Advisory Board

Jason Asbahr builds virtual worlds. Beginning in the early 1990s, he developed virtual building walkthroughs for architects and crafted one of the first PC-based virtual actors for Compaq. Jason then went on to develop simulation infrastructure for Ultima Online 2 at Origin Systems in 1998. In 2002, he consulted for Kalisto USA, developing a Python-based scripting system for the Sony Playstation 2 and Nintendo GameCube project, SpongeBob Squarepants. In 2003, Jason consulted on the development of two toys, a handheld music game and a RFID-based game. His current experiment in capitalism is Roxor Games, Inc., in which he is co-founder and president.

Roxor began business in 2003 and has generated revenues of over $3.9 million to date. Over the past four years, Roxor has bootstrapped from a three person startup to a twenty+ person game development operation. We have successfully developed and launched coin-op upgrade kits, coin-op dedicated cabinets, a Playstation 2 game, and a PC/Mac game. Roxor is a registered developer on Sony Playstation 2, Nintendo Wii, and Microsoft Xbox 360 and will be developing for these platforms in addition to arcade.

Tantek Çelik investigates new standards and new technologies for Technorati, represented Microsoft at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and co-founded the Global Multimedia Protocols Group.

James Hogan has ten years of experience in the software development industry. He most recently served as a Senior Director at PayPal, managing geographically diverse technology teams implementing features on the PayPal website, including scalability enhancements, anti-fraud measures, and third-party shipping integration.

Donna Kidwell is a technology and marketing research consultant, an advisor for EFF-Austin, and an advocate for economic freedom and individual liberty in both the real and virtual worlds. The concept of a transpartisan League was born out of early conversations between Silona and Donna. She is a Founder of the League.

Chris Messina, aka FactoryJoe, currently residing in San Francisco, is co-founder of Citizen Agency.
Chris is best known for his involvement in helping to create the BarCamp movement and Microformats.
Chris is an advocate of open-source, most notably Firefox and Flock.

Don Shafer is Athens Group’s Chief Technology Officer. He has led Athens Group engineers in developing industry-standard semiconductor fab equipment software interfaces, definition of 300mm equipment integration tools, advanced process control and embedded control agents for clients such as Agilent Technologies, 3M and Motorola. Prior to co-founding Athens Group, Don led groups developing and marketing hardware and software products for Motorola, AMD and Crystal Semiconductor. He was responsible for managing a $129 million-a-year PC product group that produced the award-winning audio components for the Apple iMAC. From the development of low-level software drivers in yet-to-be-released Microsoft operating systems to the selection and monitoring of Taiwan semiconductor fabrication facilities, Don has led key product and process efforts.

Don earned a BS degree from the USAF Academy and an MBA from the University of Denver. He is currently a lecturer in software engineering at the graduate engineering school at Southwest Texas and a faculty member of the UT Software Project Management Certification Program. An avid writer, Don has contributed to three books, written over 20 articles, and is co-author of Quality Software Project Management, recently released by Prentice-Hall. Most recently, he was appointed Chairman of the 2005 Ethics in Business (EIB) Award Program.

Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur best known for his role in founding Wikipedia, as well as other wiki-related projects, including the charitable organization Wikimedia Foundation, and the for-profit company Wikia, Inc