Community mailing list archives

Re: Odoo v9 Community and Enterprise editions

Fabien Pinckaers (fp)
- 05/08/2015 21:52:28
> I understand, but be advised that there are several bad examples to
> follow out there. One of them is SugarCRMs last year model, where they
> were pushed by venture capitals to get inmediate cash flow, and decided
> to discontinue open source product, thinking it was a competition of
> themselves. That pushed the community to go behid Salesagility's
> initiative: SuiteCRM.


You are right.

There are lots bad examples of opencore business models (sugarcrm,
magento, compiere to name a few). There are also lots of good examples.
(and they are even more examples of open source products that died
because they never succeeded to really fuel product development)

What makes the difference between those that succeed and those that
failed is not the business model, but their execution: quality of the
product, ability to fund developments, quality of their sales & service
offer, community minded or not, etc.

I don't think it's linked to venture capitals. Those that failed is
usually because of their inability to become profitable / sustainable.
Venture capitals work in the long term (8 years) whereas companies that
are not profitable must take actions in the short term.

More over, all the VCs I have met invest in a company only if they agree
in the business model. Nobody will invest in a business model they don't
trust. All VCs that invest in open source embrace the open source
business model. Things start to become more complex when the company
does not succeed to become profitable. But that's not due to VCs, it's
due to the management team.


Fabien Pinckaers
Odoo Founder

Twitter: @fpodoo

Instant Demo: