Internet Fund Raising Companies Battle In Court And On Google
from the politics-down-to-the-software-level dept
There’s been a lot of press surrounding internet-based fund raising company Convio, who is getting a lot of the credit for helping Howard Dean be so successful in raising money online for his Presidential campaign. However, a competitor, Kintera, is saying that Convio’s software was stolen from them. They say that the software does exactly the same thing and even had a similar name (which has since been changed after a legal threat). Kintera says that Convio got the software when they were both competing to do fund raising for the same company – and Kintera sent the company a demo disk. Now, Kintera is claiming that the demo disk ended up in the hands of Convio (who won the bid) and they copied the software. While that is a much more direct claim than typical “stealing of ideas”, I do wonder just how complicated any online fundraising software can be? Is it really the type of thing you would need to “steal”? If a customer is comparing different products and asks one vendor if they can offer certain features, should the vendor say no because a competitor already has them? Meanwhile, there’s another interesting aspect to this case. Convio is charging that Kintera brought the lawsuit to scare away customers and that they’ve even been gaming Google so that info on the lawsuit shows up high in a Google search on Convio. If that’s true, it’s yet another indicator of how much value some people are putting on Google Juice.
Comments on “Internet Fund Raising Companies Battle In Court And On Google”
It was copied by convio. I was one of the people who was forced to do it. It is fairly sofisticated BTW.
I’m sure you’re also the one who was kidnapped by Bush’s secretary of the treasury, too.
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no I did not make the post above. but i am disappointed you can’t get your facts straight. Kidnapped by Bush’s secretary of Treasury? where did you get such nonsense? pay attention to the facts as I do and did when I worked at Convio.
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My friend interviewed at Convio and was wondering what it is “really like” there.
Any information you can share?
What is so special about their software? I’ve seen it in action and it’s nothing more than most content management systems don’t already have. And given that fact, from a branding stand point, most of their sites are visually mediocre at best. So what is so special about this particlar tech company?