OpenSocial: Open for Business

Patrick Chanezon (VMware), Paul Lindner (LinkedIn), Max Newbould (MySpace), Sachin Rekhi (imeem)
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Google’s OpenSocial platform is finally here: multiple social platforms are now running OpenSocial apps including MySpace, Hi5, Orkut with more on the way. Come see the latest OpenSocial apps & demos from Google and friends, and find out what’s coming in the future.

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Patrick Chanezon


Patrick Chanezon joined VMware in 2011 in San Francisco, to create the developer relations team, and make VMware and Cloud Foundry the first choice of developers moving their apps to the cloud.

Previously he worked at Google from 2005 to 2011, where he managed the Cloud and Tools Developer Relations team and has been building and growing developer ecosystems for HTML5, OpenSocial, Google Checkout and the AdWords API, and worked as a software architect at Sun Microsystems, AOL, Netscape and Accenture.

More on his blog or his twitter stream

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Paul Lindner


Paul Lindner is a key member of the LinkedIn Platform Team contributing to their open program. More info at

Previously he was the Manager of the hi5 Platform, a pioneering OpenSocial Container. Since its inception, Paul has been an active contributor and advocate in advancing the OpenSocial specification and objectives.

He has spent the last 20+ years leading efforts to make the Internet a better place. Some of Paul’s past successes include: developing and promoting the Internet Gopher in the early ‘90s; co-authoring the mod_perl Developer’s Cookbook ; scaling Six Apart’s Typepad to support millions of users worldwide; and building large, mission-critical Web systems for the International Telecommunications Union, Red Hat, Critical Path and The UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

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Max Newbould


Maxwell Newbould is the product owner and development manager for the MySpace Developer Platform’s OpenSocial container. He has been working for MySpace since March 2006, and was the first developer at MySpace’s Seattle office. Recently, he has been touring the globe speaking about MySpace Developer Platform and OpenSocial. Maxwell also provides engineering support for companies building applications for the world’s most popular social networking and lifestyle portal. Previously to MySpace, Maxwell worked in government, finance, travel and technology sectors.

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Sachin Rekhi


Sachin Rekhi serves as a Product Manager at imeem, a leading social network that enables users to share, discover and interact with all kinds of media including music, videos, and photos. Sachin oversees the imeem Media Platform, which allows third party developers to build media-centric applications. Sachin is responsible for designing the platform as well as supporting its developer community.

Prior to joining imeem in 2008, Sachin founded Anywhere.FM, a web music player that allows users to upload, play, and discover music online. Anywhere.FM was acquired by imeem in January 2008. Previously Sachin held marketing, product management, and engineering roles at Microsoft, Paetec Communications, and Goldman Sachs.

Sachin earned a BS in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Finance from The Wharton School.

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