Richard Matthew Stallman is a software developer and software freedom activist. Born in 1953, he attended Harvard starting in 1970 and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in physics. From September 1974 to June 1975 he was a graduate student in physics at MIT.
He worked at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT from 1971 to 1984, learning operating system development by doing it, except for the year he was a graduate student. He wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor there in 1976, and developed the AI technique of dependency-directed backtracking, also known as truth maintenance.
In 1983 Stallman announced the project to develop the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to be entirely free software, and has been the project’s leader ever since. With that announcement he also launched the Free Software Movement.
Stallman began working on this project on January 5, 1984, resigning from MIT employment in order to do so. In October 1985 he started the Free Software Foundation, of which he is president as a full-time volunteer.
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Rasmus Lerdorf is known for having gotten the PHP project off the ground in 1995 and has contributed to a number of other open source projects over the years. He was an infrastructure architect at Yahoo! for more than 7 years and joined Etsy in 2012. He was born in Greenland, grew up in Denmark and Canada and has a Systems Design engineering degree from the University of Waterloo. You can follow @rasmus on Twitter.
Alex Payne is a programmer, writer, and angel investor. He currently divides his time between consulting for early-stage startups, working on his second book project, spending time with organizations like Hacker School, and organizing the annual Emerging Languages event. Alex was previously CTO of customer-friendly online banking service Simple, and before that was Platform Lead at Twitter. He presently calls Venice, Los Angeles home.
Matt Rogers is founder and VP of engineering at Nest Labs, creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm. By applying modern design and technology, Nest takes unloved products in the home and makes them simple, beautiful and thoughtful. Matt is responsible for all product development at Nest, ranging from mechanical design to software to web services, and everything in between. Matt also serves on Nest’s board of directors.
Prior to Nest, Matt was responsible for iPod software development at Apple, from concept to production. He was one of the first engineers on the original iPhone, and involved in the development of 10 generations of iPod, 5 generations of iPhone, and the first iPad. He earned his BS and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.
Susan Levine came to NASA Ames Research Center after nearly twenty years as a Small Business owner focusing on Graphic Design, Advertising, and Technical Illustration and then as a Federal Government Support Service Contractor for Recom Technologies. As a support service contractor she was involved in many unique technical projects that relied on the impact of emerging technologies on current government processes; Before joining Recom Technologies she made a major career change by returning to college to undertake additional course work in Information Technology/Project Management toward undergraduate and associate degrees at Foothill/De Anza, Steven’s Institute of Technology and UC Santa Cruz. After re-entering the workforce she was offered a position with Recom Technologies as a programmer where she moved up to become a Program/Project manager. Her excellent support of NASA evolved into a position as a Civil Servant working for the Federal Government. During her time with Recom and NASA she has received numerous awards for her contributions to NASA.
Her professional career outside of NASA includes membership in various government working groups. She is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations. Outside of professional interests, she travels widely, reads, and enjoys hiking and living in the Bay Area.
Hadi is an entrepreneur and investor, and also co-founder of education non-profit Code.org. As an entrepreneur, he was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike. As an angel investor and startup advisor, Hadi’s portfolio includes Facebook, Zappos, Dropbox, OPOWER, Flixster, Bluekai, and many others.
A graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he was Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer. After the release of IE 5.0, Hadi co-founded Tellme Networks. Tellme was acquired by Microsoft for a reported $800 million. Hadi was General Manager of MSN.com during MSN’s only year of profit, where he delivered 30% annual growth and incubated Start.com (now Live.com).
After leaving Microsoft a second time, Hadi co-founded iLike with twin brother Ali Partovi, and together they built the leading music application on the Facebook platform. In 2009, iLike was acquired by MySpace where both Partovis worked as Senior Vice Presidents.
Hadi is a strategic advisor to numerous startups including Facebook, Dropbox, OPOWER, and Bluekai, and serves on the board of TASER International. He is also an active angel investor with a wide range of investments.
Pivotal Labs, the agile development services unit of Pivotal, – http://www.gopivotal.com – has been a leader in agile development for more than two decades, building highly reliable, scalable software for innovative industry leaders and emerging companies across a number of industries. As Chief Operating Officer of Pivotal Labs Edward Hieatt oversees all operational aspects of Pivotal’s agile development arm. This includes engineering, client services and the company’s open source product strategy. In this role, he drives revenue growth and performance, and is responsible for managing all regional offices across the US and overseas.
Edward ensures that Pivotal’s development teams identify, anticipate and exceed client expectations for their products. His engineering organization is acclaimed for delivering rapid, high-quality, sustainable, iterative development services.
With experience as a software developer and an engineering leader responsible for delivering web and mobile applications as well as large-scale enterprise infrastructure projects, Edward brings deep insights to the COO position. After joining Pivotal as Principal in 2003, Edward was responsible for leading dozens of client engagements, and was instrumental in defining Pivotal’s development process and methodologies. Edward was promoted to Vice President, Engineering in 2008, and subsequently oversaw Pivotal’s expansion into the New York and Boulder, CO, markets. Edward was also a key contributor to the development of Pivotal Tracker, the agile project management and collaboration tool used by thousands of software developers worldwide.
Edward holds a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University, England.
Jeff is co-founder and CEO of Twilio, where he brings over 10 years of entrepreneurial product leadership experience. Before Twilio, Jeff served as Product Manager for Amazon Web Services, and has held founding executive roles for NineStar, Stubhub.com, and Versity.com
Tracy is a backend software engineer at Pinterest and led the team responsible for the latest redesign of the site. She could talk about the technology needed to rewrite a website to solve issues like technical debt and divergent code paths for web and API. She could give specific examples from the ambitious project scope she and her team tackled, including discarding the old website, switching to a new framework, and doing a redesign at the same time as a code rewrite. She was one of the first engineers at Quora, and has also held positions at Facebook and Google.
Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book “Programming Social Applications”, and the head of Developer Evangelism (North America) at PayPal. Specializing in user identity concepts and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.
As Global Technologist and Head of the Ford Developer Program at Ford Motor Company, the automotive industry’s first ever software developer program, John is tasked with expanding Ford’s “brought-in” strategy of integrating mobile technology into the vehicle. He oversees a team of developers and engineers responsible for creating the “connected car” and striking the right balance between embedded and off-board technology so that drivers can seamlessly extend their mobile lives into their vehicles. John has over twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry. During most of his career, John worked for Motorola where he held key leadership positions in Product Management, Software & Services, Marketing and Strategy and Engineering. While there, John participated in the marketing and selling of Motorola’s mobile software and services, their software developer ecosystem, and industry-leading Open Source Software program.
Travis Reeder is co-founder and CTO of Iron.io, heading up the architecture and engineering efforts. He is a systems architect and hands-on technologist with 15 years of experience developing high-traffic web applications including 5+ years building elastic services on virtual infrastructures.
Prior to co-founding Iron.io, Travis founded ecommStats Web Analytics and SideStripe social search, both involving the realtime intake and processing of high volumes of data. These experiences naturally drew him to cloud infrastructure and cloud applications. Travis has also led development teams at Siebel and db4objects.
Tim Trefren is the co-founder and an engineer at Mixpanel where he is responsible for leading product engineering and technical operations. He studied Computer Science at Arizona State University and is on leave of absence, currently living in San Francisco.
Mixpanel is the most advanced analytics platform for mobile and web. More than 1,310 businesses use Mixpanel to analyze 15+ billion actions every month to understand how their combined 225 million customers use their products. Mixpanel is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Keith Rabois, Max Levchin, Michael Birch, Sequoia Capital and Y Combinator.
Lila Tretikov leads SugarCRM’s growth and market innovation initiatives, including stewardship of the SugarCRM brand and its award-winning product. As Chief Product Officer, she also leads the marketing, product and R&D functions. As a key member of SugarCRM’s senior leadership team, Lila leads the creation of the marketing and product initiatives, creative expressions, advertising, and key product and research innovations. She leads internal teams and channel partners across the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Prior to coming to Sugar, Lila led innovation enterprise software sector at Sun Microsystems, Sprint/Nextell, VeriSign and Bank of America. As an entrepreneur she has also established and grown successful startups in the digital marketing space. Lila has an academic background in computer science, mathematics and visual arts.
She studied at the University of California Berkeley and Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2012 Lila received a Stevie® Award For Women in Business.
Andy spent four years hacking through an undergraduate degree in EECS at UC Berkeley and got sick of debugging his own code. He spent the next four years at Stanford researching ways to automatically detect bugs in code by leveraging compilers. After completing his PhD in 2003, Andy cofounded Coverity to commercialize this work. Now, he enjoys running the Coverity Security Research Laboratory.
David Lang is a co-founder of OpenROV, a community of citizen ocean explorers and creators of low-cost underwater robots. He is a contributing editor to MAKE: Magazine where he chronicled his journey from under-skilled beginner to manufacturing entrepreneur and ocean explorer. The book is a guide for anyone– regardless of experience level– to get involved with the maker movement and digital fabrication tools, like 3D printing. David was named a 2013 TED Fellow. He lives on a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay.
Nick Quinlan is a SendGrid Developer Evangelist based out of San Francisco. He works with developers, online and offline, to make their lives easier by providing them with the help they need to grow their ideas.
Joe is the Director of Developer Strategy at Zend Technologies Ltd. (The PHP Company.) He has spent over 30 years understanding trends in software development technologies, developers, project management and communities including a decade driving developer community at Microsoft. Prior to joining Zend Joe focused on catalyzing the HTML5 and Mobile web developer ecosystems at Mozilla.
Joe’s diverse technology career has spanned enterprise and commercial product development on mainframe, mini & microcomputers as well as mobile and embedded devices and positions, from assembly programmer to CEO of a publically traded Wall Street consulting firm.
Leigh Williamson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer who has been working in the Austin, Texas lab since 1988, contributing to IBM’s major software projects including OS/2, DB2, AIX, Java, WebSphere Application Server, and the IBM Rational portfolio of solutions. His current role is as a member of the Chief Technology Officer team, influencing the strategic direction for products addressing the needs of software development teams. Leigh’s primary focus is on tools and best practices for mobile application development. His blog on mobile development topics is http://bit.ly/ibmmobile-frontier-blog. You can follow him on twitter @leighawilli. Leigh holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Nova University and a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Austin.
Max Bruning, the Training Director at Joyent, is currently working on a Node.js performance and debugging course. Max has been teaching various Unix-related courses since 1981. He has also spent many years doing kernel development, device driver work, and debugging work, with a variety of programming languages and operating systems.
He has done consulting and/or training work for Bell Labs, AT&T, Motorola, Sun Microsystems, HP, Siemens-Nixdorf, and various other companies. In September, 2010, he began porting Linux KVM to SmartOS for Joyent. Max first used Node.js over three years ago when he joined Joyent as a staff engineer. In the past 2 years, he has given several talks and workshops on debugging and performance analysis of Node.js applications.
See http://www.joyent.com/blog/filter:bruning for a list of recent blog posts. He can be reached on twitter at @mrbruning.
Prior to creating FP Complete, Aaron was an executive with Microsoft Corporation where he helped build Windows, MSN, Visual Studio, and the company’s Productivity Tools Team, and founded the Microsoft Big Gift Club for new philanthropists. He also served as general manager of Visual C++, used daily by three million professional software developers worldwide. He architected MSN’s move to Internet-based server software, and later served as full-time technology advisor to, Bill Gates.
Hulya Farinas is the analytics lead for healthcare and life sciences vertical at Pivotal. At Pivotal, her team is helping transform providers, payers, and pharmaceutical companies into data driven enterprises by taking advantage of big and unstructured data sources. She has extensive experience in the application of algorithmic approaches to complex problems in multiple verticals. Before joining Pivotal, she had held positions at IBM and M-Factor where she helped her customers make optimal business decisions under uncertainty by marrying machine learning algorithms with optimization routines. She holds a Ph.D.in Operations Research from the University of Florida.
Divya Manian works for the Adobe Web Platform Team in San Francisco that contributes web features through standards and browser implementations. She made the jump from developing device drivers for Motorola phones to designing websites and has not looked back since. She takes her duties as an Open Web vigilante seriously which has resulted in collaborative projects such as HTML5 Readiness and HTML5 Boilerplate.
Michael Brodhead, mkb to his pals, is Lead Security Engineer at Engine Yard in San Francisco. Michael’s first programming experience was on an Atari 800; he was immediately smitten. Since then, he has written security software for financial giants, tiny startups, and even a government lab. At Engine Yard, he helps both staff and clients sort out what security and compliance mean in the cloud.
Michael Coates is the Chairman of the OWASP board, an international non-profit organization focused on advancing and evangelizing the field of application security. In addition, he is the creator of OWASP AppSensor, a project dedicated to creating attack aware applications that leverage real time detection and response capabilities.
Michael is also the Director of Product Security at Shape Security, a Silicon Valley startup developing an entirely new type of web security product to protect web sites against modern attacks.
Previously, Michael was the Director of Security Assurance at Mozilla where he founded and grew the Security Assurance and Web Security programs to 25 people.
Throughout Michael’s career he has advised major corporations and governments on secure architecture and software security. He’s also performed hundreds of technical security assessments for financial, enterprise, and cellular
customers worldwide. Michael also maintains a security blog at michael-coates.blogspot.com
Michael holds a Master of Science degree in Computer, Information and Network Security from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Marc joined Stripe in September as the Vice President of Engineering. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Product Development and Engineering at Etsy. Prior to this he has served as VP of engineering at Sana Security, an enterprise software startup; he co-founded and was CEO of Popular Power, a distributed computing startup; and he founded and led Lucas Online, the internet subsidiary of Lucasfilm, Ltd. He was also the CTO at Webstorm, where he wrote one of the Internet’s first shopping cart applications in 1994.
Michael is the Lead iOS Engineer at Aviary where he builds “Photo Editor by Aviary”, a 5-star and top 10 app in the App Store. He also works on Aviary’s Photo Editor SDK, which has over 70 million monthly active users and has been integrated into over 5,000 applications and websites worldwide. Michael holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Economics from Columbia University.