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Smart People on Ice: Adam Jacob on Open Source and Chef, Part 2

Here’s the second half of Alex Benik’s “Smart People on Ice” interview with Adam Jacob, a co-founder and CTO of IT-automation company Chef. Alex and Adam continue their discussion about open-source software (which Adam compares to having a bunch of guys over to drink beer and fix up a classic car); Chef’s business model; and other topics.

“Smart People on Ice” is a line from the 1985 movie Real Genius, the classic comedy which chronicled the exploits and hijinks of a group of precocious youths at fictional California university, modeled on CalTech.  Our Smart People series features conversations with leading technologists from across the technology stack discussing how they first fell in love with  technology, their early days with computers, and their evolution as technologists and entrepreneurs.

Smart People’s host is Alex Benik. Real Genius was one of the sparks that catalyzed Alex’s fascination with technology as a boy and has influenced him to this day.  Alex has been with Battery since 2001 and invests in infrastructure technologies.  He currently works with Catchpoint, Chef, Cumulus Networks, Diablo Technologies, and Stratoscale.


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