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Collaborative Software Development Site Launched

Asynchrony.com Inc. launched the beta version of a new virtual online community that gives software developers the opportunity to collaborate via the Internet and profit from the software they develop.

Software developers from around the globe can meet each other, initiate software projects and form teams that will share in the revenues of the products they create, the company said.

The finished work will be tested, polished and then marketed through a range of channels, including download, shrink-wrap retail and licensing or sale to third-party software providers.

"The only model for online collaborative software development on this scale is the Open Source movement," said Nate McKie, chief technology officer of Asynchrony.com.

"The recent success of Linux-related companies has proven the quality and profit-potential of software developed over the Web. Unfortunately, the Open Source movement has not had a means to credit and reward the developers all over the world who participate in such projects -- until now. Asynchrony.com's infrastructure will allow proprietary and Open Source projects to track and assign shares to the team members."

Because members will be able to work in their spare time on whatever they choose, it is envisioned that there will be a broad range of projects -- from games to business applications on platforms from the PC to the Palm OS, the company said.

"By providing an integrated system for developers to collaborate and receive shares for the work they perform, this activity can be channeled to produce marketable products and provide income to the development teams," McKie said.

Up to 90 percent of net sales will be returned to the members, based upon their individual contribution to each product, the company said.