Name: Ton Roosendaal
Network: Blender
Interview by: Sabine Niederer
Location: Winter Camp 09, Amsterdam
Date: 3 - 7 March, 2009
URL: networkcultures.org/wintercamp

Blender is an open source software package for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, and gaming. Initially developed by Ton Roosendaal’s company NaN in the Netherlands, its popularity and capabilities have grown over the years. The large and active user base contains dedicated hackers who continuously work on improving and further developing Blender software. Blender thrived during the Dotcom bubble, and had to reinvent its organizational model after the dotcom crash. To survive, Blender developed an innovative business model whereby they raised 150.000 euros within 7 weeks, in small donations from the community. In this interview, Ton Roosendaal elaborates on the history of the organization, the product and the community of Blender.

Read the blogpost of the final presentation of Blender here:
networkcultures.org/wintercamp/2009/03/08/blender-the-final-presentation/

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