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Racing Change: Accelerating Innovation Through Radical Transparency

Moderated by:
Sarah Novotny (NGINX)
Panelists:
Edwin Aoki (PayPal), Danese Cooper (PayPal), Josh Bleecher Snyder (PayPal)

Portland Ballroom
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(2.86, 14 ratings)

In February of this year, PayPal announced it had hired Danese Cooper as their first Head of Open Source. PayPal? And Open Source? In fact, Open Source is playing a key role in reinventing PayPal engineering as a place where innovation at scale is easy and fun – especially if you like to work in Open Source. From involvement with Open Stack, Hadoop and Kafka to work in Python, Scala, Go! & Node to radical internal transformation using Agile and InnerSource, PayPal is racing Change.

This keynote is sponsored by PayPal

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Sarah Novotny

NGINX

Sarah Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX. Novotny has run large scale technology infrastructures as a Systems Engineer and a Database administrator for Amazon.com and the ill fated Ads.com. In 2001, she founded Blue Gecko, a remote database administration company with two peers from Amazon. Blue Gecko, was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She’s also curated teams and been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery for Meteor Entertainment and Chef.

Novotny regularly talks about technology infrastructure and geek lifestyle. She is additionally a program chair for O’Reilly Media’s OSCON. Her technology writing and adventures as well as her more esoteric musings are found at sarahnovotny.com.

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Edwin Aoki

PayPal

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Danese Cooper

PayPal

Danese Cooper is head of open source at PayPal and runs a successful consultancy serving companies wishing to pursue open source strategies, which have included SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Numenta among other clients. Over her 25-year history in the software industry, Danese has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Danese has held many leadership roles within the computer science sector. She has managed teams at Symantec and Apple, served as chief open source evangelist for Sun Microsystems for six years, and served as senior director for open source strategies at Intel for four years. Danese advised the R community on open source policy while at REvolution Computing (now Revolution Analytics) and served as chief technical officer for the Wikimedia Foundation. She is a director on the board of the Drupal Association, a chairperson for the Node.js Foundation board, a board advisor for Mozilla and Ushahidi, and a member of the Apache Software Foundation. Danese was also a board member of the Open Source Initiative for 10 years.

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Josh Bleecher Snyder

PayPal

Josh Bleecher Snyder is the Director Of Software Engineering at PayPal. He was a co-founder / CTO of Card.io, which was acquired by PayPal in 2012. Josh was leading card.io’s technology development. Before card.io, Josh founded Treeline Labs, an iOS software development company, and was a Senior Software Engineer at AdMob where he was the first iOS engineer. Josh dropped out of the Philosophy Ph.D. program at Stanford University (ABD).

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Phil Mocek
07/24/2014 2:26pm PDT

see also: Stop PayPal Holds on Twitter

Phil Mocek
07/23/2014 9:57am PDT

see also:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PayPal_14
  • http://www.wired.com/2011/07/paypal-hack-arrests/
  • http://www.i-newswire.com/wau-holland-foundation-launches/275334
  • http://www.gofundme.com/Paypal14
  • http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/29/prosecutors-put-paypal14andinternetprotestontrial.html
  • http://www.wired.com/2011/02/paypal-manning-freeze/
  • http://www.cnet.com/news/paypal-shuts-out-wikileaks/
  • http://www.thenation.com/blog/177450/pierre-omidyar-paypal-blocking-wikileaks-funds-and-upcoming-anonymous-trial
  • http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/02/paypal-protonmail-secure-email-indiegogo
  • http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/09/paypal-freezes-45000-of-mailpiles-crowdfunded-dollars/
Danese Cooper
07/23/2014 4:14am PDT

Okay Phil…pretty random foreshadowing of evil intent you’ve tossed around in your comment. Would you care to elaborate? From where I’m sitting this sounds like random trolling to me…say more please?

Phil Mocek
07/23/2014 3:23am PDT

If OSCON attendees were more aware of PayPal’s disdain for radical transparency and for activism, these people likely would have been booed off of the stage. #PayPal14