How crowdfunding and the JOBS Act will shape open source companies

New regulations could mark the end of proprietary finance.

Currently, anyone can crowdfund products, projects, causes, and sometimes debt. Current U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations make crowdfunding companies (i.e. selling stocks rather than products on crowdfund platforms) illegal. The only way to sell stocks to the public at large under the current law is through the heavily regulated Initial Public Offering (IPO) process. The
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Points of control = Rents

Points of control = Rents

Innovation was once the sole rent source in the computer industry, but things have changed.

We love companies that innovate, even if they can extract rent from it. What we don't like is when they mature and transition to less palatable rent extraction strategies.

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Palm's webOS Represents Major Shift for Syncing and Data

In an article covering the Palm Pre mobile device, Ars Technica makes a very important point about how devices utilize network connectivity, and what the assumptions are underlying their models of data storage and access: Users just make changes to their data (contacts, calendar, mail, etc.), and Palm's webOS handles committing those changes to whatever canonical data source it…

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Getting Some Perspective on Cloud Computing

Wholesale dismissal of the cloud is just as detrimental as wholesale commitment.

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Charting the Pitfalls of DRM

In the wake of MSN Music's authorization decision, Steve O'Hear from last100 looks at five DRM-based businesses that left customers high and dry. From the article: Any digital store that sells or loans you content in a copy-protected format makes you a hostage to that store or format's commercial success. (Via Teleread) Related Stories: DRM, DMCA and Competitive Lock-In Responsibly…

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