OpenID, OAuth, and other efforts to open up the social web are a dizzying mix of successes and setbacks. Are they being widely adopted, or eclipsed by proprietary alternatives? Are they good enough for mainstream users, or still too geeky? And have their fiercest proponents “sold out” by taking jobs at Google and Facebook, or are they continuing the fight from within? Come hear the inside story.
Most open source start-ups have some sort of lock on the code - dual licensing, contributor agreements, "open core" add-ons and more. But is it possible to start a profitable company without any of those - with just skilled people delivering expert service and developing new code in the community? I don't just think it's possible - I'm doing it!