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Tech Essentials

Startups come in all shapes and sizes, but for all their differences, there are some technological staples each company needs to survive.

This story appears in the March 2010 issue of Start Up.

Today's startup can't function without the right technological mix. But not all technologies are a comfortable fit, especially given how many other challenges a fledgling business faces in its first months. The following are three obstacles to avoid:

Open-source software: OSS--computer software for which the source code and related rights are offered under public-domain license--can offer significant cost savings over traditional proprietary software. But for newly minted SMBs who must learn to walk before they can run, the perils of open source far outweigh the potential. Few startups boast the technological savvy to create their own unique software configurations, let alone keep on top of new updates or vulnerabilities. Moreover, a customized software ecosystem comprised of disparate technologies can prove a nightmare to maintain in the event the original IT architect moves on to another organization.

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