I just wanted to tell those of you that didn't make it to last weeks meetup about the design partner program for our NewSQL technology. At Akiban we're actively looking for potential design partner companies using MySQL with slow performing queries and scalability challenges.
We've created a Table-Grouping technology <http://www.akiban.com/table-grouping> that lets database applications perform[masked]x faster (no joke) and scale better by eliminating joins across tables. The Akiban Server uses standard replication to deploy as a slave to a MySQL master without any application disruption.
This technology is free of charge for design partners.
Akiban is working with current partners on POCs, which begin with a technology demo via Web Ex, to see how Table-Grouping could get rid of bottlenecks and increase performance in your application. If you're interested in learning more send me an email and we'll do our best to accommodate your schedule.