Building a commercial open source software company: a decade of changes

Paul Fremantle

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


This paper is based on personal experiences in building a venture-capital backed Open Source company, starting in 2005. WSO2 is now a company with hundreds of customers including major brands like eBay, Boeing, Fidelity, Trimble, UBS, and many others. For example, eBay’s systems running WSO2’s servers handle more than 6 billion requests per day. In that time there has been a significant shift in the business models, approaches, funding and valuations of Open Source Software companies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen source systems
Subtitle of host publicationadoption and impact
EditorsErnesto Damiani, Fulvio Frati, Dirk Riehle, A. I. Wasserman
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)978-3319178363
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2015


  • open source


Dive into the research topics of 'Building a commercial open source software company: a decade of changes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this