| ||Is developing open source software a viable route for a startup?|
7 points by runarb on Dec 3, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 10 comments |
|The startup where I work is developing enterprise type software. The software itself is great, and have been selling ok in our home marked (Scandinavia). But now we want to venture out in the wider world. Unfortunately we are having a hard time reaching out to potential customers that are located far away.|
We feel that we basically are left with two choices:
* Hire more sale and marketing staff to get the sale pipeline going. This is a known and safe route, but may require more VC.
* Make our software open source and hope that it spreads in the wild.
Does it make sense to follow the open source route for a startup? Can it somehow come back to haunt us (for example making it harder to get VC founding in the further, because we got no ipr)?
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