Will new Joslyn business model work

All the company's proprietary code is going into open source projects, and the hope is that open source developers will work with his team at improvements or extensions. A committee will then decide how much a contribution is worth to new projects and pay out accordingly.

Tim Joslyn of The Development Cloud has a cunning plan.

Use his code to improve his product and you will get a cut of his action, as much as 50% of it.

The company's current products include VCexecute, which adjusts clients within Citrix XenApp, UserVantage, which simulates user activity to test hosted services all night and SessionShield, designed to protect data in a networked system crash.

All the company's proprietary code is going into open source projects, and the hope is that open source developers will work with his team at improvements or extensions. A committee will then decide how much a contribution is worth to new projects and pay out accordingly.

On his own blog Joslyn explains:

 In the past we have seen commercial companies make donations to developers on associated open source projects but I have never seen a company actually commit to handing over a revenue percentage to open source contributors making it a core component of their business practice (but please correct me if I am wrong).

Have you? And if you are currently short on work does this hold any interest for you?