Interesting article in Forbes about the way Threadless, the awesome t-shirt company, thinks about community-building. For those of you who aren't familiar with Threadless, they do about $30 million in revenues with a unique cultural/business model that merges a community of t-shirt creators and... Read more
Welcome to the business channel on opensource.com. In this channel we plan to explore how the principles of open source are influencing the world of business. I have been working at open source software companies for the past 10 years and have experienced first hand how the open source model... Read more
Prior to your academic career, you worked for 18 years within companies like IBM and Nortel, so you've had ample opportunity to observe from different perspectives the evolution toward “openness” in business. How is management coping with the shift toward open principles like meritocracy and open... Read more
What the heck is an innovation competition? Can we compete and collaborate at the same time? Could we solve world hunger through collaborative competition? I quizzed Anil Rathi, CEO of Idea Crossing, a company that hosts innovation competitions on behalf of companies and organizations, on these... Read more
Forbes reports that pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline announced a plan to beginning collaborating with other companies on research into drugs for diseases that don't get a lot of attention, malaria being a key example. It sounds like open innovation in action. Read the Forbes article here, but... Read more
The project was called Kind of Bloop. An 8-bit tribute to the Miles Davis masterpiece “Kind of Blue”. Yes, the same sound you remember from first-generation Nintendo games. Re-imagining “Kind of Blue” was an idea Andy Baio always dreamed about. Baio is a journalist, programmer, and also the CTO of... Read more
I'm very puzzled by the recent blog by Brian Prentice of Gartner. Comparing just-in-time manufacturing to open source software? Perhaps Brian is thinking of open source components like Apache Tomcat, which is often nestled inside of proprietary software solutions. But comparing an automobile... Read more
In the last few years, we've seen a proliferation of “open” business books like Wikinomics and The Starfish and the Spider. When every management bestseller is piled high on the clearance table a few years after its debut, it's hard not to wonder if ideas like open innovation, transparency, and... Read more
This past summer at the first annual Open Video Conference, there was a lot of buzz surrounding Kaltura, a software that enables people to edit, host and publish their own videos, as well as make use of re-mixable Creative Commons content. We had an opportunity to sit down with Ron Yekutiel,... Read more
Open Thread Thursday | Business : What's the one thing every company could do today to encourage a culture of collaboration?
Every Thursday we'll pose an open question in one or more channels on opensource.com. Today we start with the business channel. Our first question: What's one thing every company--no matter what size or industry--could do to encourage a culture of collaboration?