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Tuesday, November 4


Panel: Piercing the OpenStack Bubble: The Investor's Perspective
Well over a $100 million of venture and corporate capital has been poured into the OpenStack start-ups. Sounds like a lot, right? But compare that to adjacent open source segments such as Hadoop and Big Data, where start-ups close hundreds of millions in a single round and the number is laughable. So what should we all expect going forward? Is OpenStack still in the early days of its VC hype-cycles and should we expect OpenStack start-ups commanding billion dollar valuations and capital raises in 100M+ range? Or have we crossed the top of the hype, with industry now moving into the consolidation phase? See these and many other questions discussed between lively panel of VCs, who have all placed their bets on the OpenStack industry.

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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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Mark Collier

Chief Operating Officer, OpenStack Foundation
Prior to working on OpenStack, I worked at Yahoo! as Sr. Director of Business Development focused on strategic partnerships in the music business (via Yahoo's acquisition of Musicmatch), and previously at Dell in product, marketing, and technical roles. I joined Rackspace in 2009... Read More →
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Jai Das

Managing Director, Sapphire Ventures
Jai is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures and looks for startups developing  ground-breaking products and services in the United States and in India. His primary focus is in the areas of software defined infrastructure, cloud and mobile computing, smart machines, IoT and pervasive... Read More →
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Ryan Floyd

Managing Director, Storm Ventures
Ryan is a founding general partner of Storm Ventures. At Storm Ventures, Ryan focuses on enterprise IT and web opportunities. He has primarily invested in SaaS (Crowd Factory / Acquired by Marketo, BlackStratus), mobile (Appcelerator) and cloud/internet related investments (Hubpages... Read More →

David Lam

Managing Director, West Summit Capital
Mr. David J. Lam serves as a Managing Director of WestSummit Capital and served as its Partner. He has more than 15 years of private equity, technology, and investment banking experience in software and technology-enabled services. Mr. Lam is the President of Asia America MultiTechnology... Read More →

Tuesday November 4, 2014 11:15 - 11:55
Salle Maillot


Fireside Chat: Getting VCs to Back Your Vision for OpenStack

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