Feeds

Zelerate goes titsup.com

Open source trailblazer bites the dust

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

San Mateo-based open source pioneer Zelerate - formerly OpenSales - is closing its door today according to a number of reliable but unconfirmed sources. The company shed half of its staff on Friday, leaving a skeleton two dozen or so manning the pumps this week.

Zelerate (formerly OpenSales) sells consultancy and services around a software libre content management system that goes head-to-head with Broadvision, IIS and their ilk. The company was co-founded by former eToys CTO and ex-NASA alumni Rob Ferber.

The company shed 34 staff in January. Its mailing list started bouncing today, and we received no reply from the PR operation. Hardly surprising, as it was axed on Friday we now learn.

"Closing the deals was their problem," a source close to the company told us. That we guess, and the panic flight of VC funding out of Silicon Valley tech ventures.

However Zelerate found itself unable to leverage the potential of the GPL license with the real free software community, say insiders.

"The company couldn't accept any code from the community, even if we wanted to. [Zelerate] turned down a complete set of patches porting AllCommerce to Oracle because the lawyers hadn't drafted that agreement yet..." said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Management had no idea how to leverage open source development into an asset for the company, and instead behaved like a normal software development company that gave away its product for free."

Not a business model to keep VCs on board, we guess, particularly when they're fleeing Silicon Valley tech start-ups. ®

Related Story

Open source pioneer cuts staff

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.