The short story behind OpenSourceCMS.com is that in 2002 Scott Goodwin (the original founder of the site) needed a content management system for a project he was involved in. After spending hours searching for, then installing, CMS after CMS looking for the perfect one for his needs, he came to the conclusion there must be a better way. He envisioned a site where one could test out the many available CMS's without having to install them on their hosting account first. To Scotts surprise, the opensourcecms.com domain name was available so he purchased it.
The first version of OpenSourceCMS.com ran on PHP-Nuke and had 3 or 4 demos. Scott would re-install the demos every few days manually so others could enjoy a clean installation. Through the many emails he received he soon realized that a hosting company that focused exclusively on providing services for open source CMS's could be a viable business. Scott then went ahead and created OpenSourceHost.com, which he sold successfully in 2007.
Scott managed to find a great team to support him over the time, some of which are mentioned below and a big thanks goes to them for their long support of the site.
In 2011, almost 5 years after selling OpenSourceHost Scott, now not involved with Open Source CMS technologies in his daily life anymore started looking for a suitable entity to take over the site and continue its legacy to the community of Open Source CMS enthusiasts. AOE, one of Europe's leading Open Source web consultancies and long-term sponsor and partner of the site was the company that ended up acquiring the site with the committment and dedication to build it out to the number one vendor-independant resource for Open Source CMS on the web.
Kian has been an Open Source veteran for more than 12 years, since he started his own Open Source web development company in 1999. He has been deeply involved with a variety of Open Source technologies and has been a speaker at most global Open Source events. His company AOE media focuses primarily on Enterprise CMS and E-Commerce projects but his general enthusiasm for Open Source spans into many other areas.
He is on the Board of several Open Source Foundations and a member of the Marketing Team of the Open Source Business Foundation. As a Senator in the "Bundesverband für Wirtschaftsförderung und Außenwirtschaft" (Federal Association for Economic Advancement and Foreign Trade) he advises the German Federal Government on Open-Source Technology issues.
Scott has an undergraduate degree in MIS and an MBA. Scott was co-founder of a very successful eCommerce company which he later sold in late 1999. He started OpenSourceCMS.com in 2002 and built it out to a community portal of more than 250,000 unique visitors per month. He then founded the successful Open Source Host, which he sold in 2007.
He moved on from OpenSourceCMS.com in 2012, leaving it in the hands of Kian and his team to continue its legacy.
Scott is now President of The Open Source Collective, Inc. He recently started a new initiative to ease the implementation of mobile web applications. If you want to find out more visit: http://www.nlocation.com/
The newest member to join the Open Source Collective team. Responsiblities include maintaining the physical network, programming and debugging our websites, server security, maintaining script demos, and other day-to-day technical aspects. If it involves a technical insight, this guy is in the loop somewhere along the way.
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