Open Source Risk Management
Open Source Risk Management, Inc was founded in 2003 to support the continued strength and growth of Free and Open Source Software through a comprehensive offering of sophisticated risk management products and services. An approach of fostering a collaborative, community-based model for identification and mitigation of relevant litigation risks provides significant benefits to OSRM clients while protecting the unique advantages of the Open Source development model.
OSRM's offerings are "vendor-neutral" and carefully structured to complement the General Public License and other common licenses under which most Free and Open Source Software is licensed.
Daniel Egger - Founder and Chairman
Daniel recognized that a comprehensive approach including vendor-neutral indemnification for end-users of Free and Open Source Software is necessary to bolster and accelerate the growth of Free and Open Source Software in the enterprise.
Daniel provides extensive leadership in addition to commercial software development, risk management, and finance experience. In 1992 he founded Libertech, a venture-backed database search technology company, to commercialize pattern-matching algorithms he had developed and patented while doing graduate work in statistics and mathematical modeling. After selling Libertech in 1996, he joined Eno River Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina , where he is currently Managing Partner.
Daniel is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale Law School , and clerked for Judge William Bryant of the United States District Court in Washington , DC . He is currently the first Howard Johnson Foundation Entrepreneur in Residence at Duke University .
John St.Clair - Chief Operating Officer
John's background includes leadership roles in Finance, Operations and Sales along with extensive startup experience. He led Midway Airline's Finance group through its restructuring and subsequent initial public offering. John also led Sales and Operations for Productivity Point International, a technology training and consulting company that is part of Michael Milken's Knowledge Universe Group.
John received his Masters in Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and his Bachelors of Science in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy . He also served in the U.S. Navy for 5 years as a Supply Corps Officer.
Daniel B. Ravicher - Lead Patent Counsel
Daniel B. Ravicher is a registered patent attorney with a private practice in New York through which he serves as lead patent counsel to Open Source
Risk Management, Senior Counsel to the Free Software Foundation and Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation. He has extensive experience litigating, licensing, prosecuting, and otherwise counseling clients with respect to patents and a significant portion of his practice involves Free / Open Source Software legal issues, most particularly licensing and patent counseling.
Prior to opening his own practice, Dan practiced patent law with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP, and Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP, all in New York, and served the Honorable Randall R. Rader, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Editor of the Virginia Journal and Law and Technology, and his B.S.C.E. in Materials Science magna cum laude with University Honors from the University of South Florida .
Pamela Jones - Director of Litigation Risk Research
Pamela joined OSRM in February of 2004 (read press release) and continues to serve in her role as Editor and Moderator of Groklaw.net which has received widespread critical acclaim for its careful, exhaustive and timely reporting on present and threatened litigation against the Linux kernel and other Free and Open Source Software. Groklaw won O'Reilly's OSDir.com Editor's Choice Award in Open Source as Best News Site of 2003.
Peter Roozemaal - Director of Technology Research
Peter is interested in the history of computing and security and quality issues with software. He endorses the view that, from a social point of view, the processes in Open Source software development can lead to better quality software. Peter has shown an interest in politics and law from an early age; he combines hobbies and technological knowledge as webmaster for http://www.groklaw.net/ and http://www.grokline.net/ in addition to his role of Director of Technology Research at OSRM.
Peter Roozemaal studied at the Delft University of Technology where he majored in Applied Mathematics. After graduation he started a career as a Software Engineer and worked on several leading-edge technology projects. Peter has been working with Unix and Unix-like Operating Systems for over 10 years and prefers the Linux/Gnome/GNU platform for work and home use.