GM: Where does the name come from?
DM: One of the hardest parts of doing a startup is coming up with a good name. I think it's actually harder than developing the product. Obviously, the name has to be distinctive and available but we also wanted to make sure it didn't tie us into a specific area of BI or technology. We wanted it to be short, easy to remember, have no implied meaning and generate unique results on a Google search. We settled on Pentaho, pronounced like "Lake Tahoe," with the "penta" for five guys and "ho" because it just sounded right.
If you like, there is a better story about derivation of the name in our FAQ, which demonstrates that our ability to be creative is much greater than our ability to name a company.