[sf-lug] Open for business: Building successful commerce around open source

Alison Chaiken alchaiken at gmail.com
Fri Apr 2 16:02:21 PDT 2010

Mårten Mickos, CEO, Eucalyptus Systems

Thursday, April 8th, 2010  4:00pm \u2013 5:00pm

George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC,
3333 Coyote Hill Rd, Palo Alto, California, USA

It is an intriguing but challenging proposition to build a successful
commercial operation around successful open source projects. This
presentation deals with the questions of communities and
contributions, market disruption, open source business models, and
start-up entrepreneurship.

Mårten Mickos builds global disruptive businesses. He is CEO of
Eucalyptus Systems, a provider of open source software for private
computing clouds. Previously he was CEO of MySQL AB for seven years,
growing that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open
source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems
of MySQL AB, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun's Database
Group until the end of March 2009. He held multi-national CEO and
senior executive positions in his native Finland. He is a member of
the board of RightScale, Electrosonic and Mozilla Messaging. Mickos
holds a M.Sc. in technical physics from Helsinki University of
Technology. In 2006 he received the Audemars Piguet "Changing Times
Award: European Entrepreneur of the Year 2006" and the Nokia
Foundation Award.

Talk Series:
Engineering Communities across the Internet
This talk is the first in a series exploring different perspectives on
how people work together to get things done using the Web. The series
presents new and existing technologies for collaboration, new
practices that are emerging, and case studies with lessons learned in
the management of real projects. We will hear about experiences in
areas such as open source, strategies and technologies that enable
engineering, and development communities with projects spanning
participation-in-the-large to big impact from the agile few. This
series will take place between March 25th and May 20, 2010.


This event is free and open to the public; no registration required.
All talks take place at George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC
(www.parc.com/map). There is parking available on site and the venue
is handicap accessible.

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