Canonical is best known for two things. Firstly, the wildly popular Ubuntu open source operating system that is one of the leading OSs for a bunch of different use cases — desktop, data center, cloud and increasingly the Internet of Things. The second thing Canonical is known for is its founder, Mark Shuttleworth.

Shuttleworth is a legendary figure, the person who amassed a not insignificant fortune, by selling his first company, Thawte, to VeriSign for somewhere north of half a billion dollars. Not one to relax, Shuttleworth also became the first citizen of an independent African country to travel to space, and decided to become a resident on the Isle of Man where, I am led to believe, he focuses, among other things, on reforesting land.

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.