"How do we evolve open-source business models to ensure vendors get paid without resorting to the same lock-in tactics that the proprietary world has used?"


We're glad you're here.

We're glad you're working on InDoor spaces, because InDoors is where we offer our answer to the question above.

We've shown that this is about buildings. So, how do real estate professionals ensure that they get paid for their services? Aftr all, real estate professionals do not resort to the same lock-in tactics that the proprietary software world has used.

Rather, real estate professionals use different lock-in methods to ensure that they get paid for their expertise and their hard work.

The proprietary software world uses FUDI-style lock-in tactics. Fear, Uncertaintly, Doubt, Inauthenticity.

By contrast, architects, engineers and construction professionals use the oppenness and authenticity of the occupancy permit to ensure that they get paid.

You're probably aware that in almost all jurisdictions, the owner of a new building must ensure that the structure passes a set of inspections before it can be granted an occupancy permit, that is, before it can be used.

But did you know that the architect and contractors must also sign off on the issuance of the occupancy permit? Among other things, that means that the architect and contractors will have been paid for their work. Otherwise the owner cannot use the building.

As a designer and builder of online real estate, doesn't that have a certain appeal to you? The paper used for blueprints of physical buildings is virtually as free as the bits used in online buildings. But if you actually want to use that which is built with the blueprints, you must pay the maker of the blueprints and the contractor who built from them! 

It's the law.

How do we build the open source business model using the principles of physical real estate? What can be imported from one world to the other? And what specific adaptations do we need to make?

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