Nat Friedman in April 2006
Nathaniel Dourif Friedman (born August 6, 1977), known as Nat, is a programmer who co-founded Ximian along with Miguel de Icaza in 1999, a company that was later bought by Novell in 2003.
Friedman held the post of CEO of Ximian from 1999 to 2001 when Ximian brought in David Patrick as an external CEO after the company raised fifteen million dollars of venture capital. Before Ximian, Friedman worked on the GNU ROPE project, and interned at Silicon Graphics and Microsoft. In 1999, he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
At Novell, Friedman was the Chief Technology and Strategy Officer for Open Source until January 2010, when he began an extensive world trip with his wife for more than a year.
Friedman is the nephew of actor Brad Dourif.
In May 2011, Friedman became the CEO of Xamarin, a new company founded by Miguel de Icaza.