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From Mike Malone <>
Subject Re: Introducing CouchDB Ltd.
Date Fri, 06 Mar 2009 17:47:14 GMT
Congrats, Jan!

I think this is great news for you and for CouchDB. Open source projects can
benefit a great deal from having some entity provide commercial support. It
legitimizes the project and reduces risk.

Good luck,

On Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 9:34 AM, Jan Lehnardt <> wrote:

> Dear CouchDB Community,
> Chris Anderson, Francesco Cesarini, Marcus Taylor and I are proud to
> present CouchDB Ltd., a CouchDB-centered support, consulting, training
> & development company.
> Why a commercial entity? I (Jan) have been doing commercial CouchDB
> consulting for the last nine months and I simply can't keep up with
> the demand. So I started looking for partners. First, meet Francesco
> and Marcus of Erlang Training and Consulting. They are providing the
> same services we will provide for CouchDB, just for Erlang. With
> CouchDB written in Erlang, this couldn't be a better fit. Next up is
> Chris. I don't have to tell you how much of CouchDB's success is part
> of his work. He's also been working on CouchDB-related things only for
> the past months. The Ltd. is simply a way of organizing our efforts
> and fulfilling the enormous (really) demand for professional CouchDB
> services.
> Where is the catch? — We have a hard time finding one. Chris and I
> both live and breath open source and so far, all our commercial
> projects have allowed us to contribute back to the CouchDB source or
> related open source projects. And we will continue to do so. Instead
> of a catch, we believe that this of great benefit for CouchDB and the
> community. We'll have two more full-time CouchDB contributers, next to
> Damien. Hooray!
> The CouchDB Ltd. website will go live at in the
> next one or two weeks. We'll make sure that there's a link and a note
> back to the official website & project on every relevant page. CouchDB
> Ltd. is at it's heart an open source company, invested in the success
> of CouchDB. We believe that making commercial support available will
> extend the range of companies and products that are able and willing
> to take a bet on a new technology.
> If you have any questions, feel free to reply to this thread or email
> Chris or me directly.
> Thank you all for making CouchDB the phenomenal success it is now!
> Cheers
> Jan, Chris, Francesco & Marcus
> --

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