Donald B. Means, Founder and Principal
With over 25 years experience in the IT industry, Means is co-founder and principal of Digital Village Associates, a consulting enterprise founded in 1994 that focuses on information/communications technologies as transformational tools and subject for local communities.
In 2007, as an extension of the "Community TeleStructure Initiative", Means launched the "Fiber to the Library" campaign to assure next generation broadband connectivity for the 16,500 U.S. public libraries, as a national goal and as a spearhead project to lead broadband infrastructure build out.
In 2007, as a partial antidote to a nearly dysfunctional U.S. presidential primary system, Means established the "National Presidential Caucus" to encourage wider and more meaningful civic participation through web-enabled, local self-organizing citizen groups across the country.
In 2005, Means and Digital Village launched the "Community TeleStructure Initiative", as a national consortium advocating local responsibility for telecom/broadband infrastructure planning and community level market development.
In 2003-04, Means was Senior Political Advisor to Meetup.com, a community-building Web service with millions of members that provides an organizing tool for like-interested people, enabling them
to gather off-line in localities anywhere in the world.
Means has served as an appointed member of the Information Technology Commission of California; as chair of the Information Technology Association of America’s education outreach program; and as a member of TechNet, a public policy organization of over 200 technology CEO's where he has worked on normalizing trade relations with China, education restructuring in California, and national broadband policy.
In 1995, Means co-founded TriWorks Corp. Today, a software and services venture with offices in Tokyo & Shanghai with over 200 employees specializing in "Digital Image Communications", a range of consumer and commercial products, services and system solutions.
In 1992/93, Means served as a member of the Atrium Group, an technology industry advisory group to the Librarian of Congress on digitization strategy.
In 1985, Means founded the National Space Sciences Educational Foundation, a nonprofit educational services corporation. NSSEF designed and implemented an experimental learning environment located at Stanford University for high school age students from the United States and Europe called the Space Sciences Academy™.
From 1982 -1990, Means served as head of marketing and business development for Project Data Systems, a commercial real estate software application company he co-founded.
Holding a finance degree from Southern Methodist University, Means has also studied architecture and environmental design at the University of Texas and international business relations at the University of Graz, Austria.
Reared in Ft. Worth, Texas, Means lives in Sausalito, California with his wife, Dominique Caron, a professional artist, originally from France.
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