Black Duck, The Big Bird In Open Source Pond Buys SpikeSource

Latest in string of acquisitions cements Black Duck as leading open source company

Black Duck Software yesterday announced that they had acquired the assets of SpikeSource. This represents the latest in a string of acquisitions by the Massachusetts based open source company. SpikeSource was until recently headed by Kim Polese, of Java/Sun/Marimba dotcom fame. While SpikeSource never realized the potential and dreams that Polese and big name investors like Ray Lane, Managing Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers had for it, they did carve out a nice niche in building tools for developers of applications using open source components. This acquisition cements the view that Black Duck has squarely moved beyond its original role in helping companies manage their use of open source software and conform with open source license requirements. Sort of open source auditing.

Black Duck has moved beyond that to in their own words become "the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating application development through the managed use of open source software".  I had a chance to sit down with Phil Odence, VP of business development and an open source subnet blogger to discuss why Black Duck made this move and what else we may be seeing from them going forward. Below is a about a 20 minute conversation with Phil that you can listen to.

Besides being from the same Queens/Long Island area I am, Phil and I have known each other for a while now. I have followed Black Duck as it acquired Ohloh.net and Koders.com before that.. While the firm did raise money as recently as 2009, Odence said that these recent transactions were really financed through the revenue and growth that the company has experienced through the last year or two. 

It is encouraging to see that through a bad economic environment, Black Duck seems to have emerged as one of the winners in the market. A sound open source business model, Black Duck really is the big bird in the open source pond.

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