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Jon Lebkowsky is CEO of Polycot Consulting Group, an Austin, Texas technology consultancy focused on social software and web technology. He has worked in various positions as project manager, analyst, technology director, and online community developer. He was a Systems Analyst and Project Manager with the Texas Department of Human Services before leaving for the private sector. While working at TDHS, he became involved in early Internet development, and was cofounder and CEO of one of one of the first virtual corporations, FringeWare, Inc. He was a consultant and contractor for companies such as Electric Minds and HotWired before joining Whole Foods Market in 1997 to help coordinate the development of their Internet, intranet, and ecommerce initiatives in Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colorado, and later joined IGS, Inc. of Boulder before moving back to Austin to form Polycot Consulting, L.L.C. A skilled communicator, he has written about technology for publications such as Wired Magazine, Mondo 2000, 21C, Whole Earth Review, Fringe Ware Review, and the Austin Chronicle. His weblog is at

Jon is President of EFF-Austin, a member of the Austin Freenet Board of Directors and the steering committee for the Austin Clean Energy Initiative, and advisor for the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference. He is currently leading a research project on wireless telecommunications for ICē, an Austin think tank associated with the University of Texas.