I just came from the perconalive.com 2012 MySQL Conference Key Note inspired.
Peter Zaitsev, Co-founder and CEO, kicked off the key note giving a "state of the union" of MySQL and how the 2012 MySQL Conference almost didn't happen with the acquisition of MySQL by Oracle and then O'Reilly dropping sponsorship. Read more here.
Baron Schwartz, Chief Performance Architect, then followed with a lesser technical and more personal presentation of his own roll in the MySQL communicate and how he got there. Leaving a "Office Space" like job programming VB6 and ASP to work for a smaller startup company using open source software. Baron encouraged the attendees to be inspired and work within the community to solve everyday problems by building open source software.
OpenStack. When Brain speaks you want to listen, his views and opinions typically become reality and rules.