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Jeffrey Vander Clute has written software for Web 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0, and has extensive experience with search engines, large-scale databases, and other technologies fundamental to media. He is co-founder and CEO of Semesphere, Inc., which developed several notable social media and social networking applications and is now bringing the social web together with the semantic web. Semesphere is cash-flow positive and has prominent investors on three contintents.

Vander Clute got his start writing one of the top-10 applications of Web 1.0, a personal publishing platform called Tripod that grew to 33 million users worldwide and is profitable to this day. Thereafter, he managed international projects for Lycos, Inc., which acquired Tripod for $58 million; deployed an Oracle-based e-commerce system with warehouse integration; and sold medical-imaging software for a global teleradiology network based in Australia. He has been an advisor to Clickshare Service Corp. Vander Clute graduated summa cum laude from Williams College with a B.A. degree in mathematics. He lives in Palo Alto, Calif.