Open source start-ups make their pitch - in public

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Three open source start-up executives Tuesday showed their daring by making pitches to potential customers. What made them daring is that they did it in front of dozens of attendees at the Open Source Business Conference in Newton, Mass.

The presenting companies were ActiveGrid, EnterpriseDB and XenSource. Customer panelists hailed from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Fannie Mae and financial firms Fidelity Investments, Putnam Investments and State Street.

Not surprisingly, the customer panelists who agreed to participate are from organizations that use open source software, though some to much larger extents than others. Their responses to the new companies ranged from practically inviting them in to show off their software to telling them to get back in a couple of years.

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