Freelock Sponsors MIT Forum Open Source event

Freelock LLC announces sponsorship of the MIT Forum

The February 2005 MIT Enterprise dinner program is a panel discussion about open source business models. Freelock LLC is proud to be the exclusive sponsor for the event.
The panel event features founders of several different open source companies: a product company, a support company, a failed company, and a proprietary software company switching to an open source model. It will be moderated by a seasoned expert in the softare industry who is writing a book about open source in the enterprise.
Panelists include:

Moderator: Dan Woods

Dan Woods is a seasoned CTO and writer, with degrees and significant experience in both computer science and journalism. As a CTO, Dan has built technology for Time Inc.'s Pathfinder web site,, a financial news site, and CapitalThinking, a software firm focused on the commercial mortgage industry. He has managed the product development and supported the sales cycle for software products and services. As an author, Dan has worked as business reporter in newspapers and also written several books for developers and IT managers, including Enterprise Services Architecture, Packaged Composite Applications, and SAP NetWeaver for Dummies. Dan's latest book, which will be published by O'Reilly Media in 2005, is called Open Source for the Enterprise. Dan currently is CTO and Editor of the Evolved Media Network, a firm specializing in technology communications. Dan and his team write books, white papers, technical documentation, as well as training and marketing materials for clients that range from the largest software makers to early stage startups. Dan is a frequent contributor to InfoWorld and other publications.

Presenting Company: Byron Sebastian, CEO/Founder, SourceLabs

Byron founded SourceLabs after speaking with over 50 large enterprises, ISVs, open source companies, and open source developers who told him about the need for dependable open source systems. Previously Byron served as Vice President and General Manager of the WebLogic Portal and Workshop Divisions at BEA Systems. Byron's career includes various product development and marketing roles at Crossgain and and consulting for numerous large enterprises.


Kevin Foreman, General Manager, Helix, RealNetworks, Inc.

As General Manager, Helix of RealNetworks, Inc., Mr. Foreman is responsible for the management of the industry's leading digital media creation, delivery and consumption platform -- Helix DNA as well as the industry ecosystem that builds on this platform -- Helix Community. He has been at RealNetworks for five years, in a number of managerial roles including leading the Tools & Authoring Products Group and the Developer & Partners Relations Group. Prior to RealNetworks, Mr. Foreman worked for five years in various product and program management roles at Avid Technology, the world's leading non-linear video-editing company. Prior to this, he held several sales and sales management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jacob Taylor, Co-Founder and VP of Engineering, SugarCRM

Previous to co-founding SugarCRM, Jacob Taylor was the Sr. Development Manager at E.piphany in charge of platform infrastructure and services. Previous to E.piphany, Jacob worked at Symantec Corp and Enterprise Engines. Jacob attained an MS in Computer Science. Jacob has poineered the SugarCRM architecture plus the design strategy for the solution.

Tom Brubaker, VP, Prepared Response (founder of the folded Open Source company)

Tom Brubaker has over 16 years experience in sales, business development, marketing and product management. Prior to Prepared Response, Tom founded and directed two start-up companies. In addition to running start-ups, Tom held a variety of positions at Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett Packard, and Visio Corporation in product management, program management and sales. While at Microsoft, Tom created and drove the strategic Partnership program in Microsoft's Messaging Business Unit. Tom's sales and business development success includes significant licensing agreements that expedited the emergence of portable computing, the personal computer, and email. Deals include the 1st OEMs to license Windows?, the 1st integrated TrackBall for laptops and the 1st graphical PC email client for Hewlett Packard. Mr. Brubaker earned his MBA at the University of Washington.

To register for the event

Go to the MIT Enterprise Forum web site, and come to the Bellevue Hyatt Hotel around 5:30 pm Wednesday February 16.

About the MIT Enterprise Forum

The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest is the second largest chapter of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology Alumni Association, after Cambridge, MA and draws from hundreds of volunteers in industry, venture capital firms, corporate sponsors and support service firms to develop and plan events. All events are open to anyone interested in growing or enhancing their business.

About Freelock, LLC

Freelock Computing provides technology strategy and implementation to small businesses, using Open Source solutions. We provide sales management systems, accounting/financial systems, and custom web application development. We can develop secure ways for you to communicate with your customers, and manage all aspects of your network infrastructure. We provide hosting, custom solutions, maintenance, support, and training.
Looking for more about Open Source Software? We wrote the book! Look for "Open Source Solutions for Small Business Problems" on our web site. "Required for businesses considering switching to Linux," writes Harold McFarland of Readers Preference Reviews.

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