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July 3, 2010

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, 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?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. susie permalink
    July 4, 2010 12:22 am

    The open source is for free. The business is for money. Two concepts are conflicting. Open source does not have to benefit people through a model of business. Open source is the earth for creation of new ideas or new products. But new ideas or products are not necessarily turned into business. So we might see many startups start from open sources, but only a few could become corporation.

    • July 4, 2010 12:58 am

      That is a very nice point! It points out the feasible relationship between open source as the technology and the business as the entrepreneurship.

      The question is how to encourage people to work on the open source projects with the full enthusiasms?

  2. susie permalink
    July 4, 2010 9:23 am

    The motivation for an individual to work on a thing is very personal. Generally, most people are still significantly driven by money.

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