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Over the past 10 years the open source movement has quietly become a solid business phenomenon. While the roots of Open Source come from the “free” software movement, Open Source has evolved into surprising method to create very complex and high quality software products – with solid business models.

The open source movement has produced many software projects which compete directly with products from world leading companies. Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Sun.

All have to reckon with the rising power of open source and learn how to deal with it. In fact, some of the very companies that were threaten by Open Source software have now embraced Open Source as a viable way of doing business.

Those companies that have resisted Open Source may have found their match. Regardless of the outcome, as a formidable tool, competitive advantage or threat - Open Source is here to stay. And the high tech businesses need to understand how to deal with this phenomenon for the long term.

September 19, 2006
5:30PM -9:30PM
KPMG, Mountain View
5:30PM-6:30PM Poster Sessions/ Buffet Dinner/ Networking
6:30PM-7:30PM Startup Company Presentations / Q & A
7:30PM-7:55PM Break
7:55PM-8:00PM Introduction to Open Source Software
8:00PM-9:00PM Panel Discussion
9:00PM-9:30PM Discussion
Moderator: Falguni Bhuta, Reporter, RED HERRING

Falguni Bhuta

Falguni Bhuta is a reporter with Red Herring magazine and covers business software, open source, and Internet for the publication. She has a master's degree in mass communications from San Jose State University and a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from the University of Bombay. Previously, she worked as a reporter at a Florida-based daily newspaper, The Tampa Tribune, and also has experience working as a writing for and managing an online publication in India.
Panelist: Mary Coleman, Managing Director USA, WALDEN INTERNATIONAL


Mary Coleman

Mary joined Walden International in 2002. Prior to joining WI, she was CEO of Rightworks, an e-procurement and trading exchange software firm, which was acquired by I2 Technologies. She joined Rightworks from Internet Capital Group, where she had been a Managing Director focusing on investments in enterprise software and internet infrastructure including companies such as Rightworks. Prior to Internet Capital Group, Mary was the CEO of the Baan Company, a leading European ERP software firm. She attained this position after selling Aurum Software, a customer relationship management software firm, where she was the CEO, to the Baan Company, after taking Aurum Software public on NASDAQ. Earlier in her career Mary served as a Vice President of Marketing in several high technology firms.Mary studied electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Panelist: Benoit Schillings, Chief Technology Officer, TROLLTECH

Benoit Schillings

Benoit responsible for leveraging Trolltech's existing technologies and services in addition to strengthening the company's ability to bring new technologies quickly to market.
Mr. Schillings was a principal contributor to the launch of Be Incorporated, where he designed, developed and implemented the technically acclaimed BeOS. More recently, Schillings comes to Trolltech from his position as CTO at Openwave Systems where he was responsible for the structure, design and operation of Openwave Phone Suite Version 7. In 2003, he was named Distinguished Engineer for his influential work in the conception of "top to bottom" integrated software for mass-market phones.

Panelist: Chris DiBona, Open Source Programs Manager, GOOGLE

Chris DiBona

Chris DiBona is the Open Source Programs Manager for Mountain View, Ca based Google, Inc. His job includes running the Summer of Code and releasing open source software on Google's Code website, which can be found at

Before joining Google, Mr. DiBona was an editor/author for the popular online website and He is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He co-edited the award winning essay compilations "Open Sources" and "Open Sources 2.0" and writes for a great number of publications. He was briefly the Linux guy on TechTV and speaks on a variety of open source issues internationally.

Panelist: Ken Drachnik, Open Source Group, SUN MICROSYSTEMS INC.

Ken Drachnik

Ken is a Community Development and Marketing Manager in the Open Source Group at Sun Microsystems where he coordinates Sun's participation with the Free and Open Source Communities to release open source versions of Sun's middleware software products and Enterprise Java (Java EE). With more than 20 years of technical industry marketing experience, Ken has been in Sun's software organization for more than 4 years marketing solutions and products based on Java EE and Java ME. Last year he launched Project GlassFish; an open source community led by Sun to develop the next generation Java EE 5 application server which was released in May of 2006.

Panelist: Steve Gerdt, Open Source Program Director, IBM
  Steve Gerdt is currently Program Director of IBM software group's Open Source Program Office, where he manages strategy for open source initiatives, manages the review of planned usages and participation in open source, and provides leadership for involvement in key open source communities. He has been a leader of IBM's Open Source Program Office since 2000. Prior to his current role, he held various development, architecture, and management roles at IBM in storage software.
Panelist: John Lilly, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board, MOZILLA


John Lilly

John is responsible for Mozilla's operations across the company, including delivering products, forming strategic alliances worldwide, and running day-to-day business operations. Prior to joining Mozilla, John founded Reactivity, an XML security company, where he also served as Chief Technology Officer and VP Products. John blends extensive user and customer experience with expertise in the enterprise software and networking markets. Previously John served as a Senior Scientist at Apple Computer and as Director of Product Design at Trilogy Software with responsibility for their product suite and delivery to Fortune 100 enterprise customers. John has also held staff positions at Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. In addition to his role at Mozilla, John currently sits on the board of directors at the Open Source Applications Foundation, advises several high tech startups. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University and holds five U.S. patents.
Panelist: Paul Weinstein, Executive Vice President of Business Development, MySQL

Paul Weinstein

With MySQL AB, Mr. Weinstein has worldwide responsibility for building and maintaining relationships with the company's wide range of technology and channel partners, as well as corporate development activity. Prior to joining MySQL, he served as VP for worldwide business development and alliances at Check Point Software, VP of business development and international operations for Zone Labs, and SVP sales and marketing at ThinkLink. In addition, Mr. Weinstein has also held senior management positions at Pacific Telesis, MCA/Universal, GTE/Verizon and previously worked as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions for Alex Brown & Sons.
Introduction to Open Source Software
Speaker: Ismael Ghalimi, CEO, INTALIO

Ismael Ghalimi

Ismael Ghalimi has been referred to by many as a technology visionary, and strategic industry leader. Having founded Intalio in 1999, Ismael’S team created the first standards-based Business Process Management System (BPMS), defining the scope and functionality for this new breed of enterprise software. Ismael has spearheaded major partnerships and industry alliances, most notably the founding of the Business Process Management Initiative (, the original standards body for BPM technologies. Ismael is the author of IT|Redux, a weblog covering the transformation of the IT industry, coined the term Office 2.0, and is the organizer of the Office 2.0 Conference. Prior to Intalio, Ismael organized the first ExoLab Session, the Open Source software conference held in Nantes, France, that laid the foundation for BPMS technology. Ismael is an advisor to multiple companies, including 3TERA, EchoSign, and Zoho. Ismael holds an engineering degree from the Ecole des Mines de Nancy (France), and studied parallel computing at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (France).


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