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Differentiating from Twitter: Open Source and Identi.ca

Jul 07, 2008, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen O'Grady)

"Once allergic to open source--'let me get this straight… you're giving the software away? for free?'--venture capitalists have in recent years adapted to the reality of open source, arriving at the realization that the model possesses certain intrinsic advantages in both distribution and community building. So completely have these lessons been taken to heart, in fact, that it was apparent in a few cases that the VC community had actually over-rotated with respect to open source. Tales of powerful VCs insisting that the software they were considering funding be open source abounded--whether open sourcing the software in question was in the interests of the startups they were funding or not. Which, predictably, it wasn't always..."

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