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Codeplex Foundation

Episode #504 Thursday, December 3, 2009

Carl and Richard talk to Sam Ramji and Bill Staples about the Codeplex Foundation, which provides a framework to facilitate the participation of corporate software developers in open source projects communities.


Sam Ramji

Sam Ramji, interim President of the CodePlex Foundation Board of Directors, is Vice President of Strategy at Sonoa, a provider of analytics, management and cloud governance solutions for APIs and cloud services. Sonoa is focused on accelerating the arrival of the open cloud economy.


Prior to Sonoa, Ramji was the senior director of platform strategy at Microsoft and led open source strategy across the company. In this role he led the company to contribute to a range of strategic open source technologies including PHP and Linux, driving sustainable business growth through customer demand for interoperability. Ramji had previously served at Microsoft as director of emerging business for the Silicon Valley Campus, where he managed relationships with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Other experience includes leading technical product strategy at BEA Systems, leading engineering teams building large-scale applications on Open Source software at Ofoto.com, as well as hands-on development of client, client-server and distributed applications on Unix, Windows and Macintosh at prior companies.


Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California at San Diego, and is a member of the Institute for Generative Leadership.

Bill Staples

Bill Staples is interim Vice President of the CodePlex Foundation Board of Directors. A long time web enthusiast currently employed at Microsoft Corporation as General Manager of the Web Platform and Tools engineering teams including IIS, ASP.NET, Visual Web Developer, Media Server and Commerce Server. Bill began his involvement with the web community in the early nineties, developing rudimentary CGI applications on Apache server and Linux. Over the past ten years he has worked on web technologies running on OS platforms from Solaris to Windows, using dynamic scripting technologies including Cold Fusion, PERL, ASP, and ASP.NET. For the past several years Bill has led the IIS team at Microsoft, including the IIS 5.1, 6.0 and 7.0 projects.


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