Johan Janssens

Stick to the Code!

Co-Founder of Joomla. Founder of Nooku. Techentrepeneur. Web Architect. Speaker. Free Software Advocate. Startup Advisor. World traveler.

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I am a Belgian web architect, tech entrepreneur and free software advocate. I firmly believe in sharing and collaboration, in spreading good ideas and in the power of technology to make the world a better place.

I am most know as co-founder of Joomla, an open source cms system used by more than 3% of all the sites on the internet. To date, I am still considered to be the largest contributor to the Joomla codebase.

Today, I spend most of my time working on Nooku, a open source web application development framework, which I founded in 2008.

I am also co-founder/director of Timble and advisor of Anahita and Beyounic, two venture backed web start-ups.

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Jumla needs you to lead us

The first weekend of September I traveled to Florianopolis, Brazil to speak at the annual Joomladay Brazil.  I was among 4 international guests who the Brazilian community had nominated as keynote speakers for this years event.

Joomla ‘for’ or ‘from’ the community

Talking to organizers and community members during and after the event I learned about their concerns, frustrations and anger around the Joomla trademark processes and policies. 

I learned about the creation of Joomleiros.com (a real joomleiro), the issues with the joomla.com.br domain (official open letter), the disappointment over only receiving an apology and the feeling of letdown when being pointed to just another email address by Open Source Matters, the holder of the Joomla trademark. 

We need you to lead us

These issues are not new. I have heard similar frustrations from many event organizers and community members all over the world in the past years.

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Joomla is ‘the’ Platform

In the past 6 years Joomla has seen an immense growth capturing almost 3% of the internet. Most still see Joomla as a CMS. Even Joomla.org states :

Joomla is the worlds most popular open source content management system. With 2.7 % of the internet running on Joomla the software is used by individuals, small-sized & medium size businesses and large organizations worldwide to easily create a variety if websites and web applications. 

Reality is that Joomla is no longer just a cms. After 6 years of collaborative innovation Joomla has become a web platform, extendible by over 8000 extensions build on a powerful framework.

We use this platform to build products for ourselves, for our clients, and for our peers. The framework that sit’s at it’s heart is our shared toolkit we (should) improve together so that those products can thrive. 

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(Source: slideshare.net)

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