Renowned open-source advocate Bruce Perens has joined an open-source startup as vice president of developer relations and policy initiatives. SourceLabs, a Seattle-based company focusing on delivering open-source infrastructure software to enterprises, announced last week that Perens has joined the company and is a good fit for an entity looking to enlighten enterprise customers about open-source software.
Indeed, in some respects the addition of Perens lends some credibility to the SourceLabs story. Although its mission is to deliver open-source software and services to enterprise customers on a subscription basis, SourceLabs has been funded by and co-founded by former Microsoft executives, who, in an interview, Perens jokingly said have now “seen the light” and moved to embrace the open-source movement. Brad Silverberg, a former high-ranking Microsoft executive and current partner at Ignition Systems, helped bankroll SourceLabs with venture funding, and Cornelius Willis, a former Microsoft marketing executive, is a vice president at SourceLabs.
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