Nick Vidal is the author of The Tipping Network, a book that describes how an open standard called ISS/IM will revolutionize the way society shares information. He is a computer engineer and a former researcher from UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil). This is where he initially developed ISS/IM. He founded a non-profit called StarCloud Society and a small business called PyxISS to promote ISS/IM. He has lived in the U.S., Canada, and France, and now lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is married and looks forward to having 2 kids.