About Tom:
I’ve been part of three software startups. From 1999 to 2002, I helped design and build the back-end of Audiogalaxy.com, a distributed music sharing service that peaked at thirty-five million users and eighty million page views a day. After Audiogalaxy was shut down due to some RIAA trouble, I co-founded Foldershare.com. At Foldershare, I designed and built a client and back-end service that let users access and sync their files across the internet. Foldershare was acquired by Microsoft in 2005, and in 2008, I left Microsoft to spend some quality time with my wife and our new baby. That didn’t last long, and now I’m involved with relaunching Audiogalaxy as cloud music/placeshifting service.

Tom Kleinpeter

A Brief History
Early Years: Baton Rouge, Louisana
College: The University of Texas at Austin
Employment: National Instruments, Tivoli/IBM, Audiogalaxy, FolderShare, Microsoft

Other projects
I’ve been helping my niece in Houston with learning Java in her computer science class. This has been a great reminder of how hard learning to program can be at first. To help beginners out, I’ve started recording some programming videos for Java beginners to help them get started.

If you are already a programmer, please check out Dev Diligence. The web needs a simple, clean wiki that helps developers find out if an open source library or service actually works. Think of it as a community driven “Consumer Reports” for things developers use.

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