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Linux.com: Interview with Shawn Gordon, CEO of theKompany.com

Mar 24, 2001, 13:00 (61 Talkback[s])
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"Shawn Gordon: I started programming in 1978 when I was 15. I was lucky to have a high school with a computer department. I ended up going to a trade school for programming when I was 19 and have been at it ever since. My background has mostly been writing business software for the HP 3000 mini-computer. I had a software company for about 10 years in that space where I did a lot of system management tools, but I also did a very extensive email system that had some pretty sophisticated features for what we were working on. I started picking up on Unix about 10 years ago and was running a Unix clone on my 486 called Coherent for some years. I was only peripherally aware of the whole OSS and GNU thing until a few years ago."

"What really drew me to Linux and KDE was the desire to do our KODE product, and I didn't think Windows was where I wanted to do it. I sort of watched and researched the landscape for about a year before I decided to go for it, and then we incorporated in August 1999 and started working in earnest in September."

"Linux.com: How has your reception in the OSS (and KDE, in particular) community been so far? Have you received any flak over your decision to sell beta software?"

"Shawn Gordon:Overall the reception has been great. You always have those few loud voices who think you are the devil, but they are very few. Actually we've gotten a great response on selling beta software. People like to get involved with shaping the application, and they get it at a discount as well. People that aren't interested in that process are waiting till the software is done to buy it, and that's great too. I think it's good for us, and our customers to be able to work together to provide products that are exactly what they want, instead of what I think they want."

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