Former MySQL exec to spearhead Eucalyptus
As a chief executive, Marten Mickos took MySQL, the open-source database firm whose technology powers Facebook and other Web sites, from a startup to its $1 billion sale to Sun Microsystems in 2008.
On March 19, Mickos became CEO of Santa Barbara-based Eucalyptus Systems, an open-source software firm whose code forms private cloud computing networks and merges them with public cloud systems such as Amazon’s. Though his aim is to turn the venture-backed University of California, Santa Barbara, spinoff into a global company, Mickos said he isn’t looking for repeat of his MySQL experience.
“Eucalyptus is a different type of company, it has a different opportunity, it’s a different type of market, and the times are different,” Mickos told the Business Times. “I’m joining with the humble knowledge that maybe I don’t know everything. There’s a lot to learn.”