Brian Behlendorf

Brian Behlendorf (born March 30, 1973) is a technologist, executive, computer programmer and leading figure in the software movement. He was a primary developer of the , the most popular software on the , and a founding member of the Apache Group, which later became the . Behlendorf served as president of the foundation for three years. , since 2009 and the since 2013.

Behlendorf, raised in Southern California, became interested in the development of the Internet while he was a student at the , in the early 1990s. One of his first projects was an and online music resource, SFRaves, which a friend persuaded him to start in 1992. Behlendorf was an early participant and the chief technology guru for the festival, and also founded a large online resource devoted to and related subcultures.

In 1993, Behlendorf, Jonathan Nelson, Matthew Nelson and Cliff Skolnick co-founded ., the first business dedicated to building commercial web sites. While developing the first online, for-profit, media project — the web site for — in 1994, they realized that the at the time (developed at the at the ) could not handle the user registration system that the company required. So, Behlendorf the open-source code to support HotWired’s requirements.

It turned out that Behlendorf wasn’t the only one busy patching the NCSA code at the time, so he and Cliff Skolnick put together an electronic mailing list to coordinate the work of the other programmers. By the end of February 1995, eight core contributors to the project started Apache as a of the NCSA codebase. Working loosely together, they eventually rewrote the entire original program as the . In 1999, the project incorporated as the .

Behlendorf was the of the .<!– The WEF website,, says he is was CTO of CollabNet. It does not say he was CTO of WEF –> He is also a former director and CTO of , a company he co-founded with O’Reilly & Associates (now ) in 1999 to develop tools for enabling collaborative distributed software development. CollabNet used to be the primary corporate sponsor of the open source version control system , before it became a project of the Apache Software Foundation. He continues to be involved with electronic music community events such as , and speaks often at open source conferences worldwide.

In 2003, he was named to the as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.

Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital, a global technology investment firm based in San Francisco, from 2014 until he joined the . In 2016, he was appointed executive director of the open source Hyperledger project at the to advance blockchain technology.


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