Shane Curcuru

Cannabis Startup Co-Founder; Open Source Strategy; Nonprofit Governance
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Interesting Work

Local Nonprofit News Directory

Understanding hyperlocal news finances
Metadata directory surveying hyperlocal nonprofit news organizations.

FOSS Foundations Metadata Directory

Showcasing open source organizations
Organizing data about critical FOSS hosts for research and practice alike.

Practical Open Source Trademarks

FOSS Trademarks and Brands Explained
Explaining trademark law for open source projects and their developers, and defining comprehensive Apache policies.

FOSS Sustainability

Much more than pay the maintainers
Working on sustainability of the communities that build the technology we use every day.

Choose A Foundation

Open Source Governance Explainer
Helping you take your open source project to the next level - advice on governance and FOSS Foundations.

The Apache Way

Effective FOSS Project Management
Explaining the techniques and behaviors used by Apache projects to draw in new contributors and provide healthy community governance.

Community Over Code

Perspectives On Healthy Communities
Blogging on how Apache projects really work, and how you can lead better open source communities.

Shane's Slides

Actionable Education In FOSS
Presentations and videos from community and trademark sesssions at ApacheCon, FOSS Backstage, OSCON, All Things Open, and more.


Explain FOSS Like I'm Five
Simple explanations of open source concepts and curated education about FOSS.

Punderthings Consulting

Better Ways To Engage With Open Source
Want to reduce risk, speed innovation, and improve retention with open source products? Hire Punderthings Consulting!

Things I Do


The Apache Way
FOSS Nonprofit Policies


Open Source Strategy
Software Trademarks


Wedding Cake Baking
Cat Whisperer

Key competencies:

  • Quickly understanding and documenting community behaviors
  • Explaining practical trademak law for open source brands
  • Translating between technical, business, legal, and community aspects



2023 - Current
Your Arlington (

Helping our hometown hyperlocal news website turn into a long-term sustainable nonprofit.

Co-Founder & President

2020 - Current
Glassful Enterprises (

Co-Founder of a (two) patent-pending cannabis startup; seeking funding and advisors; go-to-market by 2025.

Vice Chairman

2018 - 2021
The Apache Software Foundation (

Assist board meetings processes and improve cross-Foundation communications.

Fun accomplishments:
  • Implementing improved escalation and issue resolution at the Foundation level, across Apache projects and operations.
  • Serving as a spokesperson for the ASF and Apache policies, with communities, companies, and countries.


2009-2011, 2013, 2015 - Current
The Apache Software Foundation (

Set core corporate policies, define budget, and appoint corporate officers to manage a million dollar non-profit organization with a billion+ dollar impact on the software industry.

Fun accomplishments:
  • Documenting Apache's governance structure and expected project behaviors in the Apache Way.
  • Mentoring podlings and project communities on effective community management.

Vice President, Brand Management

2009 - 2018
The Apache Software Foundation (

Define and implement brand and trademark policy for the ASF, including 180+ Apache top level projects Incubator podlings, spanning the gamut from Apache Hadoop to Apache OpenOffice.

Fun accomplishments:
  • Providing accessible and actionable training for community-run brands to encourage new contributors.
  • Implementing Apache-wide open source trademark policies and community-led policing techniques.
  • Negotiating for the credit Apache communities deserve with highly competitive for-profit companies.

Application Architect

1980's - 2016
IBM and Lotus Development (Cambridge, MA)

Process consulting and application architecture development; making user-friendly tools for complex global HR business processes.

Fun accomplishments:
  • Led development of harmonization tooling to recommend effective ways to normalize common HR policies worldwide across multiple IBM companies.
  • Met complex and poorly-defined needs of multiple non-technical teams while keeping customer satisfaction high.