About GNoTE

GNoTE (pronounced gee-note) was founded by technology evangelists from Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and Yahoo! In order to satisfy the need to raise awareness of Technology Evangelism in the industry and academia, we decided to form GNoTE. Evangelism is a demanding job, often requiring considerable personal sacrifice. Technology evangelists are well-networked - but those networks are ephemeral and specific to their technology domain. Often in companies which have adopted evangelism, there is no clear career path for what an evangelist will do next, because evangelism is relatively new.

We set out to rectify this situation

GNoTE is a gathering place for technology evangelists - we provide a network of similar people in similar professions, and events that are interesting to both evangelists and the industry at large. And we provide a way for evanglists to learn from each other and leverage each other, and keep an industry-wide perspective even while concentrating on a demanding specific domain.

Board of Directors


Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is the inventor of the term "technology evangelism" and his advice and enthusiasm were invaluable in starting GNoTE

Guy Kawasaki is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm and a columnist for Forbes.com. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. where he was one of the individuals responsible for the success of the Macintosh computer.

Guy is the author of eight books including The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


Susan Lucas-Conwell

Susan Lucas-Conwell is the Executive Director of SDForum, which sponsors GNoTE

Susan is an accomplished CEO, Entrepreneur, Business Development and Marketing/Communications Executive with a broad and unique experience in growing organizations and products to meet market needs, in developing relationships and liaising cross-culturally and internationally with a diverse audience of customers, partners, corporations, governmental and non-profit organizations. In 2002, she founded Clear-Day, an international business accelerator working for a select portfolio of companies such as Nokia and a European private equity firm.

Following a diverse career that included senior management positions at Cartier International and Bausch & Lomb in Paris, and later at several internet start-ups there, Susan recently returned to the U.S. to assume the role of Executive Director for the SDForum (sdforum.org), the Silicon Valley’s largest and oldest high-tech non-profit. Often cited in the media, Susan is a frequent speaker at business schools and conferences in Europe and the U.S.

Founding Members

Photo Anand Iyer

Co–Founder of GNoTE and Microsoft Developer Evangelist
http://artificialignorance.net [email protected]

Some people do crossword puzzles to relax; Anand jumps out of airplanes. Anand (or 'A.I' as he is affectionately known) works at Microsoft as a Developer Evangelist. A.I worked at Cisco Systems as a software development engineer pioneering XML-based manageability solutions, before his developer-mid-life-crisis hit, and he joined Microsoft. A.I has extensive experience in routing and switching technologies, and has worked on several development platforms, including Linux and Unix. He is fluent in C, C++ and Java, and scripting languages such as PERL. He has also earned two patent awards related to manageability solutions on networking platforms. A.I graduated from Purdue University (Go Boilers!) with a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering. In his professional daydreams, when he's not surfing the web, catching up on his RSS feeds, blogging, or staring at a mirror, A.I is on the gridiron, working as the quarterbacks coach for his beloved Alma Mater.

Photo Kiran Patel

President and Co–Founder of GNoTE and Chief Evangelist at RingCube

Kiran Patel is a Chief Evangelist at RingCube Technologies, Inc. In this capacity, Kiran plays a key role in establishing evangelism programs and best practices to promote RingCube's virtualization technologies in the global market. Previously, Kiran was a Java Technology Evangelist at Sun Microsystems, responsible to create vibrant global communities around Sun's mobile and open source technologies. In this role, Kiran spoke at various developer conferences and universities, engaging with developers, students, and entrepreneurs around the globe. Kiran is also a founder and president of Vidya Charity Foundation that provides micro-loans, business training, and ongoing mentoring to disadvantaged, low income individuals. Kiran did her undergraduate work in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley.

Photo Dan Theurer

Co–Founder of GNoTE and Yahoo! Evangelist

Dan Theurer is the Technical Evangelist of the Yahoo! Developer Network where he spreads the news about web services, APIs and goodies that the Developer Network offers. He plays a leading role in opening up APIs at Yahoo!, works on tomorrow's web services and supports developer communities. Before joining Yahoo!, Dan was an evangelist for eBay, working with developers to integrate businesses via the powerful API. Prior to that, he worked as a software consultant for LBBW, one of the five largest banks in Germany, where he led database and Web Services projects developed primarily in Java. He also collaborated with the mobile database application development team at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab. Dan has a MS in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences in Germany.


Tim Boudreau, Sun Microsystems

Kent Brewster, Technical Evangelist, Yahoo! Developer Network

Sati Hiller, SalesForce

Liana Vagharshakian, Marketing Specialist, Technology Outreach Group, Sun Microsystems

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