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About Me:

Mark Radcliffe

I have been practicing law in Silicon Valley for over thirty years assisting startups and global companies develop and market innovative products and services. I have participated in multiple business cyles in Silicon Valley from hardware to software to internet to cloud. My projects have included developing the dual licensing business model for open source startup, developing the original domain dispute resolution policy for NSI and assisting Sun in open sourcing the Solaris operating system. Recently, I served on the US Japan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council (one of ten members) to develop a plan to encourage the innovation in Japan and the United States. I have been working with the same attorneys since 1986 although we have merged with other law firms several times. I am now a partner at DLA Piper, a (relatively) new global law firm formed in 2005 from the merger of three law firms. The firm now has 4200 lawyers in 31 countries and 77 cities. My experience in corporate securities (particularly venture capital) and intellectual property enables me to assist companies structure the financing and intellectual property strategy for developing ane exploiting a new product or service. I and my team work with fifty startups at one time as well as Global Fortune 100. I have been fortunate enough to work with companies in software, cloud computing, semiconductor, health care IT and Web 2.0.

The Open Source Summit in Hong Kong last week demonstrates the power of the open source methodology and the OpenStack community. The Summit was the first OpenStack Foundation conference outside of the United States and attracted over 3,000 attendees from over 50 countries (significantly more than the Summit in Portland). OpenStack has grown dramatically with over 12,000 individual members in over 130 countries. The software has been deployed in over 200 cities. http://www.openstack.org/summit/openstack-summit-hong-kong-2013/session-videos/presentation/openstack-keynote-featuring-concur-digitalfilm-tree-shutterstock.The keynotes were great, but Danny Sabbah, IBM CTO and General Manager for Next Generation Platform, was particularly fascinating: he described the shift in computing as the most massive transformation of the industry that he has seen in his career which started in 1974. The cloud has the power to change both how we compute and what we compute. This change will transform the Internet into a “compute engine”. As context, he noted the following trends: the size of the “digital universe” will increase by 50 times between 2010 and 2020, with over 40 zettabytes of data; the number of smart phones will increase by over 20 times to 10 billion by 2016 and the active users of Facebook will increase by 10 times to over 1 billion by 2013. http://www.openstack.org/summit/openstack-summit-hong-kong-2013/session-videos/presentation/ibm-keynote-managing-the-next-era-of-computing-with-an-open-cloud-architecture. OpenStack, with its open architecture and collaborative development methodology, can play a central role in this transformation.

The Thanksgiving holiday has given me the opportunity to consider the critical new role of collaboration in innovation. This role was emphasized to me during a single day, November 17, in Silicon Valley. In the morning, I attended the Cloud Computer Expo and speaker after speaker, from Cisco to HP, discussed how OpenStack software was critical to their success in cloud computing and was transforming cloud computing industry. OpenStack software to enable cloud computing is being developed under the management of the OpenStack Foundation in a collaboration of over 150 companies. The OpenStack project was started by NASA and Rackspace, but was recently reorganized as a foundation to take over the funding and management of the project www.openstack.org (as a matter of transparency, I represent the OpenStack Foundation). I think that such collaborations will be increasingly critical for the future because many business problems are too complicated to be effectively solved by a single company. For example, the auto industry has joined with the consumer electronics industry to form a collaboration for entertainment systems in automobiles, the Genivi Alliance http://www.genivi.org/.

At the end of the day, I attended the Sierrra Ventures CIO Summit cocktail party (yet another good reason to have Sierra Ventures as an investor) and Jed York of the 49ers was discussing the role of technology in the new Santa Clara stadium (it sounds like it will be spectacular). Yet he also focused on the need to encourage collaboration with the Silicon Valley community to take advantage of the possibilities presented by the technology infrastructure of the new stadium.

From cloud computing to sports, collaboration has become central to business success in the 21st century.