Anthony Minessale has been working with computers for nearly 30 years. He is the primary author of FreeSWITCH and Director of Engineering at Barracuda Networks. Anthony created and continues to run the ClueCon Telephony Developers Conference held every August in Chicago.
Anthony has extensive experience in the Internet industry and VoIP. He has contributed heavily to the Asterisk open source project producing many features that are still in use today. At Barracuda Networks, Anthony oversees the production and development of the CudaTEL PBX appliance that uses FreeSWITCH as its core telephony engine. This is Anthony's second book; he has also co-authored the FreeSWITCH 1.0.6 book published by Packt Publishing.
Michael S. Collins is a telephony and open source software enthusiast. He is a PBX veteran, having worked as a PBX technician for five years and as the head of IT for a call center for more than nine years. Michael is an active member of the FreeSWITCH community and has co-authored Packt Publishing's FreeSWITCH 1.0.6. He resides in Central California with his wife and two children and currently works for Barracuda Networks, Inc.
Darren Schreiber is the CEO and Co-Founder of 2600hz. He began working heavily in open source voice with the FreeSWITCH project, where he engaged with Brian, Mike, and Anthony. His projects have since evolved into two enterprise VoIP platforms that allow a multitude of development of voice, SMS, and video applications to be delivered to customers. Darren's 15 years of voice and IT experience include developing multiple enterprise SaaS infrastructures for hosting and remotely managing IT, voice, and e-commerce services. Darren is a guest lecturer at major universities on VoIP technology and leads paid international VoIP trainings. As a serious telephony enthusiast since a young age, he has worked extensively with VoIP technologies. Darren graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Computer Science and Business Management.
Darren is also a co-author on the original FreeSWITCH Telephony Book.
Raymond Chandler (@intralanman) has been working with, and contributing to, open source projects for over a decade. Raymond's VoIP experience started with a small CLEC/ITSP using SER for call routing, and Asterisk for voicemail and advanced services. After encountering limits in Asterisk and looking for features not easily found in SER, he moved to using OpenSER and CallWeaver (then known as OpenPBX.org). While that combination was better, Raymond still had not found his perfect solution.
In 2006, Raymond was introduced to FreeSWITCH. Since then, he's been using FreeSWITCH and regularly contributing to the community. Raymond is the author of mod_lcr and several utility PHP/perl scripts. Raymond now works with Anthony Minessale as a CudaTel Software Engineer at Barracuda Networks (@CudaTel and @BarracudaLabs).
In the spring of 2011, Raymond was among the founding members of the Open Source Telephony Advancement Group (@OSTAG), whose mission is to advance open source telephony to new heights by funding open source projects through funds received by generous contributions and grants from those who share the OSTAG vision.