We are working with a partner to build a web application that we believe clearly answers a need and is a great business idea, although that does remain to be seen. We use Drupal for most of our web application development but we have not been involved in a project where the aim is clearly to build an application based on an idea that would then be sold at profit.
The idea is Business to Consumer and has a clear revenue model.
Based on this core aim of selling the business, I'm wondering about people's experience of using Drupal as a basis for a valuable business. Particularly:
- Does the software being open source dramatically reduce the ownership and therefore value of the business?
- Are the "big players" less likely to invest in a business that is built on an open source framework?
- If through the GNU license we are required to share our code, is there any other way to protect the idea?
If anyone has experience of building up an online business through a Drupal-based solution that has been sold on at high value (or not!) then I would be really interested to hear your stories and advice on how to approach it for maximum profit whilst respecting the values of open source.
Thanks in advance!