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. ” VC Post of the Day intellectual property open source parker patents spark vc post of the day

Reduce need for 3rd party apps with open source solution

The Startup Magazine

Its secret is a business model that focuses on providing a premium service using open source solutions, 90% cheaper than its competition, according to Eleconomista. The post Reduce need for 3rd party apps with open source solution appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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Open-source Something Often

Diego Basch

If you write code for a living, when was the last time you released something as open source? Assuming you take pride in your work (if you don’t… well), open-source code is an incentive to: Make sure the code is not horrendously embarrassing.

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. Don’t use these documents blindly ” Taylor Wessing – offers a suite of seed investment documents which are available on an open-source basis.

Harvard Professor Yochai Benkler: Cooperation Trumps Self-Interest

VC Cafe

Benkler cites the model of Free Open Source Software (FOSS), which now accounts for more than 40% of all software (Lerner and Schankerman). Free Open Source Software Trends .

An Operating System for Your Mobile Supercomputer

Peter Levine

History has shown that as compute capacity becomes available, new applications and programs happily consume the excess. Like Linux (and unlike Windows), Android is Open Source, which means no one company owns the code. One reason why Android is winning is due to that open source spirit of additive innovation. Cyanogen has been powered by the open-source community—led by its founder Steve Kondik—ever since it launched four years ago.

10 Tools to Design Your Best Product Yet

Up and Running

Many of them are also open source , so you can get a first-hand look at how they work and make modifications to the code, all completely free of charge. Open Source Ecology. The Michigan Institute of Technology (MIT) Game Design course from their open courseware series.

Hackathons and Open Source Invade the Real World

Hackathons and Open Source Invade the Real World. First, I serendipitously met a woman who runs major marketing programs at Facebook who walked me through an amazing internal presentation they have about applying the principles behind hackathons (try a lot of ideas, solve a problem, iterate fast, be creative, be social, ship, etc.) Basically open sourcing and making transparent what was once a closed and opaque process. skip to main | skip to sidebar.

Google Summer of Code 2011

crowdSPRING Blog

Since 2005, Google has led a wonderful open source program called Summer of Code. The goal of that program is to promote open source software development. Google has run this program every year since 2005, and the results are stunning.

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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. Youll learn how they pioneered the use of a lot of open source tools at new levels of scale, and even created quite a few more, that are essential scaling aids.

Choosing a Programming Language and Framework for Your Startup


t prompted a good discussion around how CTOs go about choosing the programming language and framework for their startup. Closely Aligned Functional Needs The most common reason that a language and platform is chosen is because there's an existing set of (often open source) functionality that you can tap into that aligns closely with your functional needs. The rest is just down and dirty algorithmic programming.

Bedrock programming

Chris Dixon

“Bedrock programming” is a phrase used to describe a style of programming that favors building code from the ground up versus reusing existing open-source or proprietary code. In my first programming job out of college our bosses told us to entirely rebuild our product. Lately, I’ve personally been programming with MongoDB and love it.

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

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Open Source to the Rescue The more I delve into the bevy of open source tools and frameworks the more Im stunned when I see poorly executed applications. Fortunately, an open source Apache product named Tika helps us achieve this with fairly little effort.

7 Common Mistakes Startups Make on Accelerator Program Applications

Thinking of applying to one (or all) of the summer accelerator/incubator/angel/mentoring programs like TechStars , Joystick Labs , or any of those found on this comprehensive list ? That’s one of the things we might develop during the summer program.

Using Open Source to Bootstrap Your Data Service

Feld Thoughts

They’ve released the Polymaps source code on GitHub so any developer can quickly see how the API is used, play around with real production code, and modify the base examples for their own use. When I first started program, it was 1979. Whenever I got source code for any application at a user group meeting, I stared at it, played with it, and tried to understand what it was doing. When I started programming on an IBM PC in 1983, I did exactly the same thing.


The open API secret

Start Up Blog

The biggest flip the technology age has done on the industrial era is the open API. For the uninitiated, an open API (Application Program Interface) is a word used to describe sets of technologies that enable websites to interact with each other. It is also a system where web companies ‘open up’ their platform for external non affiliated software developers to create applications on.

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allensblog: Most languages are open-source projects.

Allen's Blog

Most languages are open-source projects. Interesting how languages, like English, that have no "Academy" to determine proper usage authoritatively are very much like open source software communities. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Most languages are open-source projects. This prevents automated programs from posting comments. allensblog. Thoughts from a startup sherpa. Archives. Profile. Subscribe.

Christine: Open Source Dynamics Discussion

« Venture Chicks at the NVCA | Main | User-Centric Identity Boot Camp Lessons » Open Source Dynamics Discussion Last night, I moderated a panel entitled "Open Source: Ready for Prime Time?" This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Rackspace Launches OpenStack Training Programs


Rackspace has just launched programs for information technology professionals looking for training on OpenStack. The San Antonio-based company founded OpenStack, the standard open-source operating system for cloud computing.

How to Compete Against Open Source Competition

Software By Rob

At some point in the past year I watched a video of an Eric Sink presentation and he asked the following question (he said it was asked of him by a college student): Why would someone buy your product when it has an open source competitor? Are there exceptions in the open source world?

Does Drupal Suffice For Your Enterprise Needs?


Open Enterprise – For website with important tools and functionality. Open Social – For setting up a community website. Open Atrium – For creating intranet. Professionalisms Drupal enterprise technology programming Vidhatanand Sharma

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Software eats software development

Chris Dixon

Open Source. Open source dominates every level of the software stack, including operating systems (Linux), databases (MySql), web servers (Apache), and programming languages (Python, Ruby). Programming languages. By allowing more people to program, these tools act as a force multiplier for the software industry. Software is eating the world, and doing so using smaller and smaller teams.

Ruby On Rails Experts Can Accelerate The Programming Process For First Movers


Programming with Ruby on Rails (RoR) is like putting together an Erector set. All of the pieces you need are already provided for the program by a vast library of open source code made available for private and commercial use via the Rails community.

The Microsoft Accelerator (Powered By TechStars) Is A Hit And It’s Expanding

Feld Thoughts

The first program has focused on Kinect applications and has some super teams, such as Gestsure (they control operating rooms with motion control) and Ubi (they turn any surface into a touch screen.). The applications are open now through July 13.

The Best Programming Language for a Lean Startup

Kevin Dewalt

Home About Kevin Lean Startup Resources Subscribe From the Start-up Trenches Kevin Dewalt's experiences as a DC tech entrepreneur The Best Programming Language for a Lean Startup by kevindewalt on October 14, 2009 Think arguments between religious zealots are intense?

Mapping the Austin Tech Startup Scene


Nick Hammond, an Austin-based software developer, created the map using an open source program called RepresentMap. Other startup communities worldwide are using the same program to map their emerging tech startup economies. There’s a new map in town: ATXup. Some of the latest additions to the map include: Nitero Inc.,, Longhorn Startup Camp,, [.] The post Mapping the Austin Tech Startup Scene appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Oracle’s Java API Suit Against Google – Five Years Later

Feld Thoughts

Remember, Java was theoretically Open Source, but like so many things in our world when lawyers get involved “it’s complicated.” See Is Java free/open source or not? and Is java an open source programming language? The appeals court, overruling a trial judge, said 37 packages of prewritten Java programs, known as application programming interfaces, were entitled to copyright protection.

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The Cloud Computing Battle

Early Stage Adventures

Following a hybrid cloud strategy, it recently announced general availability for HP Helion OpenStack with Cloud Foundry, along with ISV and developer programs. Citrix cloud product is based on the open source CloudStack that came out of their acquisition a few years back.

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Hacking Immigration - The Global EIR Coalition

Seeing Both Sides

With the Global EIR program , pioneered by Massachusetts and Colorado , a model has been developed for companies to partner with universities to allow entrepreneurs to become exempt from the stifling H1-B visa cap. Yesterday, the Massachusetts state legislature reaffirmed their support for the program, which was originally proposed by former Governor Deval Patrick and now has been endorsed by Governor Charlie Baker. Our immigration reform system is broken. That isn''t new news.

You Are Probably Not a Hacker

Mark Birch

You Can Program – While this may seem obvious, the term has migrated rather quickly beyond its sheltered techie existence. They use programming languages to make machines do things. There are all sorts of credential and certification programs to bolster your resume.

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Today the National Institutes of Health announced their I-Corps @ NIH program. This lecture order was embedded in the Udacity Lectures , the syllabi and educators guide I open-sourced. We’ve pivoted our Lean LaunchPad / I-Corps curriculum.

PBS Newshour on Accelerators

Feld Thoughts

This makes me happy as part of our goal when we started TechStars was to “open-source” the mentor driven accelerator process. PBS Newshour has a neat eight minute segment on accelerators. TechStars is featured, along with several others.

Google Summer of Code: 55 million lines of code released since 2005

The Next Web

Chris DiBona, the open source and public sector engineering manager at Google, was recently interviewed by Slashdot. DiBona was apparently asked to create the program by individuals very high up at Google. And that program still persists.

Announcing the Global EIR Coalition

Feld Thoughts

At the end of the discussion, we decided to start the Global EIR Coalition to open source our approach and try to help every state in the US implement a similar program. Last year Jeff and a bunch of his friends in Massachusetts created the Massachusetts Global Entrepreneur in Residence pilot program. This culminated in our recent launch of the Colorado EIR program. One difference between the MA and the CO programs is funding.

ZeroVM Creates Software for Cloud Computing


The team from Israel has created an open source platform for cloud computing that is fast and efficient. The open source program runs on Openstack, the operating system for the cloud, which Rackspace created along [.] ZeroVM is creating the world’s first cloud hypervisor, which is a piece of software that creates and runs virtual machines. The post ZeroVM Creates Software for Cloud Computing appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Technology

Programming Language Adoption

Constantly Learning

The way the development community adopts new programming languages is fascinating. Github hosts the Ruby on Rails source code. Some Github team members are active in the Ruby community and associated open source projects. You may be able to predict the adoption of programming languages based on which companies succeed. I'm surprised more research hasn't been dedicated to the subject of language adoption.

Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

Companies pursuing innovation can Buy, Build, Partner or use Open Innovation. Inside of companies these are the mavericks you want to fire for not getting with program. I’ve been working with large companies and the U.S.

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Lessons Learned: Why PHP won

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, January 12, 2009 Why PHP won When I first learned to program on the web, Perl + CGI was the dominant platform. When we started IMVU in 2004, we could rely on a staggering amount of open source software that jumpstarted our initial product offering. Or, perhaps theyll create an opening for another web platform to start a new cascade. These days, successful programming is as much about processing data as creating algorithms.

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Software Eats Software Development

Peter Levine

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. Because modern programming tends to be about assembling code—in the form of libraries, open source work, etc.—as We just invested $100M in GitHub.

The Lean LaunchPad Educators Class

Steve Blank

ARPA-E joined the program this year, and in the fall we’ll teach a Life Science version of the class at UCSF. While I had open-sourced all my lectures and put them online via Udacity , I was getting requests to teach other educators how teach the class.

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