Blackboard, Chalking Up Success

Staff, Washington Post, Aug 07, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting little item explaining Blackboard's success. The gist of the item, as the title suggests, is that Blackboard has been successful because it follwoed sound business practices. Closer reading tells you that Blackboard (a) got financing, and (b) didn't fritter it away. There's a strong undercurrent that suggests that Blackboard succeeded because it did not give away its product for free - this is a bit of a red herring, though, because its major competitors didn't give away free software either, despite what the article says. This article is so positive... why does it give me the feel of someone taking over the radio to announce that "All is well, there is no cause for concern."
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