"Shell was moving into new sectors in part by buying up small firms like Greenlots (electric-vehicle-charging infrastructure) and Sonnen (smart batteries). Some of the younger Shell employees I spoke to had found themselves acquired into jobs they wouldn’t necessarily have applied for. That’s one way around a recruiting problem."


Seems the problem with knobbling alternatives to corporate dominance by funding them () and buying them (acquisition or ) isn't limited to digital tech. We desperately need models for using the to finance the development of the commons, and a strategic awareness of the costs and risks of compromising with corporate finance.

Placing all the "IP" of a or under libre licenses at it's inception is one way to reduce it's attractiveness to capitalists, but that doesn't help if there's no other way to keep their people securely employed.

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