Dan Bailey

Principal

Dan is passionate about the evolution of the enterprise software stack. Areas of particular interest for Dan include cloud native infrastructure and DevOps, DataOps and Automation. He believes two of the biggest shifts in software since the turn of the century have been the emergence of the public cloud and the rise of open-source software.

Dan is passionate about the evolution of the enterprise software stack. Areas of particular interest for Dan include cloud native infrastructure and DevOps, DataOps and Automation. He believes two of the biggest shifts in software since the turn of the century have been the emergence of the public cloud and the rise of open-source software.

The rise of the commercial open source business model in particular has significantly altered the dynamics for the way that software is being developed, distributed, discovered and sold for technical users. Those dynamics have created an exciting new category of company, with different dynamics and success factors to traditional SaaS. Dan is excited to keep backing the existing generation of commercial open source infrastructure companies, and expects to see this model disrupt and impact the application stack as well in the coming decade.

Dan led MMC’s investments in Tyk, StorageOS, Cloudsmith – all companies that help their customers move to cloud-native infrastructure and to build better software. The management of data and automation within the enterprise is also a focus for Dan and he led MMC investments in Berlin-based insurtech, Omni:us and API and infrastructure provider, Ably.

Prior to joining MMC, Dan worked at Deutsche Bank in the UK Corporate Finance team, advising companies on M&A and Equity fundraising and spent time working in Delhi and Mumbai for Aegis Group. Dan studied Economics and Management at Oxford University, where he competed for the university in Cricket, Hockey and Boxing (at a weight class he certainly couldn't make today).

Which technologies do you think will have the most transformative impact in the next 10 years?

I think the dominance of the public cloud and the rise of open-source software are trends that will persist and dictate the next ten years as well, but with more emphasis being placed on a shift to a hybrid model that extends the cloud that enables more workloads to be executed at the edge of the network.

Aside from that, AI is reaching an exciting level of maturity. I believe (and hope) we will see a deployment phase of AI in the next decade, that will have profound impacts across both technology and traditional industries.

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