Hot Seat: Open Source, Asymmetric Competition, and Web 2.0

Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.
David R. Skok, General Partner, Matrix Partners
Michael Tiemann, Vice President, Open Source Affairs, RedHat, Inc.
Paul Weinstein, Executive Vice President of Business Development, MySQL AB

Track: O'Reilly Radar: The Executive Briefing
Date: Tuesday, July 25
Time: 11:15am - 12:00pm
Location: E146

For years the software industry has largely competed on the basis of symmetry: Oracle versus IBM in databases; BEA versus IBM in application servers; etc. Feature wars, price wars, but not true competition wars. That is, competing by playing a different game, with different rules. Open source enables an alternative battleground upon which to compete, with community, code, and culture the new competitive tools. This session brings together the top open source executives deploying these tactics of asymmetric competition, to learn from their experience. We'll also ask them how they respond in turn to the possibility of asymmetric competition from Web 2.0 platforms and applications, and to the operational needs of businesses delivering software as a service? Finally, we'd like to ask them the converse of what we asked Google and Yahoo!: Are you guys working together closely enough?