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Rob Hirschfeld likes to build things like cars, clouds, communities, companies and also things that don’t start with C. He was early into the I/SaaS and scale cloud computing, with a start-up solving some interesting problems with hypervisors and the software life cycle. He also learned early that process (Lean/Agile) and operations (DevOps) are critical to successful design and delivery. While he thinks like start-up founder, he also has 5 years of big company experience from Dell where he become a Sr. Distinguished Engineer.
Rob has been very active in open communities. He’s a founding and still active board member (2012-) for the OpenStack foundation. He is also project founder (2011-) and community lead of the OpenCrowbar project. His current job, CEO of RackN, extends with the Crowbar leadership by providing support, consulting and commercial extensions to the community project.
Rob is a graduate of Duke and Louisiana State University. In addition to cloud technologies, Rob is also known for his passion and expertise on the Agile/Lean process and electric cars. You can find Rob’s thoughts on cloud innovation at his blog “RobHirschfeld.com” or as “@Zehicle” on Twitter.