A friend of mine posed a question for which I don’t have an answer: Would Yahoo! have bought Flickr if the code that ran Flickr had been open source?
I’ve gone back and forth on this & frankly I don’t know. Usually a webservice has a huge barrier to entry based on the costs of bandwidth and hardware. This would keep little guys out. But, Yahoo! has competitors who have money, servers, and bandwidth that would make any start-up drool.
My friend ends his question with… “Well, Google (or other competitor) could just drop the code in, drop the price slightly, and go. What advantage does that give Yahoo! in this case?”
Sure, it’s tough being second, but it’s not like Google doesn’t have the means to wow people over. Heck, they could probably code it up in a week anyhow!
What say you? Would that have killed a deal?