April 25-29, 2016

Event Details

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Seeking Fame and Fortune in OpenStack Startup Land

But building a cloud infrastructure startup is a special kind of hard. This panel is stacked with "been there, done that" founders who are prepared to tell you their stories, show you their scars and point out some of the less-obvious landmines in your path. They won't offer advice so much as they'll offer the right set of questions you should be asking yourself *before* you take that fateful step into cloud infrastructure startup land.

What can I expect to learn?
  • How far up the stack do you go to find customers that will help you build momentum while still showing VCs and potential acquisitors that you've got a broad enough base to add value in a larger context?
  • Which technologies do you embrace to build out your feature set?
  • How do you articulate a compelling enough vision to attract the right talent away from the myriad competing offers they get every week?
Tuesday, April 26, 2:50pm-3:30pm (7:50pm - 8:30pm UTC)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Jesse Proudman founded Blue Box Group Inc. in 2003 to deliver reliable hosted infrastructure solutions. In 2014, he launched Blue Box Cloud as a dedicated private cloud as a service offering, powered by OpenStack. In 2015, the company was acquired by IBM. His leadership has been instrumental in driving the success of the company and helping Blue Box customers embrace the benefits of... FULL PROFILE
AppFormix Inc.
Sumeet Singh is the Founder & CEO of AppFormix. AppFormix optimizes enterprise clouds by providing sophisticated analytics and control of how virtualized infrastructure interacts with applications. Previously, Sumeet was the Principal lead for Hybrid Cloud Networking at Microsoft Azure.   Sumeet’s PhD. thesis at UCSD directly led to him co-founding NetSift, which was... FULL PROFILE
Francesco has over 20 years of global leadership experience in diverse industries, where he has focused on building great teams and developing innovative and strategic solutions for customers. As a serial entrepreneur, he has a proven track record of success building and launching venture-backed businesses—from founding through IPO or acquisition—in rapidly growing industry... FULL PROFILE