Jon Udell is an author, information architect, software developer, and new media innovator. His 1999 book, Practical Internet Groupware, helped lay the foundation for what we now call social software. He has been a software developer at Lotus; BYTE Magazine's executive editor, feature writer, columnist, and web developer; an independent consultant who helped launch Safari Books Online. From 2002 to 2006 he was InfoWorld's lead analyst, author of the weekly Strategic Developer column, and blogger-in-chief. During his InfoWorld tenure he also pioneered the medium now known as screencasting and produced an audio show, Interviews with Innovators. From 2007 to 2014 Udell worked for Microsoft as a writer, interviewer, speaker, and experimental software developer. He created the Elm City calendar network and worked on Thali, a P2P technology that enables people to control their online identities and share their data securely. In 2015 he joined Hypothesis to help build an open annotation layer for the web. In 2021 he joined Turbot to help lead the steampipe.io community.