Monday, March 15, 2004

Open Source Capitalism

Very interesting conference this week in San Francisco, the Open Source Business Conference or OSBC is being held March 16-17 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, CA.

A great set of speakers: Clayton Christensen, Ray Lane, Larry Lessig, Chris Stone, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Evans, Bud Tribble...

Their self description:
    Open Source Software (OSS) is rapidly coming to dominate certain areas of IT. Despite this advance, few beyond hardware vendors have developed solid models for leveraging OSS to boost margins or revenues. This inability to monetize OSS is perhaps its greatest inhibitor to thriving beyond the commodity server.

    The Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) is the first forum to bring together established technology vendors, startups, open source community members and enterprise IT users/customers to jointly explore new oppotunities for OSS deployment and how to capitalize on them.

    Who should attend? Senior technology executives (both vendors and users of OSS); venture capitalists; in-house and outside counsel for IT vendors or buyers; analysts; strategy consultants; and members of the media.

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