Mon 12 Apr 2004
Sell Your Air
Category : Technology/linspot.txt
Take a look at LinSpot. It has a very interesting business model.
"LinSpot is free and easy software to sell your Wireless Internet Access. LinSpot uses an innovative combination of different technologies to turn your Wireless Internet into a paid-for Internet Access Point and let YOU benefit from it!"
You, as well as LinSpot because they take 15% of the cut. But the LinSpot software is free and they only get paid if you get paid (payments are via PayPal), so you've got nothing to lose. Wonderful.
Now, why didn't I think of that? But then you need the technical skills to make this work, so they probably deserve to succeed with the idea.
But LinSpot uses a bunch of Open Source applications. Is its source code available? And how does it handle the respective licensing requirements of Apache, the ISC DHCP server, the ISC BIND Nameserver, the SQUID Web Proxy Cache, etc, among the things that are packaged into the LinSpot application? This will make an interesting case study.