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IDG Contributor Network: In an effort to get its house in order, Docker containerizes and ships out its CEO

Big changes for Docker Inc. What’s behind them, and what does it mean?

News that Docker Inc., the commercial organization behind the open source Docker initiative, has replaced its CEO will come as a shock to many, and not to others. I recently covered some PR blunders that Docker has made but these, to be honest, are simply symptoms of a far more serious malady — a company that has a massive valuation, huge interest, a growing ecosystem but is under pressure to tie that all together into a viable business. Quite simply, Docker (the open source project) is far more successful than its eponymously named commercial entity and there is pressure for that to change. Indeed, recently I took part in a panel discussing the recent DockerCon conference and all it means for the business.

So to hear that Ben Golub, the Docker CEO who has been with the organization almost since its inception, is being swapped out for Steve Singh, is an interesting move. A quick bit of history — Docker actually came into being after a pivot by Solomon Hykes, the founder of PaaS startup dotCloud, into a different space. Soon after Hykes got serious investment, and a serious CEO in the way of Golub. In the four years since, there has been a lot of stuff going on — some of it growth related, but much of it internal angst and missteps, and so culture is very much at the forefront.

Commenting on the reasons for the change, Dan Schoolnick, an investor in Docker, had this to say:

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