Brad Fitzpatrick originated the OpenID protocol in 2005 while working at Six Apart, which he started in 1999.

He's also known creating memcached, MogileFS (a GFS-like filesystem), djabberd (a Jabber server), Gearman (and RPC balancer), and other open source backend software.

He now works at Google.

Microsoft Corp was briefed under a non-disclosure agreement on the OpenID architecture by David Gale in 2004-5. Fitzpatrick claimed to be the originator of the OpenID architecture just three weeks after a formal complaint was logged by Microsoft for their breach of confidentiality. Referenced at

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