End of an Era 2

Sam Hart

2007-05-11 15:05:03

Well, the Progeny closure I mentioned here is starting to get more press, as you can see in this Linux.com article. However, I'd just like to say that a lot of what is in that article is total bullshit. Sorry, but it's true.

I was there at Progeny up until their last few weeks of operations. Additionally, I'm good friends with the former employees, and was able to keep apprised on the situation at Progeny after I left. Hell, I'm even still owed money by Progeny, so you can say that I'm considerably connected to the former company.

Really, the final nail in the coffin for Progeny was the fact that every time we'd get a contract we'd wind up in some powerless state where our customers could walk all over us. Everything from customers demanding months of what was effectively free labor, to customers demanding funds returned because they simply didn't have the resources to evaluate what we built for them.

Additionally, Progeny had a board that had lost interest in them fairly quickly and then never did anything to help. The fact that Progeny was effectively acting without management for the last leg of their existence is proof of that.

You want to do a post-mortem on Progeny and discover what other small FOSS companies can really glean from it, you need only look at the following bullet-list:

There's likely other points to take from this, but I'm tired of talking about it. I've moved on, and enjoy my current job too much to dwell on the tragedy that is Progeny's last days.

I guess at the end I'll just close by pointing out that the author of that article is someone who has previously worked at Progeny many years ago, and whose words should be taken with a grain of salt. His article seems to have cherry-picked comments made by certain folks to present his own personal ideas of what went wrong with Progeny.