Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been having a telephone and email exchange with one of the co-founders of Groundspeak, Bryan Roth, regarding the launch of opencaching.com. I can’t expect Groundspeak to come out and say bad things about Garmin, why would they, I did feel it was important to get some perspective from Groundspeak.
Here is what Roth wrote to me:
“Over the past 10 years, we have worked very hard to keep geocaching free, family friendly and open to everyone.
We fully intend to keep it that way. We believe that competition is healthy, and the Groundspeak Lackeys are more excited and motivated than ever to keep delivering the very best of geocaching on geocaching.com.”
This is about what we would expect Groundspeak to say. It is interesting that both Garmin and Groundspeak highlight the free nature of geocaching in their statements.
Garmin had this to say in their press release:
At OpenCaching.com, everyone can enjoy all of the caches and helpful information – the tips, descriptions, previous attempts, mass downloads, etc. – for free.
I do believe that Groundspeak offers a different product than what you find at opencaching.com. They may be similar but they aren’t the same. Ultimately it will be geocachers that decide which site they prefer.