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Sumana Harihareswara's Web Presence

Sumana's journal

About me

I'm the founder of Changeset Consulting, providing project management services to open source software projects. Since 2007 I've been contributing to and leading open source software communities.

More generally, I'm a programmer, technology executive and open source expert who practices and teaches technical and people skills (my resume). I'm on LinkedIn, GitHub, and GitLab.

I often give public talks, including keynote addresses at conferences.

Alert: Sumana is not a registered protocol. I live in New York, New York in the United States of America. I earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of California at Berkeley and a master's in technology management at Columbia University, and participated in the Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 batches of the Recurse Center (formerly Hacker School). I have worked at Salon.com, Fog Creek Software, Behavior, Collabora, the GNOME Foundation, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

I have written rather a lot of prose and some software. I've kept an online diary, Cogito, Ergo Sumana, since late 2000, and an identi.ca microblog and Twitter feed since mid-2009. I also co-maintain the rarely-updated Spam As Folk Art, a weblog chronicling the more bizarre and evocative phrases in junk email, and bookmark interesting links on Pinboard.

You can email me at sumanah@panix.com.

Here's a videorecording that demonstrates how to pronounce my name.

Interests and background

My parents hail from Karnataka, a state in southern India, where the native language is Kannada and the people are Kannadigas. For several years they edited and published the Kannada/English magazine Amerikannada, many issues of which now reside in the collections of the University of California at Berkeley.

I was born in New Jersey, and moved through Pennsylvania, Missouri, and northern California before coming to New York. If you think you went to school with me, you probably did. Leonard Richardson and I got married in April of 2006.

I'm interested in free and open source software, books, careers, good teaching, political science, tax history, stand-up comedy and other sorts, Dance Dance Revolution, faith, Russian, Russia, India, good cinema, innovation, the cultural/political aspects of technology, project management, and so on.

If you are interested in giving me some sort of gift, you could give money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation or American Civil Liberties Union, or consult my wantlist.

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Sumana performing stand-up comedy at A Cuppa 
Tea in Berkeley, California around 2002