Open source businesses have unique challenges as a result of the main product being freely licensed. We look at a few business models to help turn a profit.
SparkFun founder and CEO Nathan Seidle talks about what drives his company's open hardware model and offers advice for starting an open hardware company.
Dwight Merriman is executive chairman and co-founder at MongoDB, an open source document database. Prior to MongoDB, Dwight was also co-founder at DoubleClick and Panther Express (CDNetworks). In this interview, Dwight discusses open source and how it has moved from being accepted to expected.
In a recent article on Opensource.com, I introduced Data Geekery, the company behind jOOQ, and talked about the challenges we faced when transitioning our products from open source to a revenue-based business model last year. Our team learned a lot about running a business in general as well as... Read more
Can SQL as a language be integrated and standardised into Java through a set of simple formal language transformation rules? Yes it can. Data Geekery saw the idea gain some traction when the Zurich, Switzerland-based open source company kicked off a new database abstraction software project called... Read more
I work for a private ISV and consultancy company focused on delivering software products for financial institutions. Three years ago my company decided to share our achievements and knowledge by publishing our application, FinTP, for processing financial transactions under an open source license.... Read more
Greg Soper, CEO of SalesAgility, believes there's a substantial gap in the market that SuiteCRM can fill and has a public commitment to SuiteCRM being a collaborative, community driven open source project. He says, "We've been developing SugarCRM Community Edition for seven years and we know there'... Read more
Massive disruption is occurring as marketing goes digital. Business is moving steadily towards providing a fully personalized and truly integrated digital experience—building upon recent advances in user experience, analytics, cloud computing and storage, and an omni-channel experience across... Read more
Brothers Aleksander and Bård Farstad founded eZ Systems with a strong belief in open source in 1999. At that time, there were no scalable open source business models, so they developed and pioneered their own while developing eZ Publish, an Enterprise Content Management System. Their vision was: an... Read more
A few months ago, I joined Red Hat as a marketing apprentice (intern) in Paris, France—where I am also continuing my studies at France Business School—and it became clear to me that my vision of what open source is and what it means to be part of the community has changed. This evolution has... Read more