While it has nothing to do with patent infringement, I did find the InformationWeek article about Accidental Entrepreneurs very interesting. The article provides some fascinating detail on the people behind some companies that have become household (or blogosphere) names - Dooce, Six Apart, Del.icio.us, Digg and Zoot.
Most people who pull down a paycheck dream of making a living at their hobby. For IT managers, the dream is more within reach than it is for most professionals, as their technical skills can give them a head start in building businesses on the Web. A supertalented few have even made fortunes.
How do they do it? We went straight to the sources, interviewing tech pros who turned their cyberhobbies into full-time jobs. Many of them truly were accidental entrepreneurs; others at least had an inkling they could make a go of it. All were helped along by a business-fertile Internet environment, their raw ambition, supportive spouses, and a little luck. They haven't all become rich, but they're all making a living at what they used to do for fun.
Timing is a critical factor. The Trotts launched their software just as post-9/11 politics were driving blogging into the mainstream. Soon after Digg launched, Paris Hilton's cell phone was stolen and its address book--filled with juicy celebrity contact info--was hacked. Digg posted links to the story, and Google and Yahoo gave the story prominent play.
Not everyone can be an accidental entrepreneur. It requires skill, dedication, vision, courage--and a little luck. But for a fortunate few, accidental entrepreneurship has changed their lives.
Read the full article here.