streetlabs started with a routine upgrade to the streetprint website. Gary started talking to Mark about what it means to be OPEN. It was decided that instead of just patching bugs and giving the community an update to the aging codebase it was time for something new. Not new code, a new platform.
A couple of years ago being OPEN Source was good enough. We were able to share our work with colleagues and leverage the work of the community to bring projects like streetprint to them.
But how OPEN is that? Haven't we learned from Twitter and Facebook that OPEN really means that anyone can get involved. Anyone, without any technical knowledge, should be able to contribute.
That is why we started streetlabs. We are creating powerful hosted, platforms that allow us all to focus on our real goals and not Computing Science.