Open Source has created a powerful paradigm for building software. Today, it's almost impossible to not rely on open source software to build a successful software business.
At the same time, Open Source presents a unique challenge when building a software business on top of it. From dual licenses to proprietary add-ons, several business models have been tried over the last two decades with varying degrees of success. Finding an effective way to monetize open source software, even for popular ones, still presents major challenges to us.
In this talk, I will survey the history of open source business and offer my perspective of what has worked, what has not, and where we might be headed with a possibly unfair emphasis on what I know best: infrastructure software and enterprise middleware.