Is open the new closed?
This post is nuanced and closely tailored to some of my thoughts on the increasingly popular question: “How to best monetize OSS in the enterprise?”.
After listening to the most recent ~30min long a16z podcast, I wanted to take the opportunity to document some point-in-time thoughts. Based on my observation, many view points promoted in the podcast are also starting to generally pick up across the software industry – in other words, this is less of an immediate reaction and more of an encouraging point of reference to get my thoughts out.
The podcast “Monetizing Open Source (Or, All Enterprise Software)” was published earlier this week by a16z’s always great Sonal Chokshi hosting two experienced folks in the enterprise software and OSS world(s?): Martin Casado, now a GP at a16z, formerly co-founder of Nicira which started the SDN movement and was acquired by VMW for $1.2B in 2012
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