Roberto is a computer industry insider of 20 years standing. Up until 1994 Roberto had never heard of Linux, until he chanced to lead a group of geeks in starting up a mobile ISP with just a bunch of old PCs. Since then Roberto has worked in such hands-on roles as programmer and systems analyst, eventually founding an open source firm in 2001, and an open source consortium in 2004.
Roberto has taken an active interest in several free/open source software organizations, researched the economics of OSS and serves on some advisory boards.
For years Roberto has been consulting to companies from all over the world to design and implement their open source strategies, focusing on commercial and strategic development. Roberto among his customers counted companies like GroundWork, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, Poste Italiane, Red Hat, Telecom Italia, Xwiki and Zenoss. After serving as Senior Director of Business Development at SourceForge for over 4 years, he just started a new company called Business Follows.