Black Duck Software

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Black Duck Software Inc
Privately held
Industry Development software
Founded Massachusetts, USA (2002)
Headquarters Burlington, MA
Key people
Lou Shipley, President & CEO
Products Black Duck Code Center
Black Duck Protex
Black Duck Export
Black Duck Hub
Professional Services
Slogan Intelligent Management of Open Source Software

Black Duck Software is a private company which headquarters are based in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA. Black Duck Software is a provider of solutions to help companies secure, streamline, and manage the use of open source software (OSS). The company’s products and services allow organizations to analyze the composition of software source code and binary files, search for reusable code, manage open source and third-party code approval, honor the legal obligations associated with mixed-origin code, and monitor related security vulnerabilities.[1][2][3]

In 2015, Black Duck released new tools to help security and development teams identify and remediate security vulnerabilities. The Black Duck Hub's [4] lightweight scanning, tracking, and monitoring solution helps find and mitigate open source risks across application portfolios. And the free Black Duck Vulnerability Plugin for Jenkins [5] extracts dependency data from the Jenkins build and automates the discovery of open source software used within projects while detecting known security vulnerabilities.

In 2011, Black Duck acquired the open source business strategy consulting company Olliance Group which organizes and manages the Open Source Think Tank conference on the commercial application of open source, mobile and cloud computing technologies. In 2013, the Olliance Group fully integrated into the company, changing its name to Black Duck Consulting.[6]

Black Duck Software maintains a KnowledgeBase of open source and third party components - most of which are available on the Internet. Each component is characterized by metadata such as license, language, version, author, and known security vulnerabilities. Black Duck products use this information to facilitate search, selection, approval, auditing and tracking of software components. Black Duck Software also maintains the open source search engine Ohloh Code,[7] a free resource for software developers, and Open Hub, a free public directory of open source projects and contributors.

Black Duck Software maintains the Open Source Delivers[8] industry blog on the adoption and enablement of OSS, and the Open Source Resource Center (OSRC).[9]


Douglas (Doug) Levin founded Black Duck in 2002. Black Duck Software began shipping its first product, Protex, in 2004. In July 2004, the company had its first round of venture capital funding for $5 million, with investments from Flagship Ventures and General Catalyst Partners.[10][11]

In March 2005, the company announced a hosted service, Black Duck Transact[12] In June 2005, a second round of funding added $12 million in investment capital led by Fidelity Ventures of Boston and including Intel Capital (a division of Intel Corporation), SAP Ventures (a division of SAP AG) and Red Hat, along with existing investors Flagship Ventures and General Catalyst Partners.[13] Throughout 2005, the company created partnerships with other open source organizations, including Red Hat, the Open Source Software Institute, Sourceforge, and Olliance Group [31].

During 2006 Black Duck integrated Protex with the IBM Rational[14] management platform[15] and released the Black Duck Export product.[16] Also in 2006, the company expanded its distribution network to include resellers in Australia, New Zealand,[17] the UK,[18] Israel,[19] and Korea.[20]

In February 2007, Black Duck Software completed a third round of venture capital investment for $12 million, led by Focus Ventures and also including existing investors.[21] The company joined the Open Solutions Alliance[22] in April 2007, received IBM SOA Specialty acceptance in October[23] and, in November 2007, added distribution partners in Hong Kong.[24] Also in November 2007, the company began a distribution partnership with NEC in Japan.[25]

On January 28, 2008, Black Duck introduced Black Duck Code Center, a role-based management system for mixed-origin software development.[26] [27]

On April 28, 2008, Black Duck Software acquired the assets and technologies of open source code search engine Koders. The Koders search engine will remain free of charge.[28]

On February 10, 2009, the company announced Tim Yeaton as the new President and CEO of Black Duck Software.[29]

On October 5, 2010, Black Duck Software acquired, a free public directory of open source software and OSS users, from Geeknet.[30]

In January 2011, Black Duck acquired The Olliance Group, a privately held independent open source business and strategy consulting firm.[31]

In October 2013, the Olliance Group changed its name to Black Duck Consulting.

In December 2013, the company announced Lou Shipley as the new President and CEO of Black Duck Software.[32]

On July 15, 2014, became Black Duck Open Hub.[33]

In September 2014, Black Duck secured a $20 million investment round led by General Catalyst Venture Partners, along with all other existing investors.[34]

In April 2015, Black Duck announced the launch of the Black Duck Hub, [35] a lightweight scanning solution to help security and development teams find and remediate open source security vulnerabilities across their application portfolios.


  1. ^ [1] “Open source lands in the enterprise with both feet,’’ InfoWorld, 6 August 2007.
  2. ^ [2] ‘’Quacking Through Licensing Complexity,’’ San Diego Times, 6 August 2006.
  3. ^ [3]‘’Battles over open source carve niche for startup,‘’ Boston Business Journal, 14 December 2007]
  4. ^ [4] “Black Duck Launches Open-Source Security Solution” eWeek, 07 April 2015.
  5. ^ [5]"Black Duck Releases Free Vulnerability Plugin for Open Source Software"
  6. ^ "Black Duck Fully Integrates Open Source Consulting Capabilities"
  7. ^ [6] Ohloh Code
  8. ^ [7] Open Source Delivers
  9. ^ [8] Open Source Resource Center (OSRC)
  10. ^ "Black Duck Software Gets $5 Million," Wall Street Journal, 26 July 2004.
  11. ^ [9] “Black Duck Software secures $5M in Series A,” Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology, 23 July 2004.
  12. ^ [10] “Service Offers On-Demand Tool for Finding Software-Licensing Violations” InformationWeek, 28 March 2005.
  13. ^ [11] “Black Duck Software raises $12M in 2nd VC round,” Boston Business Journal, 6 June 2005.
  14. ^ IBM Rational software and systems delivery. Retrieved on 2013-12-09.
  15. ^ [12] “Black Duck Software Expands Integration Of protexIP/development 4.0 In Ready For IBM Rational Software Validation Program,” Enterprise Open Source Magazine, 7 December 2006
  16. ^ [13] “Black Duck debuts US encryption compliance,” Infoworld, 16 October 2006.
  17. ^ [14] “Open Source Firm Black Duck Expands Reseller Network In Australia And NZ,” AjaxWorld International, 2 August 2006.
  18. ^ [15] “Black Duck flies into UK with Atos Origin,” Computing, 30 June 2006.
  19. ^ [16] “Black Duck Software Expands International Reach With New Distribution Partners in Israel and the United Kingdom” Press Release14 November, 2006.
  20. ^ [17]”Black Duck's CEO Douglas Levin to Deliver Keynote at LinuxWorld Korea” Press Release 5 June 2006.
  21. ^ [18] “Valley firms join $12M Black Duck round,” Silicon Valley San Jose Journal,14 February 2007.
  22. ^ [19] Open Solutions Alliance home page.
  23. ^ [20] “Black Duck Software Accepted Into the IBM SOA Specialty,” Press Release 15 October 2007
  24. ^ [21] “Black Duck Software Further Expands its Presence in the Far East” Press Release 19 November 2007.
  25. ^ [22] “NEC and Black Duck Software Partner to Offer Software Component Management Solutions in Japan” Press Release 19 November 2007.
  26. ^ [23] Black Duck Code Center product page.
  27. ^ [24] Linux Insider: Black Duck Offers Developers a New Tool to Manage Code.
  28. ^ [25] "Black Duck acquires"
  29. ^ [26] "Software Industry Veteran Tim Yeaton Named New CEO of Black Duck Software"
  30. ^ "Black Duck Software Acquires from Geeknet; Purchase a Boon to Developers"
  31. ^ "Black Duck Software Acquires Olliance Group; Enterprise Offerings Span Open Source Strategy, Implementation, Governance and Management"
  32. ^ [27] "Software Industry Veteran Lou Shipley Named CEO of Black Duck Software"
  33. ^ [28]"Ohloh Is Now The Black Duck Open Hub!"
  34. ^ [29]"Black Duck Software Raises $20 Million to Advance Leadership in Open Source Software Logistics"
  35. ^ [30]"Black Duck Software Announces Industry’s Most Comprehensive Security Solution to Identify and Remediate Vulnerabilities"