I want to conclude this series of columns, in which I’ve written about marketing, pricing, and sales, with a discussion of what might be the most difficult aspect of running an open source business: getting paid.
What does it take to find a cure for Alzheimer’s? Can we spare returning soldiers from post-traumatic stress disorder? The moon shot is on collaboration and sharing. And just as in the moon race, the challenge is far too great for a single group to undertake it alone.
People often share more about their health and medical experiences on Facebook than they do with their own doctors. They talk about their experiences with illness, their symptoms, the medications they're taking, the side effects, what works, what doesn't, even various treatment options. It turns... Read more
Many ask how the idea for Rentcycle came to be. I'm not from the rental industry. I've never started an Internet company before. So, how is it that I got here? Although a combination of factors truly helped the stars align for Rentcycle, there's one major influence that planted the seed for the... Read more
Many of us, at some point in our lives, have had to deal with a variety of different healthcare professionals for an episode of care. Perhaps your primary physician has referred you to a specialist, or the ER doctor required you to see your primary physician for follow-up, or you've been admitted... Read more
I’m feeling a little nostalgic. Reading Amazon’s announcement about the recent Cloud Drive music service, I immediately thought of quite a few other moments where the music industry provoked a sense of overwhelming... disappointment. They just don’t get it. They. You know, The Music Industry. Sony... Read more
As we've covered in many posts, a lot of new businesses and projects are springing up around sharing in various ways. Car sharing services, Kiva, Kickstarter, coworking--the list goes on. Technology has fueled the opportunity for us to get out of our houses and back into communities with one... Read more
SXSW has barely even begun, and two themes are clear. One is startups, which is well-covered. (BusinessWeek called it SXSW's fetish.) But the other is sharing.
"In 2004, six months after suddenly losing my father, I became a single dad. I was forced to give up my travelling position as an application specialist for a large ERP software manufacturer." Aaron Nursoo first became interested in open source software because it was free. He saw in it an... Read more
I started pondering what qualities would define an open source city a few months ago when my friend Tom Rabon mentioned it to me one day. I was curious how the city I live in, Raleigh, NC, could attract other open source companies and be the world's hub for open source and a leader in open... Read more