I heard through the grapevine this morning that Rob Bearden, one of the core JBoss executives and the man responsible for driving JBoss' impressive operations, is leaving OpenSpan. I assumed Rob was leaving to relax and to spend some of his hard-earned JBoss dollars.
I called Rob to confirm the rumor and to ask what he's planning to do, and found out that he's looking for his next open-source play (probably starting his own thing). VCs, time to get on the plane and visit Atlanta, where Rob currently resides. He'll be staying with OpenSpan long enough to finish up some critical projects and then leaving by the end of the year.
In the meantime, he's willing to consult for other open-source companies to advise them on how to tune their operations. I've talked with him a few times over the past few weeks on this very topic, and believe that Rob is one of the sharpest tools in the open-source shed, as it were. Anyone fortunate to retain his services will score a major coup.