About Ian is Founder & President of Neo, the Lean and Agile product consultancy with Eric Ries as General Partner, and serves as Group CTO at Digital Garage.
Prior to that, Ian was Principal and VP Tech at Pivotal Labs. He speaks often on the importance of design, integrated cross-functional teams, and the people side of software development. He started doing Java at Java 1.0a2 (when Java, and not Ruby, was the slow, innovative language that would never scale. He was employee no. 3 at Friendster, back when that was cool. He was on the launch team at Hotwired, where he and a few other folks invented the banner ad, for which he apologizes, but which after all made all our web-space jobs possibl