Keynote Speakers…..

Keynote Speakers:

Our goal is to provide recognized, skilled and respected industry authorities that appeal to a broad base, including the technical staff, IT management, LOB executives and academic community. To find all this in a single speaker is rare… but we did. Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM, has volunteered to be our keynote this year and will discuss how you should be leveraging commercial open source and cloud computing for business benefit.

Larry Augustin is an “angel investor” and advisor to early-stage technology companies.  He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of: Appcelerator, Compiere, DeviceVM, DotNetNuke, Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, Pentaho and SugarCRM.  Previously, he was a Director of JBoss (acquired by Red Hat Software), XenSource (acquired by Citrix), SourceForge (NASDAQ: LNUX, previously VA Linux) and Linux International (LI).  He also serves as a Director of the nonprofit industry consortium The Linux Foundation.  One of the group who coined the term “Open Source”, he has written and spoken extensively on Open Source worldwide.  Worth Magazine named him to their list of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000.  Previously he served as interim CEO of Medsphere.  From September 2002 to December 2004 he was a Venture Partner at Azure Capital Partners where he helped lead Azure’s investments in Zend and Medsphere.  In 1993 he founded VA Linux (now SourceForge, NASDAQ:LNUX), where he served as CEO until August 2002 and led the company through an IPO in December 1999.  In November 1999 he launched SourceForge.net, the world’s largest Open Source software development community.  Also at VA Linux, he acquired Andover.net, merging SourceForge.net, Linux.com, Slashdot, and other well-known Open Source Internet sites to form the Open Source Development Network (OSDN).  Larry holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.  Larry can be found online at http://www.lmaugustin.com .

We are working on a second keynote. Stay tuned to my blog, but it may be an executive Speaker from ZEND!

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