My Tweets of the Fall of 2011

By Marten Mickos | December 08, 2011

Almost a tradition already, I will here summarize my tweets from the previous months. This is my previous tweet summary from Summer 2011. And, of course, feel free to follow my tweets in real time at

Tweets by Category

Interviews With and Writings By Me

Blog: Eucalyptus a useful complement to Amazon Web Services (AWS) #cloud #cloudcomputing

RT carolinarizo #CloudBeat "I joined the team because the group was amazing, so smart: 6 PhDs" Marten Mickos CEO Eucalyptus Systems

CloudBeat summarizes my talk today

Saying that private cloud is a false cloud is like saying that an espresso machine is a false Starbucks.

Seen from planet Mars, AWS is a private cloud.

For every dominant software standard, there emerges a winning open source reference implementation

The myth of the private cloud: everything is hybrid - @mjasay interviewed @martenmickos

A summary, in Finnish, of my keynote in Helsinki last week - creativity & perseverance key to business

The Eucalyptus cloud platform does not mandate an underlying architecture, it blankets it.

Eucalyptus tree is 'an shu' in Mandarin and 'nilgiri' in Hindi (and 'tailapatra' in Sanskrit). Other translations welcome!

Cool! Over 5,000 views of my Stanford talk on entrepreneurialism (1h video)

delighted to be invited for interview by the amazing Jono Bacon @artofcommunity

getting ready at the #CloudExpo for "CEO Power Panel: Where Does the Cloud Take Us Next?" Session 13 at 7:15pm

thx! RT @JiovanMelendez: Check out @martenmickos on Stanford eCorner hands down best video I've ever seen on @eCorner

In under 24 hours, 1,000+ people have listened to the podcast of my Stanford prez - thank you, everyone! appreciate it

Joe Brockmeier interviewed me on the state of Eucalyptus and private/hybrid clouds

Enjoyed professor Burgelman's class at Stanford GSB this morning

I'll be speaking at CloudFair in April 2012 in Seattle

Great audience at #Astricon. Nearly half said they use AWS. Several have Eucalyptus private clouds.

Our egos may want to be alone, but our brains were designed to work together.

Looking forward to Asterisk User Conference astricon

Observers tend to focus on problems, participants on opportunities. Let's make everyone a participant. #opensource

dev2ops video: Marten Mickos and Rich Wolski talk DevOps and Private Clouds

Speaking at Dasher & HP annual executive forum on Friday

The biggest risk is in not trying - a blog posting by me in Finnish

Cloud Computing and the Software Industry

SAP buys SuccessFactors for $3.4bn cash - cloud rules!

RT @algillen: # IDC SIS 2012 Prediction 2: Private Clouds Will Grow Like Gangbusters, One Use Case at a Time

Lots and lots of cloud companies

In the cloud, you need to make it as easy to leave as it is to join. Adam Selipsky of AWS at #CloudBeat 2011

Congrats! RT @puppetmasterd: Cisco, Google, and VMware invest in Puppet Labs:

In the most elegant terms, Kyo Lee explains an advanced cloud app - a must read & view for amateurs & pros

Get this new $1.99 eBook to learn the foundations of on-premise IaaS clouds. Author: @jasondeden

India's National Informatics Centre builds e-governance cloud on Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus cloud customers

Puma, Sony, InterContinental Hotels, Cornell University, USDA, FDA ... - Eucalyptus is production-ready private cloud software #CloudExpo

Are you trying to figure out cloud? Here is a friendly & educational blog series about cloud computing

InterContinental Hotels and Beijing UnGeo run on myCloud from RightScale and Eucalyptus

Workday looks to put a bomb under SAP and Oracle duopoly by @dahowlett

Fujitsu's NuVola cloud platform is built on Eucalyptus

Python and AWS Cookbook by Mitch Garnaat - a vital book for Python developers using EC2 & S3

Congrats @jamesurquhart and enStratus! RT I am leaving Cisco to join enStratus as VP of Product Strategy.

Cornell Red Cloud runs on Eucalyptus

How long does it take to get Eucalyptus installed on Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric)? Less than 1/2 hour

Try cloud at home. Eucalyptus software gives you AWS semantics on your own servers.

You can follow many Eucalyptus cloud blogs here:

Check out our latest newsletter

Don't miss Euca Social in Silicon Valley on 10 Nov 2011, 5-10pm

"AWS itself will be a 16B business by 2016" says @randybias in excellent blog posting

A great Eucalyptus cloud use case in academia: running thousands of VMs on Eucalyptus.

My colleagues loved Monktoberfest, summarized here by @sogrady

Eucalyptus Systems expanding. We are opening shop in Europe. Welcome aboard, Paul Holt!

the heady scent of Eucalyptus - welcome aboard, Greg DeKoenigsberg

a welcome and needed change: Rackspace spins up OpenStack Foundation

Eucalyptus Systems joins the Linux Foundation - FOSS is cloud and cloud is FOSS

How Apache Hadoop is revolutionizing BI and data analytics brilliant slides by @awadallah of Cloudera

Listen to Eucalyptus co-founder Graziano Obertelli talk about cloud & community on the FLOSS Weekly podcast :

Eucalyptus is hiring #cloud

As @richwolski has been saying "The cloud is the new Linux distro"

Blogs about the Eucalyptus cloud platform can be found at

At Eucalyptus we eat our own dogfood - or drink our own champagne, as we prefer to say it

Eucalyptus is hiring brilliant infrastructure software engineers. And we have great company meetings in Santa Barbara

If you can't use a public cloud - as in Holland - you need a compatible private cloud, such as Eucalyptus

San Diego Super Computing Center chooses Eucalyptus to power their super computing research cloud

India's National Informatics Centre picks Eucalyptus cloud - remote provisioning of e-governance apps

3V drivers of big data: Volume, Velocity & Variety - The more of those V:s you have, the more you need Hadoop via @mikeolson

AWS API is a de facto standard and the way to go, says Mark Shuttleworth #cloudcomputing

martenmickos CA's ARCserve data protection suite supports Eucalyptus clouds - it's all about hybrid clouds

RT @DanteVTF: RightScale manages Public EC2 nodes and a Private Eucalyptus cloud at the same time. The dashboard lets you see both, nice.

DEVOPS_BORAT Cloud with no API is same useful as Windows with no mouse.

lancegaley OH: Your cloud. Own it. Just don't let the vendor own you. #VMworld

Aeolus mission: to free users from cloud lock-in

Eucalyptus partners Puppet and Chef ease the transition to cloud computing says Businessweek via @dr138

adrianco My blog post on cloning AWS was picked up by GigaOM and appeared on the NYT site today

Open Source

Proud to be in good company. The 2011 Digital 100 - seems all of them are built on open source

Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) - lots of new members since we started it in May

3 transformative steps to an "open source" management model via @ValaAfshar

Red Hat seems unstoppable - Q2 revenue up 28% to $281M via @mjasay

Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Momentum builds slowly. Change happens swiftly. (Said about Italy in NYT, but I feel it has general applicability)

Founder of the No Fear leadership movement urges us not to drive with the hand brake on & not be afraid of failures

Insightful and useful: 10 myths about introverts via @hnshah

Experts on women's leadership list 4 ways women stunt their careers unintentionally

RT @hnshah: How To Be The Best #Entrepreneur In The World

RT @mhagelb: @samiinkinen: "Silicon Valley is the NHL for entrepreneurs. With an opportunity to come here, who would say no?"

RT @hnshah: People think being an entrepreneur means doing what you want. It's doing what you need to do even if you don't want to do it.

why Nordics and Baltics are so important for VCs by Ben Holmes @indexben

light directly into the brain through the ears is healthy - go Valkee!

Girl Scouts CEO Kathy Cloninger talks to @Jenna_Goudreau about female business leaders via @martinamickos

For female startup entrepreneurs:

Silicon Valley is not the only place to be. - Mark Zuckerberg via @mjasay

Jim Collins on Why 20-mile marchers win via @ZUrlocker

Slush 2011 gathering excellent speakers and startups in Helsinki

Esther Dyson @edyson on how kids innovate relying on the Undo option - and on Russia and other topics

Nokia: Let's Call It A Comeback via @JulesHanna

Awesome videos from Khosla Ventures 2011 CEO Conference: via @rosalieinc

With IBM's new CEO, we have three women running huge techs: Ursula Burns (Xerox), Meg Whitman (HP) Ginni Rometty (IBM) - via @jonfortt

Congrats Workday and @aneelb on raising $85m at a whopping $2bn valuation

In search of the entrepreneurial killer instinct in Finland - column by Marko Junkkari

Fantastic entrepreneurial story about Dropbox and Drew Houston (by Victoria Barret, Forbes)

10 secrets of successful leaders

Women who ask do get ahead - by Catalyst CEO Ilene Lang in Forbes

The entrepreneurial story about Trulia in

My pledge to women to more actively take on leadership roles in business enterprises (this txt in Finnish)

Praise people for their efforts, not for their intelligence

Steve Blank @sgblank summarizes his observations on the entrepreneurial climate in Finland

What I Learned From Steve Jobs, by Guy Kawasaki via @vkhosla - brilliant!

Excellent leadership lessons on innovation and transparency by Joseph Jimenez of Novartis

masterful Marc Benioff - as reported by Quentin Hardy of NYT

RT @brenthoberman: Amazon: The Walmart of the web | The Economist

Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you? - great article in the New Yorker by a surgeon who has a coach

Europe, a msg for you: RT @dharmesh: The most common cause of startup failure is failure to start.

How to create an innovative culture - absolutely brilliant interview with Andrew Thompson of Proteus

40 views on leadership in the age of digital cowboys - entrepreneurs, corp execs, political leaders, academics

Trust is built by sharing vulnerability - says John Hagel - it’s about providing individuals with the power to connect

In this new world of business, companies and leaders will have to show authenticity, fairness, transparency and good faith. - D Kirkpatrick

Social power and the coming corporate revolution - brilliantly described by David Kirkpatrick

Finnish awesomeness and entrepreneurship - inspirational & impactful blog posting by @raesmaa

In 2007 Nokia asked their staff to re-define the core values. Brilliant! I hope this spirit persists.

arcticstartup A Cry From A Country In Structural Change

Transparency as a key competitive advantage, by Scott Weiss, former Ironport CEO

The World, Our Planet

RT David_67 Quantum Entanglement on the macro level #coolstuff

What's the public sector corruption in your country? - Kiwis can be proud

The magic of diasporas (The Economist) via @mjasay - 215m i.e. 3% of world population is first-gen migrants

Walls are built not for security but for a sense of security. On the other side, the wall is an invitation

Top 100 Global Thinkers by The ForeignPolicy - very interesting reading, including their Reading Lists

RT @martinamickos: Researchers from UC Irvine, HRL, Calit2 develop world's lightest material

RT @yarapavan: We must believe in free will — we have no choice. #quote

Russia has Europe's biggest internet population

Shanghai to Nanjing at 302 km per hour, on rails. Enormously impressive.

RT @ZUrlocker: It's 11:11:11 on 11/11/11. This feel so singular.

RT @RomanStanek: I am uncertain about quantum mechanics...

880 sq km of iceberg forming in Antarctica

UNDP ranks Norway on top of human development

Bolshoi theatre in Moscow, first built in 1776, reopens after 6 years of renovation

RT @SaidZiouani: It's official, I think, now Earth is home to 7 billion humans:

Great section on India in The Economist

100 years - 42 kilometers. Impressive!

RT @nytimes: Tomas Tranströmer Wins Nobel Literature Prize via @yarapavan

RT @yarapavan: The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe

Saudi Arabia's women obtaining the right to vote

dGoligorsky "Lagom" is a nice Swedish word for the idea of "just enough but not too much."

the mind is in the body - not just in the brain via @vkhosla

A planet can serve two masters - Kepler-16b orbits two suns

Progressive tax rates correlate with national happiness

RT @robey: i feel like this year's fibonacci conference will be as big as the last two combined! - via @mikeolson

martenmickos Hang on to your purse, Ms Merkel By Gideon Rachman / FT (registration required)

Be a global native in major languages: - near real-time professional translation of social media feeds

RT @edyson shameless but hilarious stereotypes of Europe by "friends":

Books I've Read

The Art of Community by Jono Bacon is an excellent book for anyone building an open source community

"I was blind but now I see" by James Altucher @jaltucher - a book worth reading although (or because?), like me, you may also disagree

Important book about the future: Reality Is Broken by Jane McGonigal, 2011 - games make us better and they change the world

Intriguing book: Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh, 2008,

Brilliant book: The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? by @ianbremmer in 2010

Matsushita Leadership by John Kotter - strong and touching book about one of the greatest entrepreneurs

Famous Quotes

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. — Cicero #quote

All human beings are born entrepreneurs; it is society's job to help unleash their potential. - Muhammad Yunus via @JulesHanna

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. - Demosthenes #quote

Courage is knowing what not to fear. - Plato #quote

RT steven fitzgerald Children are both a magnifying glass on general human behavior and a mirror of the behavior they observe

"Meiba ni kuse ari" - Japanese for “Even the famous horse smells” #quote

Sometimes the hardest advice to follow is the advice you dispense yourself. - Steve Fitzgerald #quote

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can. - Jimmy Carter #quote

Ideas come from data. - Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics, #quote

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. - Albert Einstein #quote

RT @brianflannery "It is not those who can inflict the most, but those who can suffer the most who will prevail." -- Irish Republican Terence MacSwiney #quote

A man grows most tired while standing still. - Chinese proverb #quote

RT @shervin: When in doubt, believe.

JulesHanna Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the conquest of it.

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. - Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote

RT @ConanOBrien: Just taught my kids about taxes by eating 38% of their ice cream.

Always tell the truth. You will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain #quote

See my tweets from the summer of 2011 as well.

Mårten Mickos

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