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Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper
Head of Open Source, PayPal

Website | @DivaDanese

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.


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.