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By Lanham Napier
One of the best parts of my job as CEO is when I get to promote a deserving leader. It’s a chance for us to say to the world: here’s the kind of leader that we admire and reward with bigger challenges. Here is a great example of the performance and behavior and character that we value. For all these reasons, I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Taylor Rhodes as President of Rackspace.
At Rackspace, we’re Fanatical about our customers’ performance and success. That attitude drives every part of our business. It has helped power our growth from a tiny San Antonio startup to a billion-dollar global company. And the ingredients of our Fanatical Support constantly evolve and expand to meet new customer needs.
For the past two and a half years, Rackspace has been leading the open cloud revolution — a movement to break the grip of closed, proprietary cloud vendors and instead put choice and power in the hands of customers. For the most part, we’ve kept our heads down: writing code, launching new products and serving customers on our new open platform. But now we’re ready to tell the world what we’ve been doing — and what we can do to boost businesses of all sizes.
It was an honor this morning to appear on CNBC’s Squawk Box for a lively discussion on one of my favorite topics: the future of cloud computing.
Startups are willing to break away from the crowd and make things happen. Within the Rackspace Startup Program we have the distinct pleasure of working with these kinds of people day in and day out. And within the framework of Rackspace, we are fortunate to have leaders that thrive outside the crowd and make things happen. One of those leaders is the voice and the face of Rackspace. You’ve seen this guy on CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, CNBC and the BBC. He understands that entrepreneurs must have vision and guts to make things happen within a tech startup. What follows is some valuable insight on the startup realm from Lanham Napier, CEO of Rackspace.
Our combined efforts helped to prevent approval of unbalanced legislation in SOPA and PIPA. Now we have a chance to work on laws that will aid us in our daily fight against copyright infringement—without harming the Internet.
Our efforts to rewrite the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act are showing good results. But we’ve got to keep the pressure on.
The bill now before Congress would do more harm than good.  We’re working to get it amended, so it can target online thieves without hurting innocent users of the Internet.
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