Head of Learning Platforms at Epic Learning
Mark has over 15 years’ experience in software engineering and business development, including software testing, learning technologies, software product development and open source services. As Head of Learning Platforms, Mark brings in-depth analysis of open source learning tools including Moodle. His particular strengths lie in requirements analysis, solutions design and software implementation. Mark has worked on over 50 Moodle LMS and other learning technology projects for clients such as the NHS, Weight Watchers, Aviva, Bridgestone Europe, British Waterways, Burberry and the MOD. Follow Mark on Twitter at @maberdour.
VP of Engineering at LIFX
Marc Alexander is VP of Engineering at LIFX, where he leads the hardware and firmware development teams for connected lighting and IoT. He is the AllSeen Alliance Connected Lighting Working Group Chair and representative on the TSC. Prior to LIFX, Marc has developed and delivered projects across high volume consumer and automotive electronics fields, embedded real time firmware, display, control, communications and wireless systems.
Sr. Director, Digital Experience at Acquia, Inc.
David Aponovich is senior director of digital experience at Acquia, where he helps articulate the business and technical value of Drupal and Acquia solutions. In his role, David champions how organizations, through the power of open source innovation, are creating new revenue streams, lowering costs, and engaging audiences more deeply through content, community and commerce.
Prior to joining Acquia in 2014, David was a senior analyst at Forrester Research, where he researched web content management and digital experience platforms and consulted to Forrester’s global clients on their web CMS and digital transformation initiatives. Earlier, he spent six years as web content management consultant at ISITE Design, a digital agency in Boston and Portland, Oregon, and before ISITE he was director of marketing at WCM vendor Ektron. Follow David on Twitter at @daponovich.
VP, Marketing at Zipline Games
Mike has a fifteen year history of setting product visions, leading software teams and tuning products based on market response at great startups like Ontela and Photobucket and blue chip companies like Microsoft. Mike loves mobile, games, and platforms designed to support them. He also digs startups, having founded 3 of his own and done a stint at TechStars, Seattle. When Mike was 8 years old and got his first computer (a TI-99/4A), he told people his career plan was to create a hit video game and make a million dollars. Some things never change. Read Posts by this Author
Senior Director of Community, The XPRIZE Foundation
Jono Bacon is an award-winning community manager, engineering manager, consultant and author. Currently he works as Senior Director of Community at the XPRIZE Foundation and was formerly the Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical, optimizing and growing the global Ubuntu community. Bacon is a prominent author and speaker on community management and best practice, and wrote The Art of Community (O’Reilly), now in its second edition, is the founder of the annual Community Leadership Summit, and is a regular speaker at events about community management, leadership, and best practice. Follow Jono on Twitter @jonobacon and visit his website at www.jonobacon.org. Read Posts by this Author
Medical Director, Neova Health
Marcus Baw is a UK medical doctor with a career spanning hospital and primary care medicine. He’s the medical director of @NeovaHealth which is a company that has done pioneering open source work in the NHS, and is one of the founding directors of @openGPSoC, a CIC working towards better use of open source in the NHS and providing free public Code Custodianship for small organisations that do not want to set up their own CIC for code-ownership.
He is a highly active member of the NHS Hack Day community, and taught himself to code Ruby after seeing what great stuff you can do with code at his first NHS Hack Day. He likes explaining developer stuff to doctors, and doctor stuff to developers, acting as a ‘bridge’ between the two professional groups. He is on the committees of the RCGP Health Informatics Group and the BCS Primary Health Care Group
Clinically he’s a locum GP in the North West of England and is still working nearly full time seeing patients, which definitely helps with understanding clinical perspectives on tech and software.
He lives on a smallholding in Lancashire with his wife, two children, and the chickens.
Blogger Dana has been a business journalist for nearly 25 years and has covered the online world professionally since 1985. He founded the “Interactive Age Daily” for CMP Media, and has written for the “Chicago Tribune,” Advertising Age’s “NetMarketing” supplement, and dozens of other publications over the years. Read his blog and follow him on Twitter @DanaBlankenhorn. Read Posts by this Author
Shlomi Ben Haim
CEO at JFrog
Shlomi is the CEO of JFrog and the driving force behind the company’s worldwide sales strategy and expansion. Leading the company’s business and corporate development, strategic partnerships and community relationship. Shlomi brings more than 15 years of experience to the company, having held executive posts at some leading software companies. Prior to joining JFrog in 2009, Shlomi was the CEO of AlphaCSP. Under his leadership the company enjoyed year-on-year revenue and profitability growth of more than 70%. AlphaCSP was eventually acquired by MalamTeam IT Group. Shlomi also previously served in several commanding roles as an officer (ranked Major) in the Israeli Air Force. Follow Shlomi on Twitter @shlomibenhaim. Read Posts by this Author
Partner at Goodwin Procter LLP Robert Blasi is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Business Law Department, where he assists high-technology clients with a variety of intellectual property matters including open source software issues, intellectual property portfolio strategy and licensing, and intellectual property issues arising in corporate transactions. Rob’s transactional practice includes opinion work addressing issues of freedom-to-operate, patentability, infringement and validity. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Robert was an associate in the Patent and Intellectual Property Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault. Rob has been named a “Massachusetts Rising Star” by Law & Politics magazine for each of the past five years. Read Posts by this Author
European Representative, Open Invention Network and Director, Origin International Technology Law
Amanda advises a diverse group of companies on commercial and technology law issues from her London base. Having been General Counsel, Canonical – lead commercial sponsor of the open source operating system Ubuntu and open stack cloud partner – for 5 years, where she managed the worldwide legal function. Her experience is diverse in the technology sector and her expertise includes open source software, cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, privacy and personal data, governance and compliance models for co-opetitions and projects and open development.
With over 15 years experience of commercial and IT law, gained working as an in house lawyer, including roles as European Manager at DSG International where she was the first lawyer at the ISP, Freeserve (UK’s first and biggest .com IPO), UK Legal Director, Aramark and General Counsel Nicole Farhi & French Connection, her experience lends itself to a very commercial approach to legal advice.
Amanda is as a solicitor, admitted in England and Scotland and has a Masters in IP and IT law from Queen Mary, University of London and a Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence from New York University. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the QM, University of London, Open Source Centre of Excellence.
In 2012 and 2013, Amanda has been part of the EU funded consortium, “Promoting Open Source in Europe”(PROSE) project.
Amanda has spoken internationally and written extensively on open source, tech and commercial law. As a Visiting Research Fellow of Queen Mary University she was a founder of the Q Legal advice project and teaches Open Source law there.
She is a co-author of the Marsh Cloud Risk Framework White Paper and is a founding editor of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSSLR) and contributed a chapter to the Oxford University Press’s “Free and Open Source Software; Policy, Law and Practise”, published in 2014. She become a European Representative to the Open Invention Network, www.openinventionnetwork.com, in 2014.
Linux and OSS Advocate at Dell, Inc. Michael Brown is an engineering technologist who has worked at Dell, Inc for 13 years and has handled open source due dilligence for Dell’s acquisitions for the past two years. Michael is one of the de-facto, go-to people at Dell for handling open source compliance issues and has extensive experience in working between the software engineering organization and legal offices to iron out open source licensing questions. Read Posts by this Author
Creator of eLabFTW
Nicolas is an engineer in a biology research lab. His work involves dealing with big amount of scientific data and he always tries to promote the use of Open Source Software among his colleagues.
He is also the creator of eLabFTW, a free and open source laboratory notebook.
Vice President of Corporate Development, Spirent Communications Inc.
Steve Clark is the Vice President of Corporate Development for Spirent Communications Inc. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Finance for Spirent and has been with the company for 16 years in various financial positions. There has always been an element of M & A in his various finance positions and it is now his full time role. Steve and his team look for prospective acquisitions, evaluate opportunities brought to Spirent, negotiate the terms, and manage the due diligence and integration process. Steve graduated from Villanova University with an accounting degree, is a CPA and received his MBA from Seton Hall University. He has always held positions in accounting and finance, in industry, with a business operations focus.
Director of Communications at The Linux Foundation Jennifer Cloer today is Director of Communications at The Linux Foundation where she oversees public relations, social media and content development. Cloer was previously vice president at Page One PR where she ran The Linux Foundation account since 2005. She also managed the launches of the nonprofit Software Freedom Law Center and the Open Solutions Alliance and headed public relations programs for Creative Commons, Funambol, Google and Jaspersoft, among others. Prior to joining Page One PR, she was at The Metropolitan Group where she worked on media relations programs for sustainably responsible businesses in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. Cloer also spent four years as a PR manager in corporate communications at Tektronix where she led PR for the mobile test business lines and won a Corporate Excellence Award for her role in launching a new product category for the company. A former legislative aide, she holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @jennifercloer. Read Posts by this Author
Cloud Architect at Netflix Adrian Cockcroft is the Cloud Architect at Netflix. He is focused on availability, resilience, performance, and measurement of the Netflix cloud platform, and has presented at many conferences, including Open Source Think Tank, Gluecon, etc. Prior to Netflix, he joined eBay in 2004, where he initially worked in Operations Architecture, investigating new platforms and providing guidance to the capacity planning groups at eBay and PayPal. As a founding member of eBay Research Labs in 2005, Mr. Cockcroft helped define the initial strategy for the Labs and an Innovation Forum. Prior to eBay, he spent 16 years at Sun, became a Distinguished Engineer in 1999, and served as Chief Architect and Product Boss for Sun’s High Performance Technical Computing business Unit. During this time he also served as the on-site capacity planning consultant for the Salt Lake 2002 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Mr. Cockcroft is best known as the author of four books including Sun Performance and Tuning (2 editions); Resource Management; and Capacity Planning for Internet Services. Follow Adrian on Twitter @adrianco. Read Posts by this Author
Chief Information Officer at Red Hat Lee Congdon is responsible for Red Hat’s global information systems, including the technology strategy, enterprise architecture, information technology governance, solutions delivery, and systems operations supporting the company. His role includes enabling Red Hat’s business through services, such as knowledge management, technology innovation, technology-enabled collaboration, and process improvement. Congdon has more than 25 years of experience as an IT leader. Prior to joining Red Hat® he was managing vice president, Information Technology, at Capital One where he developed and delivered IT solutions for the firm’s corporate functions and Global Financial Services group. Before Capital One, Congdon was senior vice president, Strategic Initiatives, at Nasdaq, where he led the organization’s efforts to identify, implement, and operate technology solutions for Nasdaq Japan, Nasdaq Europe, and other strategic global ventures. Earlier, at Citicorp, Congdon led multiple global technology initiatives for the private bank and the corporate bank. Congdon began his career at IBM as an operating system developer and held several technology and technical marketing positions of increasing responsibility with that firm. Follow Lee on Twitter @lcongdon. Read Posts by this Author
Chief Architect at Hippo B.V, ASF Member and incubator Champion for Apache Rave Ate has been a professional Java developer since 1998, using Apache Software Foundation (ASF) software since 1999. In 2004 he became a ASF Committer for Apache Jetspeed and a ASF Member in 2007. He also member of the Apache Incubator PMC and committer for Apache Wicket. In Nov. 2010, Ate launched the idea for a new Apache project resulting in Apache Rave. He is also a mentor for Apache Wookie (Incubating) and Apache Airavata (Incubating), as well as a member of the OASIS Web Experience Management Interoperability (WEMI) TC. Follow him on Twitter @AteDouma. Read Posts by this Author
Senior Research Analyst at GovLoop Pat Fiorenza is a senior research analyst at GovLoop, covering government technology. Pat is a graduate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He can be reached at email@example.com or followed on Twitter at @pjfiorenza. Read Posts by this Author
William L. Franklin
Vice President, OpenStack & Technology Enablement, Cloud Hewlett-Packard Company
William L. Franklin’s experience spans more than 25 years, leading successful teams of software development technologists in a variety of cross-functional environments. These teams delivered enterprise products that include operating systems, database engines, migration tools, and e-commerce. Bill joined HP in 2012, focusing on the use of OpenStack across HP’s Cloud portfolio.
His experience serving as an executive advisor to several startups gives Bill a valuable perspective on the business implications of engineering decisions. This experience has been refined during a career that included Vice President of Engineering roles at Sun Microsystems, Cloudscaling, Clustra Systems, Unikala Software, and Alibris. He also served in product development, product management, and marketing roles prior to focusing his career on engineering leadership.
While at Sun Microsystems, Bill was responsible for the core engineering of Solaris, and Sun’s distribution of OpenSolaris. He served as the executive liaison to opensolaris.org, ran the hosting of opensolaris.org and oversaw the contribution of a number of projects to Apache.org. Additionally, Bill has worked closely with a number of open source communities, including projects within Apache, MySQL, postgresql, OpenSolaris, OpenStack and others.
Bill earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.Sc. by Research in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Essex, Colchester, England.
Nathan T. Freeman
Co-founder and Board Member at OpenNTF.org Company
Nathan T. Freeman is co-founder and board member at OpenNTF.org, the open source community for IBM Collaboration Software. He’s been contributing open source since 2001.
Senior Director, Information Technology at Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Kostas is responsible for the establishment and management of the Corporate Configuration Management (CM) /Build Engineering as well as Development Tools service organizations providing enterprise wide support. Kostas has spent the past few years establishing Continuous Integration & Continuous Delivery across the enterprise. He has been involved in the design, establishment and management of CM/Build Engineering practices in mid to large size companies, for most of his 25+ year career in IT.
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Senior Open Source Community Manager, Microsoft Peter is an evangelist for the Interoperability team at Microsoft, which is part of its Developer & Platform Evangelism Group. He is also the Editor of Port 25, Microsoft’s Open Source community blog, and a contributor to the Interoperability @ Microsoft blog. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a financial/technology reporter for 20 years at leading publications in South Africa and the US, including eWeek, a magazine in the Ziff Davis Enterprise stable of publications, where he was a Senior Editor, covering software platforms. Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterGalli and read his blog posts on Port25. Read Posts by this Author
Senior Manager of Intellectual Property, Wind River Mark Gisi is Senior Manager of Intellectual Property at Wind River Systems where he is responsible for managing IP policies, processes and compliance. His responsibilities include conducting product IP due diligence reviews, IP training and managing the company’s open source contribution program. Mark currently oversees the IP compliance of thousands of open source packages used in dozens of products consisting of over 100 million lines of code (including Wind River’s embedded Linux offering). Mark served on the Eclipse IP advisory committee and is currently a contributor to the SPDX project, the Linux Foundation’s license format standard. Mark holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Read Posts by this Author
Managing Editor, SandHill Kathleen Goolsby is an established freelance writer/ghostwriter, editor and researcher. She is known for her ability to capture and present insightful information and for extensive work in the areas of software/technology, outsourcing, business transformation and change management. She has interviewed more than 950 top executives in companies, associations and government entities around the world. Kathleen also is the managing editor and a writer at SandHill.com. Follow Kathleen on Twitter at @KathleenGoolsb. Read Posts by this Author
Vice President of Corporate Development, SAP Russ Hartz is Vice President of Corporate Development at SAP AG, a global leader in enterprise software applications. SAP Corporate Development handles the complete lifecycle of acquisition transactions, from deal strategy and sourcing through deal execution and post-deal integration. Russ is based out of SAP’s North American headquarters in Newtown Square, PA. As a member of SAP’s Corporate Development group, Russ evaluates, negotiates and manages acquisition transactions worldwide. He also assists with the structuring, negotiation and execution of other strategic initiatives for SAP, including minority investments in software and other IT companies and asset dispositions. Read Posts by this Author
Alyssa Harvey Dawson
Vice President, Global Intellectual Property & Licensing at Harman International Industries
Alyssa R. Harvey Dawson is Vice President, Legal – Global IP at Harman International Industries and is responsible for developing and implementing the global intellectual property strategy at the company. This includes managing a team responsible for the patent and trademark portfolios and IP litigation, handling strategic IP enforcement, overseeing licensing, development, standards-setting, open source and technology transactions, managing IP due diligence on mergers and acquisitions, and providing overall intellectual property advice and counseling.
Prior to Harman, she was at Netflix, eBay and Autodesk, where she worked on strategic licensing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, technology and product counseling, patents, trademarks and open source matters. She also worked at the law firms of Cooley Godward and Latham & Watkins on transactions, financings, corporate, SEC and FCC matters. Alyssa is on the Advisory Board for the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law. She received her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the Georgetown Law Journal and Book Reviews and Essays Editor. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism and graduated from the Honors College at Michigan State University.
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Senior Director, Open Source Solutions at Citrix
Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Source Solutions, at Citrix. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com, where he was their Vice President of Community. He is currently responsible for Citrix Open Source Business Office and the Citrix efforts around Apache CloudStack, Open Daylight, Xen Project and XenServer. Previously, he was the VP of Community at Zenoss Inc., a producer of the open source application, server, and network management software, where he grew the Zenoss Core project to over 100,000 users and 20,000 organizations on all seven continents. He also is a longtime open source expert and author, having served as Editor-in-Chief for both “LinuxWorld Magazine” and “Enterprise Open Source Magazine”. Mr. Hinkle is also the author of the book, “Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration” (Thomson, 2006). He is a contributor to NetworkWorld’s Open Source Subnet, and his personal blog on open source, technology, and new media can be found at www.socializedsoftware.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @mrhinkle.
Automotive Strategist, Automotive Solutions Divisions at Intel Corporation
Joel Hoffmann is the Automotive Strategist for Intel’s expanding Automotive Solutions Division. In this capacity, he leads the strategic focus for next generation automotive use cases, providing direction for silicon development that applies to cars several generations into the future. He also drives the infotainment group toward a common and open vision, which includes spearheading new market development around advanced driving technologies. Pioneering open software innovation, Hoffmann has been involved in GENIVI Alliance since its inception, developing the original name and branding concepts. He continues as a board member, leading the marketing team and holding an officer title as Treasurer of the alliance. With a background of sales, marketing and technical experience in automotive, telecommunications and consumer electronics, he represents Intel in a variety of automotive contexts as the company invests in this important industry. Follow Joel on Twitter at @Intel_Joel.
Global IT Executive, Strategic Planner and Architect Global IT executive, CTO and Chief Architect for several major international enterprises including the American Red Cross, Unilever, Digital Equipment and Open Source Development Labs, Colin has over 35 years of experience in strategic planning and technical development. A visionary and pragmatist who pioneered the adoption of open source strategies in the early 2000’s, he is an ardent believer in effective standards and open collaboration. Follow Colin on Twitter @CHopeMurray. Read Posts by this Author
Vice President, Product Marketing at Acquia Bryan House is the vice president of product marketing at Acquia. In his role, Bryan is responsible for evangelizing Drupal and Acquia to analysts, media, and customers around the globe. Bryan has more than ten years of product marketing experience for leading vendors in the collaboration and content management space. Prior to software, Bryan brewed beer professionally for seven years. Follow Bryan on twitter @bryanhouse Read Posts by this Author
Partner at Advokatfirman Delphi Johan Hübner is a partner Delphi’s TMT/IP practice group. Since 1998, Johan has advised clients and drafted and negotiated IT-related agreements. Johan has also worked two years as chief legal counsel at a software company. Johan also advises clients on distribution matters, with particular focus on IT-related matters including software licensing. He also does transactional work, in particular regarding online services, IT, telecommunications but also manufacturing industry. Johan is a regular lecturer on IT-related law, most recently on the use of social media and also on open source issues. Follow Johan on Twitter @johanhubner. Read Posts by this Author
Executive Director, Outercurve Foundation Paula Hunter brings a compelling combination of industry insight, executive-level business savvy and experience working with not-for-profits to the position of Executive Director. Previously Hunter served as Director of Operations for SEMPO, a non-profit professional association working to increase awareness and promote the value of Search Engine Marketing worldwide. Prior to SEMPO, Hunter was director of worldwide marketing and business development for the Open Source Development Labs, where she was instrumental in driving membership growth of industry advocacy group and lead initiatives to increase industry awareness and engage large enterprise IT organizations with OSDL programs. Previously, Hunter was general manager of UnitedLinux, a joint venture formed to create a unified Linux offering. She began her career at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she managed marketing programs for DEC’s UNIX Workstation and PC product lines. Follow Paula on Twitter @huntermkt. Read Posts by this Author
Senior Technical Specialist Infotainment, Jaguar Land Rover
Matt is the Technical Lead for the Next Generation of Infotainment systems at Jaguar Land Rover and the Vice President of the GENIVI Alliance; leading the push for open infotainment standards and leading edge features being deployed rapidly to the customer. Matt began his career in professional audio, before joining the automotive sector with Jaguar Land Rover in 2002. He led the deployment of rear seat entertainment and television across the range of vehicles, and was responsible for the relationship and launches of premium audio systems with Bowers & Wilkins and most recently Meridian Audio. Following on he has taken the lead in many areas of Infotainment strategy, managing the System Architecture teams and off-shore development centres. Outside of Jaguar Land Rover, Matt is a Chartered Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, being a member of both the IMechE and the IET.
CEO and Founder, Cloudbees
Sacha started his first consulting business, Cogito Informatique, in 1996. He joined Marc Fleury’s JBoss project as a core contributor in 2001 and implemented JBoss’ original clustering features. In 2003, Sacha founded the European headquarters for JBoss and, as GM for Europe, led the strategy and partnerships that helped fuel the company’s growth in that region. While in this position, he led the recruitment of some of JBoss’ key talent and acquisition of key technology.
In 2005, he was appointed CTO of JBoss, Inc. and as such, oversaw all of the JBoss engineering activities. In June 2006, JBoss, Inc. was acquired by Red Hat. After the acquisition, Sacha remained JBoss CTO and played a crucial role in integrating and productizing JBoss software with Red Hat offerings. In 2007, Sacha became co-General Manager of Red Hat’s middleware division. He ultimately left Red Hat in April 2009. Following a period of research, Sacha became convinced that public cloud infrastructure would lead a fundamental IT paradigm shift and that middleware would play a key role in that shift. As a result CloudBees, Inc. was formed in April 2010.
Rafael Laguna is CEO and co-founder of Open-Xchange, providing leadership and strategic vision across the organization. Rafael has extensive experience in enterprise software, having previously held the position of VP Marketing and Business Development at SUSE Linux as well as being CEO of Micado, and also acts in an advisory role for the Open Source Business Foundation.
Landsman is responsible for continued development and communication of the company’s technology strategies. Based out of the Open-Xchange San Jose, California office, he drives product and technological vision across the company, with an additional focus on building new, and growing existing partnerships within the OX ecosystem. Landsman has almost 30 years’ experience of product development and management in the technology sector, of which the last 10 have focused exclusively on messaging at companies such as AOL, where he was responsible for the global mail business. Landsman has a proven track record of innovation, with a history of working at start-ups including Project Slice, Mailblocks and iUniverse. He joined Open-Xchange from Openwave Messaging in March 2013, where he was VP for Engineering & Product.
Founder and CEO of Quant5
Doug Levin, founded Black Duck Software in 2002 and previously served as its Chief Executive Officer and President. He is currently founder and CEO of Quant5. Doug is a software industry veteran, serial CEO and entrepreneur. Before Black Duck, Doug served as the CEO of MessageMachines and X-Collaboration Software Corporation, two VC-backed companies based in Boston.
From 1995 to 1999, he worked as an interim executive or consultant to CMGI Direct, IBM/Lotus Development Corporation, Oracle Software Corporation and several other software companies. From 1987 to 1995, Doug held various senior management positions with Microsoft Corporation including heading up worldwide licensing for corporate purchases of non-OEM Microsoft software products. Prior to Microsoft, Doug held senior management positions with two startups in California and served as an IT and financial consultant to an economic development corporation. Doug is a visiting lecturer on executive management and entrepreneurship topics at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan and UNC Flagler School of Business.
Follow Doug on Twitter at @dalev.
Licensing Executive, Xerox Corp.
Robert Levine is a global technology business arrangements executive, skilled in all aspects of inbound and outbound software licensing. He also oversees IP management and compliance, including setting organizational strategic priorities and plans, vendor selection, deal design, negotiation and contract portfolio administration. Extensive experience with all size companies, including Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, McAfee, and Nuance, and all management levels; highly-proficient with OEM and VAR agreements, CDAs/NDAs, SDK, development, beta test and distribution agreements, EULAs, MSAs, SoWs, partner programs, etc.
Freelance Developer and Former CTO
Peter Lieberwirth is a freelance developer, rental CTO, and information security consultant located in San Francisco. He has worked with small and large companies in various industries, and is an active consumer of open source software in his development projects. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterlie.
Technical Evangelist, AccuRev
Chris Lucca is a methodology and process improvement expert helping companies to discover and implement their ideal software development process. Chris’ experience dates back to his days as a build / release specialist and software engineer for IBM-Rational. He has also filled the roles of developer, release engineer and SCM consultant for numerous organizations. Chris is a certified scrum master and a frequent speaker at agile and software developer events. Follow Chris on Twitter @clucca.
Senior Analyst, The 451 Group
Jay covers open source software for The 451 Group, focusing primarily on Linux operating systems and vendors and open source software in the enterprise, application development, systems management and cloud computing. Jay’s analysis includes evolving business and commercialization models, as well as the actual software that is created by communities and used by enterprise organizations. Prior to joining The 451 Group, Jay wrote for a number of IT publications, including LinuxInsider and TechNewsWorld, NewsForge/Linux.com, Web Host Industry Review and CMP Media covering open source software communities, development and products as well as other technology and business topics. He has also written for other news organizations, including the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine.
Director of Membership & Marketing at OSEHRA
Maureen Markey is a healthcare marketing professional with extensive experience in strategic planning, marketing, advertising, branding and digital strategies and tactics. Her experience includes both for-profit corporations and healthcare associations. Her experience with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners includes marketing strategy and tactical planning for membership recruitment and retention, continuing education, conferences, publications and healthcare quality and safety products and programs. Maureen led marketing efforts for ANA’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, a nursing database used by hospitals to improve quality of patient care, growing the customer base to over 1,800 US and international hospitals.
Senior Open Source Strategist at Samsung Research America
Guy Martin is a Senior Open Source Strategist at Samsung Research America, where he represents the company to the broader open source community and works with internal Samsung teams to help accelerate their use of and collaboration with open source software. In his former role at Red Hat, he created the Open Source Enablement consulting offering to help customers take advantage of Red Hat’s expertise in working with open source communities.
Guy has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering, technical marketing, and community management. He has helped develop collaborative communities for groups such as the US Department of Defense, Motorola, and Sun Microsystems. In 2010, Guy was awarded a Federal 100 award by Federal Computer Week for his work on the US Department of Defense Forge.mil project. He speaks regularly on open source and community topics to audiences of all levels at conferences such as OSCON (O’Reilly Open Source Conference), Red Hat Summit, and SCALE (Southern CA Linux Expo).
Follow Guy on Twitter at @guyma.
Director, Open Source and Standards, XTO at Adobe Systems, Inc.
As director, standards and open source, for XTO at Adobe, McAllister is focused on the company’s long-term strategic direction as it relates to leveraging standards and open-source technologies to differentiate Adobe. McAllister is Adobe’s representative to Ecma International, and W3C eGov initiative, Linux Foundation, and other industry associations. He often speaks on topics such as the real-world issues associated with open-source software and on creating new technology companies. He’s currently enamored with gamification, the application of game mechanics and dynamics to non-game situations. Well versed in trivia, he won a Golden Penguin in 2002. He has held seats on Advisory Boards for Sistina, Woven Systems, Pathworks, Zetera and ConcreteCMS. He is currently on the Reader Advisory Board for Linux Journal.
Business Development at Emenda
Jason McAllister is employed by Emenda and is responsible for sales and business development in Germany and Austria. Jason loves to meet the needs and subdue the pain companies feel in software testing by providing first class solutions such as Black Duck Software.
Lewis John McGibbney
Engineering Applications Software Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Lewis John McGibbney is currently an Engineering Applications Software Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory after obtaining his PhD in Legislative Informatics from Glasgow Caledonian University and undetaking his Post Doctoral research at Stanford University. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, Vice President at Apache Gora and Apache Any23 as well as Project Management Committee member on Apache Nutch, Apache OODT and Apache TAC projects. Most importantly he is an open source enthusiast and enjoys swimming up and down the tide of open source projects both in and outwith the Apache Software Foundation.
Chair of Intellectual Property Licensing at Greenberg Traurig LLP Heather Meeker is a lawyer in private practice who helps her clients unravel the mysteries of open source software licensing. She is the chair of the IP/IT Licensing and Transactions group at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and specializes in intellectual property transactions for software and other technology clients. In 2011 was selected by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 intellectual property licensing lawyers in California, and was named San Francisco Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in 2012. Her book The Open Source Alternative: Understanding Risks and Leveraging Opportunities was published by Wiley & Sons in February, 2008.
Developer at the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP)
Abe Megahed is a web developer for the Software Assurance Marketplace. In previous lifetimes, he has been a computer graphics researcher, a game programmer, a programming language and compiler nerd, a dot com company founder, a creator of helicopter simulations, and a developer of 3D simulations for NASA astronaut crew training.
Visit Abe’s site at www.abemegahed.com.
Seong K. Mun, PhD
President and CEO of the Open Source Electronic Health Record
Seong K. Mun, PhD, is the founding President and CEO of the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA), a nonprofit organization established by the U.S. government, promoting open source innovation in health IT for both the government and private sector around the globe. He is also the Director of Health Research at the Virginia Tech Arlington Innovation Center and a professor engaged in research in medical imaging and mobile technology for medics.
Before joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Mun was a Professor of Radiology at the Georgetown University Medical Center where he directed large research programs in filmless radiology (a.k.a. PACS), global teleradiology, telemedicine, health informatics, medical robotics and global disease surveillance. He also served as an Associate Vice President at Georgetown, managing Congressional relations. Prior to these positions, Mun was a research radiology faculty at Columbia University where his team built one of the first super-conducting clinical MRI systems in the world. Upon completion of his Doctorate degree in physics from the State University of New York, Albany in 1979, he completed a fellowship at the University of Colorado Department of Radiology.
Computer Scientist at Adobe Systems Inc
Robert Munteanu is a software developer with a passion for Open Source. He currently works as a computer scientist on the Adobe Experience Manager, part of the Adobe Marketing Cloud. A frequent Open Source contributor, he focuses his efforts on projects such as MantisBT, the Eclipse plugin for Reviewboard and the Eclipse plugin for MantisBT. He keep track of all his public activities at http://robert.muntea.nu/.
Former Chief Architect, Investment Banking IT at Credit Suisse
Eric Newcomer is former Chief Architect, Investment Banking IT at Credit Suisse (through May 2012). Before joining Credit Suisse, Eric was CTO at IONA Technologies, and a Transaction Processing Architect/Distinguished Engineer at Digital Equipment/Compaq Computer (now part of HP). Eric has contributed to the development of multiple enterprise software products and standards, including open source projects at Apache and Eclipse. He is a former member of the Board of Directors at the OSGi Alliance and the Eclipse Foundation. Eric is the author or co-author of three widely-read books: Principles of Transaction Processing Second Edition (with Phil Bernstein), Understanding SOA with Web Services (with Greg Lomow), and Understanding Web Services.
Founder and CEO of Open Source Storage
Eren Niazi is the founder and CEO of Open Source Storage who strives to lead the global marketplace in Open Source System and solutions. Niazi is a pioneer for open source and has worked with some of the biggest names in technology to date. He has driven companies to unheard of levels of growth, and has generated more tan $200+ million in revenue.
Follow Eren on Twitter at @eren_niazi.
John Noerenberg II
Sr. Director, Qualcomm Open Source Portal
John currently is the director of the Qualcomm Open Source Portal (QOSP). QOSP brings together the different engineering, legal and business organizations throughout Qualcomm that are engaged in the use and management of open source software in all of Qualcomm’s products, services and systems. It provides a library of tools, services and information, teaches Qualcomm employees about good open source practice, guides and advises teams as they work to comply with open source obligations, and evangelizes Qualcomm’s role in open source communities as well as being an active participant in numerous open source projects.
Doctoral Student at the Hanken School of Economics
Linus Nyman is a doctoral student at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland, where he studies code forking in open source software. When not researching, he can sometimes be found lecturing on corporate strategy or open source software. Other areas of interest include freemium and microtransaction business models in gaming. Linus has a Master’s degree in economics from the Hanken School of Economics.
Principal Analyst & Co-Founder of RedMonk
Stephen is a Principal Analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, the open source industry analyst firm. He focuses on infrastructure software such as programming languages, operating systems and databases, as well as covering horizontal industry trends such as open source and cloud computing. Before setting up RedMonk, Stephen worked as an analyst at Illuminata by drawing on his real world expertise in architecting and developing applications for leading systems integrators.
Prior to joining Illuminata, Stephen served in various senior capacities with large systems integration firms like Keane and boutique consultancies like Blue Hammock. Regularly cited in publications such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and a popular speaker and moderator on the conference circuit, Stephen’s advice and opinion is well respected throughout the industry.
Senior Advisor, VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) and Member of the Board of Directors, OSEHRA
Mike O’Neill is Senior Advisor to the Director, Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2) with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he drives the identification and deployment of new solutions addressing VA’s top priorities. He is also VA’s designee to the board of directors of OSEHRA, the governing body of an open source electronic health record community. Mr. O’Neill has been involved in the commercialization of new products and technology as an executive and in both startups and large companies, and as an early stage venture capital investor. He served as a Clean Energy Fellow with the New England Clean Energy Council, working with a variety of startup businesses in the Boston area. He was Senior Vice President of AMI Semiconductor’s Digital ASIC and Communications Products division, and continued to run the division following ON Semiconductor’s acquisition of AMI. At semiconductor startup Philsar Semiconductor, he served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development through Philsar’s acquisition by Conexant Systems. Mr. O’Neill led a number of seed and early stage investments as a General Partner with Kodiak Venture Partners. He started his career in engineering and management positions with IBM. He currently serves on the board of directors of Prime Photonics. Follow Michael on Twitter @mdoneill and follow Veterans Affairs and VAi2 at @DeptVetAffairs and @VAInnovation.
Editor, O’Reilly Media Andy Oram is an editor at O’Reilly Media. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in open source technologies and software engineering. His work for O’Reilly includes the first books ever released by a U.S. publisher on Linux, the 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, and the 2007 best-seller Beautiful Code. Follow Andy on Twitter @praxagora. Read Posts by this Author
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, SugarCRM Clint helped launch SugarCRM in 2004 with the goal of helping companies around the world turn customers into loyal fans. Today, he leads product strategy and the product management and community teams. Clint was one of the original architects and developers of the Sugar application and has focused on helping build out the product, company, partners and community in a variety of executive roles. Prior to co-founding SugarCRM, Clint held senior roles in the development, professional services and product management organizations at Epiphany, Octane Software and Hewlett Packard. He has 15 years experience in the enterprise software industry and over 10 years designing and building award-winning CRM software solutions. Clint holds a BS in computer science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a co-author of a CRM software patent. Clint enjoys traveling and speaking at conferences on a variety of technical topics, and has visited SugarCRM customers and partners in over 25 countries. Follow Clint on Twitter @sugarclint. Read Posts by this Author
SVP, Paid Services and Open Source Engineering at AOL, Inc. Prior to AOL, Erynn worked at Microsoft where she was responsible for partnering with Yahoo! on the successful transition of the Yahoo! Search and Contextual ads business to Microsoft. Erynn presented the AOL case study at the Spring Open Source Think Tank event and has provided an update to that core case study at the Open Source Think Tank in Paris. Read Posts by this Author
IP Counsel at Nuance Communications
Kellan Ponikiewicz is an intellectual property attorney at Nuance Communications where she supports a number of business functions including open source management, branding management, patent portfolio development and competitor risk assessment and inbound OEM and commercial software licensing. Additionally, Ms. Ponikiewicz supports the healthcare division as their IP counsel.
Prior to Nuance, Kellan was in-house IP counsel at Citrix Systems where she supported Citrix’s OpenStack and Xen open source projects as well as their open source management program, and developed and implemented the company’s patent portfolio development strategy. Ms. Ponikiewicz formerly practiced as a patent attorney with Choate, Hall and Stewart, has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Suffolk University.
Senior Partner at DLA Piper
Mark Radcliffe is a senior partner who practices corporate securities and intellectual property law at DLA Piper. He also serves as outside General Counsel for the Open Source Initiative and is Chair of the Open Source Industry Group at the firm. Mark was the Chair of Committee C for the Free Software Foundation in reviewing GPLv3, assisted Sun Microsystems in open sourcing the Solaris operating system and drafting the CDDL. He currently represents large companies in their open source matters including eBay, Accenture, Adobe, Palm and Sony, along with startups including SugarCRM, DotNetNuke, Cleversafe and rSmart.
He writes frequently on his blog and has participated in a series of webinars on open source legal issues with Black Duck.
Principal at The Cirrostratus Group
Paul Ressler is a consultant specializing in service delivery for SaaS, Cloud Computing, and Managed Services. As the principal of The Cirrostratus Group, Paul helps his clients improve customer satisfaction, raise service margins, introduce profitable new services, and transition to the SaaS business model.
Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulRessler.
Director of Open Source Program Office at Hewlett Packard
Phil Robb is the director for HP’s Open Source Program Office. Phil is a widely respected expert in the area of open source strategy, business impact, and governance. He is frequently asked to speak at international technology and business events and he has been consulted by policy makers including the European Commission, and the United States Department of Justice as well as numerous high technology trade organizations. In his role at HP Phil has responsibility for HP’s corporate open source strategy, engagement with the open source community, oversight of the Open Source Review Board, and a variety of software development projects. Phil has been focused on open source at HP since 2001. Prior to joining HP, Phil held senior management and technical positions at Critical Path, Fisher Scientific, Motorola and Honeywell-Bull focused on wireless, and wireline high speed telecommunications software and services.
Partner, Head of Financial Services at Pinsent Masons
John is Head of the Financial Services sector and a Partner specialising in providing E-commerce and IT advice, particularly in the financial services sector. John was a founding partner of the new media and e-commerce service OUT-LAW.COM. He lectures and writes extensively on the subject of IT and e-business legal issues, and wrote the IT chapter of the firm’s recent publication ‘Insurance Distribution’. John has represented a number of major insurance companies on their e-commerce and IT arrangements and in particular on the procurement of WRAP platforms and agreements with aggregators, portals and other services providers. He has also advised Origo on a standard legal framework to address the data protection, security and contractual issues surrounding the on-line transfer of data between insurance companies and IFAs through third party service providers or portals. Follow John on Twitter at @Jas_pm.
Consultant and Advisor at SugarCRM
Martin Schneider is an independent marketing consultant and advisor to SugarCRM. Previously, Martin was an early member of SugarCRM’s marketing team, and was one of the first analysts to cover SugarCRM, as well as the emergence of open source applications while a senior analyst with 451 Research. In addition to his roles with 451 research and SugarCRM, Martin has help various VP of Marketing roles with innovative open source and cloud computing companies, including Basho Technologies and Caspio, Inc. Martin is passionate about bringing new technologies to light; creating mainstream understanding and demand for innovative software.
General Counsel and Vice President at Carbonite, Inc.
Danielle Sheer is the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Carbonite, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARB), a Boston-based public technology company that provides cloud backup solutions for small businesses and consumers. Danielle founded and developed the legal department at Carbonite and guided it to NASDAQ listing. She is responsible for Carbonite’s worldwide legal and human resource affairs, including data security and privacy compliance, management of Carbonite’s intellectual property portfolio and advising the Company’s management and board of directors on legal, strategic and corporate governance matters.
In 2012, Danielle was named to the Boston Business Journal’s “40 under Forty” list of emerging business leaders. She has also been honored by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an “Emerging Leader” and received the “Maverick of the Year” Stevie award for Women in Business.
Prior to joining Carbonite, Danielle practiced corporate and securities law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she specialized in technology-related corporate matters, private equity financings, public securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Danielle serves on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and the Board of Directors of The Boston Club. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA in philosophy from George Washington University, with honors. Danielle is admitted to practice in both New York and Massachusetts.
Author and Founder
Kevin is a volunteer, author, and founder. He’s currently running a lean startup project, Financing Freedom, focused on how to organize and fund free culture projects. He recently founded Mis Tribus, a non-profit foundation to provide creators (authors, producers, artists) with the tools, services, and knowledge, to independently publish, produce, and sell their creative products. Previously he founded DóndeEs.com and the SNAP Platform. He was editor in chief of TUX magazine, and is a speaker and blogger for O’Reilly Media. He has served on the O’Reilly Open Source Conference committe since 2005. In a previous life he was Director of Software Development for what is now AT&T Wireless.
Co-founder and Chief Architect of JFrog
Before founding JFrog in 2008, Fred founded AlphaCSP, the Java consulting firm in 1998 where he was the company’s global CTO, leading 5 branches worldwide and served as the visionary voice of the company.
Fred’s development experience goes back to 1992 and covers Java technologies evolution from day one as a programmer, Architect and Consultant.
As one of JFrog leaders, Fred encourages strong collaboration with leading open-source projects such as SpringSource, Grails and Gradle by providing them with the Artifactory Cloud platform, and fuels the Continuous-Integration ecosystem with open-source plugins for leading tools such as Jenkins, TeamCity & Bamboo.
When not on those Fred hacks around new features for the core Java language, Java port of the popular sky rendering Stellarium project and other neat stuff.
Director of Architecture at The Walt Disney Company
Nigel is a member of Disney’s Enterprise Architecture group that has technical purview across Disney’s business units. In this role, Nigel is leading strategic initiatives focused on cloud computing, application architecture, and future state technology infrastructure. Since joining Disney 4 years ago, Nigel has been driving cultural change in the areas of developer productivity, collaboration, innovation, and open source. Nigel established Disney’s Open Source Governance Program to enable developers to fully leverage the benefits of open source while managing risk. To foster technical collaboration, Nigel established an internal open source program, and is currently creating a collaborative environment focused on software architecture.
Nigel recently published a white paper on Cloud Aware Application Architecture and is driving adoption of cloud architectural principles at Disney. Follow him on Twitter @nsimpson.
Chief Technology Officer at Opmantek
Keith Sinclair is the Chief Technology Officer for Opmantek a Network Management and Audit company. Keith was the author of NMIS, Network Management Information System, released as an open source network management system in 1999.
Keith has extensive experience in network management, cloud management, data centre management, architecture and optimisation of IT operational processes.
Prior to his current position Keith was an Enterprise Architect with Cisco Data Centre Practice and Operations and Network Consulting Practice from January 2007 to September 2011, returning to Cisco after spending two years as a Network Architect at Macquarie Bank responsible for network architecture and network management.
Keith received his CCIE number 3117 in October 1997, and has been awarded several patents for network management technologies. He has worked with companies all over the world on data centre architecture and design, network management systems architecture and design and network architecture and design. Follow him on Twitter @kcsinclair.
Vice President of Marketing at Eclipse Foundation
Ian Skerrett has over 20 years of marketing and product management experience in the software industry. His passion is to make marketing a conversation between a vendor, the employees and current and potential customers.
Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners
Michael Skok helps take software companies from concept to completion – just as he did as an entrepreneur and CEO. Before joining North Bridge Venture Partners as a Partner in 2002, Michael founded, led and attracted over $100 million in private equity to several successful software companies. His professional experience spanned CAD/CAM, document management, workflow, imaging and collaboration, security, and analytics. Latterly, Michael founded AlphaBlox, defining the market for analytical applications – now a multi-billion dollar industry – before IBM acquired the company.
Community Engineer at Engine Yard
Noah Slater is a Community Engineer at Engine Yard. He’s been contributing to open source since 1999. He’s contributed to Debian, The GNU Operating System, and the Free Software Foundation. He currently serves as a member of the Apache Software Foundation. His principal project is Apache CouchDB, the document database that kicked off the NoSQL movement. He started work on CouchDB in 2007, co-wrote a book about CouchDB for O’Reilly Media in 2009, and now focuses on community building and project governance. He’s also active in the Apache Incubator, where he mentors new projects in the ways of open source. He successfully mentored Apache CloudStack and Apache Stratos through to graduation, and presently serves on their Project Management Committees.
Follow Noah on Twitter at @nslater.
Liz Slocum Jensen
CEO and Co-founder of Road Rules
Liz Slocum Jensen is the CEO and co-founder of Road Rules, a connected car company that is leveraging the power of the smart phone. She is an expert in connected car API’s and telematics. She spent the first 15 years of her career in the enterprise technology sector, focusing on customer engagement and strategic operations at Informatica, IronPort, and Cisco. She has an MBA from Duke University. Follow Liz on Twitter at @WhatLizTweets.
Vice President at Revolution Analytics
David Smith leads corporate marketing and community relations at Revolution Analytics. With a background in data science, he writes daily about applications of R and predictive analytics at the Revolutions blog, and was named a top 10 influencer on the topic of “Big Data” by Forbes. He is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of R’s tutorial manual “An Introduction to R”, and was one of the originating developers of the ESS (Emacs Speaks Statistics) project. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, David was the director of product management for S-PLUS at Insightful, Inc.
Follow David on Twitter as @revodavid.
Senior Product Marketing Manager at Coverity
Keri Sprinkle started her career in the in the Enterprise Software industry more than 15 years ago as a systems administrator at Oracle. Since then she has been a Professional Services Consultant, Technical Instructor and Course Developer, Sales Engineer, Solution Architect and Product Marketing Manager for other enterprise software companies such as Veritas, Symantec and HP Software. Keri’s specialties include test automation, datacenter automation, disaster recovery, high availability and data protection.
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Red Hat
Brian Stevens leads Red Hat’s CTO office, which is dedicated to forward-looking technology tasked with understanding industry dynamics, long-term technology trends, developments, and opportunities, especially in the open source arena. Stevens joined Red Hat’s senior management team in 2001 and has been critical to leading the company’s entrance into the enterprise. Stevens has been responsible for providing vision and leadership for Red Hat’s technology strategy globally, encompassing Linux®, virtualization, middleware, storage, big data, and cloud computing.
Stevens began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was a developer on the first commercial release of the X Window System. During his 14 years at Digital, he became a senior member of technical staff and was responsible for the architecture and development of the UNIX and clustering product lines.
Stevens earned a master’s degree in computer systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of New Hampshire. He currently serves on the boards of DataGravity and Pentaho.
Follow Brian on Twitter at @addvin.
Senior Associate at Advokatfirman Delphi
Caroline Sundberg is a Senior Associate in Delphi’s TMT/IP practice group. Caroline specializes in TMT and advises clients on a wide variety of commercial arrangements, including the creation and licensing of rights in software, outsourcing and procurement of technology and IT-related services, cloud computing and Internet and mobile business arrangements. She has considerable experience from M&A transactions, particularly within the IT and telecommunications sectors.
Senior Product and Market Manager at IBM
Nik has well over a decade of experience in software delivery, design, development, and service for IBM. In his current role he is responsible for driving product strategy for Rational Application Developer and Rational Software Architect, in addition to ensuring that it is well integrated and aligned with IBM middleware products including WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal Server as well as the Rational software delivery platform.
Program Manager of Open Source Initiatives at Appnovation
Ashley is the Program Manager, Open Source Initiatives at Appnovation. She pushes the vision to enable open source for the enterprise through marketing, events, and creating unique offerings for customers such as the osCaddie service offering. Ashley has spent the majority of her career as a Product Owner, focusing on defining and driving the vision for offerings and ensuring team members always understand what they’re working towards and why. She comes from a technical background with a degree in Computing Science from SFU and thrives at translating between business and technical requirements.
Head of Open Source Governance at Thomson Reuters
Ed Tilford serves as the Head of Open Source Governance within Thomson Reuters’ Technology Governance organization. In this role he provides strategic leadership and oversight in the area of Open Source Software use and community engagement and the application of inner sourcing practices within Thomson Reuters. Ed has over 20 years of experience in technology with a wide variety of industries including defense, semiconductor fabrication, telecommunications, airline, and education. He has been with Thomson Reuters for 9 years in various leadership roles. Ed holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
Senior Director of Corporate Development, SAP
In January 2008 Oliver joined SAP Services, later SAP Global Services and Support. There Oliver was part of the core project team managing the merge of Business Objects’ professional services organization into SAP Services. Furthermore Oliver represented SAP Services in SAP’s M&A activities from due diligence through integration and managed various other special projects. Beside his responsibilities at SAP, in 2009/2010 Oliver lectured intellectual property (IP) law at the University of Applied Science at University of Darmstadt, Germany. Since March 2011 Oliver is member of SAP’s Corporate Development team and located in Palo Alto, CA, USA. In this role Oliver has been involved in various M&A projects overseeing and leading product and technology related activities during all phases of the M&A lifecycle from technical due diligence to integration activities.
Martin von Haller Grønbæk
Partner, BvHD law firm
Considered one of the leading IT-lawyers in Denmark, Martin has specialized in open licensing and business strategy. He is the co-founder and current chairman of the Danish Open Source Vendors association. He also co-founded the Danish eBusiness Association (FDIH) and Internet Society DK. He co-leads Creative Commoms DK and sit on numerous board of IT and eCommerce firm, e.g Saxo.com and Viewworld. His blog is at www.vonhaller.dk.
Claus von Riegen
Program Director, Technology Standards and Open Source at SAP AG
Claus von Riegen is responsible for SAP’s strategy with regard to technology standards and open source software, from their initial development to full product support. In the past, Claus has co-developed various Web services specifications, such as UDDI, WS-Policy and WS-MetadataExchange, and supported their submission to standards organizations. Other activities include work on Web services interoperability as part of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), and in terms of joint projects with technology partners. Claus is also a member of the OASIS Board of Directors and a prior member of the W3C Advisory Board.
Follow Claus on Twitter @laserjupp.
Technical Director at Outercurve Foundation
Stephen has worked in the IT industry since 1980, as both customer and vendor. He was most recently a consultant on software business development and open source strategy. His customers included Microsoft, the Eclipse Foundation, the Linux Foundation. He’s an adviser to Bitrock, Continuent and eBox. He organized the agenda, speakers and sponsors for the inaugural Beijing Open Source Software Forum as part of the 2007 Software Innovation Summit in Beijing. Stephen was VP Open Source Development Strategy at Optaros, a business manager at Microsoft on open source, and VP R+D and founder at Softway Systems, a venture-backed company that developed a UNIX portability environment for NT before being acquired by Microsoft. He was a long time participant and officer at the IEEE and ISO POSIX standards groups, representing both USENIX and EurOpen (E.U.U.G.) and a regular speaker and writer on open systems standards since 1991.
Managing Partner at IntelliCap
Prior to co-founding IntelliCap, Doug was the Chief Marketing Officer at Eisner Technology Services, where he designed and executed a successful restructuring of the organization resulting in a 40% increase in profitability. Before that, Doug was the Senior Vice President, Sales for NeuVis, where he built from scratch the Sales, Operations, Alliances and Market Development groups growing the company from 0 to $17MM in sales. Doug spent 8 years as founder and CEO of ISF (International Software Finance) a specialty finance company specializing in the design and management of outsourced Customer Acquisition Programs for software companies. Prior to founding ISF, Doug was Vice President Sales for Meridian Software Funding. Over the more than 20 years of Doug’s career, he has raised nearly $70MM in Venture Capital, $140MM in Senior Debt, developed business cases for over $2Billion in software transactions, trained nearly 1000 software professionals, and authored two Whitepapers for Gartner Group.
Senior Manager at BearingPoint
Claus-Peter Wiedemann manages the Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) practice at BearingPoint, offering consulting services for efficient and compliant FOSS deployment in commercial products. His team enables clients to create and implement FOSS management strategies, policies, processes, and tools, as well as reduce the overhead cost associated with FOSS deployment. Claus-Peter also leads the License Review Team of the GENIVI® Alliance, defining and operating GENIVI’s FOSS management processes.
Co-Founder of MARSEC Inc.
Krystyna is a Co-Founder of MARSEC Inc. a maritime software engineering center of excellence specializing in Sea Traffic Management solutions. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, MARSEC Inc. brings in hi-tech user-driven innovation to the maritime industry.
For over a decade Krystyna has been working with organizations in the transition towards digitization of their products, services and operations. She has been managing research and innovation projects as well as technology transfer and collaboration between research institutions and industry. Krystyna is currently working on the definition and implementation of Sea Traffic Management in the MONALISA 2.0 project.
Prior to founding MARSEC she worked for the Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute – Europe. Krystyna has been in management and leadership positions helping industries in transition from legacy systems to state-of-the-art digital technologies in various domains including maritime, automotive, defense, bank and finance, and government, where software dependency of products and services has been growing exponentially for the past decades.
Krystyna is a frequent speaker and presenter at maritime and ICT conferences and author of articles for various publications. She is advocating increase in quality of maritime digital systems and reduction of ownership costs, promoting open standards and user driven innovation as well as increased interoperability, usability and reliability of marine software systems.
Follow Krystyna on Twitter at @MARSEC_XL.
Open Source Strategist at Red Hat Inc.
Nick Yeates is Red Hats Open Source Strategist specializing in business and university relations. He has been called an ‘Open Source Preacher’, however he likes to promote open source pragmatism over blind-faith. He has interest in how organizations implement the open-source-way, and in revealing the ways of the jedi to the next generation. Follow him on Twitter @nyeates or on LinkedIn.
Director of Open Source at Yahoo!, Inc.
Gil Yehuda is director of open source at Yahoo! Inc. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Gil was a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research, focusing on information management, knowledge management, and collaboration strategy. He was also an Enterprise Architect at Fidelity Investments where he was responsible for IT governance and development technology standards. Gil is an influential blogger in the Enterprise 2.0, open source, and innovation marketplace, and has been keynote speaker and featured presenter at numerous conferences. Visit Gil’s blog and follow him on Twitter @gyehuda.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Eucalyptus
Tim Zeller is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and is responsible for leading our globally distributed team of sales professionals and solution architects who deliver business value for the customer through successful field production deployments of Eucalyptus open source software systems. Previously, Tim served as director of Red Hat’s telecom vertical for 6 years, leading a team of highly experienced account managers and solution architects. Prior to Red Hat, Tim held many roles during his 18-year tenure at Nortel, including directing product management and business development. Tim holds a M.B.A. degree from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from NC State University.
Legal Specialist at Black Duck Software At Black Duck Software, Elizabeth works closely with senior counsel on intellectual property and transactional matters, including contract negotiations, licensing, and open source licensing. Elizabeth is a law student at Suffolk University Law School, JD Candidate 2013, where she is concentrating in Intellectual Property Law. Read Posts by this Author
Managing Director, Black Duck Consulting Andrew Aitken is an expert on strategies for the commercialization of open source and a leader in the open source community. Andrew has more than 20 years senior management experience in building and leading national professional services firms, including Renaissance Worldwide and eWork. In 2001, Andrew founded Olliance Consulting (now Black Duck Consulting) with other industry veterans to provide management and business strategy consulting to companies leveraging open source where he has personally advised firms such as IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and dozens of VCs and start-ups. In 2006, Andrew created the Open Source Think Tank, an invitation-only, bi annual event that brings the leading global FOSS experts together to discuss the future of commercial open source. Read Posts by this Author
Senior Software Engineer at Black Duck Software Sushil Bajracharya is passionate about building tools that enable effective and efficient software development. With years of experience in research and development of code search tools, Sushil leads the technical aspects of large-scale code search in the CodeSight/Koders development team at Black Duck. Sushil joined Black Duck after finishing his Ph.D in Information and Computer Science from University of California Irvine, where his dissertation focused on building and leveraging a large scale code search engine to help developers finding code they need. Read more about Sushil at http://sushil.me. Read Posts by this Author
Senior UI Architect at Black Duck Software Jared Barboza is a Senior UI Architect at Black Duck Software, and an open source evangelist. He lives with his wife and large cats in the woods of Central Massachusetts where he writes OSS, makes games and blogs at codeimpossible.com. Follow Jared on Twitter at @codeimpossible. Read Posts by this Author
Vice President of Product Management at Black Duck Software Jim is responsible for the strategy, planning, and delivery of the Black Duck® Suite, including its flagship products Black Duck® Code Center™ and Black Duck® Protex™, as well as the Black Duck® KnowledgeBase™. Prior to joining Black Duck, Jim consulted to technology industry clients on product strategy and definition, offer development, market and competitive research, and customer acquisition as Principal of Beaver Brook Consulting. Jim was also VP of Product Management at CO Space and Director of Sales Engineering at BBN Planet / GTE Internetworking. Read Posts by this Author
Director of Open Source Strategic Services at Black Duck Consulting Shawn Briscoe has over a decade of experience in enterprise use and adoption of open source software, open source ecosystems, and strategies for monetizing open source technology. Shawn helps clients use open source technologies and methods to achieve their business and technology goals. Follow Shawn on Twitter at @shawnallyn. Read Posts by this Author
Digital Marketing Communications Manager at Black Duck Software
As the Digital Marketing Communications Manager at Black Duck, Megan is responsible for managing the company’s digital brand, online content, and social media presence. She is an editor and regular contributor at OSDelivers, posting Open Source Weekly Wrap Up‘s every Friday. Megan has a background in word-of-mouth marketing and market research, as well as a bachelor’s degree concentrating in marketing and entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. Follow Megan on Twitter at @megandegruttola.
Executive Vice President of World Wide Field Operations at Black Duck Software Alan has more than 25 years of experience building high-performance sales teams in start-ups and established software companies. He was Vice President of Global Sales and Services at database auditing specialist Lumigent Technologies, where he established the sales and services organization and grew its worldwide sales by over 100% in under two years. Prior to Lumigent, Alan was Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Services for content management systems vendor ClearStory Systems and interim Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at compliance solutions provider Obian. His successful career at application development and database leader Progress Software spanned nine years as Vice President, Europe, Middle East & Africa Operations, and later as Vice President, North American operations and global channels. Read Posts by this Author
Former Market Development Lead at Black Duck Software Boris is an enterprise technology executive with over 20 years of building high-growth global software and services businesses in senior corporate development, channels, marketing, strategy, software development and systems architecture roles at BEA, EMC/Legato, HP/DEC, BMC/BGS and several Silicon Valley startups. He has a strong knowledge of Cloud, SaaS, Open Source/FOSS, CRM, Supply Chain and BPM/BPO offerings in Telecom, Automotive, Financial, Insurance, Government, Media and Healthcare industries. His prior market development roles span across the US, Europe and China. Connect with Boris on LinkedIn. Read Posts by this Author
Director of Communications at Black Duck Software Sarah provides strategic leadership for Black Duck’s communications activities and serves as liaison to media, analysts, open source thought leaders and community influencers. With over a decade of experience in public relations and communications, Sarah holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MS from Boston University. Follow Sarah on Twitter at @PR_SarahG. Read Posts by this Author
Chief Marketing Officer at Black Duck Software As Chief Marketing Officer, Phil brings over 25 years of experience in brand development and marketing insight to his role for Black Duck. Most recently, Phil was CEO of Protobrand, one of New England’s most innovative brand consultancies, where he helped companies from start-ups to the Fortune 500 realize the benefits of analytically-driven and creatively-inspired brand management. As Chairman and Founder of Protobrand, Phil worked with tech giants IBM, Samsung and Sprint, along with Bank of America, Infiniti, Citibank, Deloitte, Lahey Clinic, Mastercard and Reebok. Prior to Protobrand, Phil worked at Lippincott Mercer, Anspach Grossman Portugal (now Brand Union) and Ogilvy & Mather. Follow Phil on Twitter @pgranof. Read Posts by this Author
VP of Product Management and Product Marketing at Black Duck Software Dave has a CS degree and 15 years’ experience in enterprise application development. Following a successful startup to scale large web sites in the early days of the Internet, he spent the next 13 years actively involved in the evolution of web technologies, working in product management and marketing focused on web application development technologies like Flash Remoting, ColdFusion, and Flex. He has a long history of speaking at developer conferences large and small around the world. Follow Dave on Twitter @davegruber5. Read Posts by this Author
Senior Director of Professional Services at Black Duck Software Hal Hearst has over 20 years of experience helping companies adopt best practices, implement new processes and leverage new technologies. At Olliance Consulting, he is responsible for providing customers with leadership and expertise in the evaluation, development, implementation and monitoring of open source management programs. Hal previously served as the Senior Director of Professional Services at Black Duck, worked as the Consulting Project Manager at Skyva LLC and for SAP in the SAP-America’s consulting organization, leading supply chain management implementations. Read Posts by this Author
General Counsel at Black Duck Software Matt oversees the worldwide legal affairs of Black Duck including managing licensing and contract negotiation, managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio and advising senior management on day-to-day legal affairs. Prior to joining Black Duck in 2009, Matt was with Bernstein Shur where he counseled companies on a variety of intellectual property matters, including open source compliance. Before that, he held in-house positions with Cabletron Systems and Standex International. Matt earned his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and holds a master’s degree in business from Plymouth State University. Read Posts by this Author
D/A/CH Regional Manager, Black Duck Software Stefan specializes in mergers & acquisitions, open source usage, license compliance and partner management. Prior to Black Duck, Stefan was an Area Manager at BEA Systems. Before BEA, he was Key Account Manager of Financial Industry at Borland and Account Manager at CA Technologies. Read Posts by this Author
Solutions Consultant, Black Duck Software Ari has been in the software industry for nearly ten years. In his past life, he slung code as a software engineer. Feeling a yearning to communicate with people, today he is using his charming personality to assess other people’s software quality, while providing efficiency and engineering expertise to Black Duck’s Professional Service team. Ari’s love of computers began at the tender age of eight, when his father brought home a giant 286 desktop with a yellow monochrome monitor. Although the primary goal behind learning basic DOS commands was to access and play Tetris for hours on end, the passion for technology never diminished. Read Posts by this Author
Integration Manager, Black Duck Software Kaj has 25 years experience in the application software industry, holding roles in development, QA and management. He comes to Black Duck Software from his own consulting firm Conficio, where he developed a system of video based end user documentation as demonstrated in Plan-B for OpenOffice.org. Kaj also worked for Skyva International, and SAP AG, where he developed Enterprise Resource Planning applications. Read Posts by this Author
Senior Director of Marketing, Black Duck Software Timothy brings 20 years experience leading global marketing teams in brand awareness, lead generation, sales enablement, trade shows and events, collateral development, product launches, and website management. He drives all aspects of global direct marketing campaigns to optimize growth and market awareness through effective lead generation, lead qualification, and closed-loop communications with sales. Read Posts by this Author
Taek Wan Kim
President & CEO, Black Duck Software Korea Taek Wan is the President & CEO of Black Duck Software Korea. He is an open source governance specialist and one of the open source pioneers in Korea. He’s a frequent writer for columns regarding open source governance for the Korean IT news media. Taek Wan was also the host of LinuxWorld Korea in 2006 and 2007. Read Posts by this Author
CTO and EVP of Engineering at Black Duck Software
Bill Ledingham is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Executive Vice President of Engineering at Black Duck Software. Previously, Bill was CTO of Verdasys, a leader in information and cyber security, where he worked closely with leading Global 2000 companies and government organizations to safeguard their most sensitive information. Bill has been on the founding team of 4 companies, is active in the Boston start-up community, and has been a partner/investor with CommonAngels for the past 6 years.
Bill holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and a MBA from Harvard University.Follow Bill on Twitter @bill_ledingham.
Maria S. Lee
Marketing Communications Writer at Black Duck
Maria is a member of the marketing team at Black Duck, where she contributes to a variety of projects including web content development and messaging development. She’s been writing about technology ever since her days covering the dot-com boom as a reporter for eWeek and ZDNet. Maria’s previous work includes marketing and content development roles at a scientific instrument development startup company, consulting firms and law firms. In an even earlier professional life she covered fires, crime, car wrecks and local government as a reporter for several mid-sized newspapers in northern New Jersey.
Senior Manager of Product Marketing at Black Duck Software Phil brings over 10 years experience in both product and services marketing as well as over a decade of experience in the high-tech publishing space with publications including Dr. Dobb’s Journal and Byte magazine. Prior to joining Black Duck Software, Phil was Director of Global Solutions Marketing at Ness Software Product Labs, a division of Ness Technologies.. Before Ness Technologies, Phil held product marketing positions at both RSA and Sun Microsystems and was Director of Marketing at Compliance Engineering, a healthcare focused Systems Integration firm. Follow Phil on Twitter @prmarshall20. Read Posts by this Author
Executive Vice President of Products & Services at Black Duck Software Bill has 20 years of technology experience and executive leadership spanning engineering, product management, marketing and business development. He joined Black Duck after spending 10 years with RSA Security, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Solutions Group and Corporate Development. Bill’s previous experience includes four years at Hewlett-Packard, Data General, Stardent Computer and Apollo Computer. Read Posts by this Author
Director, Product Management at Black Duck Software Kirsten has over 15 years of experience in software management, including product management, program management and partner management. Experienced in all phases of the software development lifecycle in organizations from small startups to large global enterprises, Kirsten has worked with development teams around the world, including the U.S., Canada and India. Prior to joining Black Duck Software, Kirsten worked at IBM Software Group, Rational Software and BMC Software. Kirsten is an active member of the Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) Technical Team and has participated since 2011. She also serves as an Alumni Trustee for Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT and is passionate about homebuilding and framing.
VP & General Manager at Black Duck Software
Phil is General Manager of Black Duck’s Audit Services business unit. He also leads corporate business development with responsibilities spanning strategy, M&A, and partnerships within the software development, legal and open source communities. He came to Black Duck from Empirix where he served as Vice President of Business Development. Prior to Empirix, Phil was a partner at High Performance Systems, a computer simulation modeling firm, and he started his career in product management and marketing at Teradyne. Follow Phil on Twitter @podence
Senior Director, Consulting Services at Black Duck Software
Greg Olson has over 30 years of software industry experience in engineering, marketing and business development. An expert on open source governance, compliance and community, Greg has led engagements for major firms such as Microsoft, Palm and Barclays Global Investors, for commercial software companies initiating open source strategies such as Infobright, Adaptive Planning and Solid Information Systems, and for open source start-ups such as EnterpriseDB, JasperSoft and Lucid Imagination.
President and CEO of Black Duck Software
Lou brings over 25 years of experience as an enterprise software executive. He is a veteran of five Massachusetts software startups: Avid, WebLine (Cisco), FairMarket (Ebay), Reflectent (Citrix) and VMTurbo.
Lou was President and CEO of VMTurbo, Inc., and Reflectent Software (acquired by Citrix Systems in 2006), both of which served the enterprise and financial services industries. After the Reflectent acquisition, Lou served as General Manager of the Citrix Management Systems group, and then took on the role of General Manager of the Citrix Virtualization and Cloud Products Group. He worked as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Highland Capital Partners in 2002. Prior to Highland, Lou served as Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for WebLine Communications, a customer contact center software company acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 for $325 million. Before WebLine, Lou served as Vice President of Americas and Pacific operations at Avid Technology. He joined Avid when the company was a startup and oversaw its growth to over $450 million in revenue. Lou also founded and served as President of Avid Japan KK.
Lou serves as Chairman of the Board of CustomerGauge and is an advisor to AppFirst and Unidesk Software. He holds a BA in economics from Trinity College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he teaches the course “Technology Sales & Sales Management.” Follow him on Twitter: @loushipley.
Director of Global Marketing Programs & Operations at Black Duck Software
Michael Waldron is Director of Global Marketing Programs & Operations at Black Duck Software, where he oversees worldwide lead generation efforts and nurturing campaigns. Michael was responsible for expanding Black Duck’s marketing operations into EMEA and Asia, including adapting the North American strategy to new international markets and cultures. He also works with partners and resellers worldwide to develop and implement the Black Duck marketing approach, and leads the company’s efforts to identify new market opportunities at an industry and territory level. Follow him on Twitter: @michael_waldron.
Senior Director, Open Source Strategy at Black Duck Software
With over 25 years of embedded and mobile industry experience, Bill Weinberg helps clients enable, build and deploy intelligent device software in engagements involving open source strategy, market analysis, go-to-market, positioning and messaging. His expertise spans mobile software, embedded, virtualization, cloud computing and carrier-grade telecom systems. Follow him on Twitter: @linuxpundit.