Golub Joins dotCloud

Ben Golub has joined dotCloud as CEO. Golub most recently served as the president and chief executive officer at Gluster, which was acquired by Red Hat in October 2011. San Francisc-based dotCloud is a Paas company and  the commercial entity behind the Docker.io project.


SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–dotCloud, a leading PaaS company and the commercial entity behind the Docker.io project, today announced that Ben Golub has joined the company as chief executive officer. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Ben brings extensive knowledge of open source software and an exceptional track record of growing businesses, including two prior, successful engagements as a start-up CEO. This is a strategic time for dotCloud, following the recent launch of Docker, an open-source engine that enables any application to be packed and shipped as a lightweight container that runs virtually anywhere.

“I am impressed with dotCloud’s innovative approach to open source software and thrilled to be a part of this talented team,” said Golub. “dotCloud and Docker are addressing some of the most critical IT challenges today, and can revolutionize the way the world approaches application delivery and deployment, cross cloud deployment, webscaling and virtualization. I look forward to playing a key role in helping dotCloud take advantage of the opportunities ahead.”

A well-known CEO and industry veteran, Golub most recently served as the president and chief executive officer at Gluster, a leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, which was acquired by Red Hat in October 2011. Prior to Gluster, Golub served as the president and chief executive officer of Plaxo, leading the company through a complete turnaround and a successful acquisition by Comcast Interactive Media. Prior to Plaxo, Golub was the member of the Executive Team at VeriSign, where he served both as CMO and as SVP and General Manager of the Trust and Payments business.

“Ben has a proven track record of starting, growing and building great, disruptive companies, and will bring invaluable expertise and leadership to dotCloud,” said Peter Fenton, general partner at Benchmark Capital. “Having served as an advisor for Docker, Ben will bring a strength and vision to dotCloud that will enhance the company’s revolutionary approach to code development and deployment.”

“Ben has a history of working with first-to-market leading technology platforms that become game changing leaders,” said Jerry Yang, Yahoo! Co-founder and dotCloud board member. “With the momentum and excitement behind Docker and Ben’s extensive experience, the company has an incredible opportunity to make a big impact on the industry.”

“I am excited to be working with Ben on the next phase of dotCloud,” said Solomon Hykes, dotCloud’s founder and CTO. “We developed a great partnership over the past three months working on the Docker project, and Ben shares our passion for transforming the industry through open source.”

Golub holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Princeton University, and holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) accreditation. Golub serves on a number of for-profit and non-profit boards including Fundly, TrustE, and Partners for Youth with Disabilities.

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dotCloud launched in 2011 as the industry’s first multi-language Platform as a Service. In 2013, recognizing the need for flexible, PaaS-like environments inside enterprises and across clouds, dotCloud released much of its technology as the open source Docker project. Docker (http://docker.io) is an open source engine for deploying any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that will run virtually anywhere. By delivering on the promise “Build Once…Run Anywhere,” Docker has seen explosive growth, and its impact is being seen across devops, PaaS and hybrid cloud environments.

dotCloud was founded by Solomon Hykes, and is venture backed by Benchmark (Peter Fenton), Trinity Ventures (Dan Scholnick), AME Cloud Ventures (Yahoo! Founder Jerry Yang), Y Combinator, and SV Angel (Ron Conway).