OpenStack has become pervasive and the business community is taking notice. But why all the hype and who is putting their money where their mouth is? This dynamic panel of investors and cloud visionaries will share their perspectives on the OpenStack ecosystem – what’s hot, what’s not, who’s generating value and who’s just adding to the noise.
Moderator: Joshua McKenty, CEO and Co-Founder of Piston Cloud
o Scott Raney (Redpoint)
o Jim Lussier (Dell)
o Dharmesh Thakker (Intel Capital)
o Dan Scholnick (Trinity)
o Lars Leckie (Hummer Winblad)
o Bret Piatt (Rackspace Corporate Development)
Lars is a Managing Director at Hummer Winblad and has played a key role in the firm’s investments in SaaS, virtualization, cloud and mobile technologies.
Prior to joining Hummer Winblad Venture Partners in 2006, Lars was involved in founding and operational roles at start-up companies. He was a co-founder of AutoFarm (now Novariant), a company focused on GPS and robotics. Lars was in charge of strategy, product marketing, business development and building the sales team across three... Read More →
Jim joined Dell in late 2011 to set up and run a corporate venture capital group for Dell. The role of the group is to make investments in emerging technology companies to help Dell achieve its strategic objectives, increase the dialog with the emerging technology ecosystem of VCs and entrepreneurs on how Dell can add value, and drive a point of view within Dell on emerging technology opportunities. Key technology areas strategic to Dell include: cloud computing and virtualization, converged... Read More →
CEO and Co-Founder, Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.
Prior to co-founding Piston Cloud Computing, Joshua McKenty was the Technical Architect of NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Platform and the OpenStack compute components. As a member of OpenStack's Project Policy Board, Joshua plays an instrumental role in the OpenStack community. Joshua has over two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, management and software engineering and architecture. He was the team lead for the development of the Netscape Browser (vs. 8) as well as AOL's IE AIM... Read More →
Scott Raney is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures focusing on information and consumer technology with a particular emphasis on cloud software and services, data center infrastructure and mobile applications. Scott has led or been involved with Redpoint's investments in Heroku, Cloud.com, adap.tv, Jumptap, Simplegeo and Branchout. Prior to Redpoint, Scott worked at NorthPoint Communications and Bain & Company. Scott holds a BSEE, with high distinction, from Duke University and an MBA from... Read More →
General Partner, Trinity Venutures
Dan is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, a top tier VC dedicated to investing in early stage entrepreneurs. Dan founded Flurry, the leading user analytics platform for mobile applications. Prior to Flurry, Dan began his career as employee number two at Wily Technology (acquired by CA) where he built the first version of the company’s application performance management product and then helped sell it to many of Wily’s Fortune 500 clients. Dan also worked at SVB Capital where he... Read More →
Dharmesh Thakker manages cloud infrastructure and big data software investments at Intel Capital. He is actively involved on the boards of DynamicOps, Guavus Analytics, and enLighted. He joined Intel Capital from Advanced Technology Ventures where he supported enterprise software and cleantech investments. Earlier, at Keynote Systems (KEYN), Thakker helped grow recurring SaaS revenue from $0 to $20mm in two years. He was also an early team member at InterNetwork (acquired by FinePoint) and... Read More →
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