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Tuesday, November 4 • 12:05 - 12:45
Fireside Chat: Getting VCs to Back Your Vision for OpenStack

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Mirantis just raised a $100 million Series B round, one of the largest Series B ever, and by far the largest in OpenStack. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, August Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Intel Capital, Ericsson, Dell and Red Hat, Mirantis emerged as the strongest pure play OpenStack company. So what worked and what didn't for both the investors and Mirantis? What's the right scenario to consider corporate investment vs traditional VC? Does the company regret taking money from it's #1 competitor - Red Hat? Hear answers to all of these questions in a fireside chat between Heidi Bretz and Adrian Ionel, Mirantis CEO, who was on the forefront of Mirantis' fundraising process.


  • Adrian Ionel, CEO, Mirantis  

  • Heidi Bretz, OpenStack Foundation 



President and CEO, Mirantis
Adrian is an entrepreneur with a passion for growing startups into successful businesses. After spending his early years developing and marketing new products at Siemens in Europe, Japan, and the US, he traded the comfort of the large enterprise for the creative energy of young companies... Read More →
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Heidi Bretz

Director of Business Development, OpenStack Foundation
Heidi leads the foundation's efforts to grow and nurture a strong ecosystem around OpenStack. Heidi has spent over 15 years in the technology world in leadership positions with companies in Silicon Valley and in Seattle including Netscape, Red Herring, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services... Read More →

Tuesday November 4, 2014 12:05 - 12:45
Salle Maillot

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