Guerrilla’s the world over, the revolutionary kind rather than the mammal; tend to be lean, hungry and innovative. Not because they are smarter than the average bear, but because they have no choice. The scarcity of certain resources like food or funding causes them to look elsewhere for ideas. They find low cost innovative ways of doing things because they want too, but because they have to and survival depends on it. Perhaps in part economic circumstance in part necessity will in fact spur the proliferation of an already strong open source software community or rather communities or tribes built around different open source ideologies; Ruby, Django, Java, heck even Microsoft is moving in the open source direction.
Canada is experiencing a surge in open source software guerrilla innovation. The tools to develop the software are free and readily available. There is an abundance of talent and resources in town to leverage and with the downturn it is a time to think about starting your own web app using the simple three step; Great Ap, Price, Profit formula for success. Software start-ups are being forced to become successful in their own right and personally I think that may in fact be a good thing creating stronger businesses with real customers. The year 2000 may have brought on the bubble babies but 2009 will breed a tough and sinewy “burst” baby forced to fight for survival from day one. Perhaps survival of the fittest will end up producing some solid long term prospects for our little startups of the burst. Each cloud has its silver lining.
- Ian Graham