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What is your open source business model?

One of the big criticisms of open source is its apparent lack of a business model.If you're not selling software, if you're letting customers see the code, where is the money coming from to keep the doors open?
Written by Dana Blankenhorn, Inactive on

One of the big criticisms of open source is its apparent lack of a business model.

If you're not selling software, if you're letting customers see the code, where is the money coming from to keep the doors open?

We know the answers to this from a corporate perspective. Companies like IBM make their money from services. Design, implementation, and support are among the most popular.

But what's the answer from a personal perspective? Do you just work for someone who does one of these things? Or do you have your own personal business model? And what's that based on?

I think the question of a personal business model is becoming vital because there are many great creative products coming to market without any visible means of support. Blogs and podcasts are just the first harbingers of this trend.

We all need a personal business model, so what's yours? Let us know in TalkBack.

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