MindTouch closes a banner year

MindTouch just closed an excellent year. The question will be whether it can continue to grow its community in tandem with its corporate revenue.

While it's true that open-source companies, in general, are starting from a small base of revenue and adoption, it's equally true that the real measure of any company is growth. If it's good, it will grow.

Hence, it's great to see MindTouch, a commercial open-source collaboration company, booming:

  • Over 200,000 active installs - 100 percent increase
  • Installs on all major Linux distributions - 600 percent increase
  • More than 3,000 registered members at the developer community - 30 percent increase
  • Translated into 16 languages - 500 percent increase

Impressive, but perhaps doubly so when you consider the nature of its customer base: Federal Express, Microsoft (I guess Sharepoint wasn't good enough for them ;-), United States Environmental Protection Agency (saving paper by collaborating online), and the City of Los Angeles, to name but a few.

As an advisor to MindTouch, I've been impressed by the quality of the product and the community uptake of a commercial open-source project. That's no small feat. It tends to be much easier to get community input as a community project - the more successful the company, the less involved the community. We'll see if MindTouch can break that cycle.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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