eye.
We dive into Bloomberg’s transformative journey in the adoption of open source, examining the company’s cultural metamorphosis. Was it a natural evolution or did it necessitate a seismic shift? How critical is it for businesses to contribute back to the community from which they draw so much? Adam touches upon Bloomberg’s efforts in language standardization and what these contributions mean not just for Bloomberg but for the tech ecosystem at large.
The conversation then turns to the symbiotic relationship between open-source communities and large enterprises. We dissect the nuances of democratic funding models like Bloomberg’s FOSS Contributor Fund. They reflect on how these funding avenues are not just a give-back mechanism but also an investment in sustainable innovation.
Adam highlights the array of benefits and challenges that engineers face while working on open source projects. The exchange delves into how open source can be a fertile training ground for budding engineers, offering avenues for them to sharpen their skills and broaden their horizons. But what does this mean for Bloomberg’s talent pool? Adam shares unique perspectives on Bloomberg’s “visiting engineer” pilot program, aiming to infuse fresh ideas and perspectives within its technical teams.
Towards the end, we explore why Bloomberg’s commitment to open-source innovation has made it more popular in these circles than even the FAANG companies. What does this mean for Bloomberg’s positioning in the tech landscape? And importantly, what does it indicate about the evolving ethos in tech development?
This episode is not just for the tech-savvy but also for business leaders, policy-makers, and even the casually curious. Tune in to delve into the future of open-source technology and its transformative impact on innovation in the global tech industry.