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Wednesday, May 20 • 4:30pm - 5:10pm
The Entrepreneur's Challenge: The Realities of Starting an OpenStack Company

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The explosive growth of OpenStack is creating a host of opportunities for people looking to start new companies.  The realities of startup life however are not always what they seem.  In this panel, Simon Anderson, CEO of Dreamhost and co-founder of Inktank Storage, will lead a panel discussion with founders of a group of OpenStack companies, including Tesora, Piston Cloud Computing, Bluebox, and SwiftStack.  They will explore the challenges of founding a company and provide advice to prospective entrepreneurs.


The panel will consist of Ken Rugg, CEO of Tesora, Josh McKenty, CTO of Cloud Foundry at Pivotal, Jesse Proudman, CTO of Bluebox, and Joe Arnold, CEO of SwiftStack.


Speakers: Simon Anderson (Dreamhost, Inktank), Ken Rugg (Tesora), Josh McKenty (Pivotal, Piston Cloud), Jesse Proudman (BlueBox), Joe Arnold (SwiftStack).

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Simon Anderson

CEO, DreamHost, DreamHost
Simon is CEO of DreamHost, and Co-founder and Chair of Akanda, Inc. Simon was also Co-founder and Chair of Inktank Storage, Inc., acquired by Red Hat in April 2014.  Simon has been a Gold Member Director since the Foundation was established in 2012. He Chairs the Committee of the... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Joshua McKenty

Field CTO, Cloud Foundry, Pivotal, Inc.
Joshua McKenty was the founding Technical Architect of NASA’s Nebula cloud computing platform, and a driving force behind its release to the OpenStack project. As a member of OpenStack’s Board of Directors, Joshua plays an instrumental role in the continuing success of the project. Joshua... Read More →
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Jesse Proudman

CTO, Blue Box, an IBM Company, Blue Box
In 2003, technology entrepreneur Jesse Proudman parlayed his passion for the “plumbing” of the Internet into the creation of Blue Box Group, a Seattle-based private cloud hosting company. As Founder and CTO, Proudman has guided the company’s rapid growth and multiple successful... Read More →
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Ken Rugg

Founder, CEO, Board Member, Tesora, Inc.
Ken has over 20 years in the database management industry.  Before founding Tesora, Ken was the senior vice president and business unit general manager at Progress Software for the company's enterprise software products.  Ken joined Progress when his previous company, eXcelon... Read More →

Wednesday May 20, 2015 4:30pm - 5:10pm
Room 116/117

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