JT Smith is the founder and CEO of Plain Black Corporation, and creator of the open source content management system WebGUI. In 1999, JT began working on a project called Web Done Right. A professional in Internet technology since 1992, he recognized the need for a web application framework that married both ease of use and power. Web Done Right evolved and after a number of revisions JT launched WebGUI and its parent company, Plain Black Corporation, in 2001. Less than a decade since its inception, WebGUI has become one of the most popular content management systems available.
In the process, JT's expertise and experience have earned him recognition as an innovative and knowledgeable leader in the open source community. JT has spoken internationally at conferences and institutions including HOSC, PerlSIG, OSCOM, Harvard, Frozen Perl, and YAPC. He has written articles and given expert interviews for such publications as eWeek, CIO, ComputerWorld, LinuxWorld, the Intranet Journal, Perl.com, Chicago Daily Herald, and NewsForge. He also supports local publications and user groups by speaking and participating as a leader in the open source community. JT Smith, Plain Black Corporation, and WebGUI are currently headquartered in Madison, WI.
JT is always working on new companies and projects. His current portfolio includes:
The Game Crafter
The world's first web-to-print game publishing company with a print on demand service for game designers.
The Lacuna Expanse
A massively multiplayer online space strategy game that can be played in the browser or on IOS devices. Designed to be fun for casual gamers with a full menu of features, options, and strategies for power gamers.
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