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NewsForge: Blinkbid Turns to Open iRadeon for CRM

Oct 27, 2005, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Louis Lesko came up with the idea for Blinkbid invoicing software for photographers after scribbling notes on a napkin at a cocktail party. Though Blinkbid itself is closed source, it was built using open source tools, so it's no wonder that, after its success, Lesko chose an open source customer relationship management package (CRM) to keep track of contacts and payments.

"Blinkbid was first released in October 2003, and it was immediately popular, says Lesko. 'Our sales increased, and we needed a way to keep in touch and keep our databases accessible to everyone who would eventually work for us.' With a staff spread out across California and a programmer in London, paper trails were difficult to maintain and even more difficult to share..."

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