it's my first post here so be gentle :)
First, I've read a few similar posts to the one I'm writing but I wasn't able to find an answer that fit the same mold.
Project Details: I have been involved in a popular open source solution for about 4 years now and have made great progress with building revenue from custom projects and from solutions my team and I have developed that's purchased and added to this open source solution. Overall, we're well into the 6-figure range for revenues so far over the past couple of years.
We also have a massive percentage ROI from each of the "products" we build that's used for this open source technology. In all cases of the products we build the ROI percentage is always growing because we build the product once and then sell it. We have to support and release updated versions, but 90% of the cost is in the design and development phases.
My Conundrum: I'm an Internet / SEO guy and, rather than taking my normal role of actively marketing and building our community and products (because I also run another SEO business), I've been almost solely responsible the project management, customer support, and everything else for this open source-based business. I need to take back the role of marketing and not being the czar of everything, so to speak.
What I'm Hoping to Find: I'd like to seek an opportunity to work with an investor that understands open source communities and products (GPL'd licensing, etc) first and foremost. I'd also like someone who would be willing to invest and lead our direction in growing our base of products and overall business based on our positive numbers and business model. I'd like to step back into my role of SEO and marketer and leave more of the business management aspects to someone who has more experience than myself. So, this would be a partner and investor situation.
So, I'd love to hear some ideas of where I should look, what type of investors/partners I should stay away from or try to find, or any helpful experiences so I'm on the right track.