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Building an Open-Source Startup Into An Enterprise w/ MapD

  • CIC Cambridge 1 Broadway, 5th floor, Venture Cafe Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

Brief overview: Aaron Williams, VP of Global Community at MapD
Topic: Building an Open-Source Startup Into An Enterprise

While working on his thesis at Harvard, MapD’s CEO Todd Mostak was frustrated by the time spent waiting for answers to his database queries. Unable to access a large enough cluster of traditional servers, he dared to ask "what if I created my own query engine that uses the massive parallelism of GPU hardware to accelerate the queries?" Thus, the original MapD software was born.

In this talk, Aaron Williams, VP of Global Community, will introduce MapD and its innovative open source business model. With years of experience building successful software companies and ecosystems, Aaron will provide insight into the industry trends that companies like MapD are leading. He’ll highlight stories of startup challenges, building and contributing to open source projects and communities, and lastly, the key decisions that have made MapD successful.


6:00 pm: Check-in, grab pizza and drinks, networking

6:30 pm: Welcoming from OSEN

Intro to GPU-based analytics, including MapD’s open source SQL engine

Building an Open-Source Startup Into An Enterprise

7:20 pm: Q&A from audience

7:40 pm: Networking

As usual, we'll have lots of time for informal discussion.

Aaron Williams is the VP of Global Community at MapD. He is responsible for MapD’s developer, user and open source communities. He comes to MapD with more than two decades of previous success building ecosystems around some of software’s most familiar platforms. Most recently he ran the global community for Mesosphere, including leading the launch and growth of DC/OS as an open source project. Prior to that he led the Java Community Process at Sun Microsystems, and ecosystem programs at SAP. Aaron has also served as the founding CEO of two startups in the entertainment space. Aaron has an MS in Computer Science and BS in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.