Today we are talking to Sir Tim Berners-Lee: the inventor of the World Wide Web and CTO at Inrupt, and John Bruce: the CEO at Inrupt. We discuss how Inrupt is building a new layer on the Web called Solid. How Solid’s unique API significantly reduces the need for back-end development, and how Solid gives users control over their personal data. 

All of this, right here, right now on the Modern CTO Podcast!

To learn more about Inrupt and Solid, check them out at https://inrupt.com

About Sir Tim Berners-Lee:

Named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,’ Tim invented the web while at CERN in 1989. He is the Founder and Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international standards forum for technical development of the Web, and the Web Foundation whose mission is that the World Wide Web serves Humanity. He co-founded and is President of the Open Data Institute in London.

Tim is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Computer Science and AI Lab (“CSAIL”) where his research group works to re-decentralize the web. In April 2017, Sir Tim was awarded the Turing Prize which is considered the “Nobel Prize of Computing”. Tim is a long time defender of Net Neutrality and the openness of the web.

About John Bruce:

With a background as both a founder and an executive at global tech firms, John is uniquely qualified to help engineer the next phase of the web alongside his co-founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee. He brings to bear decades of successful business leadership and experience creating new markets around innovative software. Prior to partnering with Tim, he was the co-founder and CEO of Resilient, now an IBM company, that developed a new approach to cybersecurity.

Through Resilient and four other successful startups, John has experienced first-hand the strategic challenges that the current structure of the web causes for users, developers and organizations around the world.

About Inrupt:

Inrupt is delivering Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s original vision of a web of shared benefit, for everyone

We are a worldwide team of inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, developers and academics who believe in Sir Tim’s vision for the web.

Inrupt’s technology puts individuals in control of their data, gives organizations new opportunities to create value for customers, and allows developers to thrive in an open marketplace of innovation.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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