Thursday, June 21, 2007

Top three pieces of advice for would-be open source CEOs

  1. For project leads I think that every project is different. It's hard to give general advice. The hardest part is to build up the community and ensure that its not a single-person project, else you will be busy answering emails 20 hours a day.
  2. As a CEO, you should be able to accept that if you do open source business, others will get a big chunk of the revenue that you believe should or could be yours. Anybody can take your project and sell what you sell (service contracts, support, implementation, training or sometimes even the software in the form of derived work) without giving back to you. That is part of the game. You need a state of mind that accepts this as a fact of life, and be happy about the business that you do generate for your company.
  3. Don't forget to go sailing on weekends.

Read the rest of my thoughts on Matt Asay's cnet blog.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Jazoon and Magnolia

I just learnt that Jazoon is running on Magnolia. While this is an honor, I am disappointed that it is not mentioned anywhere on their site. We have not been invited to the conference, got no free tickets, got no slot to demo Magnolia or a sponsor logo (which technically we are). Given the fact that this conference takes place in Zurich, which is 1h train ride away, thats even more disappointing, since it would have been very painless for us to attend. Anyways, I wish them a great conference. Maybe next year, they don't forget to say "Thank you".

PS: I just sent a mail to the conference organizer, lets see what they come up with.

PPS: This morning I received a mail from Mr. Eberhard, we will receive a slot for a product demo and an additional conference pass. Am I glad I asked? You bet! If you feel like meeting up at Jazoon, drop me a mail (or visit us in Basel, its really just around the corner).

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Boris Kraft, the photographer

I just stumbled across a blog entry where it states "Photo: Boris Kraft" as the result of a Google search subscription about myself (yeah, I like myself ;-)). It is the company blog from my brother's design label, "Purple South". And yes, I am the photographer of the farn. I took the foto amongst many others on a trip to New Zealand a couple of years ago, and many of these photos have also been sold to the NZ tourist department, so I expect some of these to show up in others places, too.

As far as I know, my photos have been published two more times: once I entered the "picture of the week" for a news paper (and won), and once some of my "work" has been published in the Metropolis magazine through an article written by Constantine Boym, a Russian designer located in NYC.

Fun stuff to find through Google search ;-)