Nat Friedman

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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.[1][2]

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.[1][3]

Friedman is the nephew of actor Brad Dourif.[4]

In May 2011, Friedman became the CEO of Xamarin, a new company co-founded with Miguel de Icaza.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Ximian Founder Nat Friedman Leaves Novell". Linux Magazine Online. January 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  2. ^ Kirk St.Amant; Brian Still (2007). Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives. IGI Global. p. 595. ISBN 1-59140-999-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Xamarin". In the past year, my wife and I have visited 20 different countries(...). I’m excited to report that I’m joining Xamarin as co-founder and CEO this week. 
  4. ^ "28 October 2001". My uncle is in this remake of Bonanza that shows on PAX every Sunday at 9pm. He plays a French cowboy they call “Frenchy.” Yeah 

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