Excerpt from a timely Hortonworks/overall Hadoop market dynamics interview with Shaun Connolly, Hortonwork's VP of Corporate Strategy; also see Everything you ever wanted to know about Yahoo’s Hadoop spinoff Hortonworks (GigaOM)
"IW: How big of a technical depth hole did Eric Baldeschwieler's departure leave?Hadoop According To Hortonworks: An Insider's View - Software -
Connolly: We've effectively grown 10X since our founding in terms of number of employees We started with about 24 engineers from Yahoo, including Eric. Eric has chosen to move on and do other things, and that was a personal choice. The rest of the core team from Yahoo -- Arun Murthy, Owen O'Malley, Alan Gates, Sanjay Radia, Suresh Srinivas and Mahadev Konar and others -- are all active in their projects and are Hortonworks employees.
We've grown from those Yahoo roots and have a good many engineers from Oracle, IBM and MySQL. We also have folks from Microsoft and SAP as well as Amazon and Google. We have a good mix from Web-scale companies as well as enterprise software developers. Greg Pavlik [VP of engineering] in particular has been able to attract a bunch of folks because he spent many years at Oracle."