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Wednesday, October 28

11:15am JST

A VC Take on OpenStack Growth and Opportunity Across Asia
Our panel of APAC-based venture capitalists will discuss the growth of OpenStack across Asia, with a focus on startups developing technology within the OpenStack ecosystem. 

Our panelists will share their personal criteria for evaluating startups to fund, and provide insight to problems not yet addressed within OpenStack today, i.e. opportunities for the next wave of open-source software enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.

Drawing on real-world stories of success (and the occasional stumble), they will answer questions about how OpenStack is being used by industry to reduce cost and time-to-market, as well as about new business opportunities created by OpenStack.

Finally, our panelists will look at the new communities and ecosystems emerging around the OpenStack core.

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Hiroshi Baba

Managing Director, NTT Docomo Ventures, Inc.
Hiroshi Baba is a venture capitalist at NTT Docomo Ventures, Inc.. He invested start-ups such as Midoura, Shift (IPOed), and Loyal Gate and drive the portfolio companies to alliance with NTT group companies.  Last few years, he expand his investment focus to Cloud and Security market... Read More →
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Dan Mihai Dumitriu

CTO and Co-Founder, Midokura
Dan leads the product and technology strategy at Midokura. Dan has extensive experience building fault tolerant distributed systems in a variety of industries, including e-commerce, financial services, and enterprise infrastructure. He is a co-author of multiple research papers, holds... Read More →

Takuo Inoue

Director, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan
Takuo Inoue is Director at INCJ, Japanese government sovereign fund. Throughout his 15 year career, his focus is growth investment on start-ups in the area of cutting-edge emerging technologies such as in Cloud, Big Data and IoT. INCJ was established in 2009 with 15 years period, a... Read More →
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Nobutake Suzuki

Partner, Global Brains
Nobutake Suzuki is a venture capitalist and partner at Global Brain Corporation with broad experiences in all aspects of financing, IT and business strategy. He has direct experience working with Japanese and US banking businesses and venture capital.Prior to joining Global Brain... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2015 11:15am - 11:55am JST

12:05pm JST

Distros: Let's Not Make *That* Mistake Again
In the early days of OpenStack—think Diablo and Essex—smart people had a great idea: let’s simplify OpenStack consumption by offering a choice in between the polar opposites of build it yourself (DIY) and a Rackspace account.

And thus, the OpenStack software distribution was born. Startups and legacy IT shops spent the next 4 years trying to convince a skeptical market that distros were the way to go, but it hasn’t worked out. With a couple of exceptions, distros are vanishing from the competitive landscape.

In this session, we’ll look at what happened. We’ll examine the reasons why very few enterprises want to learn or operate OpenStack, but remain hungry to *consume* it. We’ll ask why most enterprise buyers want OpenStack without having to touch OpenStack. We’ll look at the mindset of enterprises that “get” agile and realize their success rests solely on differentiation through application innovation, not through an investment in infrastructure and operations. Finally, we’ll look at some of the places where innovation is happening in the OpenStack ecosystem and how new business models are emerging.

Attend this session if you agree, disagree or simply want to have an honest conversation about what we can learn from the demise of one of the early favorites in OpenStack business models.

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Jesse Proudman

CTO, Blue Box, an IBM Company, Blue Box
In 2003, technology entrepreneur Jesse Proudman parlayed his passion for the “plumbing” of the Internet into the creation of Blue Box Group, a Seattle-based private cloud hosting company. As Founder and CTO, Proudman has guided the company’s rapid growth and multiple successful... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2015 12:05pm - 12:45pm JST

2:00pm JST

The OpenStack Orchestra: The Next Wave of OpenStack Specialist Startups
OpenStack is like an Orchestra, made up of many different instruments each playing different parts that come together to form an open source masterpiece.  The next wave of OpenStack companies are a set of specialists who are becoming masters at their own instrument.  In this panel, we will have one of the virtuosos of the first wave of OpenStack startups, Boris Renski, Co-founder and CMO of Mirantis, acting as conductor.  He will be directing an all-star ensemble of instrumentalists from companies specializing in projects that harmonize to form the OpenStack symphony.

The first wave of OpenStack startups were generalists delivering a complete OpenStack solutions.  Many of these have now been acquired by larger companies, for example Cisco's acquisition of Metacloud.  Other recent acquisitions include Blue Box, Piston Cloud, and Cloudscaling.  Now there are a number of companies emerging that are focused on specific OpenStack projects. 

In this session, Boris will lead a panel discussion with CxOs of a group of companies from this next wave of OpenStack specialists. The panel will consist of Ken Rugg, CEO of Tesora, Joe Arnold, CPO of SwiftStack, Evan Powell, CEO of StackStorm, Pere Monclus, CTO of PLUMgrid, and John Griffith, Software Engineer at SolidFire and former PTL of Cinder.  They will discuss evolving roles of specialists and generalists in the OpenStack community, how companies should define themselves in a rapidly changing landscape, dissect interactions between specialists and generalists as the market matures, and explore predictions on the future of the OpenStack ecosystem.


  • Boris Renski, Co-founder and CMO at Mirantis


  • Ken Rugg, Founder and CEO of Tesora (Trove)

  • Joe Arnold, Founder and CPO of SwiftStack (Swift)

  • Evan Powell, Co-founder and CEO of StackStorm (Mistral)

  • Pere Monclus, Founder and CTO of PLUMgrid (Neutron)

  • John Griffith, Software Engineer at SolidFire (Cinder)

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Joe Arnold

Founder / CPO SwiftStack, SwiftStack
Joe founded SwiftStack to deploy high-scale, cloud storage systems using OpenStack.Joe managed the first public OpenStack launch of Swift independent of Rackspace deploying multiple large-scale cloud storage systems. He went on to co-found SwiftStack and serves as CEO. SwiftStack... Read More →
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Amrith Kumar

CTO Tesora, Project Team Lead OpenStack Trove, Tesora
Amrith Kumar brings more than two decades of experience delivering industry-leading products for companies specializing in enterprise storage applications, fault tolerant high-performance systems and massively parallel databases to Tesora, which he co-founded. Earlier, he served as... Read More →
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Pere Monclus

Before co-founding PLUMgrid, Pere was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems in the Research and Advanced Development team, where he led innovation in the areas of cloud, security and converged infrastructure. Prior to that, he was responsible for the architecture and technology... Read More →
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Evan Powell

Co-founder, CEO at StackStorm
Evan Powell is the CEO and Co-Founder of StackStorm a leader of event driven automation and one of the drivers of the OpenStack Mistral project.  Common use cases for StackStorm include orchestration and complex deployments of heteregeneous environments as well as auto remediation... Read More →

Boris Renski

SVP, Telecom Business Development, Mirantis
Boris Renski is Co-Founder and SVP, Telecom Business Development of Mirantis.

Wednesday October 28, 2015 2:00pm - 2:40pm JST

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