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The New York Times: Open Wallets for Open-Source Software

Apr 27, 2005, 14:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Rivlin)

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"The first time Marc Fleury tried to raise money for his technology start-up company, in mid-2000, a venture capitalist told him that he didn't have merely a bad business plan but a terrible one. Not only was Mr. Fleury planning to compete against the likes of I.B.M., but his product was open-source software, which he would give away.

"Four years later, he tried again. His business was still based on the free distribution of code, yet now there was a dogfight among venture capitalists competing to finance his company, called JBoss..."

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