Open Source Drives Small Business

The open-source community creates tremendous value for the U.S. economy, driving small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and empowering entrepreneurs, according to a top open-source supporter.

At the O’Reilly Open Source Convention 2012 (OSCON) here, Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media, exhorted open-source developers to “work on stuff that matters” and to create more value than you capture.” Indeed, this was O’Reilly’s mantra in a talk, entitled “The Clothesline Paradox: How Sharing Economies Create Value.” O’Reilly lauded open-source developers for helping make the economy better while also creating a richer, fairer world