On June 12, 2014 Elon Musk caused a stir by announcing Tesla’s decision to open its patents. To many, Tesla’s bold move signaled the beginning of an era and an open call for open source.
In that same blog entry Musk writes, “Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers.”
However, it is arguable that this wasn’t such a bold move, but rather a calculated move following years of growing interests and active participation in open source collaboration among tenacious DIY hardware and software hacking communities. It isn’t that much of a leap of faith for recruiters and prospective employers to look for top talent at hackathons, many of which work on improving open source projects, Some notable people, such as Adafruit Industries Founder Limor Fried, have turned their passion for open source into a successful multimillion dollar companies.