Black Duck Software acquires Koders.Com, Misses SourceKibitzer Opportunity

I’m sitting at McCarran International Airport, waiting for my red-eye to Boston. Last night I stumbled into Doug Levin of Black Duck Software at Mandalay Bay’s Starbucks. The first thing Doug told me was that “Next Monday we are announcing acquisition of Koders.Com”. Doug’s fledging company now has a search engine for open source software source code at its disposal with all strings attached to it such as activity data. Doug did not disclose details of the transaction, but said “It was a good opportunity to move our business forward. 

A few weeks earlier I’ve received an email from Mark Kofman, the founder of SourceKibitzer, that he got funded by Ambient Sound Investments (ASI) and Serenda Estonia. The backers were the guys who founded Skype and a while ago, and now became VCs.

SourceKibitzer is a start-up that has invented unique metrics and performance indicators for software teams. Apparently a missed opportunity for Black Duck - it could be a great asset to accelerate its growth and add one more enterprise revenue stream with tremendeous growth opportunities. Go SourceKibitzer, go!

Notes from Interop-Software 2008, Las Vegas, NV. Attendee Screams and Walks Out of a Session.

There was an open source panel at Interop called “Open Source Governance: Recognizing & Dealing with the Risks of Free Software “.  

Panel consisted from Brian Gentile of JasperSoft, Dominic Sartorio of Open Solutions Alliance,
Doug Levin of Black Duck Software and Ross Turk of SourceForge, with Daniel Kohn of The Linux Foundation moderating.

What I did not expect was to see an attendee scream “We’re not here for the benefits of open source. If you’re not going to take my question I’m going to walk out.”

Indeed, he did walked out! 

Last year the “Software Conference” was acquired by CMP Media (the producers of shows such as Interop, VoiceCon,
Web 2.0 Summit, Web 2.0 Expo, the Enterprise 2.0 Conference).

I really liked the “Software” conference when it was independent. To me it lost its flavor with the crowds of Interop people, while outsourcers occupied the entire expo floor.

Overall, quality of the open source track was good. I think only two sessions were sponsored (about SaaS and virtualization). It would be great to see some real world customer stories at the show next year.


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