Awesome Open Company ¶
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What is an open company?¶
An open company is defined, for the purposes of this list, as a for-profit organization whose core practices are guided by principles of openness, transparency and interoperability. This philosophy can be summarized by the maxim:
Share as much as possible, charge as little as possible.
In practice, this often means: - releasing its products as free and open source software, open content, or open source hardware - using open standards and inter-operable formats - developing its products openly, using public communication channels - publishing as much financial and operational data as possible, without compromising customer privacy. - etc.
- Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams: Wikinomics
- Paul Graham: What business can learn from open source
- Massimo Menichinelli: Business models for open hardware
- Roger Clarke: Open source software and open content as models for eBusiness
- Chris Anderson: A business model for open source hardware
- The Economist: Open-source business: Open, but not as usual
- Chad Whitacre: The second open company
- Timothy Cook: Why open companies? A new culture of business
- Shereef Bishay: The open enterprise manifesto
- The Open Company Initiative directory (OCI): A group of companies which explicitly adopted OCI's openness pledge
- The Open 100: a competition held in 2009-2010 to find the top 100 open innovation companies
- (defunct — these links are from the Web Archive)
- The VAR Guy's The Open Source 50 (2009 list, 2010 list, 2012 update)
- Awesome Open: A curated list of organizations, projects and initiatives that maintain open codebases and datasets
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