A friend asked me the other day: â€œI heard you work for an open source company, must be frustrating not making money from your code… how can you make money if you give away your code and IP?â€
Well, I have been asked this question many times, and it is time I put my answer in writing:
You do not make money out of open source. You can, however, use open source to create profitable revenue channels and sell other products and services that are related to open source.
There are at least three revenue models based on open source leveraging: