Collab.Net News: Collab.Net Recruits Leading Open Source Talent

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From: Sally Khudairi (
Date: Tue Jan 25 2000 - 07:15:32 PST


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Sally Khudairi

For immediate release --


Key Players Extend Collaborative Software Development Capabilities -- 25 January, 2000 -- Collab.Net, provider of
scalable services and infrastructure for the development of Open Source
software, today announced the appointment of James Barry as Vice President of
Strategic Initiatives, Frank Hecker as Systems Engineering Manager and Jason
Robbins as Senior Software Engineer. "We are proud to attract the caliber of
talent found in James, Frank and Jason," said Brian Behlendorf, Founder and
CTO of
Collab.Net. "We look forward to leveraging their expertise in strategy and
technology development, and expect their contributions to benefit the
overall Open Source community."


- James Barry comes to Collab.Net from International Business Machines, with
a solid understanding of the Open Source Community and commercial software
development. While at IBM, Barry initiated the WebSphere product line of
Internet middleware servers and was pivotal in IBM's adoption of Apache.
Barry worked with the Linux and Open Source strategy teams bringing IBM into
the world of Open Source software as part of his strategy responsibilities.
Prior to IBM, Barry was a partner in ResNova software, an early Webserver
software company acquired by Microsoft. In addition, he also founded, one of the first commercial ISPs, in 1993.

- Frank Hecker brings more than 20 years experience in helping to sell
complex information technology products and services to large commercial and
government organizations. Prior to joining Collab.Net, he worked for
Netscape Communications Corporation and later for America Online, Inc., as
Director of Systems Engineering for the Sun-Netscape Alliance government
sales group. While at Netscape, he played a key role in the decision to
release source code for Netscape Communicator, and was appointed one of
three Netscape
Fellows. He is currently a member of, the organization managing
the open source development of the Mozilla Web browser.

- Jason Robbins joined Collab.Net to lead its next Project, codenamed
Tigris. Robbins is a recognized force in the Open Source community as head
of the ArgoUML Open Source project, a software design tool using the Unified
Modeling Language notation. Launched in 1998, the ArgoUML project today
includes more than 19,000 registered users and over 150 developers. Robbins
has authored more than 20 conference and journal publications on a variety
of topics including evolutionary software development, usability and UI
design techniques, knowledge-based design tools, software architecture,
end-user programming and software reuse.

"Collab.Net is enabling a truly global collaborative development environment
founded on Open Source software concepts," added Behlendorf. "As more and
more organizations rely on Open Source solutions, we are creating new market
opportunities for both developers as well as corporations. Augmenting the
Collab.Net team will help strengthen those alliances and bolster the value
of Open Source to these communities."


The appointment of Barry, Hecker and Robbins follows several significant
milestones for Collab.Net. In December, Collab.Net announced completion of
its beta test phase and entered production of its first service,
sourceXchange -- -- a marketplace that matches Open
Source developers with organizations seeking technical expertise for various
well-defined Open Source projects. Companies that have placed RFPs [request
for proposals] at sourceXchange include Hewlett-Packard, Novell, Ricoh,
Galactic Marketing,, and Walnut Creek CDROM.

Earlier in August 1999, Collab.Net named Bill Portelli President and CEO.
Portelli, the former Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Cadence
Design Systems Worldwide Consulting Services, brings forth his extensive
leadership abilities along with strong technical and business background to
successfully align developers as well as corporations sharing the goal of
promoting Open Source development and market share.


Collab.Net is distilling the essential processes of the Open Source
community and providing tools and services that facilitate predictable,
well-organized, high value open source development. The company's first
sourceXchange, is a marketplace where Open Source developers match their
expertise to committed buyers with well defined, financially backed Open
Source projects. Collab.Net also provides an infrastructure of hosting
services and productivity tools to facilitate collaborative software
development among a worldwide community of developers. In addition,
Collab.Net provides an extensive array of consulting services which help
guide companies into Open Source markets. Collab.Net was founded in July
1999 by Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, and
O'Reilly & Associates. For more information, see


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