CRN Exclusive: 20 Tough Big Data Questions For Pivotal's Paul Maritz

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What is the advantage of attacking it as a startup with EMC and VMware backing you?

We are trying to, you know, have the best of both worlds, which is to have a good base to start from. So we are starting with [a relatively] good technology base and a good people base and the backing of strong parents who have proven that they take the long view of things and are willing to be there to support us.

We are also trying to have an element of the startup culture. We are saying we are going to be our own entity, have our own DNA, our own currency to reward people, etc. So in some sense, it is an interesting experiment in corporate governance.

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