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Open Source Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

The class teaches the three basic skills all entrepreneurs need to know: business model design. The Slides/Video tab on the top of this page has all the open source course material for my classes. One of the great things about being a retired entrepreneur is that I get to  give back to the community that helped me.

Why There Will Never Be Another Red Hat: The Economics of Open Source

Peter Levine

Open source software powers the world’s technology. Great for open source, a little disappointing for Red Hat.

The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 2: Business Model Hypotheses

Steve Blank

Our new Stanford Lean LaunchPad class was an experiment in a new model of teaching startup entrepreneurship. This post is part two. etc.).

Entrepreneurship as a Science – The Business Model/Customer Development Stack

Steve Blank

In the last decade open source software (e.g It’s the combination of Business Model Design and Customer Development.

Open Source Business Model


However, there are lots of companies that are making money from open source and freemium models. friend of mine has a company that builds open source applications in spaces that are a bit less innovative than Elgg, but they do very well financially through the packaging and support models. and Ph.D.

Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

Companies pursuing innovation can Buy, Build, Partner or use Open Innovation. Horizon 1 are mature businesses. Here’s how. —-.

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Building an Open Source Business

Will Price

Dave Rosenberg , CEO of Mulesource , recently published an informative article on regarding his experiences in starting an open source company - from looking for funding, to legal and IP issues, to community development, and pricing, Dave's article is good food for thought.

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The Three Most Important Letters in Open Source: CYA

Will Price

In the software VC world, the merits of open source are regarded as givens- a business model innovation that brilliantly aligns customer and vendor interests. However, outside of the software VC market, open source remains an enigma wrapped in a mystery. Is open source a backdoor towards communism?

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The 3 Keys to Success with Freemium

Startup Marketing Blog

Since then I’ve helped optimize the model at another 14 startups including  Dropbox ,  Xobni , Eventbrite , Lookout , Webs , , etc. If these startups are able to gain traction and meet the three requirements above, they generally gain strong organic growth and are very defensible businesses. Thanks. Good luck.

When Business-Model Disruption Is the Status Quo

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Forty years ago, even 20 years ago, a young person''s first thought, or even second or third thought, was certainly not to start a business.

Open Source - What is the Model?

Will Price

I flew to Portland really looking forward to learning more about open source business model and execution best practices. OSCON’s Executive Briefing included panelists from Red Hat , MySQL , Digium , and other leading open source companies.

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

The Lean LaunchPad class uses the three “ Lean Startup ” principles: Alexander Osterwalders “ business model canvas ” to frame hypotheses.

Building in public forces true competitive advantage

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

But what about your business? You are therefore forced to build some other competitive advantage into your business. Essays

The Lean LaunchPad Educators Class

Steve Blank

So what would a search process for a business model look like? That is until Alexander Osterwalder wrote Business Model Generation.

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When Customers Make You Smarter

Steve Blank

Here’s what happened when an extraordinary Digital Health team gained several critical insights about their business model.

Microsoft and the future of software pricing–when free isn’t quite free

The Equity Kicker

If Microsoft can maintain profitability whilst their market share declines then they still have an interesting paid for software business. Business models Open SourceThe interesting question is how challenging. To keep their burn low many startups I know eschew Microsoft entirely and run on Google’s free software.

Burnham's Beat: Indian Outsourcers: Open Source's Best Friend or.

Burnham's Beat

Indian Outsourcers: Open Sources Best Friend or Worst Enemy. In the past couple of weeks I have had several conversations in which Indian IT outsourcing shops have come up in the context of Open Source. The first chapter was the relatively long process of building a grass roots movement to embrace Open Source.


Building a Winning Team through the Draft and Free Agency

Lightspeed Venture Partners

March and April are the most exciting months of the NFL offseason.  We also added Sudip Chakrabarti.  2016 LSVP Team

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Which E-Commerce Platform Is The Best Choice For Your Online Store?

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ESADE Business School Commencement Speech

Steve Blank

Disruptive innovation leads to the creative destruction of businesses that once seemed pre-eminent and secure. How about any Nokia phones?

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Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank

The rest of the week is equally busy. Produce a repeatable model that can be used to launch other potential technology solutions.

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Want to build a successful software business? Can you answer these 8 questions?

Business of Software Blog

Alex will be speaking and running a workshop at the  Business of Software Conference , Boston 24-26th October. The Basics. We do the work.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Making the World a Safer Place

Steve Blank

Our goal is to open-source this class to other universities and create the 21 st Century version of Tech ROTC. Why? . al-Qaeda. Crimea.

What I Learned by Flipping the MOOC

Steve Blank

– MOOC’s – Massive Open Online Courses. selected the best questions and used them to open the class with a discussion.

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Customer Development for Web Startups

Steve Blank

In my book, “ The Four Steps to the Epiphany ” I use enterprise software as the business model example. Customer Development In Context.

Ad serving is officially a commodity

Well, this has probably already been the case for years, but in the past two weeks: * Openads , the "free, open source ad server," announced a $5mm funding , in part to become an open advertising platform. formerly phpAdsNew ) and Openads 2.3, are licensed open source under the GPL. skip to main | skip to sidebar.

The Academic Journal Racket

Mark Birch

Business models of yesteryear are being assaulted from every direction. Publishing tech open source Academic journal Harvardcourtenaybird : Harvard Now Spending Nearly $3.75 Million on Academic Journal Bundles. million, according to a memo from a faculty committee released last week. Some journals cost as much as $40,000.

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Few entrepreneurs find this scalable and repeatable business model because it’s not easy. Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds.

The Hottest Startup You've Never Heard Of

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Kevin Ryan and Dwight Merriman scored high-profile wins like the Gilt Groupe and Business Insider. billion. Those are tough acts to follow.

Why Lean May Save Your Life – The I-Corps @ NIH

Steve Blank

We now know the traditional translational medicine model of commercialization is wrong. It’s open to NIH SBIR/STTR Phase 1 grantees.

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Hacking for Diplomacy – Solving Foreign Policy Challenges with the Lean LaunchPad

Steve Blank

The rest of the week is equally busy. Produce a repeatable model that can be used to launch other potential technology solutions.

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Don't Write Off Relational Databases For Big Data Just Yet

Of course, the relational model and SQL dominate todays database landscape. Sections. Social. Mobile. Enterprise. Cloud. Small Biz. About.

The Other Amazon Deal this week. Drupal founder attracts over $100 Million in 3 months.

Scalable Startup

is the for-profit company founded by Dries Buytaert, the inventor of Drupal, to support his open source project. When Open Source software projects are launched, the progenitors often start a for-profit sister company to garner some income from training, support and consulting. Because they are open source.

Free Software, Paid Support

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There are many forms of creative expression out there and most of them involve a paid model. If you dissect the model, you'll see that the one time effort of building something is something many software creators are willing to do for free. This is, of course, the insight that provided the open source business model.

How to Raise Micro-Capital Online

Market by Numbers

The way it works is this: people who create projects to be funded by micro-capital on Kickstarter offer differing levels of sponsorship.  And are cool.

How we changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science: Errol Arkilic — Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111

Steve Blank

Yet we all [anyone teaching who actually had founded a company] knew that in all honesty no business plan survives first contact with customers.

Why I’m interested in Bitcoin

Chris Dixon

Open source software was originally created by people who believed that all software should be available for free. To actually have an impact (and create large businesses) you need to create services that completely bypass incumbent financial companies. Profit margins in those businesses are usually under 5%, which means the 2.5%

This is Not Your Father’s Software Industry

Andrew Payne

The software industry has seen major changes in the past 10 years, as the business of software has gotten increasingly efficient and friction-free. Now, many companies use software to enable other services and business models. This is not your father’s software business any more This is why.

EMC buys portfolio company Greenplum - more behind the story


The great news is that we leveraged two strong trends early on - the era of big data and the need for cheaper and better solutions and the fact that hardware is a commodity and the value is in the software.  We also leveraged the open source database platform PostgreSQL as the initial foundation for our technology.

EMC buys portfolio company Greenplum – more behind the story


We also leveraged the open source database platform PostgreSQL as the initial foundation for our technology. Best of luck at EMC building a killer business in this new era of Big Data! Entrepreneurship Open SourceCongratulations to Greenplum and Scott Yara, Bill Cook, and Luke Lonergan in particular!