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BIBA Evening Meeting - Social Media and Open Source Software

Boston Irish Business Association

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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Open Source Software has heavily influenced how we experience the web and social media platforms. It's also resulted in savings of about $60 billion per year to consumers across all industry sectors according to experts. 

Please join us in welcoming Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia and Michael Skok, General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, for an update on the open source industry. Tom will be fresh off DrupalCon San Francisco and ready to speak about how open source is reshaping the internet and how it will affect our professional and personal internet use. Michael, an investor and board member of Acquia along with several other software companies, will give us a sense of where open source is going form an investors perspective.

Acquia (pronounced Long-ah, accent on first syllable. AH-kwee-uh) is a commercial open source software company that provides a valuable set of software and network services for the popular Drupal open source social publishing.  Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual, a community of users, or an enterprise to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.

Hundreds of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power an endless variety of web sites. Acquia's goal is to amplify Drupal making available and more valuable for more it's users. 





The Back Bay Hotel

350 Stuart Street

Boston, MA 02116

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th! 

Tom Erickson, CEO, Acquia:

Tom started his career in open source in 1980 (really). Except that it was called public domain software, derivatives were completely legal and hosting in the cloud was provided in Seattle by Boeing. Joining Acquia in 2008 was a return to those values and concepts after almost 30 years of supporting the airline industry, helping enterprises around the world adopt new software technologies.

Prior to Acquia, Tom was Chief Products Officer at map maker Tele Atlas. Before that, he was CEO of Systinet, a leading provider of SOA tools that was acquired by Mercury Interactive and subsequently Hewlett Packard. Tom has also held executive positions with webMethods, the Baan Company and Watermark Software in addition to his early days at MRO Software, known as Project Software and Development, Inc. in 1980.

Michael Skok, General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners:

Michael Skok joined North Bridge Venture Partners in 2002 to seek out great entrepreneurs and lead innovative software investments.  Prior to this, Michael had himself been an entrepreneur and CEO in the software business for 21 years.  He founded, led and attracted over $100M in private equity to his investments in several successful software companies ranging from CAD/CAM, Document Management, Workflow, Imaging and Collaboration, Security and Analytics and spanning the Mini Computer, Workstation, PC, Client Server and Internet eras. 

As a Venture Capitalist, Michael has backed many great entrepreneurs supporting them to focus on large market changing technologies and disruptive business models such as SaaS, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Open Source and new application areas, such as Social Marketing Automation.  As a result, he is currentlyactive on the boards of all his recent investments including Acquia (Professional Drupal Open Source), Active Endpoints (Business Process Management System-BPMS), Akiba (Stealth - Virtual Database for Scale Out/Cloud),Awareness (Social Marketing Automation), Demandware (eCommerce, Marketing and Merchandising on Demand),Lumigent (Applications Governance Risk and Compliance), MyPerfectGig (Automated Contingency Search as a Service), rPath (Datacenter Automation through Automated Release Management) and Unidesk (Desktop Virtualization Management), as well as Actifio (Stealth - Cloud Storage) and REvolution Computing (Commercial Open Source "R"). 

Previously, Michael has served on many private and public company boards, as well as supported various software industry groups such as Software Publishers Association where he was Chairman for a number of years in Europe.  He can be contacted at michael@northbridge.com.

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350 Stuart Street
Boston, 02116

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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