Bio

Bruno lowagie werd in 1970 geboren in het West-Vlaamse Ieper. Hij studeerde in 1995 af als burgerlijk ingenieur-architect (Universiteit Gent). Na zijn studies bleef hij samen met zijn vrouw, burgerlijk bouwkundig ingenieur Ingeborg Willaert, wonen in Gent. Ze hebben samen twee zonen.

Gedurende een paar zeer korte episodes werkte Bruno als IT consultant bij verschillende integratoren, maar voor het grootste deel van zijn carrière als werknemer was hij informaticus bij de directie ICT van Universiteit Gent.
Bruno werd pas voltijds ondernemer toen zijn hobby uitgegroeid was tot een leefbare business. Dat hobby-project was iText, een open source PDF library die voor het eerst gepubliceerd werd in 2000. In 2006 schreef Bruno zijn eerste boek over deze software: iText in Action. In 2008 volgde het eerste iText bedrijf.

Tot op heden is Bruno samen met zijn vrouw de Founder/Owner/CEO van de iText Software groep, die ondertussen bestaat uit drie bedrijven, waarvan twee in België en één in de US.

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The problem with engineers...

Today, I've read an article in the New York Times, entitled Heartbleed Highlights a Contradiction in the Web:

Five years ago, Steve Marquess, then a technology consultant for the Defense Department, was struck by the contradiction that OpenSSL was "ubiquitous," yet no one working on the code was making any money. When he met Dr. Henson, Mr. Marquess said, Dr. Henson was working on OpenSSL code full time and "starving."
So Mr. Marquess started the OpenSSL Software Foundation to help programmers like Dr. Henson make money by consulting for government agencies and companies that were using the code. It also takes in some minimal donations, he said.
Over the last five years, the foundation has never made more than $1 million in commercial contracting revenue a year. This does not go very far in paying for the programmers’ work, Mr. Marquess said.

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My reputation

Heartbleed, an ASL business model failure?

The ancient Romans brought us many ingenious inventions. The Roman civilization had the potential to start an industrial revolution, but eventually this revolution never happened. What went wrong? One of the important inhibiting factors was the existence of slavery: why invent machines when a free source of work force is ubiquitous?

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OSCON cover-up

A Couple of months ago, I submitted the follow proposal for a 40-minute conference session to OSCON:

In 2007, Dries Buytaert (Drupal) and Bruno Lowagie (iText) had a dinner meeting in Antwerp, discussing how to create a business for their open source project. In 2008, Dries founded Acquia and Bruno founded 1T3XT. 5 years later, Acquia was ranked #2 in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 in the US; iText was #10 in the Benelux Fast 50. In his talk, Bruno will confide the key secrets of this success.

This was the full Abstract:

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Google Analytics — March 2014

The sales team has broken some records this month, and so did the web site:

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Google Analytics — February 2014

We never expect a month with only 28 days to break any record in terms of visits to the itextpdf.com site. Nevertheless, the site performed really well:

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StackOverflow

I'm in the top #5000! I waited until I was on place #4900 to announce, because it will be very hard to "defend" that place ;-)

Google Analytics — January 2014

Last month, we've broken two important Google Analytics records in the history of itextpdf.com:

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StackOverflow: 10,000+ reputation points!

I've been active on StackOverflow for 479 days now, and already I'm playing with the big boys: my reputation is higher than 10,000:

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Google+

See also Bruno's profile on Google+