Posts tagged ‘licensing’

November 28th, 2011

Open Source Business Models – Where does Kaltura fit?

by Leah and Michal

Often when we speak to both community members and potential commercial clients we get questions about our business model.

These questions range from the classic:

“If you are open source, how do you make money,” to the more skeptical, “How can you charge for any of your services or code if you are open source.”

Indeed, the open source business model landscape is complex.  The genesis of open source projects  (be they community, foundation, or privately funded) is as varied as the models that many OS companies use to monetize their code.

Kaltura is unique in that we are one of a limited set of companies who launched an open source project in parallel to a commercial business. We are also using both a dual licensing model as well as a SAAS offering to grow the commercial side of our business.  Yet, the model we are using is rooted in a tradition carved by many a famous open source company before us.

Given the amount of confusion in the market, both within the Kaltura community and among developers more generally, we started a series on Open Technology Blog to clarify the landscape of open source business models and the emerging “commercial open source” licensing model used by increasing numbers of startups.

These posts lay out the basics, but we hope you find them helpful. And if you think of other companies we should add to our categorizations, please do add in the comments!

November 2nd, 2011

Thinking “Big” About Open Technology

by Michal Tsur and Leah Belsky

Most of the work we do at Kaltura is focused on creating new code that will revolutionize the way media is used in different industries. Russ’s post yesterday on “The Social Enterprise” was a perfect example of how our daily work building video widgets and apps all “adds up.”

Yet, to get here, we also spend some time thinking about BIG IDEAS.

We think about the future of open source technology in a world of open APIs, the start-up ecosystem and where Kaltura fits as one of a limited set of proponents of open technology.  We think about education, the future of digital literacy, and how we as technologists and entrepreneurs are influencing the world.

Recently we decided it’s time to share some of those ideas. We wanted to expand our thinking about Open Technology by brainstorming and writing within a community.

So, we (@leahbel, @michts) started a new blog called “Open Technology.”  It’s focused more on ideas about technology and building an open source start-up than on specific Kaltura projects, so we decided to make it a separate blog.  But we hope you’ll follow along.

You can see some of our early posts: “Why Digital Literacy? Some Thought Analysis…” or “The Future of Open Source Licenses in 2011.”  We’ll be sure to share some of the “best of” here as well.

We invite you to read along, join the discussion, and “think big” with us.

"The Many Faces of Open" by VisualsForChange.com

"The Many Faces of Open" by VisualsForChange.com