February 2010

Bob Sutor, Vice President of the Open Source and Linux division at IBM, recently stated that "there doesn’t seem to be very many good guides about the nuts and bolts of starting an open source business". He speculates that one reason is that "there is no one way to start and run a business that involves open source".

The authors in this issue of the OSBR are serial entrepreneurs, startup founders, and professionals who provide services to and interact daily with startups.

Lisa Torjman and Jon Worren from MaRS, an innovation hub for Canadian science and technology startups, discuss why Canada needs to invest in and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship in order to create successful startups.

Mekki MacAulay, principal at OSStrategy.org, highlights special considerations and pitfalls for open source startups and discusses how startups can use an open source strategy to gain competitive advantage.

Tony Bailetti, Director of Ontario's Talent First Network, describes nine companies located in Canada’s National Region and identifies how their founders benefit from the Lead to Win business ecosystem.

William Stewart, CEO of ESERI, describes one startup's experience in integrating open source software into a complete turn-key solution.

Harley Finkelstein, a serial entrepreneur, answers the question "Which is the better path to take, as a push or a pull startup?".

As always, we encourage readers to share articles of interest with their colleagues, and to provide their comments either online or directly to the authors.

The editorial theme for the upcoming March issue of the OSBR is Mobile and the guest editors will be Thomas Kunz and Francois Lefebvre. Submissions are due by February 20--contact the Editor if you are interested in a submission.

Dru Lavigne


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