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Startup Hot Seat: Four Enterprise Tech Startups Chosen to Pitch Ideas to IT Community at Interop Las Vegas

Non-Profits and Industry Associations Explore New IT Standards in Future of Tech Sessions

SAN FRANCISCO, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Interop Las Vegas, produced by UBM Tech, today announced the participants for Startup Hot Seat, a unique opportunity for four enterprise startups to pitch their companies and solutions to the IT community. Focusing on the present and future innovations that will drive the IT community forward, Interop Las Vegas takes place April 27 – May 1 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. For more information, visit:

Startups are essential to the advancement of the IT industry. Interop’s Startup Hot Seat highlights four new companies in automation, big data, security, and resource management. A variety of innovative startups competed for the chance to take part in this exclusive opportunity. The four companies chosen will have eight minutes on stage to share new ideas, followed by a round of tough questions by an expert panel and conference attendees. Interop welcomes the following participating startups:

6fusion: John D. Cowan, Co-Founder and CEO

Distelli: Rahul Singh, Founder and CEO

LaunchKey: Geoff Sanders, Co-Founder and CEO

Metanautix:Theo Vassilakis, Founder and CEO


Startup Hot Seat will take place Thursday, April 30, 1:00 - 1:45 pm. For more information, visit:

“Interop is honing in on the new ideas defining the future of tech,” said Interop General Manager Jennifer Jessup. “By inviting a host of the most promising startups to participate in special panels, discussions and informal networking opportunities, Interop aims to pinpoint the trends and technologies that will shape the next generation of enterprise solutions.”

Future of Tech

New to Interop Las Vegas, the Future of Tech program features the industry associations and non-profits implementing new standards across IT. Representatives from Open Networking Foundation, OpenCloud Connect/Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and more will share their vision and specific initiatives around open cloud, open SDN, vender lock-in and more.

Open to all Interop attendees, the Future of Tech series will take place Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30. For the full schedule, visit:

Even More Startup Sessions

Interop expands its focus on the exciting potential of new enterprise technology companies with two additional conference sessions. Within the Infrastructure and Applications tracks, respectively, these sessions take a deeper and more technical dive into areas where startups are driving true change.

The Bleeding Edge - Live Interviews With 3 Startups: Ethan Banks, Editor of Packet Pushers Podcast, will interview three young companies that are bringing new ideas to the enterprise IT space. Hear from Arkin Net, CloudGenix, and LightCyber about how they’re tackling difficult problems in network operations, security, and SDN. (Thursday, April 30, 4:10 - 4:55 pm)

David vs. Goliath: New Startups Driving Innovation: As networks become more dynamic and software driven, young companies are implementing positive change in all layers of the infrastructure stack. This panel will highlight lessons learned from the entrepreneurs in the trenches battling the industry giants. Participating companies include Akanda, Cloud Helix, Cumulus Networks and SocketPlane. (Thursday, April 30, 3:15 - 4:00 pm)

View these sessions as well as the full conference schedule here:

The Interop Las Vegas 2015 conference program will be the most impressive in quality and size in the event's history, growing by nearly 35 percent over 2014. Nowhere else in the country will the IT community experience such a robust schedule of panels, lectures and discussions. Interop also hosts an Expo of more than 300 solution providers, offering attendees a convenient way to see next-gen technologies all in one place.


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About Interop®

Interop is the leading independent IT industry event dedicated to providing technology professionals with the unbiased information they need to thrive as new technologies continue to transform the enterprise. Part of UBM Tech's family of global brands, Interop connects all levels of the IT community by showcasing the latest innovations and technologies while providing unique opportunities for networking and career advancement. Through in-depth educational programs, workshops, real-world demonstrations and live technology implementations in its unique InteropNet program, Interop allows attendees to gain insight into the future of technology, the outlook for the IT industry, and the possibilities of what it means to be in IT. Interop Las Vegas is the flagship event held each spring, with annual international events in India, London and Tokyo, all produced by UBM Tech and partners. For more information about these events, visit


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