[OpenID board] November 5, 2009 OpenID Board Meeting Minutes

Mike Jones Michael.Jones at microsoft.com
Mon Nov 30 23:32:05 UTC 2009

November 5, 2009 OpenID Board Meeting Minutes

Don Thibeau, Executive Director
Mike Jones
Andrew Nash
Mike Ozburn
Nat Sakimura
Brian Kissel
Allen Tom
Joseph Smarr
Eric Sachs
David Recordon
Luke Shepard
Raj Mata
Chris Messina

Snorri Giorgetti
Gary Krall
Nataraj (Raj) Nagaratnam
Scott Kveton

John Ehrig, Global Inventures
Deepak Kamlani, Global Inventures (CEO)

[This meeting was held in person at the Computer History Museum immediately following the Internet Identity Workshop.]

1.       Election
Per last year's election results at http://openid.net/2008/12/27/openid-board-election-results/, Snorri Giorgetti, Nat Sakimura, Chris Messina, and David Recordon were elected to two year terms as community board members, which end at the end of 2010.  The terms of the remaining community board members, Brian Kissel, Scott Kveton, Allen Tom, and Joseph Smarr will end at the end of this year.  Five community board seats will need to be filled during the upcoming election because of the addition of Booz Allen Hamilton as a sustaining corporate board member.

Don Thibeau will chair the election committee and Mike Jones will also serve on it.  Don will publicize the election by the end of next week.

2.       Organization lifecycle review presentation by Deepak Kamlani, Global Inventures CEO
Deepak strongly recommends that we evolve the foundation's business model such that we can obtain at least $1,000,000 as a recurring annual revenue stream.  Otherwise, he believes we will have insufficient resources to conduct many activities that we would ideally want to pursue.  A discussion ensued about how to introduce additional membership tiers at different price points, and how to provide significant value to members at all membership levels.  Having a $1,000,000 budget is practically needed to be able to have a significant enough range of offerings to provide differentiated value to members at different levels.  Deepak's experience is that board size should be capped at 15.  He understands the huge value we're currently deriving from volunteer work by board members and others, but also cautioned us that relying heavily on volunteers to produce the organization's results is not a sustainable strategy.

Brian and Don took an action item to produce recommendations for how to evolve our membership and revenue structures.

3.       Removal of Snorri Giorgetti as a board member
Snorri Giorgetti has only participated in one board meeting since his election, and has not responded to repeated inquiries from the board about his status.  Deepak Kamlani informed us that board members have a fiduciary responsibility to the organizations that they serve on the boards of.  The board views Snorri's non-participation as a breach of this responsibility.

Brian Kissel made the motion "Due to sustained non-participation in the activities of the board of the OpenID Foundation, I move that Snorri Giorgetti be removed as a director."  Eric Sachs seconded.  The motion carried, with all voting in favor other than David Recordon and Nat Sakimura, who abstained.  The board wants to state that this is not intended to be a precedent, but rather, a one-time response to the extraordinary circumstances of Snorri's sustained non-participation and non-responsiveness.

This means that there will be six community seats open during the upcoming election.

4.       Budget Report
We are currently on budget.  We anticipate having similar budgetary resources next year to those we have this year.  We presently $112,881 in the bank.  Two checks for $50,000 each should also be arriving within days.

5.       Next Steps towards becoming a Trust Framework Provider for the US Government
A discussion of the cost/benefit of running a certification program for the US Government ensued.  Several raised the point that we should also look at the opportunity for a certification committee to maximize the opportunity for other benefits through the certification program.

Mike Ozburn made the motion that:
a)      The board authorize formation of a steering committee to work jointly with the Information Card Foundation to explore possibilities for becoming a trust framework provider to the US Government,
b)      with the committee membership consisting of representatives from the companies on both boards, which are Booz Allen Hamilton, Google, Microsoft, and PayPal, the presidents of both boards, which are Brian Kissel and Paul Trevithick, as well as an additional community member from both boards,
c)       that the committee also investigate potential synergistic benefits, such as increased interoperability, of being a trust framework provider, and
d)      that the committee report back to both boards with a recommendation within 30 days with a proposal for the best means to pursue the government certification opportunity.

The motion was seconded by Mike Jones and unanimously carried.

[Eric Sachs and Raj Mata left the meeting at this point]

Brian nominated Nat Sakimura as the additional OIDF member for the committee, with the goal of bringing an international perspective to the discussions.   Andrew seconded.  The motion unanimously carried.

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