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FORTUNE: Great Bridge and OpenCola Named to FORTUNE's "25 Coolest US and Global Companies"

Jun 13, 2001, 22:50 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to David Mele for this link. ]

As the headline says, FORTUNE has named Great Bridge, which sells commercial support and consulting for PostgresSQL, and OpenCola, which recently released the filesharing software SwarmCast under the GPL, as two of the 25 coolest US and Global companies for 2001:

"Great Bridge is on a quixotic quest with its product: an open-source database. The company hopes PostgreSQL can be as successful as Linux, the open-source operating system that was developed and is maintained by volunteers, and remains a pain in Microsoft's side. To succeed, founder Frank Batten Jr. must woo users from both Oracle's dominant industrial-strength database and Microsoft's SQL Server, the top choice for more mundane information storage. He is undaunted: "If you think of open source as a rising flood, our goal is to bury most of the Oracle mountain. But the reality is that the Microsoft foothills will get flooded first." Great Bridge, of Norfolk, Va., doesn't actually sell PostgreSQL--it helps the community of developers who build it and sells support services for users. This is Batten's second anti-Gates foray: He was the first investor in Linux champion Red Hat Software and remains its largest individual shareholder."

"[OpenCola's] just-released Swarmcast software speeds up document sharing. Say you want to download Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious" (we're not advocating pirating music, of course). Swarmcast's software creates a network of people downloading the tune and splits the song into tiny nuggets. You receive the song, superfast, as an amalgamation of bites from other "Bootylicious" files being downloaded at the same time. The company has secured $15.7 million in funding and is working with Microsoft's .NET group."

Complete Story (which covers the other 23 companies)

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