Of course they actively participate in the OSS community in both directions (remembering that for the last few months they have been tied up with launching their firm).

In terms of inbound, the LoopFuse product uses Jaspersoft and MySQL, running on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux in their SaaS "farm." The stack naturally is very "JBossian," with Hibernate etc. (but no Drools or Portal) and including the recent stuff added via Exadel, including Ajax and Faces (see my blog post at "http://www.ebizq.net/blogs/open_source/2007/07/lets_start_looking_more_at_oss.php"). Outbound, Roy was a committer on one JSR and Apache Jackrabbit and Tom took part in the Java community process around JSRs.

They also like to work with other similar OSS startups or near startups on business issues.

Matt Asay is an advisor to them. Asay is currently general manager, Americas, and VP of business development for Alfresco, a provider of enterprise content management OSS.

Legally, their community approach is "JBoss like with a twist." They say they feel it is important to keep control of their intellectual property (IP) so contributors will have to sign over rights. They are not expecting their community to be "code bangers," but they seek to leverage LoopFuse users for feedback, debugging and extensions.

From a business perspective, their original idea was to market primarily OSS to OSS. But the LoopFuse feature set is not just for open source companies. Any B2B or B2C relationship that needs expertise leveraging and up selling a community could take advantage. They think real estate agents would make such a group. For OSS suppliers however, because of their background, Tom and Roy can help figure out the process of monetizing community.


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