After months of work our software code is finally released to the public for free. Every line of code and all thoughts behind it. Good ideas and probably also so not so good ones. The philosophy behind it all is simple: An idea needs to prove itself and can only be improved if its "recipe" is as transparent as possible. For us at Crisscrossed (http://www.crisscrossed.de), it was our first open source software project and as an outcome there was the realization that open source innovation is essential for how we collaborate on ideas to make them become reality in a complex world.
Traditionally, collaborative efforts were limited by restrictions such as geographical boundaries. People needed to be in the same physical proximity to work on projects, greatly limiting their scope. Open source projects, and those involving software in particular, are not bound by such confines. Harish Pillay
Or to be more blunt: The whole concept of the Web is made for such an open source innovation approach and closed innovation contradicts the inner logic of how the Internet works.
Open does not mean chaos but smart licenses
Personally, from this journey I have learned that things...