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Comparing Social Platforms

Justin Smith (InsideFacebook.com & Watercooler), Dave Morin (Facebook), Allen Hurff (SoCal Incubator), Jessica Alter (Bebo), Patrick Chanezon (VMware), David Recordon (Facebook)
Focus on Social Platforms
Location: 2003

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Justin Smith

InsideFacebook.com & Watercooler

Justin Smith is the editor of Inside Facebook, the first Facebook-focused blog, covering Facebook and the Facebook Platform for developers and marketers. Justin is also the Product Manager at Watercooler, a developer of sports and television entertainment social applications across Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, and Friendster. Millions of people have joined Watercooler’s applications since their launch. Justin has a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University.

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Dave Morin

Facebook

Dave Morin is the Senior Platform Manager at Facebook, where he is responsible for platform strategy and the Facebook developer community. Prior to Facebook, Morin held multiple positions at Apple including Manager, Creation & Collaboration and Worldwide Manager of Student Marketing. Previously he founded two technology companies; Viadi, a web technology and marketing company and DM Design Studios, a design consultancy. Dave has served on the advisory boards of several Silicon Valley startups, and his focus on innovation, vision, and technology strategy has involved extensive interaction with the global market at large.Morin received a BS in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and currently lives in San Francisco, California.

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Allen Hurff

SoCal Incubator

Allen Hurff is the Senior Vice President of Engineering. He has worked at the world’s most popular social networking and lifestyle portal since it was a privately owned start-up. In his position, Allen oversees the engineering and the overall development direction of MySpace as it matures into a company with global reach.

Allen joined MySpace in March 2005 with only 12 developers still located in Santa Monica, California. Allen has grown the engineering and quality assurance organization to over 250 employees now located in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, London, and Australia.

Before MySpace, Allen worked at TRW, Unisys, AltaVista, Shopping.com, Experian, and private consulting. Hurff continues to be a key influential player in the ongoing success and growth of MySpace.

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Jessica Alter

Bebo

Jessica is Director of Platform and Business Development at Bebo. She leads the platform strategy and community at Bebo as well as multiple business development efforts. Prior to Bebo Jessica worked in business development at Hands-On Mobile. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Patrick Chanezon

VMware

Patrick Chanezon joined VMware in 2011 in San Francisco, to create the developer relations team, and make VMware and Cloud Foundry the first choice of developers moving their apps to the cloud.

Previously he worked at Google from 2005 to 2011, where he managed the Cloud and Tools Developer Relations team and has been building and growing developer ecosystems for HTML5, OpenSocial, Google Checkout and the AdWords API, and worked as a software architect at Sun Microsystems, AOL, Netscape and Accenture.

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David Recordon

Facebook

David Recordon is Open Platforms Tech Lead for Six Apart, the largest independent blogging company in the world. Recordon has played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of key social media technologies such as OpenID. In 2005, Recordon collaborated with Brad Fitzpatrick in the original development of OpenID, which has since become the most popular decentralized single-sign-on protocol in the history of the web. During a year and a half at VeriSign, Recordon played an active role in refining and evangelizing OpenID, bringing it from an experimental technology to one that’s been endorsed by major companies ranging from AOL to Microsoft, and implemented for over 120 million identities on the web. Recordon’s history with open source software and open standards stretches back to the beginning of his career, when as a sophomore in high school he volunteered his time to lead an open source message board project with over forty members worldwide. This interest led to his co-founding of a message board hosting provider that still services tens of thousands of users around the world, and that he has since sold. Recordon was recently recognized by Google and O’Reilly as the recipient of a 2007 Open Source Award for his efforts with OpenID and is the youngest recipient in the history of the award.