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Thursday, May 21 • 9:00am - 9:40am
OpenStack Startups From Concept To Funding and Acquisition

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This panel discussion brings together three startup success stories from the OpenStack ecosystem. It provides the life cycle of some of the recent OpenStack acquisitions and funding stars. It tracks their journeys from ideas to implementation, growth and acquisitions. It also looks into the future and identifies opportunities where best of breed players can fill the gaps left by bigger players.

We bring the real OpenStatck startup stories from CloudScaling/EMC (Randy Bias), MetaCloud/Cisco (Sean Lynch) and SwiftStack (Joe Arnold). How did they start, how did they grow, how and why did they get acquired and their lives post acquisition and funding?

We also give you a glimpse of the future of OpenStack acquisitions, gaps in offerings from the big players where the startups can win.


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Joe Arnold

Founder / CPO SwiftStack, SwiftStack
Joe founded SwiftStack to deploy high-scale, cloud storage systems using OpenStack. | | Joe managed the first public OpenStack launch of Swift independent of Rackspace deploying multiple large-scale cloud storage systems. He went on to co-found SwiftStack and serves as CEO. SwiftStack powers enterprises with a software defined storage platform, built on the OpenStack Swift object storage engine, to build a massively scalable private cloud... Read More →
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Randy Bias

VP Technology, Emerging Technology Division, EMC
His prescient views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made Randy Bias one of the industry’s most influential voices. He is an evangelist who was among the first to articulate the generational transition of IT from the “first platform” (mainframe computing) to the “second platform” (enterprise computing) and then to the “third platform” (cloud computing). He also popularized the... Read More →

Sean Lynch

Sean Lynch is Founder, CEO, and Board Member at Metacloud. He helped conceptualize and co-found the company in 2011 on the premise that a market-oriented network of managed private clouds would one day form the basis of a new public cloud. | | Today he is responsible for day-to-day operations across the board at the company, providing leadership to the Sales, Marketing, and Technical teams, managing relationships with advisors and investors, and... Read More →
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Hitesh Parashar

Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate
Hitesh is an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate. In this role he helps with deal flow, evaluation and due diligence of the potential investments. Hitesh also helps the portfolio companies with product strategy. | Hitesh is a product expert who excels at building internet platforms for both consumers and businesses. Most recently, Hitesh helped a leading financial services company with a post-acquisition data center... Read More →

Thursday May 21, 2015 9:00am - 9:40am
Room 116/117