Mark Shuttleworth, the spaceman and founder of Ubuntu and Canonical

Mark Shuttleworth is best known for founding Ubuntu the popular free operating system for desktops and servers, and Canonical.

Mark Shuttleworth the 40 year old British and South African entrepreneur, is also an astronaut and the first citizen from an African country to travel in space in 2002.

Mark has an exciting and challenging career. While studying finance and IT at the University of Cape Town, Mark founded Thawte, a company specializing in digital certificates and cryptography that was acquired in 1999 by VeriSign.

In 2000 he founded HBD, an investment company, and setup the Shuttleworth Foundation, which funds innovative change in society by supporting Fellows and investing in their projects.

In 2002 he visited the International Space Station as a member of the crew of Soyuz mission TM34.

After a tour of schools in South Africa promoting science and mathematics for aspiring astronauts he started work on Ubuntu.

Mark also champions design-driven development and has a focus on quality and cadence in the engineering work done at Canonical.

Mark Shuttleworth is one of the exciting keynote speakers at the Leaders of the Future Tech Summit at the Global Webit Summit in October.

Here is your chance to meet Mark Shuttleworth at the Leaders of the Future Tech Summit.



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