Episode 67: Ryan Sipes and Building Community at Thunderbird
Panelists Richard Littauer Guest Ryan Sipes Show Notes Hello and welcome to Sustain! On the episode today, our special guest is Ryan Sipes, the Community and Business Development Manager for Thunderbird, as well as the Treasurer on Thunderbird’s governing body. We learn all about what Thunderbird is and an interesting story of how Ryan ended up there. We also find out when Thunderbird was spun out of Mozilla, the aftermath Ryan had to deal with assuring people it was not dead, and that there were people still working on it. Even though COVID hit this year, Thunderbird has been super successful in obtaining donations, and Ryan shares how they did this. Also, we learn how Ryan gives back for open source projects that Thunderbird uses and find out what Ryan is most excited about in the future for Thunderbird. Download this episode now to find out much more! [00:00:46] Ryan tells us an interesting story how he ended up at Thunderbird, how he applied for the position, and mentions Foss Jobs as a great resource. [00:03:58] Richard asks Ryan how large the contribution base is, how many people he has as active contributors, and if they are contributing on GitHub. [00:05:56] Ryan explains the governance model, where the council fits in, and how they’ve managed to grow during COVID. [00:08:26] We find out how many people use Thunderbird. [00:09:47] Ryan tells us about getting spun out from Mozilla, which happened before him, and living with the aftermath of that when he was there. [00:12:28] Richard asks Ryan how he would have done things differently if he was Mozilla’s leadership board. [00:13:46] We find out when Ryan was brought on as a Bus Dev, what did he initially start doing and what else did he did to help make sure the project had more money in time. [00:17:27] Richard asks if Ryan sees any differences in the kind of users who use Thunderbird and if he’s trying to cater to them in particular, as opposed to people who just use Gmail for their day to day purposes. [00:22:43] Richard wonders how Ryan asks for money so effectively and if he has any tips on how to get donations since he does it so well. [00:29:03] Ryan tells us how he gives back for his open source projects that Thunderbird uses. [00:31:06] Ryan talks about what he’s most excited about in the future for Thunderbird. [00:32:41] Find out where you can follow and find out more about Ryan and Thunderbird. Spotlight [00:33:42] Richard’s spotlight is mailing list by Martin Edwardes called the EAORC (Evolutionary Anthropology Online Research Cluster). [00:34:37] Ryan’s spotlights are two projects called EteSync and Etebase. Quotes [00:07:10] “When I was looking at the coronavirus, I was very worried because 99.9% of our funding comes from in-kind gifts, from donations.” [00:16:02] “One thing that really, I guess made us successful at the level we are, like this year we’re going to do $2.3 million in donations, and so, that’s reasonably good. But so much of that came from explicitly letting users, letting donors know that we need the support in order to produce a really high-quality piece of software.” [00:25:46] “I thought, well, maybe the thing is we just have to ask, and be very upfront about it, and it seemed like such a small thing but I told my team we have got to ask people as soon as they download, and it says your download has started, and then the ask, and we did that, and immediately donations went up substantially.” Links Ryan Sipes Website Ryan Sipes Twitter Thunderbird Twitter Thunderbird Foss Jobs EAORC (Evolutionary Anthropology Online Research Cluster) by Martin Edwardes EteSync Credits Produced by Richard Littauer Edited by Paul M. Bahr at Peachtree Sound Show notes by DeAnn Bahr at Peachtree Sound Special Guest: Ryan Sipes.Support Sustain
Episode 40: The Thunderbird Interview (featuring Ryan Sipes)
Linux For Everyone
It's time for another interview episode, and what a guest I have for Episode 40! Ryan Sipes founded Mycroft AI, built a strong community for System76, and now he's wearing 3 different hats for the Thunderbird project. Ryan shares his hilarious Linux origin story, some great memories from System76, and talks about Thunderbird's past, present and future. Along the way, of course we get sidetracked by talk of browser wars, favorite distros and sexy Linux hardware... WATCH this interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TiWpw-qwoc Be sure to check the shownotes for links on how to use, hack, contribute and donate to Thunderbird! A big thank you to BitWarden and** Digital Ocean** for sponsoring this episode of Linux For Everyone! Get a $100 credit for Digital Ocean: do.co/dln Try BitWarden for free: bitwarden.com/dln Special Guest: Ryan Sipes. Support Linux For Everyone Links: Get ThunderbirdGet Thunderbird Beta (Linux)Donate to ThunderbirdContribute to ThunderbirdLearn to hack on ThunderbirdNew features in Thunderbird 78Follow Thunderbird on TwitterFollow Ryan on TwitterL4E Community on TelegramL4E Community on Discord
In episode 005 we sit down with Ryan Sipes. We catch up with Ryan on Moto Fite klub, racing supercross, doing backflips, fighting Travis Pastrana, his faith, and family! Tune in to checkout everything goin on in RJ's life right now! We hope you enjoy episode 5! RevUp is a podcast/show where we sit down each week to talk with professional athletes about the unique crossroads of Christian life and action sports to offer you a view into the motivations that drive those at the top.
Daytona Bike Week is as jam-packed with races and events as ever, so Jason Weigandt called the man who will participate in the most of them, Ryan "General" Sipes. His Do-It-All season begins next weekend with the Daytona Supercross (March 7) and also includes the American Flat Track opener at Daytona on March 14 and the new Day in the Dirt Down South on March 15. Sipes talks about versatility, riding with Roczen and Sexton, his 2020 schedule, and more, and Weigandt gives the full rundown on what to see and do in Daytona starting next weekend. The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.
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We interview Ryan Sipes on Episode 4 of Tank Slappin’ Podcast! In our opening segment, we discuss some very important topics, like how Briar is going to explain to Indian that he has to change his last name to Texter now that there is a wedding to plan for. Did Jake Johnson’s badass Suzuki framer he won championships have traction control? What are the rumors regarding possible rule changes for the FTR 750 this season? As mentioned, our guest for this episode is Ryan Sipes. This dude has won Supercross main events, American Flat Track main events, ISDE, and more. He talks about the race craft between riders across each discipline, his thoughts on going head to head with Wiles on the TT’s in 2020, future plans to race a half mile, training with JD Beach, his rivalry with Justin Barcia and a lot more.Instead of a Noah Chambers segment, he joined us for the entire show. We keep it entertaining in our closing segment and shoot the shit on a lot of topics, including predictions for the Winter Throwdown this weekend and more. Listen to the very end for a special send off.