Luke Kanies, the creator of Puppet, commented in his last entry about Open Source business models, specifically the idea of an Open Core and what that means. As an Open Source company do you have an open version of your product that's crippled? Or do you an open version of your product that is truly useful? This was the crux of the questions I asked all the Sonatype CEO candidates, and this turned out to be the reason it took me almost 8 months interviewing 17 candidates to ferret out the right person. It was a grueling process finding Mark de Visser but I was adamant and our VCs, Hummer Winblad & Morgenthaler, were very patient and let me take my time to find the exact right match. I got pretty ornery at one point &emdash; I thought I would never find the right person in Silly Valley.