In our second Meet The CEO series we interviewed Manel Sarasa, CEO of open source ERP vendor Openbravo.
First, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Manel and the entire Openbravo team for winning the European football (or soccer..) championship. It was truly an amazing tournament and I believe the best, most fun to watch team, won.
As for Openbravo, I see good things happening there. The recent 12M$ they raised injected a lot of positive energy into the project. Although raising money is always a good thing, it does bring a certain amount pressure, but I feel Openbravo is taking it the right way.
Opnebravo started back in 2001, as a project-based ERP solution. Having realized there is a demand for a professional, open source ERP solutions for the mid-market, the team continued to develop the web-based ERP offering, releasing it on sourceforge.
Openbravo boasts more than 1,000 downloads a day, has about 80 partners in over 30 countries and has around 1,000 live customers.
Manel also pointed to the Openbravo manifesto (I strongly recommend you read it) – a commitment by the project to continue supporting and further developing the Openbravo community and remaining a true open source offering. I believe that maintain the community and openness of the product was something agreed by the VCs and was accepted to be part of the deal.
Listen to Meet The CEO – Openbravo’s Manel Sarasa Podcast
Meet The CEO – Interview with Openbravo’s CEO, Manel Sarasa
BTW-there is a short glitch at the beginning of the interview, I decided to leave it unedited, for your amusement.