Sigurd has been living and breathing the internet since 1995 when the City Council of Wellington, New Zealand provided the region’s only internet service; then entirely text-based and only 2400 baud. Add a grandma who taught him C before he got to high school, and the rest all makes sense.
In 2000, he co-founded SilverStripe with two friends, which has since made hundreds of websites and web-applications using open source technology. Sig’s focus is now on building up the community around their open source platform for building websites and webapps, SilverStripe CMS. (www.silverstripe.org)
The SilverStripe open source project was launched in early 2007 and in a matter of months, Sigurd rapidly attracted community and credibility to the project. He got the project involved in the Google Summer of Code program (where Google paid for ten programmers to add features), solicited over a hundred thousand downloads, got it in use with the 2008 U.S. Democratic Party campaign, and built up a loyal community of who have voted to rank SilverStripe a winner in the global Open Source CMS awards, beating many years-established projects.
Aside from his beautiful partner and daughter, Siggy loves adventure: snowboarding, turning up in a foreign city, reading books in the sun, and being conned into dancing Salsa for the Wellington city’s street carnival.
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