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Handling Orphanware and Buying From Startups

Ever buy a product for a critical function, only to have the vendor go out of business? What did you do? How did you support a tool with no vendor to back it?

And when buying from a startup, which may or may not make it, what special precautions do you take? Do you demand to see the balance sheet, get source in escrow or come in with a backup plan in case they go under?

We are writing a feature story about these topics and would love to hear your war stories, lessons and advice. E-mail me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on March 29, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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