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I'm Joe Hildebrand, and I am re-applying for JSF Membership. This is mostly a rehash of last year's [[Joe Hildebrand Application 2007 | application]], since I'm about to get on another plane...

== Current Job ==
As the CTO of [http://www.jabber.com Jabber, Inc.], I'm responsible for (but not the only source of) the technology vision of our products, as well as communicating that vision to our customers, the press, analysts, and others. I'm lucky to work with such a wonderful team. I write on our [http://blog.jabber.com/filaments/ corporate blog] every once and a while.

== Open Source ==
I'm the main author of [http://code.google.com/p/jabber-net/ Jabber-Net], a set of .Net libraries that provide XMPP supprort. With the passing of Peter Millard, [http://code.google.com/p/exodus/ Exodus] is now more-or-less under my stewardship as well, although we're working on it here at Jabber, Inc. as [http://www.jabber.com/CE/JabberMomentIM MomentIM].

== Protocols ==
This year it's mostly been suggestions and comments on protocols, rather than authoring them.

== Public Speaking ==
Again, there were more than a handful of speaking engagements this year. The last one was a panel at [http://register03.exgenex.com/WebSite/SessionsSimple.aspx?C=70000072&S=50000044#50000648 Spring VON].

== Why? ==
When I'm talking with large corporations, trying to get them involved in the XSF, I stress to them that we're an open bunch. Anyone can join the mailing lists, anyone can contribute. That makes us different from some standards organizations that make you purchase an expensive membership. However, we also have a pretty clear, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republicanism republican] decision-making [http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0001.html process], which makes us different from some other standards organizations. I believe the group of interested, intelligent participants we have drawn together, coupled with a little bit of structure, is what allows us to make as much forward progress as we have. I want to be a part of that structure, to help determine who our leaders are.
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