In the startup world, we often celebrate a large exit as if it is some sort of grand finale. True, for some founders this can be a life changing event, but for a company, a really good exit is nothing more than a major milestone and the start of a new chapter. Last night, in our office at 150 Dow Street in the heart of the Manchester Millyard, we celebrated the next chapter in Dyn’s story.
Executives of Oracle, the world’s leading enterprise software company with nearly 140,000 global employees, joined local New Hampshire dignitaries, like Dean Kamen, Governor Chris Sununu and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, on stage to celebrate Dyn’s lasting legacy in Manchester and Oracle’s commitment and investment in the state.
Though Oracle acquired us back in November 2016, it was only last week that our old Dyn sign was taken down and replaced by a new Oracle one – a very public and visible symbol of Oracle’s commitment to New Hampshire.
Oracle EVP, Corporate Development Doug Kehring kicked off the evening by talking about the strategic importance of Dyn to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Oracle is building the cloud of the future and Dyn employees in New Hampshire – and all over the world – are playing a major role in this. Oracle has taken an aggressive approach to M&A over the years and encourages its acquired companies not to lose what made them so successful to begin with. Our event last night was a celebration of that. The Dyn which many of us have grown to love over the years, isn’t going anywhere.
Doug was followed by the iconic Dean Kamen who discussed his nearly three decades of commitment to the New Hampshire tech and business scene. To summarize Dean’s eloquent talk: New Hampshire is on the cusp of critical mass and become a thriving, tech ecosystem that rivals any in the world. This exciting vision was echoed by Governor Sununu who said the state was flush with momentum and when you’re picking up speed, you put your foot on the gas. He outlined several initiatives the government is rolling out jointly with private business to make New Hampshire the most attractive environment for both today’s workforce and the workforce of the future. Mayor Craig acknowledged the positive sign (literally) of having Oracle’s name light up the Manchester skyline as it shows that one of the most innovative tech companies in the world understands that New Hampshire is rich with talent. We concluded the evening with a panel discussion on Dyn’s role within Oracle and the overall New Hampshire ecosystem.
The climax of the event was a really cool time lapse video (thanks Ben Peirce for sitting on a roof for two days!) of the Dyn sign being taken down and the Oracle sign rising up. It is really a two minute summary of an emotional journey many of us at Dyn have been on the past decade. It is also just really the beginning of the next chapter. I am excited for all of the possibilities for the impact we can all have on both cloud computing and the New Hampshire ecosystem.