James Vasile has fifteen years experience as a user, developer, advocate and advisor in the free and open source software world. He is an expert in software licensing and community-building, as well as non-profit and small business startup. He focuses on free software and open source production, although his work and interests often take him far beyond the world of software. Much of what James does involves teaching people how to build successful businesses around free software and ensuring licensing alignment in multisource FOSS stacks.
James is also actively involved in the management of several non-profit organizations where he helps large groups of volunteers pull off ambitious and daring projects.
In addition to his work with OTS, James is a Senior Fellow at the Software Freedom Law Center. He was a founding board member of Open Source Matters, the non-profit that supports Joomla. James began his career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. You can learn more about him from his LinkedIn profile.
Karl Fogel is an open source developer, author, project manager, and specialist in collaborative development techniques.
In 1995, he and Jim Blandy co-founded Cyclic Software, the first company offering commercial support for CVS, the free software version control system; in 1997 he added support for anonymous read-only repository access to CVS. In 1999 he wrote Open Source Development With CVS (Coriolis OpenPress). From 2000-2006, he worked for CollabNet, Inc, managing the creation and development of Subversion, an open source version control system written from scratch by CollabNet and a team of open source volunteers. In 2005 he wrote Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project (O'Reilly Media). He has since been an open source specialist at Google, at Canonical Ltd (where he helped release the Launchpad.net code base as free software), at O'Reilly Media, and at Code for America / Civic Commons, where he worked with non-profits and government agencies to release and manage open civic technology projects. Among the projects he has assisted are the Federal IT Dashboard, OIC Weave, Change By Us, and San Francisco's Enterprise Addressing System.
In addition to his books, some of his articles on collaborative development are: "New York City Bus Tracking: Procuring for an Open Architecture", "What's the Return on Investment for Open?", and "Be Open from Day One, not Day N".