People asked: "what do you mean by "pure" IaaS?" It is a legitimate question, as the bare iron needs an operating system, some utilities, in order to be usable. In reality "pure IaaS" is the absolute minimum PaaS required to set up a server or a cloud infrastructure.
How do we define the "minimum" PaaS? Some IaaS providers take themselves the decision -take it or leave it - on behalf of the customers. Very few IaaS providers, like CloudSigma, are offering customers the freedom to choose what they need, what it works for them, what they like.
That $15M for the founder. Sure, very little I think Google (if they buy) will structure a special deal for the founder. Sequoia is known as ruthless for founders, and Google knows the original founders are important