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Open Source Business Models Greek FOSS Community Workshop

Posted on: June 21, 2009

IMHO the assumptions of the gathering can be wrapped up in the  following two.

  1. It’s not about the ideology but about the product itself. Open Source culture is more for the entrepreneur (no license fee, strong community bug support and features) but not for the end user. As a FOSS enthusiast myself have numerous times tried to sell FOSS ideology as a product feature. No luck. On the contrary user cares about usability, low support and upgrade costs. Provide small invoice values and good support and this should do the trick.
  2. If you choose to go open source with your product, aim internationally, market the product in the FOSS community and try to keep community happy. This community building process is one of the most important in my perspective since is your elastic pool of developers and marketeers as your product grows.

ps. I am planning on uploading my presentations in slideshare this week so keep posted.


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