Moving on to Pastures New


As the Symbian Foundation is changing to a licensing organisation with no staff, I am moving on. I will start a new role as open source community manager for XEN.ORG in mid January. I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity and many of the different and  new challenges ahead.

For me this also means a departure from mobile computing and venturing into cloud computing and virtualization. I will stay however on the board of Symbian DevCo and help see it through the difficult times the transition of the Symbian Foundation has caused.

With regards to this blog: it will continue as its focus is on sharing open source and community building stories. When we set up this blog, the intention was to use it as a collaborative hub for sharing and learning about community building problems. All of the initial contributors have worked for the Symbian Foundation; so it remains to be seen whether the blog will become truly collaborative or whether it will morph into my personal blog.

In any case: if you have a good community building story or need help writing such a story, get in touch.

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About Lars Kurth

Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is community manager for xen.org. Lars has 9 years of experience building and leading engineering teams and a track record of executing several change programs impacting 1000 users. Lars has 16 years of industry experience in the tools and mobile sector working at ARM, Symbian Ltd, Symbian Foundation and Nokia. Lars has strong analytical, communication, influencing and presentation skills, good knowledge of marketing and product management and extensive background in C/C , Java and software development practices which he learned working as community manager, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. If you want to know more, check out uk.linkedin.com/in/larskurth. Personally, Lars has a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. He is particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and has built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world. His love for plants extends into a passion for travel, in particular to see plants grow in their native habitats.
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5 Responses to Moving on to Pastures New

  1. Marcelo Barros says:

    Great news, Lars ! I wish you all the best in the new position !

  2. Valentin says:

    Hi Lars,

    wish you all the best for your time at xen.org. This community is full of active members, waiting for a chance to participate in nearly everything! :)

    Welcome!

    Best regards,
    Valentin

  3. Lars Kurth says:

    Thanks for the best wishes. I am looking forward to working with XEN

  4. Wish you all the best Lars! :)

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