Business Development Introduction
Business development is part of Open Source Ecology development effort. After products are developed, then Business Development follows towards Distributive Enterprise. The unique feature of Open Source ecology Business Development effort is that it is an open process where many people collaborate towards radically distributed Enterprise models. This page documents various ideas that can be developed collaboratively by many people and also used by many of them. The scale of this effort is towards the open-source everything store. Larger than Amazon and Walmart, the goal is to reach about 1 trillion dollars as of salary earning towards the open source Tipping Point.
All the sections below are a list of ideas for business development. An OSE business development group will be added to the OSE Dev Team.
We start with approach.
OSE's work is challenging because as aim for eradication of artificial scarcity via the open source microfactory concept, there are several development points:
- Uncovering an incentive structure for mass scale open source product development. Theoretically, if the reward is multibillion dollar industries - even for a seemingly small item such as the $7B global market of the Open Source 3D Printed Cordless Drill - then motivating collaborators should in theory be feasible. The question is execution.
- Overcoming the disciplinary approach. It appears that the most fitting profile of a potential developer is a generalist and a social entrepreneur. However, entrepreneurs typically have a short term vision of survival, unless there is a significant runway. The ideal profile would be that of an R&D person, marketer, extreme manufacturer, and civic leader. Such characteristics in a single person are rare - and more so when it comes to the social entrepreneur embodying open source culture.
- Open Source Culture - Googling 'open source social enterprise' yields zero hits. Let me say that again: Googling 'open source social enterprise' yields zero hits. Even the most well known social entrepreneur, Muhammad Yunus, does not have an open source platform (ie, where the enterprise is a Distributive Enterprise). From the point of open source ecology, the myriad do-good projects - of which most use proprietary technology - are a contradiction in terms and ineffective - when considering the prospects for true distribution of wealth or further distribution of such enterprises to other contexts.
To address issues above, here is OSE's current business development route under testing:
- Develop product for solopreneurship, for $1k/day, replicable, Extreme Manufacturing revenue generation. This implies development of guerilla marketing initially, and word-of-mouth eventually.
- Develop open source management and operations for scaling to other operators.
- Vet others. Involve them in XM workshops and the Dev Team, with clear deliverables of product development. If Dev Team succeeds in a feature release, and their XM participation is successful, then we can consider training them for XM production. They pay for that, as there is no guarantee of being hired. It must be a person motivated to learn enough to go on their own, but collaborative enough to understand that we can get more done by working together. Choice is theirs.
- Train the candidates. Cohort of 2 or more people, 2 weeks off-site, and 2 weeks on-site. 60 hour weeks during training phase. This is the Heavyweight Package. Lightweight package includes a Collaborator Track, not an OSE Fellow track.
- Hire successful candidates. 6 days per month of Extreme Manufacturing work (25%), and rest is further R&D of additional products.
Other Business Models
- T-shirt, sticker for any of the products
The Universal Axis makes a great kit. The base parts are 3d printed, and can come in many sizes. Revenue streams are sales of axis parts, frame parts (metal and plastic), plates for reinforcing Universal Axis, and information products. Kits.com for system parts can be provided for 3% cut. Information products include a Build Manual, Coffee Table Book, OSE Linux with Design Workbench, Design Guide for using Design Guide, consulting, speaking (thematic and specific). Individual products here can be specific implementations derived from the Universal axis:
- 3D Printer
- Laser Cutter
- CNC Circuit Mill
- 3D Scanner
- CNC torch table
- heavy duty cnc machine
- Micro power cube can be a small kit, solar powered. For high torque, slow speed applications.
- CV robotic controller
- Metal kit
Online Digital Community and Mastermind Community
Abundance 360 does well at this. Is their an equivalent version for OSE? From Peter Diamandis:
.A360 Executive Mastermind: This is the sort of conversation I explore at my Executive Mastermind group called Abundance 360. The program is highly selective, for 360 abundance and exponentially minded CEOs (running $10M to $10B companies). If you’d like to be considered, apply here.
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2. Abundance-Digital Online Community: I’ve also created a Digital/Online community of bold, abundance-minded entrepreneurs called Abundance-Digital.
Abundance-Digital is my ‘onramp’ for exponential entrepreneurs – those who want to get involved and play at a higher level. Click here to learn more.
- See Conversation with Greg Gage on Backyard Brains education kits