I can empathise completely with this at age 56. History of pulling Software and Internet related spectaculars for my employers, be it doing 1.1->6.0m in 2 years, 0-100m in 18 months, 12->52m in 2 years, 700K->2.8m in 9 months, 1m->5m in 4 months at doubled margins during a price war, 80-250m in 2 years in the UKs largest IT Reseller. Then being given 1,072 vendors and a team of 4, hitting profit targets every Q for 2 years, inc growing the company UK market share for them with VMware from 7% to 21% in 2 years. Did a Directors secondment for 18 months, fixed everything I was asked to look at, then laid off with no line role to go back to in Nov 2012. 2 interviews since; can't even get an interview at AWS for roles that can use my Enterprise IT and Reseller Channel background.
Having recruited 17 of Red Hats Advanced Partner Channel in 2004, can't get a look in there either. That said, I have identical views as you on Openstack.
Recruitment co for Pivotal don't even acknowledge receipt of my CV (even though I'm sure Paul Maritz will remember me).
Still trying though... :-). Synonymous with help, and as Ben Horowitz says in his latest book, I can give execs more time while I fix the less routine stuff - to liberate a Salesforce to excel with a minimum of friction. If, indeed, I can get air time with the folks in need. Their HR people are the primary barrier to getting that far - to date.
In the meantime, running a couple of Linux servers at Digital Ocean and blogging daily at www.ianwaring.com
- Including a piece on Bitcoin that mentioned this blog yesterday :-)