Our first industry advisor was Mike Manos, our next is Peter Horan. Peter is unknown to most of the data center audience as he is an executive who has worked on the edge of innovation, not in the hub of data center activity. Peter does have data center experience as the Sr. VP executive for InterActive Media at the time of ask.com's data center construction at Moses Lake, WA. Chuck Geiger was CTO of ask.com at the time, and stated.
“Moses Lake is an ideal location due to its cooperative business environment, access to low cost, renewable power and superior network connectivity,” said Chuck Geiger, Chief Technology Officer of Ask.com. “With these inherent benefits, Eastern Washington is the right choice for Ask.com as we expand our computing infrastructure to support our growth and expanded search services.”
Peter has had the executive's view of building a large data center, yet he has some very innovative, forward thinking ideas and a powerful network. Which brings up a presentation that Peter made discussing the "Edge of the Network."
I've known Peter for many years, including his time as Sr. VP/Publisher of ComputerWorld, CEO of DEVX.com, about.com, allbusiness.com, and was an obvious candidate for the GreenM3 NPO.
Here is a video where Peter presents the ideas to get closer to customers. In the same way Peter encourages the audience to get close to customers, the goal of GreenM3 is to build a closer connection to customers, using open source techniques.
A person who we want to talk to in Peter's network is Chuck Geiger.
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Chuck has significant experience running some of the largest online transaction product organizations and most visited sites in the world, including as CTO of Ask.com, CTO of PayPal, VP Architecture of eBay, and executive positions at InterActive Corp., Gateway and Travelocity.
At InterActive Corp, Chuck was responsible for managing a consolidated data center strategy for IAC portfolio companies including Ask.com, Evite.com, CitySearch.com, Ticketmaster, and Match.com. Chuck also was responsible for the technology organization at Ask.com including Engineering, Architecture, Program Management, QA, IT, and Operations.
At PayPal, Chuck was responsible for the product development organization which includes Product Management, Design, Engineering, Architecture, Operations, IT, QA, Project Management, Content, and Localization, running a team of approximately 550 professionals.
At eBay, Chuck was responsible for the migration to the new generation system architecture and platform.
BTW, Peter's day job is Chairman of Goodmail.
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We welcome Peter's passion for technical innovation and the environment.