Table of Contents

Very short summary of each chapter and links to trivia and extra information about the content.
Introduction

Introduction

Foreword

The entire foreword is available in the press kit .

Milestones

Quotes & Trivia

Part I: Failing Forward

Chapter 1: High School

I was introduced to computers at the age of 12, resulting in my first business idea at the age of 14.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 2: College

My greatest achievement in college was meeting my future wife and business partner. We married before graduating.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 3: Internship

The skills I acquired during an unpaid internship resulted in my first job and had a significant impact on my later career.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 4: Early Career

In hindsight, I realize that my restlessness as an employee was caused by the unidentified desire to be an entrepreneur.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 5: My First PDF Library

I had stubbornly been looking for a personal project, but the project found me. I didn’t expect it would involve a popular document format.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 6: The Birth of iText

Personal experience taught me my first PDF library was useful, but to make it developer friendly, I would have to rewrite it.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 7: Frustrations

I was so distracted by self-inflicted annoyances that it took me several years to realize the full potential of iText.

Quotes & Trivia

Part II: Building Free and Open Source Software

Chapter 8: Free Software

To understand how open source came about, it’s important to know the history of free software.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 9: Open Source Software

The birth of iText coincided with the emergence of open source as a disrupting model threatening the traditional software business.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 10: iText in Action

The existence of good documentation is indispensable for every self-respecting open source project. A book is excellent marketing.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 11: Intellectual Property

The threshold to adopting FOSS is low, but while reviewing the IP of iText, I learned about the importance of the fine print in licenses.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 12: 1T3XT BVBA

We founded the first iText company, 1T3XT BVBA, out of necessity, but it almost failed due to circumstances beyond our control.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 13: iText Software Corporation

A new company for iText had a running start in the US, but when sales dropped to zero after three-quarters, I agreed to migrate to a less permissive FOSS license: the AGPL.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 14: Bootstrapping

My metamorphosis from employee to entrepreneur didn’t happen overnight; it was the result of insights gathered over the years.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 15: iText Software BVBA

The importance of sales is often underestimated by developers, but generates the fuel for further development and expansion.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 16: Monetizing Open Source

There’s more than one way to build a business based on FOSS. Here’s how commercial open source software (COSS) can work for you.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 17: Lessons Learned

You don’t always need business books to learn about business. Life has its own way of reminding us what is important.

Quotes & Trivia

Part III: From Start-Up to Exit

Chapter 18: Dilemmas

In July 2012, we hired an M&A consultant to assess our business in the context of a possible exit. We became aware of some dilemmas and how these affected the decisions we had made in the past.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 19: A Strategy for iText

We listed our options, chose the one that matched our ambitions, and put things in motion to change the business accordingly.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 20: Winning

Looking back, 2014 and 2015 were the most pleasant years for me in the history of iText. We were on a roll, winning in different fields.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 21: A Roadmap for iText

Delegating responsibilities freed up time to develop a technological roadmap for the near and distant future.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 22: Partial Exit

In December 2015, we succeeded in selling three-quarters of our business, a full year ahead of schedule.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 23: Year 1—A Search for Synergies

I was eager to explore possible synergies between iText Group and Hancom in the first year after the acquisition, but I underestimated the challenge ahead.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 24: Year 2—A Change of Strategy

While the future for iText was looking brighter than ever, my relationship with Hancom was hitting a low.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 25: Year 3—A Change in Management

A change in management, a new shareholder, and unresolved concerns made me a stranger in the company I founded.

Quotes & Trivia

Chapter 26: Exit Through the Courtroom

I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to iText. We parted ways with a legal battle that would take a year and a half.

Quotes & Trivia

Epilogue

New Challenges

Quotes & Trivia

Acknowledgments

Quotes & Trivia


Chronological Overview

Index

Introduction
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