The open source, open standard shipping container…

Meet Malcolm McLean. An early open source pioneer. Watched an interesting documentary on how this man’s invention revolutionised the world. Most notable is the way he gave the patents he had been awarded to the industry. FTA:

Believing that standardization was also the path to overall industry growth, McLean chose to make his patents available by issuing a royalty-free lease to the International Organization for Standardization.

This meant that all ports the world over work to the same standard and can handle any container from any port.

Which is nice.


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