OpenX, one the industry's largest ad networks and the dominant open-source ad server company, just got a little bigger. OpenX announced that Jonathan Miller, former CEO of AOL, has joined the company as its chairman. Writes Scott Switzer of the announcement:Jon has much experience working with major advertisers, as well as large and small publishers. He understands how difficult it is to provide software, service, and media to medium to small publishers, which is the core user base of OpenX. He can help us grow from a small company to a larger one. He understands our need to … Read more
Jason Maynard of Credit Suisse has been one of the most influential analysts in the software industry. Jason called for then-Novell CEO Jack Messman's head...and got it. He has been a sharp critic of Red Hat in recent years, suggesting that Red Hat underutilizes its brand assets. Jason has called out the transforming influences of SaaS and open source while still appreciating the execution of Oracle and Microsoft.
Jason Maynard has been very busy and very influential indeed.
Now he's leaving us, however. As he announced last week in an email, Jason is joining the investment side of Credit Suisse's business:… Read more
Larry Lessig was my thesis advisor at Stanford Law School and one of the most influential people in my life. I have profound respect for him.
This is precisely why I hope the rumors that he may run for Congress are untrue. Think about it. It's hard enough for a Senator - one of 100 - to make her voice heard. But to be one of 435 Representatives? That's an exercise in futility.
No, Larry has a much better chance of changing Washington from the outside than from the inside. Idealism counts outside Washington. It gets crushed within … Read more
If you're looking for a seasoned, open-source savvy executive team, you might look to MySQL or another leading open-source company. But if you want that team to come with investment dollars attached, you'd do far better to look to Benchmark Capital. In addition to Kevin Harvey (MySQL, Red Hat, etc.) and Peter Fenton (JBoss, Hyperic, SpringSource, etc.), Benchmark just added four new EIRs (Entrepreneurs in Residence), two of which will focus on open-source investment opportunities.
Benchmarks's Bob Kagle notes the importance of EIRs:By bringing seasoned executives into the firm to found new businesses or work with our portfolio companies, everyone benefits. They understand the challenges of running a start-up, and demonstrate by example what it takes to build, manage and lead fast-growth technology companies.
This is particularly true in open source, given the relative dearth of understanding of how to build a successful open-source business. Anyone who needs a hand in doing so will almost certainly want to tap into one of Benchmark's new EIRs: Rob Bearden.… Read more
I was just reading Todd Barr's blog this morning, only to discover he has left Red Hat and joined FiveRuns. I know Red Hat. I know FiveRuns. I even know Todd ([former] director of product marketing at Red Hat and a super-sharp guy).
But I didn't know Todd had left Red Hat to join FiveRuns, an open-source systems management company for monitoring Rails applications.
Funny enough, I was thinking of pinging Todd yesterday but forbear because I didn't want to annoy Red Hat by hiring out of its ranks...Todd, if you decide to change jobs again, … Read more
Mozilla's Firefox browser is a true community effort. Though Mozilla itself employs 45 full-time developers, there are an additional 1,000 community code contributors to the Firefox project with over 20,000 nightly testers and 500,000 beta testers to ensure the core developers can offload much of the test load so that they can spend more time on core development. With over 50 million daily users and 125 million total users, Firefox has a huge presence on the web.
With so many users Mozilla feels it has a huge responsibility as a guardian of the web for the 21st Century, suggested Chris Blizzard in a presentation he gave at the SCALE conference this week. Chris' slides are online and tell the story of an organization that takes its role as a community platform - with the aspiration to be an essential facility - very seriously.
Mike Olson, Sleepycat CEO and co-founder, has left Oracle. Mike quietly left Oracle in mid-January on amicable terms and indicates that he's going to spend the next while looking around the industry to see what problems he can help fix. (Plus I think he's going to ski a bit. :-)
Mike sold Sleepyat, an open-source embedded database company, to Oracle back in February 2006. Much to my aggravation, I've never heard a negative word out of his mouth about his two-year stay with Oracle, either in public or private. Mike is class and gave to his employer … Read more
Royal Pingdom has compiled a list of the seven largest acquisitions in open source's history. Sun's acquisition of MySQL is the biggest ($1 billion), but it's not nearly the outsized acquisition that it originally appeared to be considering that Red Hat paid $674 million for Cygnus Solutions back in 1999.
Linux (and principally Red Hat Enterprise Linux) has become the primary production platform for the animation industry, largely due to the engineering efforts of DreamWorks. Behind that effort sits Ed Leonard, chief technology officer at DreamWorks, who has been recognized for his work with an Annie Award for "promoting the Linux open system for animation in animation studios and gaming software development."
I first met Ed back in 2004 while still at Novell. I was trying to dislodge Red Hat within DreamWorks. Needless to say, I failed. :-)
Ed was a director back then. He's since become … Read more
Joe Brockmeier, editor-in-chief of Linux.com, has left the world of Linux evangelism to join the world of...Linux evangelism. However, instead of doing so as the "neutral" voice of a journalist he'll have a bit of an OpenSUSE slant this time around as the OpenSUSE community manager..
And that's just fine.
I've long respected Joe and think this is a good move for Novell, which seems to have a predilection for the analyst and journalist community that covers it. (It hired Bill Claybrook from Aberdeen a few years ago.) One of Novell's core problems in the past two years has been a lack of vocal DNA that will focus on the value of Linux, rather than the value of shacking up with Microsoft. Joe isn't a zealot but he also knows which side his open-source bread is buttered on.