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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.

Open Sourced Software Differentiates Vaadin from closed source dinosaurs


But it is not, however, how things work in the world of open source. Why would a software company reveal their source code though?

Vaadin Raises $6 Million For Open Source Development


During this funding round of Vaadin, Finnish Industry Investment increases its stake in Vaadin by joining eEquity as investors. Photo: Vaadin.

Open Source Business Model


However, Elgg could power 100,000 networks and it would make no difference - there is no revenue stream as we give everything away under a GPL license. However, there are lots of companies that are making money from open source and freemium models. Luckily Harold Jarche pointed us to other discussion on open source models.

How A 17-Year-Old In India Bootstrapped To $7M In Revenue


Today, it has 20,000 customers and 450,000 users in 118 countries, powers more than a billion charts per month and clocks $7M in annual revenues.

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Startup Success Podcast, Open Source For-Profit Startups, One.

Software By Rob

Open Source, For-Profit Startups – “FairSoftware is the place to start and grow your online business. good weekly listen.

Are Ad Blockers Hijacking Your Revenue?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Did you know that an increasingly determined segment of your audience is blocking your ability to earn revenue? Drive home the point.

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.

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. Another common view was that dual-license models are the optimal approach.

The Dentist Office Software Story

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The company, Dentasoft, grows quickly into a $100mm annual revenue business, goes public, and trades up to a billion dollar valuation. Dentasoft misses its quarter, citing competitive pressures, churn, and declining revenues. Around this time, an open source community crops up to build an open source version of dental office 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.

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

This lecture order was embedded in the Udacity Lectures , the syllabi and educators guide I open-sourced. Rationale. Lessons Learned.

More "Open Source" Legal Tools


Another great example is a new tool I learned about today.  It’s a Terms of Service and Privacy Policy generator by Legal River.

Software Eats Software Development

Peter Levine

With only a handful of people in sales and marketing, the four grew the company to over 100 people, while growing revenue at nearly 300% annually—and profitably nearly the entire way. Source Code Management (SCM) is the second most fundamental tool for a programmer after compiler and development tools. We just invested $100M in GitHub.

When Customers Make You Smarter

Steve Blank

At Linden Lab, delivered the open-sourced Second Life Viewer 2.0 Raising their average revenue per user from $36 to $90. project.

3 Steps to Turbocharge Your Startup

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In response, the company, an open source software project management dashboard maker, hired Lou Shipley as CEO. Great.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

Both Sides of the Table

The costs to start are much lower than ever (90% reduction in infrastructure costs to start a company through open source & web services) and large companies being created in many geographies. 3. Time Time to massive revenue is the most compressed in history due to scale and Deflationary Economics. 4. Thus is a key point.

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.

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

The Equity Kicker

In theory software delivered over or downloaded from the web has a marginal cost that is very close to $0 and a lot of people believe that software companies of the future will derive their revenues more from support, services and hosting than licenses. Business models Open SourceThe interesting question is how challenging.

Mulesource Raises Series B

Will Price

Mulesource , the leading open source integration framework, announced today the successful close of a $12.5m Series B.

How to Raise Micro-Capital Online

Market by Numbers

Now, take a look at the chart below, and see how that translated into revenue.  Most likely a combination of the two.)  Seeds of a diaspora?)

How A Dorm Room Side Project Became The Web's Hottest Operating System

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

109 in 2013; 2012 revenue hit $45.4 Buytaert also spends a lot of time and energy evangelizing for the open-source software movement.

You Need a Networking Profile

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

Yes I know a number of folks in the tech community, the vast vast majority who work for companies with less then $1 million in revenue, more often than not with zero revenue.  Tags: Networking Open Source It's funny the way the Internet works sometimes.  My purpose for creating a sample networking profile is simple. 

5 Reasons Why Lack of Budget is not an Obstacle for Starting a Business Anymore

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The fact that hard times have come doesn’t mean you have any chance to open your own business and become an entrepreneur.

How Linux Got To China And The Nordic Open Source Miracle


In other words their infrastructure is based on Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP – a selection of open source software programs. <!--more-->.

The internet shrinks industries – auto is next up

The Equity Kicker

Amazon is doing that to much of retail, MySQL and other open source companies have done it to large swathes of the software industries, Craigslist did it the classifieds industry, and I could go on. This is disruption in the Clayton Christensen sense that the word should be used. Autonomous cars will be. shared more and/or sold direct.

Investigating a business idea? Go analogue hunting

The Equity Kicker

Your product / service can be completely different, but you want to know that people are willing to open their wallets to solve this problem.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs


Seed-stage means promising companies that don’t yet have a revenue stream, and may not yet have a proof of concept. Super Angels. Lean startup.

Using Evernote to manage your Startup

47 Hats

Whether it’s the latest set of Heroku commands or alternative revenue models for your startup, you need one place to store all the vital bits, ideas, and decisions. recommend Evernote. Dozens of posts culled from my RSS reader (Mr. For example, DeveloperMemory is not a flashcard application and won’t be marketed as such.

What’s A Startup? First Principles.

Steve Blank

When revenue, users, traffic, etc., Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill. The Pivot.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Seed-stage means promising companies that don’t yet have a revenue stream, and may not yet have a proof of concept. Super Angels. Lean startup.

Meet America's 10 Fastest Growing Private Companies

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

10 2011 Revenue: $14.2 2011 Revenue: $31.7 2011 Revenue: $21.7 2011 Revenue: $12.4 2011 Revenue: $55.5 The Inc.

Burnham's Beat: Is It Just Me or is GAAP Completely Broken?

Burnham's Beat

Indian Outsourcers: Open Sources Best Friend or Worst Enemy » 04/24/2007. Deferred Revenues: When a company receives payment for services they have yet to perform they end up having to defer revenue recognition on large portion of that payment. That is the revenue recognized is equal to the cost of goods sold.

GitHub: Turning a Nerdy Hobby Into $750 Million Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Actually, the whole office smells of leather--and revenue, which is what makes it so not like 1999. Two, your next business will be built on it.

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New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

Steve Blank

With Netscape’s IPO , there was suddenly a public market for companies with limited revenue and no profit. Carpe Diem. Breathtaking Scale.

The Tax Man Cometh: Carried Interest, Risk, Fees, and Taxes

Burnham's Beat

« Indian Outsourcers: Open Sources Best Friend or Worst Enemy | Main. Limited partnerships exist for a very good reason: they are an efficient vehicle for making highly productive capital investments that generate future economic growth and tax revenue. Open Source. Open Source. Burnhams Beat.

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

Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster.  ——-.

The Cost Equation for a Startup is Better Than Ever

Startup Professionals Musings

Now, with open source software components, and low-cost development tools, the same job can be done by one good hacker for a few thousand dollars.

How Predictive Analytics Is Transforming eCommerce & Conversion Rate Optimization


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What is Drupal? or, My retraining in Software Development

Scalable Startup

Drupal is also free open source software with functionality for every possible web application. Angel Investor Business Development Hiring Jobs PHP SaaS Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora venture Android Drupal early stage first revenue leadership scalability Silicon Valley software Software Development tom nora