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Conference looks at business, legal, financial aspects of open source

Jan 14, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

The Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), March 16-17 in San Francisco at the St. Francis Hotel on Union Square, will focus on the business, legal, and financial issues faced by open source software vendors and end-user organizations. Vendors, visionaries, legal counsel, and financiers will take part, according to event organizers.

Key presenters include:

  • Clayton M. Christensen, author of The Innovator's Dilemma and a professor at the Harvard Business School
  • Raymond Lane, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and former President, Oracle
  • Chris Stone, Vice Chairman of Novell
  • Eben Moglen, General Counsel of the Free Software
  • Martin Fink, Vice President and CTO , Business Critical Systems, Hewlett Packard and author, The Business and Economics of Open Source

Corporate sponsors include Boston Consulting Group, Computer Associates, Finnegan Henderson, HP, IBM, Metrowerks, Microsoft, Novell, OSAIA, Summit Law Group, and VERITAS. Media sponsors include Business 2.0, Fortune, Information Week, Optimize, and ZDNet.

Other presentations will be give by:

  • Vendors: BEA, BMC, EDS, MontaVista, Oracle, Redhat, SAP, SONY, Sun, Symantec.
  • Corporate Users: Amazon, AT&T Wireless, Ford, Goldman Sachs, Google, Morgan Stanley
  • Law Firms: Cooley Godward, Davis Polk Wardwell, Gray Cary, Tomlinson Zisko, Wilson Sonsini
  • Emerging Companies: CollabNet, Covalent, MySQL, Rackable, Scalix, Sendmail, SourceFire, Zope
  • VCs: Azure Capital, Benchmark, Fidelity Ventures, Index Ventures, Intel Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, NEA

"A deep, business-level focus is OSBC's greatest point of differentiation from other open source-targeted events," said Mike Dutton, OSBC co-producer.

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