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Software Firm Is Open for Innovation

Jul 07, 2008, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"MySQL chief Marten Mickos isn't afraid his rivals in the database-software industry will ever overtake him. 'Let them try,' he says. 'Our secret is in the way we operate our culture, and I'm convinced others cannot imitate that.'

"Mr. Mickos has about 12 million reasons to feel that way--the number of (mostly unpaid) programmers in MySQL's collaborative community. The company has been committed to 'open-source' innovation since its founding in 1995..."

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