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My blog post about What kills start-ups relates very nicely to my post about Passion. The result is a good lesson to be learned about good programmers vs. the lousy ones. I believe these concepts can be generalized to any profession. Not surprisingly, the good characteristics are ones that often describe open source developers and enthusiasts. You won't regret reading this article. Enjoy!
The first thing people will think when they see the title of this blog is "um, running out of cash". These articles go beyond the symptom and examine the root causes of failure.
The first article talks about 18 mistakes that kill start-ups. The second article describes why web startups fail - although the reasons are universal. Both are excellent and I highly recommend reading them.