[unrev-II] Funding DKR Development

From: Eric Armstrong (eric.armstrong@eng.sun.com)
Date: Fri Jan 21 2000 - 18:01:19 PST

From: Eric Armstrong <eric.armstrong@eng.sun.com>

One possible avenue with which to approach DKR funding:

    1) Identify a problem domain or two that business would just
        love to solve.

        For example, maybe something simple like a database of
        business procedures -- such a problem would be highly
        tractable, but perhaps better addressed with a DKR than
        HTML pages?

        There are other problems that businesses need to solve,
        as well. For example: Configuration management. Many
        complex systems are orderable in pieces, but if you get
        3 disks and one power supply, you're one power supply
        short -- and don't forget the cables, etc. These systems
        are *very* hard to create and maintain. Maybe they would
        fall to a DKR attack.

    2) Having identified a problem that many businesses would
        *love* to solve (and would pay big bucks for), show how
        a DKR would make it go away.

    3) Given a known problem and a realistic solution, funding is
         not far away. General Motors, et al, would probably love
         to invest. If not, letters of intent to purchase such a system
         draws more venture-capitalist people than flies to a honey

     4) Make it clear at the outset that product will be
         low-cost-or-free to non-profit organizations, educational
         institutions, and government agencies. Charge an arm and
         a leg for profit-seeking corporations. Make those terms
         a condition of investment.

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