Would you buy an open source company?

A session at TransferSummit 2011

Thursday 8th September, 2011

12:20pm to 1:00pm (GMT)

Why would anyone buy a software company that makes 95% of its source code available for free on the Internet? In the traditional model of jealously guarded trade secrets, such a company would be worth nothing.

Yet, in October 2010, Adobe bought Day Software, a small Swiss company selling content management products which are extensively based on freely available and permissively licensed code from several Apache Software Foundation projects.

This demonstrates that the value does not lie in the bits: source code is worth nothing without the skills required to integrate, maintain and evolve it over its whole lifetime.

What's valuable is the team behind the code. Their collective experience in creating solid software together. Their experience in working with loosely-coupled teams of volunteers from around the globe. The know-how of those who are able to integrate the open source parts into a coherent product that can be sold, supported and maintained for a long time.

In this session, Bertrand Delacretaz explains why Day Software chose to base so much of its core software on open source projects, how open development brings value inside the company as well as outside of it, and how open source and open development help increase your team's value.

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Bertrand Delacretaz

Open source (Apache Software Foundation, member/director) and CEM (Senior R&D Developer, Adobe/Day). Not representing anyone on Twitter: personal opinions only. bio from Twitter

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TransferSummit 2011

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