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Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper
Head of Open Source, PayPal

Website | @DivaDanese

Danese Cooper has an 22-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Ms. Cooper joined PayPal in February 2014, and has held many leadership roles within the computer science sector. She has managed teams at Symantec and Apple Inc. and for six years served as Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun Microsystems before leaving to serve as Senior Director for Open Source Strategies at Intel. She advised on open source policy to the R community while at REvolution Computing (now Revolution Analytics), and she served from February 2010 to July 2011 as Chief Technical Officer for the Wikimedia Foundation. She currently runs a successful consultancy to companies wishing to pursue open source strategies, which has served the SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation among other clients. She is a director on the boards of the Drupal Association, and the Open Source Hardware Association, a board advisor for Mozilla and Ushahidi, and has served since 2005 as a Member of the Apache Software Foundation. She was a board member for 10 years at Open Source Initiative.


Portland Ballroom
Moderated by:
Sarah Novotny (NGINX)
Edwin Aoki (PayPal), Danese Cooper (PayPal), Josh Bleecher Snyder (PayPal)
Average rating: **...
(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. Read more.
Moderated by:
Danese Cooper (PayPal)
Brian Behlendorf (The Hyperledger Project at the Linux Foundation), Richard Fontana (Red Hat), Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 4 ratings)
Open Source licenses are mostly grounded in US Copyright Law, which requires 51% representation to claim standing in any copyright-related action (including defense against infringement claims as well as re-licensing). Yet, they are also a barrier to participation, since you often must have one in place before you make a substantial (or in some cases any) contribution. Read more.