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An Interview with Derek Collison, Apcera’s CEO and founder

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I interviewed  Derek Collison, This is how SandHill.com describes him
Derek Collison is founder and CEO of Apcera. An industry veteran and pioneer in large-scale distributed systems and enterprise computing, he has held executive positions at TIBCO Software, Google and VMware. At TIBCO, he designed and implemented a wide range of messaging products including Rendezvous and EMS. Derek is not from an Ivy League University (he graduated in University of Maryland) , yet his career is a string of visionary projects in distributed computing that brought immediate tangible benefits.

As Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs wrote in New York Times,
Smart and educated people don’t always spawn innovation. America’s advantage, if it continues to have one, will be that it can produce people who are also more creative and imaginative, those who know how to stand at the intersection of the humanities and the sciences. Paraphrasing another comment from Walter Isaacson, "intuition was …

John Sculley and Steve Jobs. Some random thoughts

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In the Steve Jobs chapter of Apple Computer mythology, the name of the villain is John Sculley, ex-president of Pepsi-Cola. He was hired by Steve Jobs himself, In 1983  he became the CEO and stayed for 10 years as the highest paid CEO on Silicon Valley. He is the guy who pushed Steve aside.


He then tried to run Apple Computer as a commodity corporation. One lesson the world learned is that one can not replace a resourceful, genial  founder with an equally resourceful bureaucrat.

The need to hire non-conformists and underdogs This is a  blog I wrote in April 2014, in essence long quote from David Brooks, the New York Time columnist and thinker. Bias hiring decisions against perfectionists. If you work in a white-collar sector that attracts highly educated job applicants, you’ve probably been flooded with résumés from people who are not so much human beings as perfect avatars of success. They got 3.8 grade-point averages in high school and college. They served in the cliché leadership p…

A Trusted Cloud Platform

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Why this video is on Apcera home page? The first message a visitor reads on Apcera’s home page is:Innovation, Meet Trust: Transform your business with the most secure and trusted cloud platform This is not just a marketing claim. The founder of Apcera, Derek Collison, has a rich experience from working over many years at Tibco and Google, then initiating the Cloud Foundry project. When he worked at Google, Derek and his team used an internal tool called Borg. No Google developer had direct access to hardware, only to Borg. Derek discovered that Google trusted Borg to protect their core business, while allowing devs to move fast.
This is why Apcera is the ultimate platform that Derek created to build on this concept. He placed trust first in the design priorities. In this video from Apcera, - that Apcera just placed on their web site - Jason Hoffman, Head of Product Area Cloud Systems at Ericsson, talks about trust. In Ericsson, we are responsible for mission-critical infrastructures …

Why Docker containers are not used widely in Enterprises?

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2015 was the year of the Docker explosion I am a great admirer of Solomon Hykes, whose company dotCloud seed financed by Trinity Ventures, went south and was on the verge being sold for peanuts. Then Solomon and close collaborators did something crazy: they decided to open source the container technology they had built for dotCloud.

His investors were against it, yet Dan Scholnick , an open minded VC investor from Trinity wrote:
Thanks to Solomon and his team, we have a business called Docker that’s on fire and changing the world of software infrastructure....  Solomon Hykes is an exceptional entrepreneur.  None of the success Docker is having today would have been possible without his insight and courage, to say nothing of the technical accomplishments.  He knew when to cut bait and when to go with his gut.  No combination of good idea and great investors can accomplish anything without exceptional, visionary founders at the helm.  And of course, Solomon couldn’t have done it alone.…