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Dan Harple

Context Labs
Dan Harple is the CEO of Context Labs, B.V., which is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been a technology entrepreneur for more than 20 years, having founded and built technologies, companies, and products that have been used by billions of Internet users, merging companies with Netscape Communications, Oracle, and a joint venture with China’s Sina, providing core underlying technology for its Weibo platform. Harple has had a seminal influence on the commercial Internet thanks to his pioneering of voice over internet protocol (VoIP), streaming media, and interactive screen sharing/shared whiteboards, in the early ‘90s. He has been behind innovations driving a range of patents that are some of the most cited for: collaborative computing, VoIP, streaming media, real-time web communications, big data integration, and location-based social media. Harple’s influence underlies technologies that power Skype, GoToMeeting, Webex, SmartBoards, Oracle Fusion, Sina Weibo, and YouTube, among others. Recent work centers on big data, blockchain, and supply chain analytics. Harple was a Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he founded the new Sloan program called REAL (Regional Entrepreneurial Acceleration Lab). He served as an entrepreneur in residence (EIR) at MIT as well. Dan founded Context Labs, which uses big data analytics to describe the growth of innovation ecosystems and clusters. These early efforts partnered with the MIT Media Lab’s work on City Science in the Changing Places Group. He’s collaborated on several Media Lab Courses: Beyond Smart Cities (2013) and Changing Cities: How to Prototype New Urban Systems (2014). He has received numerous awards, including Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the NEA (New Enterprise Associates) President’s Award, and he has served as a director and/or advisor for a variety of nonprofits and educational institutions. The book by the Wall Street Journal’s Thomas Petzinger, “The New Pioneers: The Men and Women Who Are Transforming the Workplace and Marketplace,” Simon & Schuster, 1999, describes the pioneering work done by Dan and his team for Voice over IP (VoIP), real-time collaboration, and Internet video streaming. He holds degrees from MIT and the University of Rhode Island and he also attended Marlboro College. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the Berklee College of Music. https://www.berklee.edu/people/dan-harple https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Harple https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Music_Initiative

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