MIT Enterprise Forum: ‘Sunny Days Ahead for the Cloud Environment’

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Cambridge, Mass. — April 2
On April 15, the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge will feature a keynote presentation with Amazon Web Services’ Adam Selipsky to discuss how businesses can take advantage of cloud computing services. Following the address, Selipsky and Sim Simeonov of Polaris Venture Partners will hold a fireside chat to discuss the benefits of cloud technology as well as the emerging ecosystem of companies to help utilize cloud products and services.

Following the conversation, Fumi Matsumoto, founder and CTO of Allurent, and Spike Washburn, founder and CEO of Stax Networks, will demonstrate their companies’ cloud computing services. A panel of experts will continue the discussion by examining how best to utilize the cloud in the interest of a company’s bottom line.

Speakers:

  • Adam Selipsky is VP of product management for Amazon Web Services, a provider of infrastructure Web-services platforms that allow developers to create their own applications. Prior to joining Amazon in 2005, Selipsky worked as a vice-president for RealNetworks. Earlier, he was a partner at Mercer Management Consulting. Selipsky is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a master’s degree from Harvard Business School.
  • Sim Simeonov is a technology advisor at Polaris Venture Partners, where he focuses on helping entrepreneurs launch companies in the Internet, mobile and enterprise space. Previously, Simeonov was a founding member and chief architect at Allaire, an Internet platform leader. He also served as VP of emerging technologies and chief architect at Macromedia (now Adobe). Simeonov has co-founded several start-ups, most recently San Francisco-based Plinky.

Demonstrators:

  • Fumi Matsumoto is founder and CTO of Allurent, a provider of SaaS solutions to e-commerce websites.
  • Spike Washburn is founder and CEO of Stax Networks, a provider of tools and services that assist developers with Web applications through cloud computing

Panelists:

  • Josh Fraser is VP of business development at RightScale, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based leader in cloud computing management.
  • Richard Reiner is CEO and director at Enomaly, a developer of products and services in the open source and cloud computing segment.
  • Roman Stanek is founder and CEO of GoodData, a provider of collaborative analytic solutions based on Web 2.0 and cloud computing technologies.

Frank Gillett, VP and principal analyst at Forrester Research, will moderate the panel discussion.

When: Wednesday, April 15
Networking: 5:30 p.m.
Program: 6:15-8 p.m.
Networking Reception: 8-9 p.m.
Where: Stata Center (Bldg. 32), Kirsch Auditorium, 32 Vassar St., Cambridge , Mass.
Registration and information: www.mitforumcambridge.org/april.html
Pricing: Forum members: $20; Nonmembers: $30; the MIT community and students from all universities, free with college ID. Preregistration encouraged.

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