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Janrain Recruits Identity Superstar Allen Tom

Janrain Recruits Identity Superstar Allen Tom

Portland, OR – October 20, 2011 – Janrain, Inc., ( provider of the leading user management platform for the social web, today announced that Allen Tom, former principal architect and security lead for Yahoo’s Membership Platform has joined the company.

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 is uniquely positioned 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.

Janrain has a long history of driving the identity space forward through championing key protocols such as OpenID and OAuth. This week several Janrain technologists are participating in the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) and showing the use of the next generation of the OpenID protocol, OpenID Connect in its Identity Services product, a turnkey solution for brands interested in becoming identity providers.

About Janrain

The Janrain Customer Identity and Access Management platform helps brands build a unified view of their customers across all devices by collecting accurate customer profile data to power personalized marketing. The proprietary platform encompasses social login, registration, customer profile data storage, customer segments, customer insights, single sign-on, and engagement. Janrain powers customer identity management for brands like Pfizer, Samsung, Whole Foods, Fox News, Philips, Marvel, and Dr Pepper. Founded in 2002, Janrain is based in Portland, Oregon, with offices in London, Paris, and the Silicon Valley in California. For more information, please visit and follow @janrain.

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