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Open Source Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

I teach potential founders a hands-on, experiential class called the Lean LaunchPad at Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia and Caltech. The Slides/Video tab on the top of this page has all the open source course material for my classes. The Founder’s Workbook. Free: Startup Tools. The Lean LaunchPad course online. Find it here.

How startups can use open source software to compete against the big guys

The Next Web

Although established giants like Microsoft have proprietary software and systems, much of today’s internet is built on open source software.

Startup 101: “Open Source” Start up Legal Documents

VC Cafe

Legal docs don’t have to be a source of stress when you’re trying to set up a business. Link: [link]. All docs are here: [link].

How Open Sourcing Ideas Can Be Good for Your Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

I could walk down an aisle and open a random book, and it would willingly offer me any knowledge contained within. Builds your brand.

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.

Lessons Learned: Great open source scalability tools from Danga

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, September 5, 2008 Great open source scalability tools from Danga If you are trying to build a scalable LAMP service, its always best to start with the original and still quite relevant presentation, from Brad Fitzpatrick when he was at LiveJournal. You can find the 2005 version here. Expo SF (May.

Froont builds open-source community around responsive prototyping tool


What Github did to code, we want to open web design. But looking closer you can see some motifs with two columns here, or a grid layout there.

Can't Find a Technical Co-Founder? Do It Yourself

Vinicius Vacanti

This is the first part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for Yipit. I’m writing about how I became our technical co-founder. Disclaimer: If you know a great technical co-founder that wants to work with you, join them. Open source apps.

Tool and resource list for new founders

The Startup Toolkit

Github – repository for your source code plus task lists and collaboration with your developers. Others are more unusual. Analytics.

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons: Why are you Still Making.

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Below I discuss some of the challenging problems developers face and the open source toolkits that exist to help us solve them. Web 2.0

How to Find Startup Co-Founders Online and in the Real World

VC Cafe

So how do you go about finding co-founders and early members of your startup? Who are the co-founders and what have they previously done?

4 Founders & Harvard MBAs on Finding Startup Traction & MBAs-as-Entrepreneurs

View from Seed

Matt Prince , Co-Founder and CEO, CloudFlare (Web performance and security to protect and accelerate websites; $72.1 Tom Eisenmann. Experts

Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned

Om Malik is the founder of GigaOM. He is the founder of Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned. About.

Founder to CEO: Tobias Lutke, Shopify


For my second installment of the Founder to CEO series , I’m very pleased to share my conversations with Tobi from Shopify. A reluctant leader.

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.

The Forgotten Founder: YouSendIt’s Khalid Shaikh

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In Silicon Valley offices , the framed founder's doodle is as common as jewel-toned furniture and quirky conference-room names. He was wrong.

Christine: Open Source Dynamics Discussion

It really was just the basics, though, so Irecommend that you visit the Open Source Initiative , SourceForge, or Wikipedia to get more information.

How to Compete Against Open Source Competition

Software By Rob

And thus it is with the majority of open source software: Open source software is free if your time is worth nothing.

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. A good weekly listen.


Forming Startup Founder Teams

UC Berkeley

The cost of technology is decreasing thanks to cloud computing and open source software. Readiness to work as a team: Founders must understand that in order for their startup to succeed, they will have to work as a team rather than as individuals. Chemistry: The chemistry among the founders is very important.

Startup founders can have their cake and eat it too

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Evelyn Rusli wrote an insightful story for the New York Times about how startup founders are more in control now. Angel Investors are willing to invest more at higher valuations, and Private Equity investors are willing to invest huge sums at later stages and allow founders to cash in some of their stock. The world has changed.a

Startup founders can have their cake and eat it too

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Evelyn Rusli wrote an insightful story for the New York Times about how startup founders are more in control now. Angel Investors are willing to invest more at higher valuations, and Private Equity investors are willing to invest huge sums at later stages and allow founders to cash in some of their stock. The world has changed.a

Women 2.0 » FounderDating: How I Found My Co-Founder

female founders. founder friday. Lessons learned from female founders and women entrepreneurs. One of them became my co-founder.

FounderLY: An Open Platform for Sharing Startup Stories


One of the best part of my jobs as a technology journalist is getting to hear founders' stories. Open Source Storytelling.

Øresund Startups 'Open Sources' their News


A regional startup blog focused on Copenhagen, Malmö, Helsingborg, and Lund has ''opened sourced'' their news content, allowing other news sites, like ourselves, to republish their content freely. From that came the idea to make this site, and the articles that we write, ''open source''.". Stay posted

Mesosphere: A Platform for the Next Generation Datacenter

Peter Levine

In 2009, Mesosphere Co-founder Florian Leibert was working at Twitter to scale the application in response to its exponential growth. At the time, he spotted a new open source technology that had been built at UC Berkeley called Mesos and he helped Twitter bring it into full production. Mesos: From UC Berkeley to Reality.

Thanks Elon Musk For Being A Real Leader On Patent Reform

Feld Thoughts

They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.”

How To Work Better with Your Co-Founder


This is one of the reasons that it's so important to have a good co-founder. Never Minimize the Value of Your Co-Founder. Sponsor.


When to Give Away a Product for Free

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Work Less, Get More Done, Convenient Open Source, What a Startup.

Software By Rob

If you’re having trouble installing an open source app, JumpBox is your answer. My favorite points: 12. The Value of Community.

The end of ownership: The zero-marginal-cost economy

The Next Web

Dries Buytaert created Drupal, an open source content management platform, in his dorm room. This story continues at The Next Web.

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The Dentist Office Software Story

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Around this time, an open source community crops up to build an open source version of dental office software. This open source project is called DentOps.’s board fires its CEO and begs the founders to come back and take control of the struggling company. ————-.

You Don’t Need to be Rich to be an Entrepreneur

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.

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A New Enterprise Software Franchise: Optimizely

Scott Weiss

Out of these efforts, a number of projects like MapReduce Cassandra, BigTable, and Borg have been commercialized into products, companies, or open-source projects like Hadoop. We invested in the company for many reasons, including: Strong founder/market fit. Uncategorized enterprise founders Optimizely Classic disruption.

@altgate » Blog Archive » Outsourcing For Startups


But did you know that founder Markus Frind has just 3 employees for his $10MM+ revenue business? Now you might be thinking that’s absurd.

Talk about what you’ve done – pitch advice

The Equity Kicker

This advice is from a 2008 post by Jason Calacanis (hat tip Founders Notebook ): 4. In fact, given the amount of open source and off the shelf software out there, combined with the large number of developers in the world, anyone can bolt these things on to their service in a week or three. Startup general interest

Lesser Known Traits of Successful Founders

Software By Rob

There are traits that successful founders possess that tend to be weaker or absent in people who are never quite able to make it work.


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. are licensed open source under the GPL. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Jun 21, 2007. Tweet.

Software Eats Software Development

Peter Levine

It starts with the four founders: Tom, Chris, PJ and Scott. Source Code Management (SCM) is the second most fundamental tool for a programmer after compiler and development tools. It stores, versions and branches source code being developed by teams of programmers. We just invested $100M in GitHub. How did they do it? The No.

When planning and modelling the process is more valuable than the answer

The Equity Kicker

A model can be tuned to give any answer its author wants and founders often question why investors want to see them.