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[Update1] Breaking...In Play Geeknet (GKNT) announces sale of to Black Duck Software



October 05, 2010 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: GKNT.DL , AOL.DL , BBY

Breaking...In Play Geeknet announces sale of to Black Duck Software . 

"...Ohloh is the largest public source of data about open source software, and we know this data is valuable to the open source community," said Scott Collison, Chief Product Officer of Geeknet and an Ohloh founder. "SourceForge is in the forge business and not in the business of providing data on open source software use. We decided to sell Ohloh to the preeminent FOSS data company in the world, Black Duck Software. We've had a relationship with Black Duck for years, and we are confident Black Duck will be the best steward of Ohloh's data and community..."   

- “The acquisition of Ohloh demonstrates once more the growing value of data. With Ohloh's database, Black Duck can ease the friction of commercial adoption of open source technologies by commercial organizations and provide developers with more and better intelligence about open source project health. This is a win for the company and communities alike.” -Stephen O'Grady, Industry Analyst with RedMonk

...Black Duck Software, the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software, today announced that it has acquired from Geeknet, Inc (NASDAQ: GKNT.) The transaction closed on September 30, 2010...Source: Black Duck Software [Emphasis added]. Note This divestiture will be reflected in Geeknet's (GKNT) pending Q3 numbers ending September 30, 2010. 

Terms undisclosed.   

Q1: Shades of Q2: Why couldn't Scott Collison monetize Ohloh for Geeknet yet accepted $2.6M for SourceForge's acquisition of Ohloh in May 2009? And is now the VP Product for Geeknet's entire Open Source Media Assets? And who is located/domiciled in Seattle, Washington. (Geeknet is in the heart of Silicon Valley, Slashdot is in Dexter Michigan...Q3: Who is Geeknet's Zuckerberg?



(October 03, 2010) What is going down @Geeknet? 

(October 5, 2010) Black Duck - Ohloh Acquisition, CEO Q&A (audio) Full Interview 

wiith Tim Yeaton, CEO of Black Duck & Rich Sands, Independent Consultant for Developer Communities 

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#1) On October 05, 2010 at 12:13 PM, gnulaw (52.51) wrote:


Geeknet's PR Newswire release


Note: Geeknet is no longer disclosing unique visitors as they have previously.


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#2) On October 05, 2010 at 5:11 PM, gnulaw (52.51) wrote:

>>Note This divestiture will be reflected in Geeknet's (GKNT) pending Q3 numbers ending September 30, 2010. 

What Geeknet reported Q3 ending September 30, 2009 as reported on the site:

(November 04, 2009) SourceForge (LNUX) Changes Name and Announces Launch of Geeknet, Negative Earnings Surprise.

Note: The link within that post for their Q3 earnings report is no longer working. Use this one.

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#3) On October 06, 2010 at 6:17 PM, gnulaw (52.51) wrote:

More References: about this acquisition:

Black Duck Blog

Black Duck Software Twitter Feed...currently on fire regarding its acquisition of ohloh

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#4) On October 06, 2010 at 6:28 PM, gnulaw (52.51) wrote:

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-Network World at 06:53 10/05/2010

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#5) On October 06, 2010 at 6:53 PM, gnulaw (52.51) wrote:

"...Of course, whether this will make money is anyone's guess. Black Duck has done pretty well, it seems, in their particular niche, but was just bought by Geeknet in May 2009 for $2.6 million. In just 17 month's time, Geeknet turns right around and sells it. You can't help but wonder what's going on with Geeknet, particularly in light of its transferring the property to the Linux Foundation in 2008.


One could argue that Geeknet is trying to concentrate on its media and retail properties (Slashdot and ThinkGeek) with the sale of, but the sale of seems to belie that notion. Plus, where does that leave SourceForge and freshmeat? In its heyday, Geeknet (and VA Software before it) spanned a broad range of web and software properties in the open source community..." Source: October 5, 2010

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