Dave Taylor has been involved with the online world since 1980 and
is recognized globally as an expert on both technical and business
issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related
startup companies, has written twenty business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed.
He's a columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera and
Linux Journal and frequently appears
in other publications both online and in print.
Additionally, Dave maintains four weblogs:
The Business Blog at Intuitive.com,
Ask Dave Taylor,
Dave On Film,
Based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and
frequent guest on radio and podcast programs, as well as active member of
his community and busy single father to three children.
But while being an AE in just about any market space is nothing unusual - there are lots of them, from health to romance, sports to construction, working for hundreds of different publishers - but there's something a bit different about the Open Source community, and that's the long-running undercurrent of information wants to be free.
As a relatively prolific business and technology writer (My new Growing Your Business with Google book marks 19 published books for me, with #20 in the production pipeline), I really don't agree with the whole information wants to be free mantra, and as far back as the mid 1980's I was getting into arguments with the Free Software Foundation folk about copyright, intellectual property ownership and the exchange of money to compensate developers (this argument is one major reason that my Elm Mail System never made it into the core GNU software suite, actually)
But amazingly, twenty years later, there are still lots of people who believe that anyone who makes a dollar off of the labor of anyone else is inherently evil somehow, in a weird, incoherent sort of quasi-Marxist interpretation of modern capitalism.
So while the position of acquisitions editor at a world-class publisher like John Wiley & Sons, Inc., sounds like a terrific opportunity, I'm just not entirely sure about whether you'd want to throw yourself to the lions by working within the open source community to find people willing to make a buck off of open source projects.
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