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North Bridge and 22 Open Source Leaders Launch Fifth Annual Future of Open Source Survey

2011 Survey to be Conducted in Partnership with The 451 Group

What: 2011 Future of Open Source Survey
Who: Presented by North Bridge Venture Partners & 22 industry collaborators in partnership with The 451 Group
When: Results presented May 16, 2011 at OSBC Conference, San Francisco

North Bridge Venture Partners today announced the continuation of its highly successful annual Future of Open Source Survey. In 2011, North Bridge is pleased to welcome The 451 Group as a major partner in the survey. The survey, which involves more than 20 industry collaborators and polls a wide variety of members of the open source community, will reveal the most important issues, opportunities and future expectations of the industry in 2011. Open to the general public beginning on March 21, the survey has a target close date of April 22. The survey results will be presented during the Open Source Leaders keynote panel on opening day of this year’s Open Source Business Conference (May 16, 2011 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square). Moderating this panel will be Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. Michael will be joined on the panel by: Jim Whitehurst, CEO, Red Hat, Tom Erickson, CEO, Acquia, Mike Olson, CEO, Cloudera, and Adrian Kunzle, managing director, JP Morgan.

“The previous Future of Open Source surveys have provided valuable insights into the state of open source and trends for where it’s headed, including technology developments, areas of growth and investment and customer adoption. In 2011, we are pleased to be joined in our efforts by The 451 Group who will be instrumental in helping us glean valuable insights into the state of the OSS community. I firmly believe that due to the high quality and breadth of industry collaborators the survey we produce this year will deliver our most valuable insights to date.” ~ Michael Skok, general partner, North Bridge Venture Partners

“We've seen dramatic changes in the drivers, challenges and advantages of open source software as it has evolved in the enterprise over the last several years, and these changes continue to impact both providers and consumers of open source. The Future of Open Source Survey and its respondents represent a critical tool in tracking these changes and their meaning for the market going forward.” ~ Jay Lyman, senior analyst, enterprise software, The 451 Group.

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About North Bridge Venture Partners
North Bridge Venture Partners is an active, bi-coastal, early-stage venture capital firm based in Boston, Massachusetts and San Mateo, California. Established in 1994, North Bridge provides seed-to-growth financing and company-building expertise. Together with North Bridge Growth Equity, our mid-market focused growth capital fund, North Bridge manages over $3 billion. For North Bridge Venture Partners, success is derived through a partnership with entrepreneurs that produce industry-leading companies in large emerging markets. Historically, the firm's partners have played a significant role in organizing, starting and building successful companies. Working in concert with entrepreneurs, North Bridge adds value by providing strategic guidance, sharing operating experience, industry specific knowledge, team-building skills and an in-depth understanding of both private and public financings. North Bridge's sector focus includes Software, Communications & Infrastructure, Healthcare Technology, Digital Media, and Materials. For more information about North Bridge go to

2011 Future of Open Source Survey Collaborators:
Akiban Technologies
Olliance Group
Red Hat
Revolution Analytics
Sand Hill Group
The 451Group

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