Open Source…I think I see the light!

I found this excellent open source as a business model rant on the Luminotes wiki. This is not the typical “everything should be digital and everything digital should be free” rant, instead the poster makes the argument that customers should pay for the VALUE derived from software and not simply ACCESS to software. This makes sense to me, afterall, what are your salespeople actually delivering, a license or a solution to a customer problem.

Simplicity wins… !!!

Rent-A-Coder Repeats on Inc. 5K

Congrats to the folks over @ Rent-a-Coder for their second listing in Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.

One of the biggest complaints (or excuses) I hear from would-be startup founders is the lack of access to development talent. While I am the first to discourage people from building a prototype or version 1.0 product using remote resources, sometimes local talent just isn’t available.

Remember, if you are relying on outside development, a good product requirements plan and complete product spec are doubly important.

Props to Tweeple Twak

Congrats to Josh for his write up on Mashable. Josh did a rant on Twitter use and tracking at the recently completed and highly successful Tampa BarCamp. He made a great case for how better metrics can transform this emerging Web thingee into a usable community building communications platform.

This is nice recognition for this Tampa startup and the great tool Tweeple Twak for tracking metrics in your Twitter community.