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I Know Dick!

Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
7:10 am

I stepped into the Sxip hospitality suite at the Catalyst Conference last Thursday,
a nice young lady stuck a label on my shirt bearing the hand-written exclamation,
"I Know Dick!" It was a clever marketing trick; several people in
other hospitality suites asked about it.

I don’t know Dick well, but I am impressed. Dick
is the founder and CEO of Sxip Identity
(pronounced ‘Skip’), a startup company focused on the "vision of a simple,
secure and open identity network that enables individuals to create and manage
their online digital identities." I admire both Dick’s vision and his drive
to bring interesting technology to market.

Dick’s presentation at Catalyst was hands-down the most entertaining of the
entire conference. He used a rapid-fire presentation style with only one or
two words on each slide. The presentation was laced with both humor and insight,
clearly describing the issues surrounding user-centric Identity for the Internet
and proposing specific solutions — all leading to what Dick termed "Identity

the Sxip hospitality suite I met Dick personally. As I ate ice cream, Dick showed
me a simple flow diagram where "a user can securely store personal information
at a Homesite and control the release of that information to other web sites,
called Membersites, that request the information when the user clicks a Sxip
button at the Membersite." This puts the Internet user, not large, suspicious
companies, in charge of the user’s Identity.

look forward to monitoring the progress of Sxip, to see how this little upstart
company will play in enabling user-centric Identity for the Internet. In the
mean time, I pause now and then to thank Dick for being an early investor in
Flickr, one of my favorite
websites. Check out his photos.



2 Responses to “I Know Dick!”

    fyi … Dick Hardt’s presentation is viewable online here:


    The link here is from Dick’s keynote talk at OSCON.

    Comment by Greg Hamer on October 4, 2005 at 11:12 pm

    [Trackback] Many bloggers have the wrong perception of federated identity. Let me tell you why…

    Comment by Thought Leadership on October 24, 2005 at 4:55 am

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