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. Brand stories will shine Open source software not only lowers the… This story continues at The Next Web.

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 .

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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. Ultimately, open sourcing your ideas: Creates trust.

Open Source Spring Cleaning

Code as Craft

At Etsy, we are big fans of Open Source. Etsy as it is wouldn’t exist without the myriad of people who have solved a problem and published their code under an open source license. We serve etsy.com through the Apache web server running on Linux, our server-side code is mostly written in PHP, we store our data in MySQL, we track metrics using graphs from from Ganglia and Graphite to keep us up to date, and use Nagios to monitor the stability of our systems.

Open Sourced Software Differentiates Vaadin from closed source dinosaurs

ArcticStartup

But it is not, however, how things work in the world of open source. Open source software has been brought to wider public attention by brands like Linux and Firefox, both of which who have thrived to gigantic proportions due to their open nature.

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

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Web 2.0 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.

Open Source Business Model

SoCal CTO

skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Monday, March 5, 2007 Open Source Business Model A recent spate of posts on the challenges of running an open source business is interesting ( Tosh , Siemens , Downes , Tosh 2 ) and quite heated as one of the founders of elgg - a social networking platform aimed at the educational space - Dave Tosh laments - Elgg is the most popular white label social networking platform in the world powering over 2000 networks.

Mozilla Gets a Lesson in (Really) Open Source Communication

Inc Startups

The latest manifestation of all this is the Mozilla Foundation, creator of the Web browser Firefox, which promoted Brendan Eich earlier this week as the organization''s new CEO. I love @mozilla because we''re big, open, and messy.

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.

Froont builds open-source community around responsive prototyping tool

ArcticStartup

After browsing through all the flashing lights and shiny colors in Dribbble , casual admirers might come to the conclusion that web design is a unique bespoke process. What Github did to code, we want to open web design.

5 Mobile Web Usability Rules You Can’t Afford To Ignore

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Mobile Web Usability Rules You Can’t Afford To Ignore written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing. But how can you make sure your website users get a rich and smooth web experience? Moin Shaikh an open source tech lover.

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The End of the Web? Don’t Bet on It. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

In it he asserts that the web is dying and in its ashes will see the rise of the “App Internet.” It isn’t open in either its standards or in the way that applications are marketed and distributed. The web is dying and will be replaced by “the App Internet.”

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The Building Blocks of the Web

Instigator Blog

Building applications for the web (or mobile) has never been easier. The building blocks emerging for web/mobile development make it possible for a 14-year old (or anyone) to become a developer pretty easily. The building blocks of the web are getting easier to stitch together too.

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Shrewd Ideas For Effective Web Design

YoungUpstarts

Your web design has a huge impact on the number of prospects you convert to clients. To implement a plan for web design, you need to know how customers are using your website. Google is the largest search engine on the web.

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Customer Development for Web Startups

Steve Blank

Ash Maurya , the CEO of WiredReach, has extended my work by building a model of Customer Development for Web Startups. Go read both of his posts on Discovery and Validation for web startups. What makes sense for startups selling Enterprise Software may not work for startups on the web.

22 Good Prototype and Wireframe Tools for Mobile and Web Design

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22 Good Prototype and Wireframe Tools for Mobile and Web Design. Wireframe and prototype resources are very helpful for designers when they need to create a mockup to show to their client in order to give them an idea of how their web or mobile design will look once it is designed completely.

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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. Existing web companies get their new product development for free.

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11 Trends in Web Logo Design

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Home Social Media Business Entertainment Tech Web Video Dev & Design Apple Mobile Social Good Jobs Web Design Web Development Now Trending : Sony Retires the Cassette Walkman After 30 Years September 28, 2010 Jolie ODell View Comments 11 Trends in Web Logo Design: The Good, the Bad and the Overused email share email share Do you like this story? Designing and critiquing logos for web-based companies and startups is a pursuit of endless fascination for many of us.

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11 Trends in Web Logo Design

mashable.com

Home Social Media Business Entertainment Tech Web Video Dev & Design Apple Mobile Social Good Jobs Web Design Web Development Now Trending : Sony Retires the Cassette Walkman After 30 Years September 28, 2010 Jolie ODell View Comments 11 Trends in Web Logo Design: The Good, the Bad and the Overused email share email share Do you like this story? Designing and critiquing logos for web-based companies and startups is a pursuit of endless fascination for many of us.

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Startup Tools: Free Software open Source Directory

VC Cafe

A ttempting to create a comprehensive list of free and open source tools will probably always remain ‘work in progress’ just for the sheer depth and breadth of the Internet. We tried to get started in VC Cafe’s Startup Resources page, sites like SourceForge and the Open Source Software Directory do a good job listing many of them, but this curated list from JISC is definitely a good addition. Open source. web server. Open source.

Hiring A Web Developer: 11 Questions You Must Ask Ahead Of Time

YoungUpstarts

If you are a business owner who is not an expert in web development, finding someone (or an agency) you can trust to build your website is critical. Do you work predominantly with proprietary or open source software? By Uri Foox, founder of Pixafy.

Highlighting Israeli Q2 2011 Israeli VC Investments

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Donanza – the freelancer jobs marketplace, operates like a “Kayak&# finding freelancers the best gigs across sources. Gizmox – working with Microsoft on web application design software. GreenSQL – open source database firewall software.

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. 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. I spent a lot of time with Btrieve and there were endless source code examples to build on. Last week SimpleGeo and their partner ?

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Moving to ‘open’

Start Up Blog

The world is quickly moving to ‘open’ whether we like it or not. entrepreneurship web 2.0 internet business philosophy culture cluetrain manifesto revolution open world open source secret wikileaks organizations new worldCompanies that lean this way will invariably do better than those that lean to ‘secret’ It is also important to know that our philosophy can’t be segmented. It is a cultural decision.

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Native App vs. Web App: Which Is Better for Mobile Commerce?

mashable.com

Sourcebits offers design and development services for iOS, Android, Mobile and Web platforms. Marketing firm Performics reported that 49% of “heavy mobile web users&# have made a purchase using a mobile device. ); // Welcome to Mashable!

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Netflix's Advice on Moving to Amazon Web Services

www.readwriteweb.com

To scale the service, Netflix has moved its API and other operations to Amazon Web Services (AWS) over the past several months.

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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. mobile VC & Technology Web/Tech I’ve been telling this fictional story about Dentist Office Software for years to describe why we are so focused on our “networks” investment strategy.

How Web APIs Unlock Value in the Cloud

mashable.com

How Web APIs Unlock Value in the Cloud. That is where a web API comes in. Just as the power of crowds has populated the social content repositories of Web 2.0 — YouTube videos, Facebook updates, tweets, and more — the web API enables designers and developers to re-purpose the body of knowledge that is the cloud. Here are some examples of how companies have used a web API to create more value. The Google Map API is the most used web API.

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Christine: Open Source Dynamics Discussion

Christine.net

Quick Followup: VCTips at Web 2.0 « 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?" Christine (.net)

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?

Artificial Intelligence: Implications On Marketing, Analytics, And You

Occam's Razor

Our current red flags are sourced from what human means today, what works means today, what our relationship with technology means today. The Known Unknowns are going to be a source of job security for the next two or three years (perhaps less on the Marketing side). A rare post today.

Mastery And Mimicry

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last weekend an email arrived in my inbox with the subject line "Hello From MIT" That got me to open it. Open-source software educates its potential contributors. A hallmark of cyclical tools is that they create open loops: the bike strengthens its rider to do things other than just pedal the bike. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechThe Internet is an amazing place.

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons: Why You Need to Learn.

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Web 2.0 To say the tables have turned would be incorrect as the back-end remains a vital part of any web application, particularly when complex analysis is needed and scalability issues arise. What we have seen is a dramatic increase in the importance of JS to the web community.

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Startup Tools: Free Software open Source Directory

VC Cafe

A ttempting to create a comprehensive list of free and open source tools will probably always remain ‘work in progress’ just for the sheer depth and breadth of the Internet. We tried to get started in VC Cafe’s Startup Resources page, sites like SourceForge and the Open Source Software Directory do a good job listing many of them, but this curated list from JISC is definitely a good addition. Open source. web server. Open source.

Startup Tools: Free Software open Source Directory

VC Cafe

Attempting to create a comprehensive list of free and open source tools will probably always remain ‘work in progress’ just for the sheer depth and breadth of the Internet. We tried to get started in VC Cafe’s Startup Resources page, sites like SourceForge and the Open Source Software Directory do a good job listing many of them, but this curated list from JISC is definitely a good addition. Open source. web server. Open source.

Startup Tools: Free Software open Source Directory

VC Cafe

A ttempting to create a comprehensive list of free and open source tools will probably always remain ‘work in progress’ just for the sheer depth and breadth of the Internet. We tried to get started in VC Cafe’s Startup Resources page, sites like SourceForge and the Open Source Software Directory do a good job listing many of them, but this curated list from JISC is definitely a good addition. Open source. web server. Open source.

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons: Giving Developers.

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Web 2.0 Rapid iteration through continuous deployment is the beauty of writing web applications. Open Source to the. Web 2.0 The Minimum Viable Product Dissected Lean Office Design for the Bootstrapped Startup Porter's Five Forces, Web 2.0

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. We help you team with others, track revenue and share it openly and fairly.

Untangle Goes Open Source (GPL)

Entrepreneurship Blog

Earlier this morning we formally announced that we are open sourcing Untangle's network gateway platform. In building the Untangle Platform and applications, we used more than 30 open source projects like SpamAssassin, Snort and OpenVPN, and now we're proud to be joining the GPL club ourselves. Untangle isn't about kinda-sorta-PR-splash open source either.

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

Inc Startups

Boy, was he wrong As a grad student in computer science at the University of Antwerp in the early 2000s, Dries Buytaert began fiddling with what he thought was a fun side project: an open-source software platform that could support all kinds of websites.