Investing in Open-Source Software
I find his article weird. Really weird. So JBoss has 2 million downloads of their software created by 110 employees and a positive cash flow? Wow. These are impressive figures, hum hum. Their investors should come and visit Disruptive Innovations. Still 100% self-funded, 2 persons, profitable since its first day of activity, and about 2 million downloads too. Don't misunderstand me, I am not trying to compare myself or my company with others. I am just saying that investors saw collapse most of the projects they invested into because they know about nothing about this industry and have no vision. I still remember the VCs and incubators here in Paris. Crazy. If you read the available litterature as of today, the most common opinion is that an OSS company can make money only from two sources (services/support and/or a commercial version of the free product) and can hardly invest in R&D. There's a third way, and Mozilla is the perfect fit for that third way. More about this later, I have to leave for my mother's funerals.