Jim Curry is General Manager and Chief Stacker of OpenStack, the recently launched open source cloud computing project. OpenStack was launched based on code contributions from Rackspace and NASA, and currently has nearly 30 companies supporting the project. He is responsible for driving all aspects of the OpenStack initiative, including major partnerships, community-driven development and adoption.
In addition to his current role with OpenStack, Curry is the VP of corporate development at Rackspace and maintains responsibility for the company’s M&A and venture investing activities, including the acquisitions of Webmail.us, Slicehost and Jungle Disk. He also manages strategic product partner alliances for Rackspace, particularly in the areas of cloud computing and applications, and incubating new businesses at the company including the Managed Colocation offering and Hong Kong businesses.
Prior to Rackspace, he spent 15 years in the IT and financial services sector in various new product incubation, corporate development and investing roles. Most recently, he was a senior leader on Dell’s corporate development team. He has also held leadership positions with several other technology startups including Bowstreet and Tivoli, both acquired by IBM. He also was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and spent several years as a private equity investor.