CoverOregon goes Open Source

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Ten months since my open letter to Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, challenging him to fix CoverOregon and to use more local companies and more open source in their technology solutions, we have come full circle.  Metal Toad has just launched an open source (WordPress) version of CoverOregon, concluding several months of a ground-up rebuild of the previous proprietary, almost non-functional system.  Contrary to Oracle's assertions of the CoverOregon team, we found the folks at the state to be reasonable, savvy and very collaborative.  While this might simply be a matter of opinion, I believe the difference is 1) the software brought to the table by an pro open source team and 2) the attitude of collaboration that open source fosters.  This second reason is perhaps the more profound of the two, as it is an attitude marked by a desire to help and the knowledge that we are in this together with our clients.  For us and CoverOregon this has made all the difference.

Date posted: December 2, 2014

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Joaquin Lippincott, CEO

Joaquin is a 20+ year technology veteran helping to lead businesses in the move to the Cloud. He frequently speaks on panels about the future of tech ranging from IoT and Machine Learning to the latest innovation in the entertainment industry.  He has helped to modernize software for industry leaders like Sony, Daimler, Intel, the Golden Globes, Siemens Wind Power, ABC, NBC, DC Comics, Warner Brothers & the Linux Foundation.

As the CEO and Founder of Metal Toad, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, his primary job is to "get the right people in the room".  This one responsibility is cross-functional and includes both external business development functions as well as internal delegation and leadership development.

A UCLA alumni, he also serves in the community as a Board Member for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, and Stand for Children Oregon - a public education political advocacy group. As an outspoken advocate for entry-level job creation in tech he helped found the non-profit, P4TH, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of entry-level jobs in the tech industry, and is in the process of organizing an Advisory Board for the Bixel Exchange, a Los Angeles non-profit that provides almost 200 tech internships every year.


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