March 15th, 2013
About Alex Limi
His background is in psychology & computer science from various universities in Norway, and he co-founded the open source content management system Plone back in 1999.
It is now one of the top 2% open source software projects in the world, with about 100 core developers and over 500 add-on developers and more than 300 companies in 50 countries providing services, support and integration for the system.
In 2003, he co-founded the company Plone Solutions — now known as Jarn — where he was still involved on the ownership side until recently. He was instrumental in creating the Plone Foundation, a non-profit that protects and promotes Plone, defends its trademarks and intellectual property — and negotiated initial funding with one of the largest tech industry companies.
In 2006, he moved from Norway to San Francisco and worked with Google as an interaction designer until 2009, when he started working with the Firefox team at Mozilla as the Firefox UX Lead. He is currently working on Product Design Strategy.
Other places you might have seen him:
- The Wikipedia CSS is mostly his code, that’s why Wikipedia looks like the default Plone design — it’s not the other way around.
- He keynoted the Python Conference 2006.
- He has the dubious honor of coining the term “Embarrassment-Driven Development.”
Alex Limi is VP of Product Design at Highfive , a company that is transforming the way you work. Previously head of Firefox UX & Product Design Strategy at Mozilla , designer at Google & co-founder of Plone .
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