As Chief Operation Officer of SpringSource (formerly Interface21), Neelan Choksi focuses on operations of the business and broadening the company’s product and service portfolio around the popular Spring Framework. Choksi has spoken extensively about the business of open source and about entrepreneurship at a variety of events including the keynote at The Spring Experience, SpringOne, OSCON, BEAWorld San Francisco, South By Southwest Interactive, JAX India, Enterprise Open Source Conference, and a variety of other events. A graduate of MIT and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Choksi is a successful entrepreneur with a strong track record of commercial success, most recently as the founder and President of SolarMetric, which was acquired by BEA Systems (NASDAQ: BEAS) in 2005. At BEA, Choksi was instrumental in the open sourcing of Kodo as OpenJPA. Prior to that, he worked for Andersen Consulting Strategic Services, Exxon Research & Engineering and the often-publicized MIT Blackjack team.