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Xen and the Art of Startups

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In January 2005, four University of Cambridge researchers founded a technology start-up called “XenSource”. In November 2007, XenSource was purchased by Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) for US $500M. In this talk I will outline the story of XenSource, from technical inception to the ultimate purchase, and draw a number of lessons regarding things we did right and – more often! – things we did wrong.

About the speaker: Steve Hand is the University of Cambridge Reader in Computer Systems, with interests in operating systems, computer architecture, programming languages, distributed systems and algorithms. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and supervised 7 PhD students to completion to date, with 6 more in the pipeline.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Computing and Technology Society (CUCaTS) series.

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