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Re: Odoo v9 Community and Enterprise editionsby
It's almost impossible to make profitable a company with a wrong bussiness model. One company may have the best team and product but it's success is depending on the bussiness model.
Difficulty in this case is to find the correct one. One company may have the best quality services and best team but if noone is interested on to buy them, company will fail.
Noone will buy sand on desert or ice on poles.
> 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. Daniel, 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. Thanks, -- Fabien Pinckaers Odoo Founder Web: https://www.odoo.com Twitter: @fpodoo Instant Demo: https://odoo.com/start/cms