Among the more counterintuitive trends in technology, the open source model is viewed by skeptics as the economics equivalent of the perpetual motion machine. Defying conventional wisdom about intellectual property (IP), Red Hat has a market capitalization of $3 billion built upon open source Linux. Other IPO's have occurred, with more likely to come. Established companies with substantial IP have also jumped on the bandwagon in various ways, including IBM, Oracle and Sun.
What's going on? This talk will review what drives open source and hopefully launch a discussion of where it might go in the future. The counterintuitive answer is that open source isn't as counterintuitive as it appears.
Bob Sawyer is a product marketing manager at Solid Information Technology, a privately held firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Prior to Solid, Bob held product management and product marketing positions at Panta, HP, Compaq and Tandem. Bob holds a bachelors degree from Northwestern University and a masterís degree from the Kellogg School of Management. He resides on the Peninsula with his wife and two children.