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Perspectives September 3, 2013

VentureBeat / Opportunities & Challenges for VMworld

Too big to fail? Or too big to succeed?

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VMware wrapped up its 10th annual VMworld conference last week in San Francisco.

As a new product manager ten years ago I remember helping set up chairs at the very first VMworld keynote in San Diego. It’s hard to believe, but a decade ago Diane Greene and the VMware leadership team had the ambition to envision that VMworld would become the industry defining conference it is today, from 1200 attendees in San Diego to almost 23,000 attendees just ten years later.

In many ways, bigger is better: more customers, more partners, more products; but has VMworld become too big for the startup ecosystem from where it came? Just like in a forest where the tallest trees block the sun from the younger plants preventing them from growing, have the tall trees of VMworld (Cisco, EMC, Intel, HP, Dell, IBM, Microsoft even!) begun to crowd out the startups that are key to VMware’s success? Read more on VentureBeat.

“Just like in a forest where the tallest trees block the sun from the younger plants preventing them from growing, have the tall trees of VMworld begun to crowd out the startups that are key to VMware’s success?”