Open Source Business Conference Kicks Off on Tuesday, February 14 in San Francisco; Premier Event for Open Source and Business Features Keynote Addresses by Industry Leaders, an Emerging Elite Showcase, and Education for Business Leaders, Lawyers and VC’s

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 9, 2006 – Open Source Business Conference, LLC today gave a preview of Open Source Business Conference(TM) (OSBC(R)), taking place February 14-15, 2006 at the Argent Hotel in San Francisco. Two days of conference sessions and keynotes will explore controversial issues around building a business on open source software and offer insights to commercial success.

OSBC is designed for IT business executives (buyers and vendors), venture capitalists, attorneys, and other decision-makers tasked with developing businesses that leverage open source software. It explores the legal, investment, vendor and customer risks, rewards, and opportunities presented by open source software.


Keynote speeches will be given by Jonathan Schwartz, President & COO, Sun Microsystems; Bill Hilf Director, Platform Technology Strategy, Microsoft Corporation; Nick Carr, Author of 'Does IT Matter?'; Mitch Kapor, President & Chair, Open Source Applications Foundation; Peter Graf, Executive Vice President, Product Marketing, SAP AG; Kim Polese, CEO, SpikeSource; John Roberts, CEO & Co-Founder, SugarCRM; Peter Thiel, Co-founder, PayPal and President, Clarium Capital; and Lawrence Lessig, Professor and Author, Stanford Law School.

Conference Track Topics

Two days of conference sessions will explore controversial issues around building a business on open source software and offer insights to commercial success. Tracks include:

— What's Now: Sessions that address current strategic issues around enterprise adoption of open source, including the thorny issue of building communities to distribute and develop open source projects.

— What's Next: Sessions highlighting emerging trends, opportunities, and strategies for the open source company, with an emphasis on open source's 'Third Wave': applications.

— What's Legal: Sessions illuminating the complex legal issues undergirding open source software, from patents to dual licensing to corporate review boards to GPL 3.0 and beyond.

— What's Starting: The place to find today's most promising early stage open source startups, most of which will be seen at OSBC for the first time. Companies include: Alfresco; EnterpriseDB; Funambol; GroundWork; JasperSoft; Pentaho; Project.Net; Realm Systems; rPath; SugarCRM; Zmanda and others.


Cornerstone sponsors SAP and Sun Microsystems, Inc. are joined by Platinum sponsors Microsoft, Novell and SugarCRM; Gold sponsors Black Duck Software, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, EMC Corporation, Goodwin Procter LLC, Intel, rPath, The 451 Group; Silver sponsors CIGNEX, Continuent, EnterpriseDB, Fusion Technologies, GroundWork, JasperSoft, Oracle, Palamida, Pentaho, Realm Systems, SpikeSource; and Legal track sponsors include Cooley Godward LLP and Holme Roberts & Owen LLP.

OSBC Emerging Elite Showcase

In addition, the OSBC "Emerging Elite Showcase" will give attendees the opportunity to meet the industry's hottest open source startups, many of which will be seen at OSBC for the first time. Approximately 20 startups have been selected from an estimated pool of 150+ potential open source startups, and these companies will be on display. A sampling of companies participating include: BitRock; Continuent; Logicalware; OpenMFG; OpenLogic; Signate; Splunk; and Virtuas Solutions. The Emerging Elite Showcase is the ideal forum for IT buyers to see the next generation of IT providers. In many instances, the connection between startup and venture capital was made at OSBC. The leading venture capital companies will be participating at OSBC, including: North Bridge Venture Partners, Accel Partners, Matrix Partners, Mayfield, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and more.

Open Source Startups "Ones to Watch" Awards

Awards will also be presented during the show for the top companies in the Showcase. At the November 2005 OSBC in Boston, the three emerging open source startup companies selected as "Ones to Watch" were: Alfresco ( ); Centeris ( ); and EnterpriseDB ( ).

For more information or to register for this event, please visit .

About OSBC

The Open Source Business Conference(TM) is the only event that provides an educational forum for business leaders (both IT buyers and vendors), lawyers and venture capitalists focusing on the opportunities and challenges that open source technology presents. Attend this exceptional conference program led by well known thought leaders and industry executives and become part of the event where important issues are discussed and the future will be determined.