Sell or Share – Business or Altruism

A friend of mine proposed that I take my product/service/process out into the OpenSource market to build a customer base. You know, develop a project on SourceForge and get more of the community involved thereby acquiring a virally generated install base. While I love SourceForge, why would I put the first phase of my product out there for free? Just to save me the hard work and time it is going to take to market and sell my product?

To that, I say, Bah! :)

It’s hard work that rewards, not taking the easy way out. Let me clarify, I am not advocating, in any way, that to provide a product/service/process to a larger community is wrong. In other words, I’m not dissing the SourceForge community! But everyone chooses their path, and Staff IT Right© is taking the hard, bumpy road, of those that have gone before us.

I’ve been at startups that chose (or were forced to choose) to begin to distribute via the open source arena late in their development phase. The strategy was proposed as a shot in the arm to an already stalling customer growth model – or, well, the hockey stick was busted and out comes the duct tape! While that was de rigueur back in the day (pre-DotCom-implosion), I’m unaware if it is still being proposed in back alleys board rooms. I believe this is more a last gasp than a first breath.

I am, at root, a capitalist folks. :) Sorry if that is unsavory, making you uncomfortable, but the tools we are developing are for profit. I believe that no matter what effort you have expended, you should be compensated at the value the market can afford. And, in capitalism, there is truly no easy path to success. There are always hard times that make us all pray for just a little less challenge, just a bit more momentum rowing through the muck-N-mire, to have a warmer day from which to bask … you get the picture.

Staff IT Right© is not going open source, just so you know.

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One Response to “Sell or Share – Business or Altruism”

  1. Jason Rakowski Says:

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Jason Rakowski

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