Most startups and quick-risers promoted publicly are building intellectual property on top of open source software stacks. Aside from avoiding upfront investments towards license, is there any positive impact in doing so?
Several posts on the Internet that I found (http://wrlawfirm.com/BlogWP/featured_business_legal_articles/open-source-can-impact-a-company-valuation/ and http://timreview.ca/article/324) seem to agree that using open source software stack has adverse impact on company valuation due to the higher risk in licensing infringement, etc.
What provides a better company valuation:
- building intellectual property on free open source software stack
- owning capital investment in the form of licenses to "enterprise" grade software stack
clarification: If I rephrase my question in the following way: if I had x amount of money to spend, from the angle of company valuation, would I be better off spending it on building internal intellectual property on top of open source software, or spend the same amount of money for licenses and services (and customization/IP) on proprietary software?
which one values more: OSS + proprietary IP, or license ownership + proprietary IP