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  • Do you know what their business model with PayThyme is?
    • John did describe it, but I can't remember it all. I'm hoping I can get the slides from him at some point, or they will be online somewhere, and I'll point you to them.

      Basically the idea is to give away the product and promote the idea of Open Source, which seems to have a bad rep within business. They already have Ford signed up, so they haven't done bad. They then sell the support and training aspects around it. One of the questions asked was whether they feel that would support the company. In the beginning they're not expecting it to, but there has been a lot of interest, and they are figuring on the reputation to help them get the contracts.

      John is aware that someone else could easily provide the software, support and training, but he still feels its worth doing. They still get the reputation as the software will have their name in the source code. They are also committed to providing upgrades as and when any financial changes are made in the budget. Knowing those changes also gives them an advantage over most software houses, at least to begin with.