As CEO of Polycot Consulting, Jon Lebkowsky focuses on the architecture of web solutions and systems as environments for various forms of constructive social interaction. He's worked as a project manager, technology director, online community developer, and social entrepreneur. He's also known for his writing (mostly about culture and technology) and his involvement in various highly visible Internet projects over the last fifteen years. He was cofounder and CEO of one of one of the first virtual corporations, FringeWare, Inc. He's hosted several conferences on the WELL, worked as a writer and host at Howard Rheingold's Electric Minds, and moderated chat events at HotWired. In 1997 he joined Whole Foods Market to help coordinate the development of their Internet, intranet, and e-commerce initiatives over the next three years. He's written for publications such as Wired Magazine, Mondo 2000, 21C, Whole Earth Review, Fringe Ware Review, and the Austin Chronicle. His popular weblog is at weblogsky.com.
Jon is also President of EFF-Austin, a member of the Austin Free-Net Board of Directors and the steering committee for the Austin Clean Energy Initiative, and member of the steering committee for the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference. He is currently leading a research project on the economic impact of wireless telecommunications (http://www.wirelessfuture.org) for IC˛, an Austin think tank associated with the University of Texas, and editing a book on social technology and activism for O’Reilly Books.