Gigaom is now accepting speaker proposals for Structure 2014. Propose a speaker by completing the proposal form below. The deadline to submit is March 21, 2014.
Director, Technical Operations, Infrastructure, Facebook
A director of engineering at Facebook, Najam Ahmad oversees all aspects of the development and operation of a global network infrastructure that serves more than a billion people around the world. Prior to joining Facebook, Najam was the general manager of global networking services at Microsoft. In that role, he was responsible for the overall architecture, implementation, and operations of Microsoft's global online network. Najam's other experience includes management and engineering roles at MCI/UUNET and Netrix Corporation. Najam holds an MS in telecommunication protocols and computer science from The George Washington University and a BE in Electrical Engineering from the NED University of Engineering and Technology.
Narges Bani Asadi
Founder and CEO, Bina Technologies
Narges Bani Asadi founded Bina to bring the results of many years of multidisciplinary research on systems biology and high performance computing at Stanford University and UC Berkeley to the world of genomics. Narges has extensive experience in informatics and high performance computing. She holds multiple patents, and has several publications including the award-winning “ParaLearn” paper at the 2010 International SuperComputing Conference. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. When not changing the world through her mastery of high performance computing, Narges loves spending time in nature, hiking, as well as enjoying Persian poetry and music.
Chairman, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Workday
Aneel Bhusri is chairman, co-founder, and co-CEO at Workday. Aneel has been a leader, product visionary, and innovator in the enterprise IT industry for more than 20 years. Before co-founding Workday in 2005, Aneel was senior vice president and vice chairman of the board at PeopleSoft, responsible for product strategy, business development, and marketing. He served as an investing partner at Greylock Partners and as chairman of the board at Data Domain. In addition to his role at Workday, Aneel currently serves on the boards of several private companies, including Cloudera, Okta, Tidemark, and Pure Storage. Aneel received an MBA from Stanford University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, both from Brown University.
Damian started his career at HP in their European research labs, eventually running a European-wide middleware solutions business. At HP he led the team that pioneered IP Mediation - a real-time technology for analytics and billing in Telecomm, becoming market leader. He moved to XACTT as VP Product Management, acquired by Amdocs to power its real-time data mediation. Damian was also VP Sales and Business Development for Followap, a Sequoia funded company, market leader in mobile Instant Messaging and Presence until acquired by NeuStar, powering Vodafone's IM service, continuing Damian's career in real-time middleware. Damian is the author of ten patents and founder of SQLstream, a parallel engine executing continuous SQL queries against streaming big data in a cloud-based architecture.
Co-Founder and CEO, Backblaze Online Backup
Gleb Budman is co-founder and CEO of online backup company, Backblaze, which he has grown to back up over 40 petabytes of data on its custom-designed cloud storage system, restore billions of files for its customers, and achieve profitability. Previously, Gleb led product strategy, management, and marketing at Kendara and MailFrontier from pre-launch through their acquisition by Excite@Home and SonicWALL, respectively, and continued running the business lines at the acquiring companies. Gleb completed the Technical Leadership Program at General Electric, and holds a B.S. in engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.
VP Research, GigaOM Research
David Card has been following the intersection of technology, media, and consumer behavior 20+ years at GigaOM Pro, Jupiter Research, IDC and Forrester. At Jupiter, Card headed up digital media and marketing research, and acted as VP, research development. At IDC he was lead Microsoft and consumer Internet analyst. Aside from GigaOM, Forrester and Jupiter Forums, Card has spoken at major industry events such as E3, the Newspaper Association of America’s new media conference, the PBS/NPR new media forum, Texas University’s Online Journalism Symposium, Digital Music Forum East, Digital Hollywood, the Inverge conference, and Software Marketing Perspectives. He is frequently quoted in the traditional and online press and has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, ESPN, and NPR.
Founder and CEO, New Relic
Lew Cirne is a seasoned entrepreneur, technologist, and enterprise software pioneer who founded Wily Technology in 1998. He invented Wily's flagship performance management solution, Introscope, and played a key role in Wily’s 2006 acquisition by CA, Inc. Lew holds seven patents, including four related to Wily’s core technology. Earlier in his career he held senior engineering positions at Apple and Hummingbird Communications. He holds an AB in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.
Cloud Architect, Netflix
Adrian Cockcroft is the director of architecture for the Cloud Systems team at Netflix. He is focused on availability, resilience, performance, and measurement of the Netflix cloud platform, and is leading the open source NetflixOSS program. He has presented at many conferences, including the Cassandra Summit, QCon/GOTO, Cloud Connect, Velocity, Gluecon and Structure. Adrian is also well known as the author of several books while a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems: Sun Performance and Tuning; Resource Management; and Capacity Planning for Web Services. From 2004-2007 he was a founding member of eBay Research Labs. He graduated with a BSc in Applied Physics from The City University, London.
VP, Technical Operations, Dyn
Dave joined Dyn in January 2013 as VP, Technical Operations. His primary role: leading the IaaS leader’s technical teams as they continue to scale in both the DNS & Email world. Dave brings plenty of tech, innovation and business experience to Dyn with a heavy focus on leadership that drives profitable growth. He has over 20 years experience with large-scale infrastructure projects, high availability internet applications, business continuity planning and security — all key drivers of success at Dyn. Dave also has been instrumental in evolving agile operations and engineering, commonly referred to as DevOps. Before coming to Dyn, Dave served as the VP of Operations at Constant Contact where he built SaaS operations from the ground up during his 8 1/2 years there. Before that, he was Director of ASP Operations at Revenio. Dave graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Yale.
Senior Writer, GigaOM
Barb has covered technology and high-tech companies for longer than she’d care to admit. She started out as a reporter for InfoWorld, covering Boston-area software companies; then moved over to CRN where she managed the news staff and covered the business both in terms of technology and how technology is sold. She was also news editor for TechWeb and senior news director at TechTarget before joining GigaOM. Barb enjoys seeing how old-school IT companies are (mis)managing their transition into the cloud computing era. She has won several ASBPE awards for her news coverage. Outside of work, she loves gardening, movies and baseball.
Google Fellow, Google
Jeff joined Google in 1999 and is currently a Google Fellow in Google's Search and Knowledge Group. He co-developed the MapReduce computational framework, and is a co-designer and co-implementor of heavily-used distributed storage systems, including BigTable and Spanner. He co-designed and helped implement five generations of Google's crawling, indexing, and query serving systems, as well as major pieces of Google's initial advertising and AdSense for Content systems. He has worked on infrastructure for products such as Google Translate and Google News, as well as designing and implementing many of Google's low-level software libraries and developer tools. He is currently working on large-scale machine learning systems for vision, speech recognition and natural language understanding.
Founder, Meteor Development Group
Matt DeBergalis cofounded the Meteor project and is the COO of Meteor Development Group. Before Meteor, Matt founded and ran ActBlue, the largest political fundraising platform in the world. ActBlue has raised more than a quarter of a billion dollars for candidates and organizations. His earlier technical credits include work on the NFSv4 and DAFS specifications while at Network Appliance, and contributions to the NetBSD kernel. Matt holds master's and bachelor's degrees from MIT.
Chairman and CEO, SnapLogic
Gaurav Dhillon is the CEO of SnapLogic, which offers the market leading enterprise cloud integration product, and counts some of the leading companies in the Global 2000 as customers. SnapLogic helps these companies connect enterprise applications to the cloud for improved business agility and faster decision-making. Gaurav has spearheaded the rapid growth of the company since he joined as CEO in 2009 after seeing the tremendous potential in the company’s products, strategy and unique business model. Previously, Gaurav co-founded and served as CEO of Informatica (Nasdaq; INFA), which he led for more than twelve years – from a startup idea in 1992 to a public company and a leader in the data integration vision he pioneered for enterprise software.
CEO, Pure Storage
Scott Dietzen is a three-time successful entrepreneur with WebLogic, Zimbra, and Transarc. Prior to Pure Storage, he served as President and CTO of Zimbra (now part of VMware), which was originally acquired by Yahoo!, where Dietzen served as interim SVP of Communications and Communities. Prior to Zimbra, Dietzen was CTO of BEA Systems. Dietzen came to BEA in 1998 via the acquisition of WebLogic, an innovator in Java and web application server technology. Prior to WebLogic, he was Principal Technologist of Transarc (acquired by IBM), a developer of distributed transaction and file sharing systems. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science, and B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Dietzen currently serves on the board of Cloudera.
John Engates joined Rackspace in 2000 as VP of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Later, when Rackspace decided to add new services for larger enterprise customers, John created and helped develop the Intensive Hosting business unit. Most recently, John has played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace's cloud-computing strategy. He meets frequently with customers to hear about their needs and concerns, and to discuss Rackspace's vision for the future of cloud computing. John currently serves as Chief Technology Officer. John is also an internationally recognized cloud computing expert and a sought-after speaker. Prior to joining Rackspace, John was a founder and GM at Internet Direct. He is a graduate of the UTSA and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting.
GM and Corporate VP, AMD
Andrew Feldman is corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s Server Business Unit. In this role, he oversees the strategy and roadmaps for AMD’s SeaMicro and AMD Opteron processors. Feldman came to AMD in 2012 via AMD’s acquisition of SeaMicro, where he was a co-founder and the CEO from inception to its successful acquisition by AMD. Prior to co-founding SeaMicro in 2007, Feldman was an entrepreneur in residence at Crosslink Capital and at US Venture Partners. Before that, he was vice president of Marketing and Product Management at Force10 Networks as well as vice president of Corporate Marketing and Corporate Development for Riverstone Networks (acquired by Alcatel). He holds an MBA and bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
Eric Frenkiel co-founded MemSQL and has served as CEO since its inception, growing the company from a two-person team to a recognized leader in real-time analytics. Before MemSQL, Eric worked at Facebook on partnership development evangelizing the Facebook platform. He has worked in various engineering and sales engineering capacities at both consumer and enterprise startups. Eric is a graduate of Stanford University's School of Engineering. In 2011 and 2012, Eric was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list of technology innovators.
Pat Gelsinger joined VMware in 2012, bringing more than 30 years of technology and leadership experience. Most recently, Gelsinger led EMC’s Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO. Gelsinger spent 30 years in numerous technical, management and executive roles at Intel. He led Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group as senior vice president and co-general manager, and he also led the Desktop Products Group. He earned an associate's degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude) and a master's degree from Stanford University in 1985, all in electrical engineering. In 2008 he was named a Fellow of the IEEE and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2008 from William Jessup University.
SVP and CIO, Revlon
Mr. Giambruno is responsible for driving global technology capabilities to provide competitive advantages to the company’s business units and shareholders. Prior to Revlon, Mr. Giambruno was Director of Global Engineering, Security & Deployment for Pitney Bowes, Inc. where he built global engineering and security capabilities to managed FDIC, PCI, HIPPA, and SOX compliance. He has also held diverse and global positions, including CTO of venture capital firm, Selway Partners, Founder and CTO of leading web services companies, such as Econium, Inc., and turn around CEO for Milestone Software Systems. He graduated from S.U.N.Y Buffalo with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Public Relations.
Entrepreneur in Residence, Data Collective Venture Capital (DCVC)
Farah is currently Entrepreneur in Residence at DCVC. Prior to that she was a VC at Amplify Partners, helping launch the new enterprise seed fund. Farah focused on similar investments at Valhalla Partners. At both funds, she worked closely with technical founders - many fondly refer to her as their “co-founder without equity.” Before her career in venture, Farah cut her teeth at two of the largest incumbents in enterprise software: HP and Hitachi Data Systems. Starting as a developer, she then held roles as a software architect, product marketing, and M&A, most notably 3PAR ($2.4B). Farah holds three degrees from Stanford University. Much to her Indian parents' chagrin, she dropped out of her PhD at Stanford to pursue the Silicon Valley dream of entrepreneurship.
Networking and services. Verizon, Zayo, AOL, Google, Microsoft.
President and CEO, AppliedMicro
Dr. Paramesh Gopi joined AppliedMicro in July 2008 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Before that, he was Vice President and General Manager for Marvell's Embedded and Emerging Business Unit. Dr. Gopi served as Chief Technologist and held several management positions during his six-year tenure at Marvell. Before joining Marvell, he served as Executive Director, Strategic Marketing and Applications at Mindspeed Technologies/Conexant Systems. Dr. Gopi holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Irvine.
VP of Platform Engineering, PayPal
Ryan Granard has more than 20 years of experience in leading teams in architecting and implementing scalable, highly-available infrastructure and services, and improving operational efficiency and effectiveness. He has expertise in industries such as ecommerce and legal to financial services, and media and entertainment. Ryan currently serves as Vice President of Platform Engineering at PayPal, where he leads a team that is transforming the infrastructure that enables PayPal’s developers to change the way millions shop and pay. In Ryan’s role, he is responsible for leading the company’s cloud initiatives, platform services, and developer tools and infrastructure. Prior to PayPal, Ryan was Director of Digital Operations at DreamWorks Animation, where he managed the high-performance technology infrastructure that enables DreamWorks’ artists to create animated films.
HPC Division Leader, Los Alamos National Lab
Gary Grider is the Director for High Performance Computing at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He is one of the top experts in the country on high performance storage and high performance networks for use at large supercomputing sites. Grider was a founder of the Petascale Data Storage Institute, a SciDAC2 Institute award-winning project. Before working for Los Alamos, he spent ten years with IBM at Los Alamos working on advanced product development and test and 5 years with Sandia National Laboratories working on HPC storage systems. Gary’s received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. with emphasis in Management Information Systems, Statistics, Physics, and Mathematics also from Oklahoma State University.
VP, Mission Critical Systems, Bloom Energy
Gross, leads the Mission Critical Systems group at Bloom Energy, the leading manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells. Peter is recognized as a thought leader in the mission-critical information and infrastructure design realm, has published numerous technical papers in the field, and is a frequent speaker at international events. His focus centers on mission-critical facilities, high-reliability design, energy and sustainability. He is presently focused on transforming the data center architecture through the use of fuel cells.
CIO, Pabst Brewing Co.
As CIO for the iconic Pabst Brewing Company Ben is responsible for overall IT strategy and execution. Keeping a very close eye on emerging technology and the changing technology landscape, Ben is determined to ensure that IT is innovating and providing business value in the most effective way possible. Prior to joining Pabst, Ben spent 9 years with Red Bull leading teams across Asia Pacific, Europe and Americas. With a grounding in ITSM Ben quickly moved into the application and BI space delivering mobile applications, BI solutions and a global portal and a collaboration platform.
Senior Writer, GigaOM
Derrick has been a technology journalist since 2003 and has been covering cloud computing, big data and other emerging IT trends for GigaOM since 2009. He has written the words “cloud” and “Hadoop” possibly more than any other person on the planet. Derrick lives in Las Vegas and has a law degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Away from the office, Derrick trains in muay thai and is active in animal welfare issues.
Mitchell is a developer, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He is best known as the creator of Vagrant, a tool used by thousands of companies worldwide to automatically build and manage complex development and test environments. Mitchell founded HashiCorp in 2012 to focus on developing Vagrant full time, and allow him to build a company that creates more tools based on the same principles that made Vagrant so successful. Mitchell has the audacity to think he can change infrastructure and operations in a fundamental way from small hobbyists up to large multinational corporations.
Senior Writer, GigaOM
Stacey is happy when immersed in SEC filings, tech specs or poking through a data center. She has spent the last 11 years covering technology and finance for publications such as The Deal, the Austin Business Journal, The Bond Buyer and BusinessWeek, and works remotely from Austin, Texas. At GigaOM, Stacey covers broadband, data center infrastructure, policy and regulation, and entrepreneurs/startups, and is particularly excited to discover news ways technology is changing the world.
Jason Hoffman is the CTO of Joyent, where he is responsible for company vision and execution. He is also responsible for research and advanced development, technical outreach, evangelism, consultative efforts for partners and business units, and manages Joyent’s intellectual property portfolio. Jason earned a BS and MS in Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA and a PhD in Molecular Pathology at The Burnham Institute and UCSD School of Medicine. Jason taught at the university level for more than a decade, is a prolific speaker and author and a highly-regarded expert on scalable systems.
Founder and CEO, Plexxi
David has been revolutionizing enterprise networks his entire career. Prior to Plexxi, Dave co-founded Reva Systems Corp. in 2003 and served as its Chief Technical Officer. He had previously founded C-Port Corp., where he was CTO. C-Port delivered the category-creating C-5 network processor in 1999. Prior to that, he was the founding engineer and system architect at Synernetics, the company that delivered the world’s first enterprise-scale switched-Ethernet systems. He stared his career at Apollo Computer. Dave has 13 patents covering a wide range of networking and communication engineering inventions, with several more pending. He holds a degree from MIT.
Arne Josefsberg has served as ServiceNow's Chief Technology Officer since September 2011. As chief technology officer at ServiceNow, Arne is responsible for leading continued improvements to the ServiceNow Platform and driving expansion of the company's cloud strategy. Prior to joining ServiceNow, Josefsberg held various positions with Microsoft Corporation over the last 25 years, most recently as general manager of Windows Azure Infrastructure from November 2009 to September 2011, and as General Manager of Infrastructure Services, Global Foundation Services from March 2006 to October 2009. Josefsberg holds a Master of Science degree in Physics from the Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden.
Program Manager, Facebook
John has 18 years of experience in the technology sector spanning startups and small, medium, large cap technology companies. In 2011 John initiated, orchestrated and founded the Open Compute Project, raising $1M in donations and seeding the board with industry luminaries. Two years into the project, OCP has gained traction across the supplier eco-system with the likes of HP, Dell, AMD and Intel joining and contributing to the project. Currently John has moved his focus on building out an OCP incubation channel to exploit the growing opportunity that open compute has provided. John advises several startups in Silicon Valley. John has a Masters in Economics from University College Dublin.
Industry Commentator, Diversity Limited and Analyst, GigaOM Research
Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an invester, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users. He is a globally recognized subject matter expert with an extensive following. Often included in lists of the most influential technology thinkers globally, Ben is also in demand as a speaker at conferences and events all around the world.
Director of Technical Operations, BranchOut
Jeremy Koerber is the Director of Technical Operations at BranchOut and has over 15 years of experience in the architecture, implementation, and support of internet infrastructure. At BranchOut, his primary role is in the design, deployment, and operational support of the company's cloud based server and network infrastructure. Jeremy was formerly the Director of Network Engineering at Art.com where he successfully grew the company's web infrastructure along with its support team to meet the demands of several rapidly growing international e-commerce sites. Jeremy is passionate about building efficient, automated solutions that can address the needs of any quickly evolving technical organization.
President and Founder, Krey Associates
Peter is Founder & President of Krey Associates, a boutique technology advisory and management consulting firm. Established in 2003, clients include Wall Street CIO’s & CTO’s, early stage technology company CEO’s & CTO’s, and technology venture capital firms. Client projects include: open source enterprise cloud, open networking, hands on research and engineering of disruptive technologies incl. multiple BigData POC’s and one of Wall Street’s largest global grid computing infrastructures, views and insights into key technology trends, business development in support of technology investment banking, product technology strategy and go to market advisory for early stage technology companies, and advisory research for VC & angel investors. Peter has a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute High Distinction & attended NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences MS-PhD program.
Mohit Lad is the co-founder and CEO of ThousandEyes, a company building technology to address performance problems for the modern enterprise. Mohit is passionate about building elegant solutions to solve complex problems. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and has served on the program committee of NANOG (North American Network Operations Group).
Co-inventor AMZN Dynamo, Inventor Apache Cassandra and currently the founder of Hedvig Inc.
SVP, Digital Innovation, Kohl's
Ratnakar was appointed SVP of Digital Innovation at Kohl's in 2011. He oversees the transformation of Kohls’s omni-channel customer experience. He is focused on creating the best in class experience in retail across mobile, social, kiosk, web, and in-store POS. Ratnakar is also responsible for shaping future innovations and bringing world-class solutions to Kohl's retail environment. Prior to this, Ratnakar was the CTO at Redbox. He transformed the Redbox software and hardware platforms to support the growth of the business to a billion dollar business. Prior to that, Ratnakar started the Macys.com and Bloomingdales.com eCommerce team in 2000, and helped create one of the best online brands in the country. Ratnakar holds an undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
Director of the System Architecture Department, Alibaba Group
Mr. Zhang Lei is the director of the system architecture department in Alibaba Group. The system architecture department focuses on design, development and maintenance of Alibaba's elastic computing platform, system platform and network architecture. By doing this, the system architecture department provides a solid foundation for the world's largest e-commerce platform and is a crucial department within the Alibaba Group. Prior to Alibaba, Mr. Zhang Lei served at Baidu, the largest Chinese search engine, as technical manager, responsible for design, build out and maintenance of Baidu’s basic system architecture, CDN and other system infrastructure. Besides his passion for technologies, Mr. Zhang Lei is an enthusiast and chef of global gourmet cuisine.
SVP, Cloud Technology Partners and Analyst, GigaOM Research
Leading technology publications frequently name David S. Linthicum among the top 10 enterprise technologists in the world. He is a true thought leader in the industry, and an expert in complex distributed systems, including cloud computing, data integration, service oriented architecture (SOA), and big data systems. As the author of over 13 books on computing with over 3,000 published articles, as well as radio and TV appearances as a computing expert, he is often quoted in major business and technology publications. In addition, David is a frequent keynote presenter at industry conferences, with over 500 presentations given in the last 20 years.
Co-Founder and CEO, DataGravity
Paula is the CEO and co-founder of DataGravity. She previously co-founded storage provider EqualLogic. Paula served as Vice President of Product Development at Heartland Robotics. Prior to Heartland Paula was Co-Founder and EVP of Products and Strategy at EqualLogic which was acquired by Dell for $1.4 billion in 2008. Paula remained at Dell as VP of Storage, focused on the EqualLogic product line until January of 2010. She has held numerous technical leadership positions at a variety of technology companies. She is active in the startup community. Paula has won multiple awards for Entrepreneurship, including New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the year award, the Ernst & Young’s 2008 Northeast Regional “Entrepreneur of the Year” and a National Finalist for the same award.
CIO, The Clorox Company
Ralph Loura is CIO of The Clorox Company, a leading manufacturer of consumer products. In this role, Mr. Loura leads Clorox’ IT organization and directs the company’s strategic technology initiatives in support of Clorox’ goal of making everyday life better, every day. Prior to joining Clorox, Mr. Loura was SVP, IT at Medicis, a specialty pharmaceutical company, and CIO for Symbol Technologies a leader in the area of mobile data capture and delivery. Mr. Loura received a master’s degree in computer science from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in computer science-mathematics from Saint Joseph's College. Mr. Loura serves on several customer advisory boards, and is involved in furthering the practice of Technology Leadership through a number of CIO councils and peer-based organizations.
Research Director, GigaOM Research
Jo Maitland is Research Director for the Infrastructure/Cloud channel at GigaOM Pro. Jo has been a technology journalist and analyst for 15+ years specializing in enterprise IT trends, specifically infrastructure virtualization, storage and cloud computing. At Forrester Research and The 451 Group, Jo covered cloud-based storage and archiving and the challenges of long term digital preservation. At TechTarget Jo was Executive Editor of several websites covering virtualization and cloud computing. She managed a team of reporters and editors and wrote news, features and columns for those sites which became leading information resources under her guidance. Jo has spoken at several major industry events including NetWorld + Interop and VMworld on virtualization and cloud computing trends. She has a BA (Hons) in Journalism from the University of Creative Arts in the UK. In her spare time Jo enjoys adventures in new places, extreme sports, writing screenplays and watching movies.
Founder and Senior Writer, GigaOM
Om Malik has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist covering technology and business news. He was part of the founding team of Forbes.com as a Senior Editor. He then went on to become a senior writer at Red Herring during its glory days before joining Business 2.0 in March 2003, covering telecom, innovation and broadband stories. His contributions have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and MIT Technology Review. Additionally, Om is the author of “Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist.” He is also the recipient of many industry awards, including Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2001 and the Gold Award from American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2001.
SVP, Warner Music Group
Dave McCrory is the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Warner Music Group, where he is building a next generation enterprise PaaS. Dave has coined the term "Data Gravity", which he recognized through extensive research over the past several years. He has presented at many conferences, including Cloud Connect, Gluecon, Interop Big Data, VMworld US/Europe, RubyConf, and RailsConf. Dave is also co-author of the book titled "Advanced Server Virtualization", and holds 9 granted Patents. He also co-founded 2 startups, Surgient Inc. and Hyper9, where he was Chief Scientist/CTO.
Founder, Cloud of Data and Analyst, GigaOM Research
Paul is an analyst and consultant, based in the Yorkshire (UK) market town of Beverley, but working with clients world-wide. He mainly helps them understand the opportunities (and pitfalls) around cloud computing, big data, and open data, but also podcasts and writes for technology sites such as GigaOM Pro and SemanticWeb.com. His background includes public policy and standards work, several years in management at a UK software company... and a Ph.D in Archaeology.
EVP, Software Solutions Division, Juniper Networks
Bob Muglia is the Executive Vice President of the Software Solutions Division, where he oversees the company's end-to-end software strategy. As head of Juniper’s Software Solutions Division, Bob brings a centralized vision to the company’s software efforts enabling Juniper to sharpen its focus on software as a core engine of growth for the company. Before joining Juniper in 2011, Bob served in leadership positions across all of Microsoft's business groups, including Developer, Office, Mobile Devices, Windows NT and Online Services. Most recently, he served as president of Microsoft's $15 billion Server and Tools Business (STB), where he was responsible for infrastructure software, developer tools and cloud platforms, including products such as Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center and the Windows Azure Platform.
EVP and CTO, Warner Music Group
Jonathan is EVP & Chief Technology Officer at Warner Music Group where he is responsible for the company’s global technology strategy, end-to-end IT Service delivery and the design and delivery of a new – cloud based - Digital Services Platform. Jonathan joined Warner Music Group from Innovia Ventures where he was a founding partner and prior to that spent sixteen years in various executive roles with Microsoft. Jonathan is a published research fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a regular speaker on issues related to cloud computing and was recently recognized by cloudave.com as one of the leading cloud-computing visionaries of 2012 . He blogs occasionally at adamalthus.com
Founder, Server Density
David Mytton is the founder of Server Density, a SaaS tool which helps you provision and monitor your infrastructure. Based in the UK, David has been programming in Python and PHP for over 10 years, was one of the earliest production MongoDB users (founding the London MongoDB User Group), co-founded the Open Rights Group and can often be found cycling in London or drinking tea in Japan.
President, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft
Satya Nadella is president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business (STB), a $19 billion division that builds and runs the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services. Nadella and his team deliver the “Cloud OS,” a rich, consistent platform that spans private, public, and service cloud providers. Today, businesses everywhere depend on the products that make up the Cloud OS; including Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center and Windows Azure. Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992. Prior to that Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems. Hailing from Hyderabad, Nadella has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Mangalore University, a master's degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
VP, Global Foundation Services, eBay
Nelson is Vice President, Global Foundation Services for eBay Inc, the world’s largest online marketplace. He is responsible for Strategy, Architecture and Operational functions of eBay's Mission Critical Data Centers, Networking and Security Infrastructure Services and Global Supply Chain. Nelson is also a core member of the eBay Green Team. He has been in the high tech industry for 22 years in technical roles ranging from Manufacturing, Engineering, Quality, IT, Real Estate and Mission Critical Operations. Nelson spent 17 years at Sun Microsystems where his final position was Sr. Director of Global Lab & Datacenter Design Services responsible for managing Sun’s multi-billion dollar global technical infrastructure portfolio. Nelson is a member of The Green Grid End User Advisory Council, Technical Advisory Board for Mission Critical Magazine, Founder of Data Center Pulse (an exclusive datacenter owner community), author of the Sun Microsystems Blueprint series “Energy Efficient Datacenters”, featured as a Sun Microsystems Contrarian Mind, and was identified by SearchDatacenter.com as one of the top five people who changed the data center. He is also the recipient of Sun’s prestigious Innovation Award. Nelson is also an avid blogger through his Geekism blog.
Staff Writer, GigaOM
Jordan covers cloud computing and is based in San Francisco. He has written for newspapers and magazines in New York, Mississippi and Oregon, most recently at The Bulletin newspaper in Bend, Ore. He studied magazine journalism at the University of Missouri.
Partner and Principal Analyst, RedMonk
Stephen is a Principal Analyst and co-founder of RedMonk, the open source industry analyst firm. He focuses on infrastructure software such as programming languages, operating systems and databases, as well as covering horizontal industry trends such as open source and cloud computing. Before setting up RedMonk, Stephen worked as an analyst at Illuminata by drawing on his real world expertise in architecting and developing applications for leading systems integrators. Prior to joining Illuminata, Stephen served in various senior capacities with large systems integration firms like Keane and boutique consultancies like Blue Hammock. Regularly cited in publications such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and a popular speaker and moderator on the conference circuit, Stephen's advice and opinion is well respected throughout the industry.
Prior to joining HubSpot, Jim was CTO and president of Pyramid Digital Solutions, an enterprise software company, where he managed organizational optimization, product development, and technical sales generation. He helped double revenue in less than two years before selling the business to SunGard in 2005. Afterward, Jim stayed on as SVP and CTO to help create and implement a technology strategy for a new enterprise services architecture.Throughout his career, Jim has focused on product development for web enterprise applications and on creating new platforms for existing business to generate increased revenue. For the last eight years, he has served in SVP/CTO positions for product lines ranging from $6 million in revenue to $100+ million in revenue. Jim holds a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Founder, GreenM3 and Analyst, GigaOM Research
Dave Ohara has spent his employment career at HP, Apple, and Microsoft working in manufacturing, distribution, purchasing, hardware and software product development, marketing and evangelism. Seven years ago Dave took the journey into data centers, cloud, and big data as an independent to have more freedom to explore innovation beyond typical boundaries. Days are now spent working on new services, consulting, researching, and blogging to explore new areas. A recent topic is Data Center Capacity Planning which require an internal and external situation awareness to plan for the expected and unexpected.
VP, Platform Solutions, BTI Systems
Chandra Pandey is an accomplished networking industry leader with nearly 20 years of experience designing ASICs, carrier grade systems, and network architectures and solutions. Chandra joined BTI from Juniper Networks where he led the global Solutions Engineering and Architecture team working with service providers, large enterprise and data center customers, in addition to OEM partners. Chandra has extensive management experience with Ciena/IPI, Ascend/Lucent, 3Com/US Robotics, and IBM. Chandra holds a BS in Electronics Engineering from K.N.I.T, Sultanpur, India; an MBA in High Tech and Finance from Northeastern University and Executive Leadership training from Cornell University.
VP, Infrastructure Engineering, Facebook
Jay Parikh is the VP of infrastructure engineering at Facebook. In that role, he leads the infrastructure engineering and operations teams responsible for building and maintaining an infrastructure that serves nearly a billion users, developers, and partners worldwide. Prior to Facebook, Jay was senior vice president of engineering and operations at Ning, where he oversaw the scaling of the company’s social networking platform from 50,000 social networks to more than 1.5 million social networks. Before Ning, Jay was the vice president of engineering at Akamai Technologies, where he helped build the world’s largest and most globally distributed computing platform.
VP, Cloud Services, Cisco Systems
Raj Patel is the Vice President of Cloud Services responsible for production operations of Cisco’s Collaboration Cloud supporting SaaS offerings such as Webex Conferencing, Social, IM/Presence globally. Additionally, Raj is responsible for software development for Webex and is developing a robust delivery platform and foundational cloud technologies in a DevOps approach. Prior to Cisco, Raj held various leadership roles at Yahoo! Including VP of Infrastructure and Operations Strategy where he was responsible for architecture, strategy, and operations for Yahoo's production and corporate technology infrastructure. Under his direction, Yahoo!’s infrastructure scaled to support hundreds of millions of users. He was also instrumental in defining Yahoo!’s data center and CDN strategies. In his spare time Raj enjoys spending time with his family and pretends to play golf.
After serving in many roles in telecom and Internet companies, Lane Patterson joined Equinix in 2000 and is currently our Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining Equinix, Mr. Patterson was Director of IP Network Management Systems for Global Crossing, Inc. where he supported a global IP backbone and first generation content distribution centers. At MFS, he managed the MAE-East Internet exchange point during the first wave of commercial ISP growth. Mr. Patterson has a deep background in the technologies related to telecommunications, Internet routing, and data center computing infrastructure. Mr. Patterson received a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Thomas Pfenning is the General Manager and Development Director for Windows Server. He manages the software engineering teams responsible for building the Windows Server operating system. In the 17 years leading up to his current role, Thomas worked on the MSN dialup access network, Windows Networking, Mobile Information Server, WMI, Microsoft Sync Framework and the File Server and Storage components in Windows Server. Before joining Microsoft in 1995 Thomas worked as a researcher in computer science with positions at the Nuclear Research Center in Juelich, the University of Bielefeld, and the University of Cologne in Germany. He has a master's degree in Theoretical Physics and a PhD in Computer Science, both from the University of Cologne.
Co-Founder and CEO, CloudFlare
Matthew Prince is the co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare, the web performance and security company. He earned a degree in English and Computer Science from Trinity College, a JD from the University of Chicago, and a MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and winner of the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. CloudFlare was selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology Company of 2011 and 2012, and named a 2012 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. CloudFlare accelerates and protected more than 110 billion page views for more than 700 million unique visitors every month.
Senior Analyst, BofA Merrill Lynch
Kash works at BofA Merrill Lynch in San Francisco as Senior Analyst covering the Software sector, including companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Vmware, Salesforce.com, RedHat, Symantec and Intuit. Kash and his team have developed early views on important Technology trends that have defined our times such as Stack Wars/Consolidation, Cloud Computing, Big Data and HTML5. These views have gone from fringe to consensus. Kash tries to identify long-term winners early using a thematic focus coupled with fundamental research. Kash has worked on several IPOs over the course of his nineteen years in San Francisco – Salesforce.com, Vmware, Splunk, Concur, Rackspace and JD Edwards to name a few. Kash is a ranked analyst in Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team for Software and Greenwich Associates.
Professor, Princeton University
Jennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y. S. Wu Professor of Engineering in the Computer Science department at Princeton University. Previously she worked at AT&T Labs--Research, where she designed tools and techniques for traffic engineering, router configuration, and network monitoring. Jennifer's research on software-defined networking includes the Frenetic language and run-time system (http://www.frenetic-lang.org/) and early work on the Routing Control Platform (deployed in AT&T's backbone network) and the 4D architecture. She is the co-author of the book "Web Protocols and Practice," published by Addison-Wesley in 2001. Jennifer was the 2004 winner of ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding young computer professional, and was listed on MIT Technology Review's 2004 TR-100 list of the top 100 innovators under the age of 35.
Co-Founder and CEO, Cumulus Networks
JR is the co-founder and CEO of Cumulus Networks where he is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company. JR has been involved with networking since Ethernet only ran on coaxial cables. He's worked on some of the most foundational networking products of their time, from early Network Interface Cards at 3Com through switching and routing products at Cisco. JR's early involvement in home-grown networking at Google and as the VP of System Architecture for Cisco's Unified Computing System both helped fine tuned his perspective on networking for the modern datacenter.
Partner, Sequoia Capital
Luis Robles focuses on cloud computing investments and leads our big data efforts. He is a Director of 10gen. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2010, he was an early software engineer and a Senior Product Manager at VMware where he helped build out various product lines that grew into $100M+ businesses for the company. Luis has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
CTO, grandcentrix GmbH
Ralf is a serial entrepreneur who sold his last company to Alcatel-Lucent and now serves as the CTO at grandcentrix, the largest iOS and Android studio in the German-speaking area. He focuses on large scale web architectures for real-time applications and his company recently build the backend for the official Eurovision Song Contest mobile application. The Eurovision Song Contest is the second largest TV evnet on the planet. Ralf advises businesses, individuals and organizations on how to develop and execute a mobile strategy, use social media and social networks to build relationships. In 2010, Germany’s renowned WirtschaftsWoche put Ralf on its List of Best Known Serial Entrepreneurs and he has been added to the List of the World’s Top 100 iOS iPhone Programmers.
General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners
Paul Santinelli is a partner at North Bridge. He invests in open source, software, security, Internet applications and infrastructure & communications companies. Prior to North Bridge, Santinelli was a director responsible for product definition, strategy, engineering, product management, marketing and lifecycle management for Red Hat Network’s flagship software services offering. Previously, Santinelli founded and was CEO of NOCpulse, a next-generation enterprise systems management platform (acquired by Red Hat). Before NOCpulse, Santinelli was CTO of Global Center and Vice President of technology for Global Crossing, the first independent global fiber optic network. Before North Bridge, Paul served on the advisory boards of Arrowpoint Communications (acquired by Cisco), Inflow, Kiva Software (acquired by Netscape), Mobility.net (acquired by Software.com) and One Secure (acquired by Netscreen).
VP of Engineering, Box
Sam Schillace is the VP of Engineering at Box, where he is responsible for the engineering and QA teams. Prior to joining Box, Sam spent several years at Google where he was an Engineering Director of Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Groups, Google Reader, Blogger and Picasa. In that role, he managed a global team of 600 engineers. Sam also served as a principal and EIR at Google Ventures. Sam co-founded Writely which he sold to Google in 2006 to form the core of Google Docs. Earlier in his career, Sam was a serial entrepreneur and programmer who developed video games, word processors, early Web authoring software, and application engines.Sam received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.
SVP Engineering, LinkedIn
Kevin Scott is responsible for software engineering at LinkedIn. His 20-year career in technology spans both academia and industry as researcher, engineer, and leader. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Kevin oversaw mobile ads engineering at Google, including the integration of Google's $750 million acquisition of AdMob. Prior to its acquisition by Google, Kevin was responsible for engineering and operations at AdMob. He is the recipient of a Google Founder's Award, an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship, and an ACM Recognition of Service award. Kevin was a founding member of the ACM Professions Board and sits on the technical advisory boards for several startups. Kevin is the co-inventor on a number of pending and issued patents, and is the author or co-author of several peer reviewed scholarly publications.
Keith Shinn is vice president, Distributed Hosting for Fidelity Technology Group (FTG), a division of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. Mr. Shinn joined Fidelity in Nov 1987 and is currently responsible for Enterprise Infrastructure and “Click2Compute” the Cloud services offering for Fidelity IT departments. Mr. Shinn has over 25 years of experience in the IT and has held leadership roles at First Data Corporation, Neiman Marcus and RepublicBank. He began his technology career in 1981 with RepublicBank.
Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Bipul Sinha is a Partner at Lightspeed and focuses primarily on software, mobile, and Internet sectors with a particular interest in cloud services/infrastructure and social utilities/apps. His current investments include Nutanix, PernixData, Bromium, and Peel. His past investments include Pulse (LinkedIn) and LiveProfile (RIM). Previously, Bipul worked at Blumberg Capital where he led investments in data center software infrastructure and Internet sectors. His selected investments include Nutanix, Hootsuite, and DoubleVerify. Prior to that, Bipul was with Banc of America Technology Investment Banking Group where he worked on M&A and equity financing transactions and a Director of database and middleware products at Oracle. Bipul also held sales and engineering positions at American Megatrends and IBM.
Duke Skarda joined SoftLayer in November 2010. As the CTO, he holds responsibilities for implementing, designing and enhancing the proprietary SoftLayer Infrastructure Management System (IMS). Prior to joining SoftLayer, Mr. Skarda served as the Vice President of Information Technology and Software Development at The Planet. He served in this role from June 2009 to October 2010. Previously, Mr. Skarda spent 10 years with Level 3 Communications in a series of increasingly responsible positions. Mr. Skarda earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso.
General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners
Michael Skok joined North Bridge Venture Partners in 2002 to seek out great entrepreneurs and lead innovative software investments. Prior to this, Michael had himself been an entrepreneur and CEO in the software business for 21 years. He founded, led and attracted over $100M in private equity to his investments in several successful software companies. As a VC, Michael has built several hundred million dollars of value backing many great entrepreneurs to focus on large market changing technologies and disruptive business models such as SaaS, Cloud Computing, Open Source and Mobile. Current representative investments include Acquia, Apperian, Demandware(NYSE:DWRE), and Unidesk, as well as Actifio and Revolution Analytics. He can be contacted at email@example.com, twitter:@mjskok and website http://www.mjskok.com
Sebastian Stadil is a seasoned entrepreneur based out of San Francisco. He founded Silicon Valley’s Cloud Computing Group and contributes to journals such as InfoQ, Conversations Network, Internet Evolution, and Silicon Angle. His work has been featured in Wired Enterprise, TechCrunch, The Register, Businessweek, GigaOM, and Network World. Mr. Stadil is Chairman of the Board at Scalr, which produces simple, powerful cloud management software.
SVP and CIO, NetApp
Cynthia has over 25 years of business experience and IT expertise leading large global organizations in supply chain, retail, and technology companies. As the senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO), she is responsible for providing a long-term technology vision that supports and is aligned with the company’s strategies and goals, business plans, operating requirements, and overall efficiencies. She provides leadership to the Global IT organization to enable delivery of worldwide business solutions and infrastructure that support the company's growth. Additionally, she acts as the primary advocate of NetApp to external markets to promote further awareness of the NetApp on NetApp initiative. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Western New England University and an MBA from Marylhurst University.
Co-Founder and CEO, Firebase
James is the Co-Founder and CEO of Firebase. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and is an alumni of Y-Combinator. Firebase is his third startup, it was preceded by one epic failure (Keep Security: biometric security for smartphones) and one exit (SendMeHome: blogs for physical objects).
Director, Cloud Solutions, Netflix
Ariel Tseitlin manages the Netflix Cloud and is interested in all things cloudy. At Netflix, he is Director of Cloud Solutions, helping Netflix be successful in the Cloud, including cloud tooling, monitoring, performance and scalability, and cloud operations and reliability engineering. Ariel's team builds Asgard and the Simian Army, including the Chaos Monkey. Prior to Netflix, Ariel was VP of Technology and Products at Sungevity and before that was the Founder & CEO of CTOWorks.
Founder and CEO, Lyatiss
Pascale Vicat-Blanc is founder and CEO of Lyatiss and brings more than 20 years of experience in networking and cloud computing technologies. Before founding Lyatiss, Vicat-Blanc was research director at INRIA (French National Institute for Research in Computer Science). Prior to this, she had a number of leadership roles including CIO of a Grid 5000 Data Center, team leader at INRIA-Bell Labs and project manager with CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). Pascale earned a MS and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Lyon.
Dr. Vogels is Vice President & CTO at Amazon.com where he is responsible for driving the company's technology vision, which is to continuously enhance innovation on behalf of Amazon's global customers. Prior to joining Amazon, he worked as a researcher at Cornell University where he led several research projects that targeted the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems. He has held positions of VP of Technology and CTO in companies that handled the transition of academic technology into industry. Vogels holds a Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles, most of them on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing. He was named the 2008 CTO of the Year by Information Week for his contributions to Cloud Computing.
Manager, Network Engineering, Twitter
As manager of engineering at Twitter, Rafal oversees network automation and architecture of a network infrastructure servicing Twitter’s customers around the globe. Prior to joining Twitter, Rafal was a Sr. Staff Engineer at Walmart.com and Wal-mart Global e-commerce where he was responsible for all aspects of Wal-mart’s e-commerce network architecture, implementation and operation. Earlier in his career Rafal held network engineering positions in the telecom, internet service provider and hosting industries at companies such as Savvis, Cable & Wireless, Digital Island Inc. and Shaw Cable Group. Rafal holds a BSc in Applied Computer Science from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
Contributing Writer, GigaOM, Forbes and Renewable Energy World
Ucilia Wang writes about renewable energy, smart grid and energy efficiency technologies for Forbes, GigaOm and Renewable Energy World. She was previously the associate editor at Greentech Media. She also was a science writer for the high-performance computing and computational science divisions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
VP and GM, Cloud Platforms Group, Intel Corporation
Jason Waxman is a Vice President and General Manager in Intel’s Data Center and Connected Systems Group leading the Cloud Platforms Group. He is responsible for Intel’s products and technologies for large datacenters including silicon components, optimized system design, software, management and data center facility optimization. Jason’s business responsibility focuses on working with systems and software vendors to address the needs of the high-growth cloud service provider industry including internet datacenters, telcos, infrastructure / software-as-a-service and hosting. Jason holds executive positions in industry design efforts including the board of the Open Compute Foundation, the Server System Infrastructure Forum and as technical advisor to the Open Data Center Alliance. Jason has spent the last 14 years of his Intel career in Enterprise computing focused on server products and technologies involved in the introduction of over 12 new platforms. Prior to Intel, Jason worked in strategic planning for an industrial components company and as a management consultant. He holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University. He can be followed on twitter @jpwaxman.
SVP, Cloud Services and Strategy, Telx
Joe Weinman is Senior Vice President, Cloud Services and Strategy at Telx. He has held executive leadership positions at AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and Bell Laboratories, in areas such as corporate strategy, business development, product management, operations, and R&D. Named a "Top 10 Cloud Computing Leader" by TechTarget, Weinman is the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, a frequent international keynote speaker, and the founder of Cloudonomics: a rigorous, multidisciplinary approach to valuing the cloud. He has been awarded 15 U.S. and international patents in diverse fields and has been showcased in numerous print and online publications and global video broadcasts. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from Cornell University and UW-Madison respectively, and has completed Executive Education at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne.
Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Hummer Winblad Venture Partners (www.humwin.com) is a leading venture capital firm focused on software investing and manages over $1 billion in cumulative capital. Since Hummer Winblad Venture Partners’ inception in 1989, the firm has launched over 100 new software companies. Ann has over 30 years of experience in the software industry as a successful software entrepreneur, strategy advisor, technical author and venture capitalist. Ann currently serves on the Boards of Ace Metrix, Karmasphere, Mulesoft, Sonatype and Voltage Security. Ann is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas, Director and former Chairperson of SVForum and serves as an advisor to many entrepreneurial organizations.
Ph.D. Candidate, MIT CSAIL
Jean Yang is a Ph.D. student at MIT. Her research focus is on creating programming models, from languages to frameworks, that mitigate programmer burden and make it easier to focus on the interesting functionality. For her thesis, she is designing and implementing a programming model for automatically enforcing privacy policies. Jean completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University in 2008 and has interned at Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Research. Passionate about empowering women to work in technical fields, she co-founded Graduate Women at MIT, which now has well over 1000 members. Jean's hobbies include running, doing yoga, and blogging about technology and culture.