open source software

  • The Money In Open-Source Software Crunch Network

    The Money In Open-Source Software

    It’s no secret that open-source technology — once the province of radicals, hippies and granola eaters — has gone mainstream. According to industry estimates, more than 180 young companies that give away their software raised roughly $3.2 billion in financing from 2011 to 2014. Despite the growing popularity of open-source software, though, many open-source companies are… Read More

  • The Golden Age Of Open Source Has Arrived Crunch Network

    The Golden Age Of Open Source Has Arrived

    In the new economy, it’s not the code that matters — it’s how you use it to connect people to things they need. From 3D printers to Docker, open-source-based innovation is fueling some of the hottest digital capabilities of our time. Finally — the golden age of open source has arrived. Read More

  • Open-Sourcing Data Is The Only Way Forward For An Advanced Internet Economy Crunch Network

    Open-Sourcing Data Is The Only Way Forward For An Advanced Internet Economy

    The founder of all that we survey on the web, Tim Berners-Lee, said on this site a few years ago that, “Data is the New Links.” He argued that with the ever-expanding world of data-driven products, and the explosion of graphs and social media, the benefits would only be realized by a positive attitude to sharing the data in an accessible way, without expecting too much in return. Read More

  • To Expedite Innovation, Give Away Your Code Crunch Network

    To Expedite Innovation, Give Away Your Code

    Open-source software has been a growing phenomenon for more than two decades, but in recent years it has risen in importance in a whole new way: as a key to rapid innovation for startups and corporate giants alike. One example of open-source software being used to increase the velocity of technical innovation can be seen with Airbnb. Read More

  • Creating The Open-Source Community Of Your Dreams Crunch Network

    Creating The Open-Source Community Of Your Dreams

    When a company decides to embrace open-source software development, releasing the code under a suitable license is only the tip of the iceberg. The real challenge that companies face is learning how to attract and collaborate with contributors. It’s not easy, but fostering the growth of a healthy community is a necessary step that will help your open-source software project fulfill… Read More

  • Jeremy Allaire’s Bitcoin Startup Circle Takes $50M From Goldman Sachs, IDG

    Jeremy Allaire’s Bitcoin Startup Circle Takes $50M From Goldman Sachs, IDG

    Circle, the Bitcoin startup that veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire started, just raised $50 million from Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners. It’s another sign that the finance industry’s most powerful players are starting to take the crypto-currency and its ecosystem seriously. All of Circle’s existing investors including Breyer Capital, General Catalyst Partners… Read More

  • A Conversation With DemocracyOS, The YC Non-Profit That Built A Latin American Political Party

    A Conversation With DemocracyOS, The YC Non-Profit That Built A Latin American Political Party

    One of the stranger things that Y Combinator has supported — among the many more interesting things they’ve started to back like prosthetic legs, macrobiotic research and Uber-for-marijuana startups — is a non-profit that built an entire political party in Buenos Aires, Argentina. DemocracyOS is a software platform that allows regular voters to debate and forward policy ideas. Read More

  • Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters Crunch Network

    Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters

    When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, it struck a very vulnerable target. The Pacific nation is considered one of the world’s poorest and is ranked by the United Nations’ WorldRiskIndex as the most disaster-prone country. Yet for a storm significantly stronger than Hurricane Katrina, Cyclone Pam resulted in a relatively low number of casualties. Early warnings helped save scores of… Read More

  • Open Source Software: Compliance Basics And Best Practices

    Open Source Software: Compliance Basics And Best Practices

    Editor’s note: Heather Meeker is a shareholder, and chair of the IP/IT Licensing and Transactions Group in the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP.  Startups stand on the shoulders of giants, developing proprietary applications on top of a software landscape that heavily leverages open source components. But as the saying goes, free software is not free, and using open… Read More