Where next for GitHub?

Its tenth birthday sees GitHub at the top of the pile. What about the next ten years?

The beginning of April is GitHub mark 10 years since it launched out of private beta. Though the San Francisco-based code repository startup is celebrating April 2018 as its official birthday, October 2017 is the company’s unofficial 10th anniversary; a basic default Rails app import for building GitHub in 2007 was the company’s first Git commit.

Below is the IDG Connect article marking that 2007 milestone and features interviews with various GitHub execs about the first decade of the company’s existence and what lies in store in the future for both the company and software development.

October 2017 saw GitHub celebrate its unofficial tenth anniversary. The software repository startup saw its first Git commit for building GitHub itself—a basic default Rails app import—back in 2007.

The San Francisco-based company has since become the de facto home for storing code. It’s seen off the likes of Google Code, kept incumbents such as BitBucket and SourceForge at bay, and retained its position while numerous new competitors such as GitLab and CloudForge have entered the market. The company was labelled the “the largest code host in the world” back in 2014, and has only grown larger since.

But once you’re at the top, where do you go next? Ignoring the thorny question of profitability, is there anywhere to go but down?

“We’ve really been focused on what the next ten years look like, not just for Github as a company but Github as a proxy for the future of software development,” Julio Avalos, GitHub’s chief strategy officer tells IDG Connect and other media in a press talk ahead of the GitHub Universe conference in San Francisco.

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