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Individual Member Profile


Christopher MacGown

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. From (Current)
Statement of Interest

I want to make OpenStack stable, ubiquitous, and boring.




I am the CTO and co-founder of Piston. At Piston, I've been responsible for building and managing the R&D team that build Piston CloudOS™ as well as Piston OpenStack. My current responsibilities at Piston are to evangelize OpenStack as well as Piston's technology, and also to push development at Piston in new directions.

I currently serve on the OpenStack Foundation Board, and am the 2015/2016 co-chair of the Foundation Board Defcore committee. Prior to starting Piston, I was an early employee of Slicehost before its acquisition by Rackspace. I helped launch OpenStack in 2010, and was an originating member of nova-core.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Nova,Swift,Glance


Christopher is a candidate in the 2015 Board Election .


What is your relationship to OpenStack, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to OpenStack's success to date?


I currently serve on the OpenStack Foundation Board, and am the 2015/2016 co-chair of the Foundation Board Defcore committee. I've been involved in OpenStack since we launched it in 2010 where I presented one-third of the twelve technical presentations. The contribution to OpenStack's success of which I am most proud is the few line patch to swift that dramatically simplified testing and deployment, and fighting that through.


Describe your experience with other non profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?


In the past I've served as common-seat board member for Piston's corporate board.

I was raised in a culture of volunteerism, and have volunteered for many years for non-profits like the United Service Organization. I am currently very interested in humanitarian non-profits focused on technology, health-care, and youth services like the EFF, Spark, Alois, and the Foundation Against Blindness. Volunteering in the past has prepared me to work in environments where we have to unite multiple world views for a common goal. I think the OpenStack Board has been quite successful in the past at doing that, and look forward to assisting that in the future.


What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?


The fact that the Foundation bylaws recognize different classes of membership recognizes that there are multiple competing interests vying for and dependent on OpenStack's success. The Board's primary role is to balance those community interests against each other. It also serves to encourage the community itself itself to be more introspective regarding those interests, and to ensure that the Foundation itself meets both the goals that it has set for itself, but those that the community desires.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2014?


The Foundation's primary goal for 2015 is to Win The Enterprise. In my lens of as defcore committee co-chair, I think the Board's top priority has to be finalizing the bylaws change and successfully implementing the Defcore process, so we as a community have something that the enterprise can win.