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Brad Smith Keynotes the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC)

Mar 15, 2008, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"We're just a couple weeks away from this year's Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco. Brad Smith, general counsel for Microsoft, is the closing keynote on the first day. This speaking slot has previously been filled by the likes of Clayton Christensen, Geoffrey Moore, and Lawrence Lessig, and each of these gentlemen have given us deep talks that have forced one to think about open source in the world at large from an economics, business, and legal perspective. Mr. Smith has large shoes to fill, and this worries me.

"You see Mr. Smith is a corporate executive, and most execs (with a few notable exceptions like Mårten Mickos) feel compelled to 'pitch the company.' Mr. Smith is a lawyer (and general counsel to boot) so language is his oeuvre. We've seen Brad Smith's pitches before now. Here's what I hope we don't see at OSBC..."

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