Parker: Open Source and For-Profit Companies

Ask The VC

On the heels of Yahoo suing Facebook for patent infringement followed by Tim Armstrong at AOL saying “hey Wall Street – look at me – I’ve got great patents also “, Andrew Parker (Spark) wrote a post that brought me out of my “intellectual property depression” titled Open Source and For-Profit Companies. To protect companies with original IP from smarter, faster, aggressive companies who catch the imagination of consumers and advertisers.

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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Trending Sources

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? Despite RHT’s market cap and the success of JBoss, I continue to meet many who question the wisdom and financial merits of open source.

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Clean Up Before Raising Funding

Instigator Blog

Deal with IP Assignment as quickly as possible; you don’t want to leave any loopholes in there that will scare investors away. Contractors need to sign proper agreements, with non-disclosures and IP assignment. (Powered by LaunchBit ).

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. CROs or Payers may ultimately be a resource, a partner or a revenue source, but until you get them signed up they’re first a customer.

Is Your WordPress Website Optimised?


WordPress is one of the world’s greatest, if not the greatest, open-source platforms available. Being the world’s most popular open source platform, WordPress also comes with its security risks.

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30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

Venture Capital investments in AI, Europe 2016 (Source: Dealroom ). source). is an AI-powered log analysis platform that offers the open source ELK Stack as an enterprise-grade cloud service with machine learning technology.

Startup Resources

VC Cafe highlights everything you need to know from hosting your code in hackathons to open source legal docs. Lean Methodology Sources. High Quality, and open sourced! Mantis (Open source). Nagios (open source). Panda (Open source).

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

To interconnect these computers we needed IP-based telecommunications equipment build by the likes of Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. Open source computing, which reduced costs to start a company by 90%.

“Fantastic” beats “efficient”

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

In fact, at WPEngine we’re already doing it in several ways: Contributing everything back to open source. We build our own WordPress plugins and make them open-source and free.

How Etsy Manages HTTPS and SSL Certificates for Custom Domains on Pattern

Code as Craft

Until fairly recently, this is the point where you had to open up your wallet. We chose an open source ACME client library for PHP called AcmePHP. To preserve client IP addresses, we make use of the PROXY protocol on our load balancer and mod_proxy_protocol on the proxy hosts.

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How To Predict The Future

Feld Thoughts

We needed improvements in video compression and in TCP/IP – the underlying protocol that essentially runs the Internet. Open source and crowdsourcing principles are well understood: When you get enough talented people working on a problem, especially in an open way, progress comes quickly. I wrote an article for the IEEE Spectrum called The Future of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence is Open.

Lessons Learned: The lean startup

Startup Lessons Learned

But by taking advantage of open source, agile software, and iterative development, lean startups can operate with much less waste. One that is powered by three drivers, each of which is a part of a major trend: The use of platforms enabled by open source and free software. Waves of technology platforms The lean startup Customer Development Engineering Greasemonkey compiler Great open source scalability tools from Danga Ideas.

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Getting Due Diligence Ready


The most important ones by far: Intellectual property and IP assignment : make sure every current and former employee and subcontractor / consultant has signed a document assigning all IP rights to the company.

GitHub: Turning a Nerdy Hobby Into $750 Million Business

Inc Startups

A version control system is a tool that allows multiple coders to work on the same piece of software without losing track of the various changes made in each version or allowing the source code to be corrupted with lots of contradictory fixes.

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Plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable

Chris Dixon

At the core of the product will be a database that classifies URLs, IP addresses, program downloads, ActiveX objects, and other “web entities” according to their degree of trustworthiness. Input data sources will include: Static analysis of web-crawled HTML and JavaScript.

Benchmarking Cassandra Scalability on AWS - Over a million writes per second

If a node fails, its replacement has a different IP address, but we want it to have the same token, and the original Cassandra replacement mechanisms had to be extended to handle this case cleanly. Open positions at Netflix. Upcoming Changes to the Open API Program.

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Web Tools to Blur Your Digital Footprint

Inc Startups

Mobile TextSecure TextSecure is an open source app that encrypts text so that no one can read it. Onion Browser Using Tor, a free software and open network that blocks out surveillance, Onion encrypts web traffic, so no one can pinpoint your IP address.

Investment Thesis @USV

This can potentially arise in a number of ways: for example a proprietary data asset ; the marketplace dynamics of having a robust set of sellers and buyers; or through the development of a community that openly shares and exchanges information. Venture firms operate a bunch of different ways.

Patent Research Just Got Easier

Inc Startups

An IP lawyer dishes on Google's search tools for patent-seekers--and what every start-up should know before heading down that path. The PTO has acknowledged this problem and is opening up some new branch offices, but any change will be several years out at best.

Get Inside the Mind of an Angel Investor

Both Sides of the Table

Thomas and his partner lived off of credit cards, and used crappy data centers and open source software (LAMP). We talk about the proliferation of data and the openness of information in terms of the data and the Twitter “ecosystem” and also in terms of the expectation of users.

What Google's Penguin Algorithm Means for Your Business

Get people who know about IP address, HTML and its impact on ranking, QR codes, NFC and other 21st Century marketing tools. Open Source Lists. Mashable is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Top Stories Photo & Video Galleries Top Lists Trending Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video More Topics. People Recommended Mashable Staff More people. Jobs Events Try Our New Social News App Welcome to Mashable!

CEO Friday: Why we don’t hire.NET programmers

Indeed, for all the outrage and fury, this is actually common knowledge amongst startups, and I was going to support that with a bit more data to win over the skeptics (at least, those who were open to listening). It’s an *freaking open source*.net Expensify Blog.

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Eastern European Champions & the 4 V’s of Big Data

Cracking the Code

The second category is composed of companies that have developed a unique IP locally and marketed it worldwide - typically in the gaming, software, security or mobile sectors. Eastern European Champions I had the opportunity to do a keynote at the IDCEE conference in Kiev last week.

Jolla Launched Into the Awaiting Hands of True Fans


The new Jolla smartphone runs on Sailfish OS , an open source operating system that is able to run Android applications. The front of the phone is covered with the 4,5” IPS qHD (960×540 pixels), 5-point multi-touch display with no buttons to disturb the sleek surface.

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Putting the Dev in Devops: Bringing Software Engineering to Operations Infrastructure Tooling

Code as Craft

Inspired by the Collins system that Tumblr had developed but disappointed that it wasn’t yet (at the time) open source or able to work out of the box with our particular stack of infrastructure tools, the Etsy ops team started writing our own.

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Venture Capitalists, Super Angels and the State of Startup Funding

It's a unique approach, and one we'd love to discuss with entrepreneurs and their investment sources. SCVNGR Makes Major Enhancements to iP.

11 Trends in Web Logo Design

Especially apps such as Seesmic , a powerful web app dashboard for power users and the enterprise, and GitHub , an industry standard for source code hosting. SCVNGR Makes Major Enhancements to iP.

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11 Trends in Web Logo Design

Especially apps such as Seesmic , a powerful web app dashboard for power users and the enterprise, and GitHub , an industry standard for source code hosting. SCVNGR Makes Major Enhancements to iP.

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Venture Capitalists, Super Angels and the State of Startup Funding

It's a unique approach, and one we'd love to discuss with entrepreneurs and their investment sources. SCVNGR Makes Major Enhancements to iP.

How to Flip Your Startup in 5 Steps


You may have existing code lying around from earlier projects, or be able to use open-source components or libraries to make your life easier. However, this will impact the value of your IP.

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IBC 2011 Attracts 28 Israeli Media and Mobile Startups to Amsterdam

VC Cafe

Shiron SatCom two-way broadband satellite communications system, InterSKY, is an efficient multi service platform, supporting wide ranging IP applications in even the remotest locations, for both military and commercial projects.

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Flash, HTML5, and Mobile Apps

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It opened my eyes to the fact that Flash vs HTML5 is one of the most politically heated topics in the tech business. It's an excellent post full of great facts and insights, including this one: What few people realize is that while H.264 appears to be an open and free standard, in actuality it is not. How can the open Web adopt a format that has such restrictions? About a year ago, I wrote a post about Apple's "blind spot" for Flash.

How to Start a Startup

But this is just the kindthat tends to be open source: operating systems, programminglanguages, editors, and so on. But its hard to raise money with an IP cloud over your head, becauseinvestors cant judge how serious it is. Before you consummate a startup, ask everyone about their previous IP history. Basically, a VC is a source ofmoney. Want to start a startup? Get funded by Y Combinator.

The Forgotten Founder: YouSendIt’s Khalid Shaikh

Inc Startups

First, to save money, the team decided to switch the servers from expensive Windows software to open-source Linux. It's possible that Amir was fired because he openly clashed with Korba about hiring and partnership decisions.

The Road Map of a Start-Up and the Entrepreneur - Part 4 of 4

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Just as technology, such as open source software and cloud computing, are enabling entrepreneurs to develop their products in a cost effective manner with just the right amount of computing power to meet the needs of a scaling business, the start-up and the entrepreneur also require a similar scaling of CFO services in order to develop and thrive. We aim to provide value to our clients throughout the life of the relationship and to maintaining an open dialogue. By Jeanne P.

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Eric Sink. Things I learned in selling Teamprise to Microsoft. Video & transcript.

Business of Software Blog

He is the founder of SourceGear, a source control system vendor. I understand open source licenses. I mean, I feel like, for not being a lawyer in IP, I know an awful lot about IP and I'm very careful about it.

Bad Technology That Won't Die

Inc Startups

You typically have to type in an IP address like Linux is an open source operating system that comes in many flavors—it’s basically a free alternative to Windows and Mac. Usually hardware and software improve with time. But not always.

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Pick the Perfect Name for Your Startup

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Piercing the Corporate Veil of Sweat Equity

This would of course be in regards toa single corporation which holds all the IP and revenue.). This then opens you up to risk from the IRS as well as the consultant. Blame Culture: “Who Gets Shot” National Endowment for Open Source.