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Identity Superstar Allen Tom Joins Janrain

By Katie Keenan | Posted on October 21, 2011

It’s been a great week around here that kicked off with our sponsorship of the Pivot Conference in NY where Jamie, Karen and Craig had great conversations with marketers leading the charge in social media. The last few days, several Janrain technologists participated in the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) and showed the use of the next generation of the OpenID protocol, OpenID Connect in its Identity Services product. And now we’re closing out the week with an exciting announcement: Allen Tom, former principal architect and security lead for Yahoo’s Membership Platform has joined Janrain.


As a senior software architect, Allen Tom will be working to make Internet identity portable, interoperable and secure. Prior to joining Janrain, Tom was the principal architect and security lead for Yahoo’s Membership Platform, and was responsible for Yahoo’s user account management, single sign on, and API authorization services. Tom is active in the OpenID community and was elected by the community to serve as a director of the OpenID Foundation. Prior to joining Yahoo, Tom was a principal engineer at AOL, working on AOL Music and AOL shopping, and worked on LDAP as a senior software engineer at Netscape.

“Internet identity is rapidly evolving and is currently undergoing incredible innovation and disruption, said Allen Tom, software architect. “I joined the Janrain team because the company has always been at the forefront, leading the way with open identity standards, and enabling users to have choices in how they identify themselves online.”

“Allen will help Janrain continue to advance our platform of user management offerings,” said Larry Drebes, CEO of Janrain. “We are thrilled to have him join the team, and look forward to his input on our product portfolio.”

Janrain has a long history of driving the identity space forward through championing key protocols such as OpenID and OAuth. The addition of Allen to our existing team of experts only further strengthens our ability to bridge the gap between users, identity providers, brand sites, and developers to make the next generation of Internet identity a reality with its user management platform.

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Katie Keenan

Interactive Marketing Manager

A true geek at heart, Katie works behind the scenes on Janrain's website and social media strategy as the interactive marketing manager. Katie has more than 10 years of experience building websites and managing online communities in media, retail, technology, law and the nonprofit sector. Her passion: to get rid of the clutter and help to improve efficiencies across the web to spark online engagement.

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