Triumph of the Commons: Wikia and the Commercialization of Open-Source Communities in 2009

Triumph of the Commons: Wikia and the Commercialization of Open-Source Communities in 2009

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Abstract

In 2009 Wikia was the Internet’s largest for-profit provider of hosted open-source wikis, with over a million daily users. After five years of existence, the organization had supported a wide range of exploratory activities, experiencing both success and failure. With approximately $3 million of cash on hand, Wikia turned cash flow positive in 2009, with revenues of approximately $4.5 million, affording it time and flexibility to try new things. Some of the company’s employees and investors suggested that Wikia should attempt to expand and market itself more aggressively, but which strategic direction should receive priority? The case presents many of the issues and tradeoffs facing CEO Gil Penchina as he formulates these priorities.

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