Subject: Re: Journal / Trade Mag?
From: Chip Mefford <>
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2005 17:00:28 -0500

Marshall W. Van Alstyne wrote:
> At 08:06 AM 3/2/2005, Robin 'Roblimo' Miller wrote:
>> But the biggest barrier to effective marketing for open source 
>> projects is the, "Our stuff is great, and great stuff doesn't need 
>> marketing. And marketing is nothing but lies anyway," attitude so many 
>> FOSS people seem to have.
>> Umm.... whatever.  Go on believing that in a world where inferior 
>> products commonly rise to the top of the marketplace while superior 
>> ones tank, and you may be happy but you will be WRONG.
>> ...
>> But I'm a nobody, so there is no reason to listen to me on these 
>> matters, even if everything I'm saying has been said in the past by 
>> David Ogilvy, Jerry Della Femina, and other recognized masters of 
>> advertising, promotion, and public relations.
> Actually, you don't have to take the "masters of advertising" word on 
> this.  Bob Metcalfe has an entire speech that he gives to budding MIT 
> engineers that says exactly the same thing about technology selling in 
> general.  He's been giving it ever since he was "promoted" from the CEO 
> spot at 3Com to VP marketing.  

I think the classic quote, that really is rather on topic is;

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any 
good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
                                                    --Howard Aiken