There's another side: IF the company does a great job, the OSS project becomes much more fruitful, however, if it doesn't do much of a great job, well you end up with MariaDB vs. MySQL and LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice (not sure they haven't bothered to merge).
At least the GNU does what it was intended to do, stop companies from hijacking / buying out a software product and getting rid of it entirely.
Not really... It depends on the basis of his intuition. If you knew some details about the market that others did not it would make sense to act on that information regardless of if you needed the money tomorrow or forty years from now.
Posts like these assume that HN needs or wants to display all the good articles submitted on their front page . This is not the case. HN just needs to insure that all the articles on the front page are good, that is to say a representative sample of all the good articles that were submitted.
I lump these types of posts in with those that decry how unfair Google's hiring process it and how they reject highly qualified engineers. Again true, but there goal is not to hire every qualified engineer. There goal is to make sure every engineer that they do hire is highly qualified.
"Companies, too, are drawn to the intimate communal areas, amenities and activities of co-working/co-living spaces. Nine remote-working employees of Automattic, a web development corporation gathered for a work meetup this month at the Surf Office in Gran Canaria, taking over the 10-room property for six days “to build relationships, have real-time interaction and also work on projects that are best done in person,” the company said." from