ZDNet: Can Open Source IT be a Money Pit?
Apr 14, 2005, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)
"Last month, Doug Kaye over at IT Conversations recorded an
interview with MIT professor and serial entrepreneur Philip
Greenspun. Greenspun's most successful venture to date
(revenue-wise) was probably ArsDigita--an open source business that
flamed out after he handed the reins over to venture capitalists
who, he claims, ran a perfectly good company into the ground. Also
under Greenspun's belt is photo.net (a prosumer photograhy site
that boasts of 10 million hits of day) and, my personal favorite, a
central role back in the 1980s with Symbolics Inc. About the same
time he was working for Symbolics, I was working on a Symbolics
system trying to learn the ropes of artificial intelligence and the
LISP programming language..."