The best new open-source companies

Open source is creating new commercial opportunities. Here are a few of the companies poised to do well in this new economy of free.

There were a slew of new open-source companies launched (or still getting first looks) at last week's Open Source Business Conference. A few sites (Socialized Software and ZDNet, to name two of them)have been pointing to some of the more promising ones.

Here are a few to watch:

  • Acquia - Drupal-based social/web content management company
  • Ringside Networks - Social networking platform/application server
  • Loopfuse - Marketing automation (Disclosure: I'm an advisor to Loopfuse)
  • Projity - Microsoft Project competitor

And more. Check out the sites above to see who else caught the eye. Interestingly, JBoss executives sit on the management teams of several of them. As the market grows, there will be more cross-breeding between commercial open-source projects. This is a Very Good Thing.

It will be a few years, but I can't wait until Zimbra and MySQL have loosed their golden handcuffs so that they can start new companies, too. That's how the open-source business market will be enriched and grow.

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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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