I’m happy to report that the 18th article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.
The Open Source Distributor Business Model
Open source distributor, open source distribution, open source business model, open source sustainability
Computer vol. 54, no. 12 (December 2021), pp. 99-103
Abstract: This article defines and discusses one particular commercial open source business model, called the (open source) distributor model. It can attract significant venture capital, thereby contributing to the long-term sustainability of open source.
I recently gave a talk at YES, the Young Enterpreneurs in Science. Here is a short video version (8 min.) that illustrates how public funding is possible and aligns with a startup (out of research) timeline. The slides are also available.
Venture capital plays an important role in open source: It funds startups innovative commercial open source products for the benefit of all as part of the equation. For venture capital to keep flowing, the startup needs to make money eventually, at a level similar to traditional software startups. This is always achieved by withholding something that is not made available for free, generically called “the complement” in this article. This is not human services (labor), because it doesn’t scale well. Rather, it is intellectual property, usually packaged today with machine services (computing). This does scale well.
I’m happy to report that the 17th article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.
Open Source Hardware
Open Source Hardware, Integrated Circuits, Ecosystems, Hardware, Open Source Software
Frank Hannig, Jürgen Teich
Computer vol. 54, no. 10 (October 2021), pp. 111-115
Abstract: Hardware that can be manufactured from free and open source descriptions has gained a lot of momentum. This article gives a general introduction, focusing on electronics and integrated circuits, corresponding open ecosystems and organizations, and highlights benefits and challenges.