This article was nominated in November 2009 by Skud.
Leah Culver was a co-founder and the lead developer of the social network and micro-blogging website Pownce, which was acquired by blog juggernaut Six Apart in November 2008, then as a software engineer at Six Apart, Leah used her experience with Pownce to develop large scale social applications for future Six Apart projects. Now she works at Convore, a real-time chat startup she co-founded. While creating the Pownce API she co-authored both the OAuth and OEmbed open API specifications and now maintains the popular Python OAuth library. Leah promotes open source, APIs, and the Django web framework on her blog at leahculver.com. In her free time she likes to play around with new technology and try new restaurants near her home in San Francisco.