When mySQL co-founders Monty Widenius and Marten Mickos forked, it was Monty who made the early headlines with his opposition to the Oracle acquisition of Sun.
(Mickos is shown here in happier times, celebrating mySQL's purchase of Sun with Jonathan Schwartz. Mickos is on the left, looking like the executive on casual Friday, while Schwartz is the kid who just came off a tennis court.)
Of the two it was Mickos who got the Wall Street cred, probably because he wanted it. Getting someone to pay $1 billion for an open source project, as Sun did for mySQL, will make anyone take notice. He quickly took a perch as entrepreneur in residence at Benchmark Capital.
Mickos shoved aside Woody Rollins as CEO. Rollins didn't jump ship, however. He took the post of chief financial officer.
None of this should surprise anyone. Talent is scarce, and strategic talent is scarcer in open source than hens' teeth. Mickos has proven he has it, plus a strong dose of realism. His willingness to push back against Widenius' objections to the Sun-Oracle deal did him no harm on Sand Hill Road.
Now let's see what he's got.