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10 Years of SourceForge.net

Nov 20, 2009, 13:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The history and beginnings of SourceForge.net can teach executives and managers today the value of trying crazy things that might (and probably will) fail; of letting your young guns run wild with imagination; and not squashing innovation within your company. Unfortunately, there are also quite a few lessons on how to squandor success, but that's for another day.

"Today is about SourceForge.net, the site that was before its time and how it came to be. SourceForge.net began as a project called "Cold Storage" and was headed by Tony "fusion94" Guntharp. His team included Uriah "precision" Welcome, Drew "dtype" Streib, and Tim "bigdisk" Perdue. The first thing that might surprise you is that Cold Storage was never intended to be a developer collaboration site at all. In fact, Tony's team was trying to solve a vastly different problem - finding and locating different versions of open source software."

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