Nathan Oostendorp

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Nathan Oostendorp in May 2012

Nathan Oostendorp is an American technologist, author, and entrepreneur. He is from Holland, Michigan and is a co-founder of the popular technology news website and community Slashdot and founder of the online community Everything2.

Oostendorp was a contributor and content editor of Slashdot as well as an author of the SlashCode software — Slashdot's freely licensed technological platform. He was a founder of the firm Blockstackers Intergalactic (BSI) which managed and developed the website. In addition to his work on Slashdot, Oostendorp's work at BSI included the creation of the early online encyclopedia project Everything2,[1] and the Perl programming web community PerlMonks which used the Everything Engine. After the sale of BSI to and subsequently to VA Linux Systems (which became GeekNet), Oostendorp worked as a developer and manager at the free software and open source hosting platform SourceForge — at one point, as the platform's sole web developer.

Oostendorp has a master's degree in Information Economics from the University of Michigan School of Information. While at Michigan, he published several academic papers based on his experience with online communities.[2][3][4]

Oostendorp founded the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Internet of Things startup Sight Machine[5] (formerly Ingenuitas) focused on industrial applications of computer vision techniques.[6] He is the author of the software SimpleCV[7] and holds a patent related to computer vision.[8]

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  1. ^ Hafner, Katie (2001-01-18). "Web Sites Begin to Get Organized, on Their Own". The New York Times. pp. Section G; Column 1; Circuits; Pg. 1. 
  2. ^ Oostendorp, Nathan; Paul Resnick (2008). "Three recommender approaches to interface controls reduction". Proceedings of the 2008 ACM conference on Recommender systems. pp. 235–242. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  3. ^ Oostendorp, Nathan; Rahul Sami (2009). "The Copied Item Injection Attack" (PDF). Recommender Systems & the Social Web. 1001: 1. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  4. ^ Zhou, Daniel Xiaodan; Nathan Oostendorp; Michael Hess (2008). "Conversation pivots and double pivots". Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 1009–1012. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
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  6. ^ Sarah Rich and Alexis Madrigal (2012-09-20). "The Internet and Things: How Manufacturing Could Get Better With a Dose of Networked Data". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  7. ^ Demaagd, Kurt; Anthony Oliver; Nathan Oostendorp; Katherine Scott (2012-07-31). Practical Computer Vision with SimpleCV: The Simple Way to Make Technology See (1 ed.). O'Reilly Media. 
  8. ^ Oostendorp, Nathan; Kurtis Alan Demaagd; Anthony Michael Oliver (March 2013). Machine-vision system and method for remote quality inspection of a product. Retrieved 2013-11-09.