Klas was actually an engineer in physics – believe it or not – but spent more or less his whole professional career within fintech. He started off as a software developer – leaving a trail of a few ugly hacks still running in production at several sites – from there onwards continuing in various management roles.
Jonathan Bryce, who has spent his career building the cloud, is Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation. Previously he was a founder of The Rackspace Cloud.
He started his career working as a web developer for Rackspace, and during his tenure, he and co-worker Todd Morey had a vision to build a sophisticated web hosting environment where users and businesses alike could turn to design, develop and deploy their ideal web site – all without being responsible for procuring the technology, installing it or making sure it is built to be always available. This vision became The Rackspace Cloud. Since then he has been a major driver of OpenStack, the open source cloud software initiative.
Johan Christenson is a serial entrepreneur whom has successfully exited multiple companies he founded. After receiving a graduate degree in Engineering, from Florida Institute of Technology, his focus turned to the digital media space. He has raised money both in the US and Europe from venture capical firms such as Benchmark Capital and Balderton Capital.
Johan is the founder and CEO of City Network, which offers a global public cloud as well as private clouds for enterprises - all based on OpenStack. City Networks mission is to enable innovation and focuses on enterprises with regulatory challenges such as banks and insurance companies.
Johan sees OpenStack as critical for all enterprises in order to provide options and create competition in an ever more centralized infrastructure world. He, and the team at City, empower new types of industries and markets to use the power of OpenStack, to enable and increase innovation in their organisations.
I am focused on, and passionate about, open source technologies for next generation networks. Primarily a developer my career has been focused on building and deploying networking technologies for global and carrier networks, more recently my attention has turned to open source community and technology advancement.
A strong believer in collaborative development and open technology ecosystem enablement I am fully invested in exposing technology through open source for global adoption and advancement.
Thierry Carrez is the Vice-President of Engineering at the OpenStack Foundation, in charge of the long-term health of the open source projects under the Foundation. A long-time elected member of the OpenStack Technical Committee, he has been a Release Manager for the OpenStack project since its inception, coordinating the effort and facilitating collaboration between contributors.
Thierry spoke about OpenStack, open innovation and open source project management at various conferences around the world, including OSCON, LinuxCon, and FOSDEM. A Python Software Foundation fellow, he was previously the Technical lead for Ubuntu Server at Canonical, an operational manager for the Gentoo Linux Security Team, and an IT manager in various companies.