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Mmhh how about Automatic with wordpress?? They give their product for free and yet have a SaaS ?

Or how about OnVelocity? They provide a source code repository and have hosted version.

Or SugarCMS ?

Or couchdb with couchbase?

It seems to me that there are plenty of Saas companies that share their products as open source.

Automattic venture round http://gigaom.com/2008/01/22/wordpresscom-creator-raises-29m...

SugarCRM venture round http://www.sugarcrm.com/about/sugarcrm-investors

CouchBase venture round http://www.venturecapitalupdate.com/funding/08/16/couchbase-...

If you raise tens of millions of dollars you can put off the need to become profitable for quite some time ;<).

To quote the post you're replying to:

"Indeed. That's never been in dispute."

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