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Individual Member Profile


Jonathan LaCour

Date Joined
July 18, 2012

DreamHost From (Current)
Statement of Interest

To advance OpenStack as a project and community.




Jonathan has been programming from a young age, finessing his way through many programming languages. After cutting his teeth with several smaller jobs and personal projects, Jonathan joined VertiSoft Corp. in 1997, catapulting him into the culture of "software as a service" well before it became an industry buzzword. Jonathan harnessed his passion for user experience in the computer science program at Georgia Tech by taking courses in psychology, cognitive science, and education. Armed with this interdisciplinary experience, Jonathan is keenly aware of how people learn and solve problems. When combined with his knowledge of technology, Jonathan is uniquely able to anticipate the needs of users and build a truly useful - and useable - interface.

In 2007, Jonathan helped found ShootQ, a cloud-based studio management solution for professional photographers, where he served as CTO. In 2010, ShootQ was acquired by Pictage, where Jonathan served as the Vice President of Software Products. Jonathan joined DreamHost in 2011 as Vice President of Software Development, bringing with him his experience and knowledge running engineering and product teams. In 2012, Jonathan became DreamHost's Vice President of Product and Development. In 2014, Jonathan took over the Cloud business unit at DreamHost as the Vice President of Cloud, and now serves as the Vice President of Cloud and Development.

During his time at DreamHost, Jonathan has led the development and operation of DreamObjects and DreamCompute, which are publc cloud storage and compute services built on top of OpenStack and Ceph. Jonathan also was involved in the creation of Inktank, which developed the Ceph software defined storage project, and was eventually sold to RedHat. Jonathan alsoco-founded Akanda, the network services virtualization company behind the OpenStack Astara project.

When not hunkered down behind his laptop, Jonathan loves spending time with his beautiful and brilliantly creative wife, Lacey, his daughter Colette, his son William, and their two dogs, Winston and Nelson. Beyond his culinary interests, Jonathan spends Saturday afternoons in the fall rooting for his alma mater and the University of Miami and enjoying his favorite southern creation - bourbon.



I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Quantum


Jonathan is a candidate in the 2016 Board Election .

Read the Q&A below and see if you want to Nominate Jonathan in this 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?


My involvement in OpenStack began during the Diablo cycle, as I joined DreamHost to drive development and product efforts. Over the past four and a half years, I've attended every OpenStack Summit, and have have been a speaker at multiple summits. OpenStack is critical to DreamHost's future success, but I also believe that OpenStack is important to the industry at large. I have outlined why in several articles, including my article for - As cloud infrastructure and platforms have become more pervasive, the threat of closed, black box solutions dominating the market has ignited my passion for Open Cloud, including OpenStack and Ceph. Open innovation requires healthy communities, and OpenStack's continued growth and success is critical to preserving the future of our industry.

I've contributed to OpenStack's success by bringing many prominent and talented individual contributors into the community. I've directly managed three current or former OpenStack core PTLs, helped drive the creation of several OpenStack projects, and was the creator of the Pecan open source Python web framework that now powers the APIs for numerous OpenStack projects. In addition, I am one of the creators of OpenStack's Astara Project, which focuses on bringing Network Services Orchestration to OpenStack.


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?


My background in startups has prepared me well for the role of a board member. As CTO at ShootQ, I was part of the formation of the ShootQ Grant, a program that provided a $10,000 grant annually to a photographer to tell an important story through their craft. I was involved in the complex and delicate process of launching this program, evaluating candidates, selecting impartial judges, and delivering upon the grant itself. In addition, I helped orchestrate and launch an annual auction to raise funds for the Thirst Relief organization while at ShootQ.

Upon moving to DreamHost, I've been involved as an advisor to several organizations, and for the last year have served as a board member for Akanda, Inc., which directly contributes code to OpenStack in the form of the Astara project. My involvement on the board of Akanda has allowed me to directly deal with issues surrounding open source, licensing, trademark, and community metrics and growth.


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


The Board's primary function is simply to provide oversight to the Foundation as a whole, specifically financial and strategic oversight. That said, I believe that strategic oversight is particularly critical to the success of OpenStack, ensuring that the Foundation does everything in its power to fulfill its mission to promote development, distribution, and adoption of OpenStack. The Foundation and the Board can influence and drive OpenStack's adoption and attract developers by ensuring consistency across clouds, providing clear communication about what OpenStack is and provides, and advocating for OpenStack in the market.

As a Board member, I also would like to be an advocate for use cases represented by public cloud providers, as I feel that our views tend to be under-represented.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2016?


With the introduction of the OpenStack Big Tent in 2015, I believe it is more important than ever for the Foundation to promote clear communication about the OpenStack platform, what it provides, and how it can best be consumed and adopted. There is a high potential for confusion as new projects continue to emerge, accelerating the innovation curve, and I believe it is critical for the Foundation to get ahead of this time of rapid change.


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