FROM OPEN SOURCE TO OPEN NETWORK: BUILDING OUR GLOBAL TEAM

There are two things I am obsessed about: winning Le Mans 24H race with a car that I have designed and building a team where we can trust each other, on a global scale. I made my mission to use the former to build the latter. I decided that my ambitious racing project would be the perfect platform to build this giant team from the ground up. Racing cars have always existed to test and develop technologies that will eventually find their way onto the road cars you and I drive everyday. So why not use such a project to develop and test software for a global team…?

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Racing has the power of focusing people’s attention. In 2014, I started to look at an alternative to traditional racing team model and I thought of the open source model. I did a bit of research and felt that the open source movement was in line with my mission. In January that year, I launched a website explaining our ambition. After contacting some close personal friends in the motorsport media and told them about the intention to launch an open source racing team for Le Mans 24H. After some incredibly helpful coverage about the news, in just a few days I had more than 10,000 visitors to the perrinn.com site. Many people contacted me and asked how they could contribute to the project. Some were sending their own designs that they’d done to improve the car. But funding was an issue and I realised that open source was not the complete answer.

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Interestingly, the software industry that invented the open source model is now realising that open source is on its way out. We are now entering what they call the third era of the internet, with the creation of open networks. During the first and second era of the internet, focus was on infrastructure, e-commerce, social media. Now creators of the internet want it to return to its decentralised roots and become a truly useful tool for people to connect, communicate and exchange in a new way, in a global and decentralised way. Open networks are very powerful. They are bigger than traditional online communities. They have the power of being more valuable than companies.

Open networks allow investors, developers and end users to exchange and develop on equal terms. With the open source model, the issue is funding because the developers are generally not rewarded for their work, the end users don’t know where to find support for the products and services that have been developed by various communities and the investors struggle to see how to generate a return. Inside open networks, the developers are identifiable and rewarded directly by the end users.

The products are accessible and re-usable and in fact there is generally only one official source of data and software that anyone can develop, as opposed to thousands of isolated copies of the same software. What makes open networks strong is transparency.

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Open networks are the perfect model for our team. In fact, PERRINN hopes to become a dominant open network in the form of a global team. PROJECT 424 is now developing as a network of companies and individual who can focus on our exciting goal. And the unique communication platform for our team is PERRINN.com: the most transparent instant messaging app to date. The development of our global team is happening right now!

Nic Perrin

Melissa Karadimos