We need solutions to industry 'bugs,' not critics

Pundits are quick to point out all the problems in various industries today, including open source. But what we need are solutions, not critics.

Stuart Cohen made news by declaring that the open-source business model is broken (when, in fact, it's not: just one particular, outdated and out-moded model is).

Now Alan Frazier, a prominent venture capitalist, is declaring that the venture capital model is broken.

Meanwhile, pundits are also declaring that the auto industry is broken (It is.), the finance industry is broken, the housing market is broken, health care is broken, and so on.

Have you caught the chorus yet? "Everything is broken" is how it goes.

Easy words when the world appears to be falling apart. But we don't need people who can tell us what is broken. Everyone can see that things have gone fundamentally awry.

Instead, we need people who can tell us how to fix problems. Finding "bugs" in the system is relatively easy. Fixing them? Well, that requires a bit more effort.

Tim O'Reilly is a fixer, routinely, accurately predicting the future. We need more Tims, and fewer myopic critics.

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About the author

    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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