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There Is Still No Open Source Software Market

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I receive frequent requests from investors to discuss the various “open source business models” and “open source software (OSS) vendors.” It seems to happen more frequently around events such as the Open Source Business Conference [OSBC] which recently took place in San Francisco. Of course if you promote something called the OSBC you need there to be an open source business model and market. But investors need to realize that when it comes to investing in enterprise software, do not be fooled by the term open source.

* There is no ‘Open Source Business Model.’
* There is no ‘open source market.’

I cannot think of any examples of an open source-licensed product or service that is monetized and brought to market in any way uniquely different.

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