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Book Reviews – Open Source for Entrepreneurs

Book Reviews - Open Source for Entrepreneurs

The launch of this book commemorates the 20th anniversary of the first internal release of MySQL in 1995. MySQL was one of the first open source programs to show the world the potential of developing a business around open source, and was a pioneer of the dual licensing business model. The book has been edited by Michael “Monty” Widenius, the founder of MySQL, MariaDB, MariaDB Foundation, and Open Ocean Capital, and Linus Nyman, entrepreneur and post-doctoral researcher at the Hanken School of Economics. The foreword was provided by Ralf Wahlsten, co-Founder and chairman of the board, MariaDB, and a partner at Open Ocean Capital.

Over the course of little more than a decade, open source has grown from a niche concept to a standard component in both software as well as services. Open source is an integral part of cloud computing, hosting, big data, the Internet of Things, and many more products and services that have become a part of everyday digital life. In addition to the increasing use of open source software, and the opportunities for entrepreneurship that such growth gives rise to, the technological changes and innovations that utilize open source software have also brought with them new opportunities for open source entrepreneurship.

Though open source software as a concept has become well known, managing a successful open source project is nonetheless complex. More complex still is the puzzle of knowledge and insights required to create a company that drives and develops an open source project in a way that generates enough money so that one can successfully compete with commercial closed source software. To truly understand open source software as well as the business that surrounds it, one must understand the key components of an open source venture, including issues such as licensing, business models, customer value propositions, and the different contributor communities of a project as well as their motivations.

The number of topics to grasp and challenges to overcome may seem daunting. However, that is where the usefulness and purpose of this book comes in. This volume of the Best of TIM Review book series comprises 15 articles selected from the entire catalogue of TIM Review articles on open source business. Indeed, it even reaches back to the earlier days of the journal, when it was known as the Open Source Business Resource from its first issue in July 2007 until it became the Technology Innovation Management Review in October 2011. The book gathers the knowledge of 20 contributors, including both veteran practitioners as well as academics. The articles are divided into three parts: the business of open source software, communities, and lessons from entrepreneurship.

Part I: The Business of Open Source
1. The Business of Open Source Software: A Primer
Michael “Monty” Widenius (MariaDB) and Linus Nyman (Hanken School of
2. The Business of Open: Common Pitfalls for Open Source Startups
Mekki MacAulay (York University)
3. An Enterprise Perspective on Customer Value Propositions for Open Source Software
Aparna Shanker (Alcatel-Lucent)
4. Growing Revenue with Open Source
Mekki MacAulay (York University)
5. Open Source License Selection in Relation to Business Models
Carlo Daffara (Cloudweavers)
6. Introducing “Business Source”: The Future of Corporate Open Source Licensing?
Michael “Monty” Widenius (MariaDB) and Linus Nyman (Hanken School of
Part II: Communities
7. Community 101
Brent McConnell (CollabNet)
8. Lessons on Community Management from the Open Source World
Angela Byron (Acquia)
9. Differentiating Community from Customers in an F/LOSS Business
Matthew Aslett (451 Research) and Stephen R. Walli (Hewlett-Packard)
10. Overcoming Barriers to Collaboration in an Open Source Ecosystem
Derek Smith, Asrar Alshaikh, Rawan Bojan, Anish Kak, and Mohammad Mehdi
Gharaei Manesh (Carleton University)
11. Going Open: Does it Mean Giving Away Control?
Nadia Noori (LaSalle University at Ramon Llull) and Michael Weiss (Carleton
12. Economics of Software Product Development Collectives
Michael Weiss (Carleton University)
Part III: Lessons from Entrepreneurship
13. Lessons from an Open Source Business
Fred Dixon (Blindside Networks)
14. Community-Built Software: What I Learned from Calagator
Audrey Eschright (Calagator)
15. How Open Source Has Changed the Software Industry: Perspectives from Open
Source Entrepreneurs
Juho Lindman (Hanken School of Economics) and Risto Rajala (Aalto University)

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