Free or charge?
The debate of open source business model
Open source as a business model is still in debate. Some believe it is not viable. Why? If Everything is free, who will pay for my work? Others however believe it is definitely viable. Why? Open source can do great things. It can start its own business based on the open source project with huge user basis without too much advertisement, like WordPress.com, 1 . Wordpress success proves that open source works well financially.
Nevertheless, currently, many or most of new startups in US are not open sourced. You can easily find this by reading the latest startups articles in TechCrunch. Most of recent startups are still with proprietary licences. It means no matter how hard people argue. Eventually, when it comes to the real business. People still choose not to open their sources.
I am stopping here to make further argument for whether open source can really domainate the next 10 years startups.
Audience, can you tell us such trend for the next 10 years?