Hardt has spoken at tech events such as Web 2.0, Supernova, Digital ID World, ETech, OSCON, PICNIC, International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2007), ISOC, Anti-Phishing Working Group, at New York University (NYU), Harvard and many other locales. He's been interviewed extensively and has been cited in numerous publications including Wired.
Hardt founded Sxip Identity in 2003 where he promoted next generation internet identity technology. He was a founding board member of the OpenID Foundation.
Prior to Sxip, Hardt founded ActiveState in 1997. Under his leadership as CEO, ActiveState became a leader in tools for open source programming languages and anti-spam software and was acquired by UK-based security company, Sophos, in 2003 for $23 million.
Hardt claims to have made the original port of the Perl programming language to Windows in the mid-1990s, which was highly controversial in the open source community. In 1999, ActiveState signed a contract to add features previously missing from Windows ports of Perl.
On December 9, 2008 Hardt announced that he was joining Microsoft as a Partner Architect and will be working on consumer, enterprise and government identity problems. While at Microsoft he would continue to be on the board of Sxipper Inc., maintaining the Sxipper product originally started at Sxip Inc. On his webblog at dickhardt.org Mr. Hardt indicated that January 15, 2010 was his last day at Microsoft. Sxip and Sxipper have now been shut down as it was no longer economical to run. However he did indicate he would think of making the code available online possibly for someone to revive it and give Sxipper a new lease on life.
- "PICNIC speakers from previous years". Cross Media Week Foundation. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- "Plenary Speaker". 16th International World Wide Web Conference website. International World Wide Web Conference Committee. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- Nowak, Mike (08.01.05). "One Login to Bind Them All". Wired. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- Foley, Mary Jo (3 Jun 1999). "Linux not MS' only open-source target". ZDNet.co.uk. CBS Interactive Limited. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- Shankland, Stephen (June 2, 1999). "Microsoft funds Perl open-source effort". CNET News. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- Hardt, Dick (December 9, 2008). "Dick Hardt joins Microsoft". Identity 2.0. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- Hardt, Dick (January 16, 2010). "No More Dick at Microsoft". Dick Hardt dot org. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
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