"By its very nature, open-source software would appear to run
counter to the goals of venture capitalists. Not only is it
distributed and developed for free by a loose-knit group of techies
from around the world, but it lacks the sort of proprietary
protection that VCs typically crave.
"Despite those obvious challenges, a growing number of venture
capital firms, including several in the Pacific Northwest, believe
that there are ways to profit from the open-source movement..."