A Conversation with Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch (Adobe)
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Kevin Lynch of Adobe Systems Inc. in conversation with Web 2.0 Expo SF program chair, Brady Forrest.

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Kevin Lynch


As chief technology officer and senior vice president, Experience & Technology Organization, Kevin Lynch oversees Adobe’s experience design and core technology across business units. This role includes driving Adobe’s technology platform for designers and developers across desktops and devices, including Adobe® Flash® Player, Portable Document Format (PDF), Adobe Flex® and Adobe AIR™, the cross-operating system application runtime that bridges the computing power and data capabilities of the desktop with the real-time dynamic capabilities of the web. He also oversees Adobe’s developer relations program, including the integration of customers and partners in the development process through Adobe Labs and customer advisory councils.

Prior to being named CTO in 2008, Lynch served as senior vice president and chief software architect for Adobe’s Platform Business Unit. Lynch joined Adobe through the company’s 2005 acquisition of Macromedia, Inc., where he served as chief software architect and president of product development. He headed up the creation of the company’s mobile and devices group and served as general manager of the web publishing group. Lynch also oversaw the initial development of Macromedia® Dreamweaver®, a leading web development product.

Before joining Macromedia in 1996, Lynch worked for General Magic, where he pioneered a navigational user interface for handheld communicators. Previously, he designed the user interface and developed the first Macintosh release of FrameMaker® software for Frame Technology, later acquired by Adobe. While at the University of Illinois, Lynch developed early Macintosh applications, including a desktop publishing program that introduced user interface elements in common use today.

Lynch holds three patents with others currently pending, and he is involved in Adobe’s international standards efforts with organizations such as the W3C, ECMA and ISO. Lynch studied interactive computer graphics at the University of Illinois, working with artists and engineers in the Electronic Visualization Laboratory.

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Michael Raczynski
05/06/2010 4:15am PDT

Congrats on taking away from the Parrot guys!

While your comment “you should be able to control that helicopter on any phone” is valid; the guys chose the device for the sensors inside which they called out at the beginning of their presentation.

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Kay Mercado
05/06/2010 3:47am PDT

The conversation felt very defensive and made me uncomfortable being in the audience. I agree, quit whining. HTML5 is the FUTURE.

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Neal Wollenberg
05/06/2010 2:32am PDT

Quit whining.

Wendy Moro
05/05/2010 3:05am PDT

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