Published 30th January 2020

Danese Cooper, VP of Special Initiatives at NearForm chats about her journey through the evolution of Open Source during her career from Linux to Apple to Sun and Paypal. Danese touches on some of the key drivers of greater Open Source contributions and InnerSource – from the bottlenecks of internal politics and the dangers of trust to the growing appetite to ‘seeing how the boats rise’ and closing the digital divide.

Danese Cooper ran the first Open Source Program Office at Sun Microsystems starting in 1999. Some of the open source projects she helped release include Apache Tomcat, OpenOffice.org, NetBeans, Sun Grid Engine, GlassFish, OpenLDAP, OpenSolaris and OpenJDK.

Along the way she became a FOSS advocate, serving on the OSI board for a decade, advising major projects such as Mozilla, Ubuntu, and Drupal. Danese has been a Member of the Apache Software Foundation for 15 years and was also the first female CTO of Wikimedia Foundation and the first Chair of the Node.js Foundation.

Danese is now currently VP of Special Initiatives at NearForm

Filmed on-site at NodeConf EU 2019.

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