The SoftLayer Story
2005 - 2013
Ten Founders – One Vision
Raising Funds to
Build the Best
(Or Not – JFDI!)
Humble Beginnings
Nice (Wooden) Rack!
Focus on Customers
Customers = Revenue
(But, You Have to Earn It!)
Culture is EVERYTHING
(Work Hard – Play Hard)
Truck Day
Culture Too

3BFL
What We've Built

13 Data Centers
17 Network PoPs
Global Private Network

100,000

21,000

22,000,000

SERVERS

CUSTOMERS
...
Total Control
Focus on Developers

(DevOps Before DevOps Was Cool)
Like Who?
Software as a Service

Mobile & Communications

Bump

Voxer

Instapaper

Social

Games and Entertainment

Platfo...
Focus on Startups
By The Numbers
Things to Remember

•
•
•
•
•

Solve Real Problems
Ruthless Focus
Customers First
Build a Strong Culture
Its All About Rev...
paul@softlayer.com
@paulford
Paul Ford, Vice President, Softlayer - The SoftLayer Story – Building the worlds most successful independent Infrastructur...
Paul Ford, Vice President, Softlayer - The SoftLayer Story – Building the worlds most successful independent Infrastructur...
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Paul Ford, Vice President, Softlayer - The SoftLayer Story – Building the worlds most successful independent Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) company based on Customers, Revenue, and "Other" (PS: "Other” doesn't matter!)

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Learn how to create a customer centric business and how to develop a great company culture from one of the tech companies that have made it from startup to acquisition.

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Paul Ford, Vice President, Softlayer - The SoftLayer Story – Building the worlds most successful independent Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) company based on Customers, Revenue, and "Other" (PS: "Other” doesn't matter!)

  1. 1. The SoftLayer Story 2005 - 2013
  2. 2. Ten Founders – One Vision
  3. 3. Raising Funds to Build the Best (Or Not – JFDI!)
  4. 4. Humble Beginnings Nice (Wooden) Rack!
  5. 5. Focus on Customers
  6. 6. Customers = Revenue (But, You Have to Earn It!)
  7. 7. Culture is EVERYTHING (Work Hard – Play Hard)
  8. 8. Truck Day
  9. 9. Culture Too 3BFL
  10. 10. What We've Built 13 Data Centers 17 Network PoPs Global Private Network 100,000 21,000 22,000,000 SERVERS CUSTOMERS DOMAINS
  11. 11. Total Control
  12. 12. Focus on Developers (DevOps Before DevOps Was Cool)
  13. 13. Like Who? Software as a Service Mobile & Communications Bump Voxer Instapaper Social Games and Entertainment Platform as a Service Marketing and Digital Media Hosting & Service Providers Enterprise Yelp
  14. 14. Focus on Startups
  15. 15. By The Numbers
  16. 16. Things to Remember • • • • • Solve Real Problems Ruthless Focus Customers First Build a Strong Culture Its All About Revenue
  17. 17. paul@softlayer.com @paulford

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