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Open for business: Building successful commerce around open source
PARC Forum

series: OPEN

8 April 2010
George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC
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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. Previously, 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.