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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Only flaw I see is that a business has to simultaneously manage both of:

    1. Profit/Growth

    2. Cash Flow/Liquidity

    Because you need to pay for accountants and what not to maintain the company structure and issue/track shares, sharesware invokes cash flow issues.

    You'd need for there to be a way to deal with cash flow as well...
    • Ahh, you see that's where my meta-business plan comes in. :-)

      A motivated individual creates a software infrastructure which manages all of the share tracking and, possibly, the cash management for a small cut off the top. For the system to work, it must be largely automated. If the founder chooses such a service, then s/he needs only configure a share distribution policy to get started. Taxation is still a hurdle, of course.

      Cash flow is always a problem for any business. In the sharesware model, it is n
  • How do you do something worth shares if you need shares to get access to the source in the first place?

    • Good question. There are a few ways:

      1) The founder releases an older/initial version for zero cost. You download it for free and earn shares by filing bug reports or writing docs or helping others in a forum.

      2) Expect some users will share the source for free outside the community and people accessing that free stream will want to join back into the community.
        1. Making people do drudgework before they can do any of the cool stuff they’re actually interested in is not conducive to attracting a community, is it?

        2. If you tacitly acknowledge that people must violate the central “shares grant access” concept in order to make it viable, isn’t that self-defeating?

        • I never said it was a *good* idea, did I? :-)
          • Believe me, I know a lot about the disappointment of neat ideas with fatal holes in them. :-) All I can say is sorry, even though I only found the hole, I didn’t make it. I was hoping that you might have a good counter.