March 21, 2005

Stunt Computing: Profile of an open source startup

Author: Jay Lyman

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Getting a tech startup going is typically like pulling of a spectacular
stunt -- riddled with risk, uncertainty, and thrill. Basing a business on
Linux and open source technology, as it turns out, can add both safety and
peril to the trick. Just ask the guys at Stunt Computing.

While the three men behind Stunt -- the first startup to receive support
from the Beaverton, Ore.-based Open Technology Business Center
(OTBC) -- are still shy about the details of their plan, product, and
possibilities, they are quick to point out that the venture is a unique,
first-of-its-kind effort to turn the open source model into profitable
business with a hardware and software solution that is "a response to the
dilemma people are having using multiple PCs," according to a cautious Jason
Scott, co-founder and COO of the group.

"We're basically building our business model on an open source software
model that will work," said Scott, a self-described startup veteran and
former CEO of, which he helped turn around and sell with the
help of Stunt's other co-founder and CEO, Ryan Lucas.

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