Enterprise Open Source Magazine: Balancing Open Source and Commerce

“If ever there was a topic that someone was qualified to
discuss, it would be me talking about how open source companies
need to balance the interests of their community while making
money. In fact, our company is named Funambol because it is based
on the Latin words funis (rope) and ambulare (walking) that mean a
tightrope walker. Managing an open source company requires
constantly walking a tightrope that balances the needs of the
community and the business. Every step involves decisions between
keeping the community committed and satisfying commercial

“Choosing the right business model for an open source company is
paramount for success…”


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