Open Source and Business: where

Open Source and Business: where do you draw the line?
Some good questions in one of the comments:

  • Can you grow a business at a slow rate or not at all?
  • Can you shrink a business without it being a failure?
  • Can you take a slow-growth company public?
  • Would Share Holders be willing to sit still for a company that made only a small profit?
  • Would Share Holders stand for a company that deliberately didn’t maximize profit due to an ideal (like open source)?