These 8 Speakers Join the Open Source Startup Summit. Awesomeness Ensues.

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With more than 500 RSVPs confirmed — projected to hit 1000 soon — we’re thrilled to announce the first eight speakers at our next event: Bain Capital Ventures presents the Open Source Startup Summit.

See who’s shining in the spotlight (so far) on April 22:

salilSalil Deshpande (@salil)
Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

Salil Deshpande focuses on software infrastructure, open source, middleware and enterprise software, such as Typesafe (the Scala language; Akka and Play frameworks for Java), Redis Labs (the Redis NoSQL database), Hazelcast (in-memory data-grids for Java), Aria Systems (ERP for recurring revenue businesses), Iron.io (queues and workers in the cloud), ZeroTurnaround (faster Java redeployments), and DynaTrace (application performance management; acquired by Compuware). Salil joined the Forbes Midas List in 2013 and manages a Top 10 syndicate on AngelList.

schottGreg Schott (@gregschott)
CEO, MuleSoft

Greg Schott is CEO of MuleSoft, the most widely used integration platform for connecting SaaS and enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise. Greg recently guided MuleSoft to their $50 million Series E round, positioning the company as a dominant force driving the open, connected, enterprise cloud. Greg is a lifelong leader in open innovation, formerly serving as VP at Springsource, Verticalnet, and Agile Software.

sarahSarah Novotny (@sarahnovotny)
Technical Evangelist, NGINX; Program Chair, OSCON

Sarah Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX. Sarah has run large scale technology infrastructures as a Systems Engineer and a Database administrator for Amazon.com and the ill fated Ads.com. In 2001, she founded Blue Gecko, a remote database administration company with two peers from Amazon. Blue Gecko was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She’s also curated teams and been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery for Meteor Entertainment and Chef.

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John Mark Walker (@johnmark)
Chief Cat Herder, Red Hat

Called “one of the original generals in the open source army,” John Mark Walker is the Gluster Community Leader for Red Hat. An experienced marketing executive specializing in grass roots community-building for startups, John Mark’s career has spanned numerous organizations, including Splunk, Sourceforge, VA Linux, and Hyperic. He’s widely known for identifying and nurturing community contributors into becoming leaders and evangelists in their own right, allowing communities to benefit from the network effect and a larger center of gravity.

brewerMark Brewer (@mabrewer7)
President & CEO, TypeSafe

Mark Brewer is President & CEO of TypeSafe, the company behind Scala and Akka. Mark previously served as Vice President of Business Operations for VMware’s Cloud Application Platform, where he helped build out their cloud application platform portfolio. Prior to VMware, Brewer was Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Services at SpringSource, where he was responsible for the packaging and delivery of SpringSource’s enterprise (subscription) offerings. Brewer also participates as Board Member for several open source technology companies, including Stormpath, LucidWorks and ActiveState.

datateDiane Tate (@tbiz)
Program Manager, Mozilla

Diane joined Mozilla to operate and expand the WebFWD startup accelerator, which incubated 33 developer-led, open source startups across 4 continents. Diane’s current role focuses on developer engagement, and working with startups to keep the web open.

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Michael Gold (@michaelgold)
Founder, #techdrinkup; Co-Founder, Empirical.ly

Michael Gold is a serial tech entrepreneur with expertise in marketing and product development. He’s advised well known brands such as HBO, LG, Montecristo, Starbucks, and Target. Michael’s marketing strategies have been featured on Mashable and he’s been written up in numerous publications including Forbes, Examiner, The Observer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Techcrunch. His company, Empirical.ly, connects world-renowned innovators and technologists through events, summits, and destination experiences.

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Christian Perry (@sfbeta)
Founder, #sfbeta; Co-Founder, Empirical.ly

(It’s me!) Christian Perry is the Founder of #sfbeta and Co-Founder at Empirical.ly. For more than seven years, Christian has built and catalyzed technology communities across eight cities on three continents. His work has been featured in Wired, GigaOm, TechCrunch, Mashable, and VentureBeat. He served as a charter member of Intel’s Social Media Advisory Board, actively advises numerous companies and community organizers, and blogs daily from sfbeta.com.

Is Google Robbing Reader to Pay Plus? And Additional Insights from Nick Liow

What does the the future of the Open Web look like? What role does copyright, and the changing legal environment, play in making digital content more shareable? Which open source license rules them all? What role can open source play for indie game developers? And how can we save cyberspace from becoming a disparate collection of fenced-off walled gardens?

To answer these questions, and many more, we invited Nick Liow, Co-Founder of open-source game content hub Commonly, and alumni of the Mozilla WebFWD Incubator, to join host Christian Perry for a 19-minute @sfbeta On Air interview, Towards a Post-Copyright Regime.

The internet is moving towards a collection of walled gardens, argues Nick, with larger companies like Google and Facebook locking down content, and Twitter becoming increasingly restrictive with their developer APIs. Nick shares a particularly provocative opinion on Google’s recent decision to kill Reader, suggesting that the move may have been a strategic decision to force more content onto the company’s own Plus platform, rather than pulling in posts from across the open web.

Despite recent trends, Nick, speaking from the Mountain View headquarters of Creative Commons, expresses optimism that the web can remain open, and his own startup, Commonly, is helping it stay that way. Commonly is a platform for crowdfunded open source art and music, intended for use by indie game developers. As the game development world lags behind the rest of technology in terms of open, freely-available content libraries, Commonly just may help bridge that gap.