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Smart People on Ice: Mike Shapiro and Adam Leventhal on their Early Days at Sun Microsystems

Alex Benik’s latest “Smart People on Ice” video interview is a double feature: Alex chats with both Mike Shapiro, co-founder of DSSD and vice president of software engineering at EMC/DSSD, as well as Adam Leventhal, chief technology officer at Delphix. In the video, Mike and Adam discuss their first fascination with technology, their early days working together at Sun Microsystems, and the lasting impact of technologies they developed, including Sun’s Solaris operating system.

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CEOs: Like It or Not, You’re Running a Software Company

What business is your company in? Chances are you’ll answer this question in a pretty focused way –your company is in financial services or telecommunications or transportation. I would argue that as a CEO, you should see your companies in a different light: Your company is, at its core, a software company. Or at least it should be.

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Going Cloud Native: Question Your Assumptions



Battery Ventures Technology Fellow Adrian Cockcroft headlined the latest Advanced Amazon Web Services Meetup in San Francisco last week, giving a talk on trends in enterprise cloud adoption and how companies can leverage the cloud to speed innovation and deliver services that will transform enterprise IT.

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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.

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If you have too much money, you buy VMware. If you have too much time, you buy OpenStack.

Marten Mickos, CEO, Eucalyptus Systems, at GigaOm Structure, June 19, 2014


Don’t Miss the Boat on B2B, Behavioral Data

We’ve all heard the buzz about how marketers are finally starting to apply “big data” in earnest to guide their outreach strategies. Some even predicted that 2014 would be the year that this shift to true big-data integration would happen.

However, Razorfish recently surveyed 685 C-suite executives and published these findings: A whopping 76 percent of marketers are not using behavioral data for segmentation analysis or targeting. The reality is that marketers are largely missing out on high-frequency, real-time insights which have the potential to radically change the B2B marketing landscape.

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My Key to Hiring? Grit


My daughter has a high IQ. I’ve always sensed it, and eventually, proved it with a test. At least once a month we have this ritual. “I’m not learning anything,” she says to me, as she’s faced with her after school homework. “School’s not about getting smarter,” I tell her, “It’s about working harder.”

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Cloudy With a Chance of Trends


Image © 2014 by Jakub Mosur, used with permission.

A global land grab for dominance in the public cloud. The rise of OpenStack as a datacenter-automation tool. SaaS investment soaring as enterprises look for business analytics services. Docker making an end-run around Cloud Foundry.

These are a few of the key takeaways from my talk, “Cloud Trends”, delivered at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco this week. (For the full presentation, click here; for the video, click here.)

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