Being an open source company, one of the challenges we face is explaining people a few basic concepts about open source. “No it’s not the same as non profit”, “Yes, you can defend your assets”, … These are some of the answers we need to repeatedly provide.
Can you sell an open source company
One of the misconceptions that are more rooted in logic are about selling open source companies. Once you try to analyze the potential acquisition as a build vs. buy decision it seems like the build option will be much easier for the potential acquirer as the code is already out there.
Open source success: large acquisitions
MySQL acquisition by Sun Microsystems
VMware buys SpringSource
JBoss acquired by world’s biggest Linux distributor Red Hat
Citrix acquires XenSource
Zimbra getting purchased by VMware
Why pay so much for publicly available sources