Brad Fitzpatrick

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Brad Fitzpatrick
Brad Fitzpatrick
Born (1980-02-05) February 5, 1980 (age 42)

Bradley Joseph Fitzpatrick (born February 5, 1980) is an American programmer. He is best known as the creator of LiveJournal and is the author of a variety of free software projects such as memcached, PubSubHubbub, OpenID, and Perkeep.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Iowa, Fitzpatrick grew up in Beaverton, Oregon, and majored in computer science at the University of Washington in Seattle. He started his first company,, while in high school.[1]


LiveJournal grew out of a journaling program Fitzpatrick wrote for himself as a college freshman.[2][1] It eventually became a full-time job and then a company; in January 2005 he sold it and its parent company, Danga Interactive, to Six Apart, for an undisclosed sum of cash and stock.[2][1][3] He was named chief architect of Six Apart.[4] He left Six Apart in August 2007, moving to Google,[5] and in 2008, after the sale of LiveJournal to SUP Media, joined the LiveJournal Advisory Board.[6] In June 2010 the board was dissolved,[7] ending his involvement with LiveJournal. At Google he was a Staff Software Engineer and was part of the Go programming language team.[8]

In January 2020, Fitzpatrick announced[9] he was leaving Google. Three days later he joined Tailscale[10] as a late-stage co-founder.[11]


In June 2014, the University of Washington School of Computer Science and Engineering gave Fitzpatrick an award for Early Career Achievement.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Neva Chonin, LiveJournal grew out of one 18-year-old's frustration with Web journaling. Now Brad Fitzpatrick is on top of a blog revolution, San Francisco Chronicle (September 27, 2005)
  2. ^ a b LiveJournal: Brad Fitzpatrick, BusinessWeek (August 14, 2006) Archived 2007-08-25 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Six Apart to Buy LiveJournal, eWeek (January 5, 2005)[dead link]
  4. ^ Big news... Six Apart and LiveJournal!, LiveJournal (5 January 2006) Archived 2010-05-30 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Owen Thomas, LiveJournal creator leaves as Six Apart fails to spin, Valleywag (August 6, 2007) Archived 2007-10-13 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Kristen Nicol, LiveJournal’s New Advisory Board Includes Fitzpatrick, Mashable (February 28, 2008)
  7. ^ Our heartfelt thanks to the LiveJournal Advisory Board, LiveJournal (June 23, 2010)
  8. ^ Go Language contributors
  9. ^ Leaving Google, (January 27, 2020)
  10. ^ Brad Fitzpatrick [@bradfitz] (30 Jan 2020). "Joining @Tailscale" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 15 Feb 2020 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Brad Fitzpatrick". Archived from the original on 20 August 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2021 – via LinkedIn.
  12. ^ UW CSE’s Brad Fitzpatrick wins Diamond Award for Early Career Achievement, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington (March 6, 2014)

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