FLOSS Weekly 147

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FLOSS Weekly
Episode 147


Fred Dixon is the CEO of Blindside Networks and a developer on the BigBlueButton project. He was the CEO and co-founder of two other startup companies: OpenLava Software and DataBeacon, the latter of which raised $13.5 million dollars and was acquired by Cognos in 2004.

Dixon was an active mentor and board member for other high-tech companies, having served as director for Espial, BasketFunds, and HireTopTalent, as well as a business advisor for GoodContacts and Serence. In 2003 he was selected as one of Ottawa’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ executives by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2003.

Interesting facts:

  • His first computer was a TRS-80
  • Perl is still his language choice (but he says he is going to move to Ruby someday)
  • He calls himself a "developer CEO", meaning he roughly splits his time between development and building Blindside Networks


BigBlueButton -- http://bigbluebutton.org/

BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for distance education. Integrating with moodle and Sakai, the BigBlueButton's goal is to enable universities and colleges to offer remote students a high-quality learning experience.

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