Two InitMarketing Customers Win Open Source Business Award

Open Source Business Foundation (OSBF) yesterday announced the winners of the Open Source Business Award. Two InitMarketing customers won prizes: todoyu won the 3rd prize (10k EUR) and OXID eSales shared the 1st prize (receiving 32.5k EUR).

OSBF annually awards innovative ideas, thought through concepts and promising business plans with the Open Source Business Award. It is being granted for innovative business ideas based on Open Source Software, which revolutionize the market and can set new standards.

Heise reports about the award in detail (German only).

Dates of Sales and Marketing Workshops Hosted by Open Source Business Foundation

The dates for the OSBF workshops on Open Source sales and marketing are now available online.

I’ll kick off the series of workshops together with Richard Seibt, former CEO SUSE, at February 18th in Nuremberg, Germany. From 10-13, I will introduce marketing Open Source software. Richard will talk about Open Source business models from 14-17.

The workshops will be in German and there will be enough time for discussions with participants.

OSBF members will not pay for attending the presentations, non-members will be charged EUR 150. Find more info on how to register for the workshops at the OSBF Web site.

Open Source Marketing Workshop at OSBF

For all of you in the German-speaking regions of Europe, OSBF will offer various talks related to marketing Open Source software. As a founding member of OSBF’s Open Source Sales & Marketing Group, I’ll present a two hours introductory workshop about Open Source marketing and will be available for Q&A afterwards.

Yet, the dates are not set and we are still collecting feedback from OSBF members on the topics.

OSBF members will not pay for attending the presentations, non-members will be charged EUR150.

InitMarketing Joins Open Source Business Foundation (OSBF)

InitMarketing is now a member of Open Source Business Foundation (OSBF). OSBF is a European-wide Open Source network founded by Richard Seibt of SUSE fame. The activities of the network focus on the business benefits of Open Source software. The members of OSBF are companies, institutions, VCs and persons inspired by open source software – all together over 120 to date.

There are plenty of useful working groups within OSBF, such as:

  • With the Open Source Business Award, OSBF annually awards innovative ideas, concepts and promising business plans.
  • The Campus Coaches provide member companies their diverse professional experience free of charge.
  • The COSAD working group develops best practice guidelines for OSS.
  • The OSBF Embedded project fosters the use of OSS, especially Linux in embedded systems.
  • Just recently, OSBF started a sales and marketing project that InitMarketing is a core member of.

In only two years since OSBF’s birth, it has established itself as probably the most important interest group for OSS businesses with a strong footprint in Germany and a growing attraction all over Europe.