MySQL inching toward an IPO

Is MySQL nearing an IPO? Techcrunch says 'Yes.'

Techcrunch notes that the rumor mill is heating up on an imminent IPO from MySQL:

I am hearing chatter from hedge fund circles that the filing may be imminent. Last I checked, nothing has been filed with the SEC yet.

All quiet on the western front, but with growing market share (25% by Evans Data's estimates) and an increasing ability to monetize that usage MySQL may well be ready to put itself in the public eye. This would be a major coup for the company, obviously, but also for open source, generally. Frankly said, we need more monetary proof points that open source offers sustainable revenue models.

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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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