Speakers

Aaron Levie

Aaron Levie
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Box.net

Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box was launched from Aaron’s dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box’s product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software. He has spoken about content and collaboration tools at events such as Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Web 2.0, Dreamforce, Accenture Global Summit, South by Southwest, and Svase.

Aaron studied business at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before taking a leave of absence.

Abhinav Keswani

Abhinav Keswani
CTO
MarketScout

Abhinav Keswani began his IT career just as the first Internet bubble reached its climactic pinnacle. Working deep within data centres, he has nursed and tuned every tier of web facing infrastructure, addressing physical concerns such as cooling through to clustering and load balancing server farms. His experience in this field spans delivery of web infrastructure to global media and the telecommunications industries. Being bound to the data centre is the fundamental reason that has motivated him to move to cloud application development. As a leader of teams that develop elastic, scalable and flexible web applications, Abhinav plies his trade being ever so thankful for the agile methods, dynamic software frameworks and powerful platforms available today to deliver fast and deliver well. While not at work, Abhinav spends time with his young family, climbing and mountain biking in the back country surrounding the beautiful and still shaking city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Adam Selipsky

Adam Selipsky
Vice President
Amazon Web Services

Adam Selipsky joined Amazon Web Services in May 2005 as Vice President for Product Management and Developer Relations.  He oversees developer support, product strategy, demand generation, evangelism, and marketing communications.  Before joining Amazon Web Services, Selipsky served as a Vice President in several areas for RealNetworks. Selipsky was also a partner at Mercer Management Consulting, specializing in business strategy for telecommunications and technology companies.

Selipsky earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Adrian Cockcroft

Adrian Cockcroft
Director of Cloud Architecture
Netflix

Over the last four years Adrian has managed and architected development of personalization algorithms for the Netflix web site and TV based devices, and led development of a new personalization platform optimized for the cloud. He then moved to the Cloud Systems group as the director of architecture, with a focus on performance monitoring and analysis tools.

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. Between his time at Sun and joining Netflix in 2007, Adrian was a founding member of eBay Research Labs. You can find many posted presentations by Adrian at slideshare.net/adrianco and follow him on twitter @adrianco.

Alan Masarek

Alan Masarek
CEO & Co-Founder
Quickoffice

Alan Masarek co-founded and has been an executive member of Quickoffice since the company’s founding in 2002, and has served as Quickoffice’s Chief Executive Officer since 2007. He has served as a C-level executive and financier for over 25 years, leading technology companies that span corporate, venture and entrepreneurial settings. Mr. Masarek has successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars during his career and has been instrumental in creating value for his shareholders, generating over half a billion dollars in market value.

Prior to co-founding Quickoffice, Mr. Masarek was the founder and CEO of AdOutlet, a leading B2B marketplace for the media industry. Mr. Masarek successfully built the company from the ground up, raising $30 million in three equity financings from leading VCs, and created a peak market value of more than $100 million before securing the sale of the Company. Previously, Mr. Masarek was President of Advanced Health Corporation (NASDAQ: AHTC) where he led the company from a development-stage healthcare IT company into a profitable, publicly traded services and IT company. Mr. Masarek began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. before becoming a Principle at The NTC Group, a New York-based leveraged buyout firm.

Mr. Masarek received his MBA from Harvard Business School, With Distinction, and his BBA in Accounting from The University of Georgia, Magna Cum Laude. He is a Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Alex Chriss

Alex Chriss
Director, Intuit Partner Platform
Intuit Inc.

Alex leads Intuit’s platform-as-a-service strategy, uniting the company’s own connected services with third party offerings in a single ecosystem. The Intuit Partner Platform allows independent developers to create and deploy products that work in conjunction with Intuit’s popular QuickBooks financial management software. He also heads the Intuit App Center, the destination for small businesses to access apps connected to Intuit’s cloud. Previously, Alex helped lead Intuit’s QuickBase product to become the leading online database.

Prior to Intuit, Alex held executive positions at Kronos Advanced Technology and Youthstream Media Networks and was founder and CEO of CollegeWeb.

Alex received his degree in Economics from Tufts University and is based in Waltham, Mass.

Allan Leinwand

Allan Leinwand
CTO, Infrastructure Engineering
Zynga

Mr. Leinwand is currently Chief Technology Officer – Infrastructure at Zynga, Inc. In this role Mr. Leinwand is responsible for all aspects of technology infrastructure used in the delivery of Zynga’s social games including data centers, networking, compute, storage, content distribution and cloud computing. Previously, Mr. Leinwand was a venture partner for Panorama Capital, LLC where he focused on technology investments in data networking, open source software and cloud computing. Prior to this role, he joined JPMorgan Partners as an operating partner in 2004. In 2005, Mr. Leinwand founded Vyatta, the open source networking company. From 2001 to 2004, he was President and Co-founder of Proficient Networks, Inc. From 2000 to 2001, he was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Telegis Networks, Inc. In 1997 Mr. Leinwand joined Digital Island, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISLD) at inception and served as their Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer through the company’s IPO and secondary offering. From 1990 to 1997, Mr. Leinwand served as Manager of Consulting Engineering and Senior Software Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc. helping to build and engineer service provider and enterprise networks worldwide. He co-authored “Cisco Router Configuration” and “Network Management: A Practical Perspective” and has been granted a patent in the field of data routing. He currently is an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches the subjects of computer networks, network management, and network design. Mr. Leinwand holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Amit Singh

Amit Singh
Vice President, Enterprise
Google

Amit Singh leads Google’s Enterprise business. He joined Google in 2010 after nearly 20 years at Oracle in different areas of the business, including product development, channel management, sales, strategy and acquisitions. In his most recent role, as group vice president, he led the Application Strategy Group, responsible for applications acquisitions, shared services and product strategy for North American Sales. He also ran sales and operations for some of the fastest growing acquisitions at Oracle including Demantra, G-Log, Agile, Logical Apps and Peoplesoft HR. Amit spent a decade in various sales positions managing Applications sales organizations in the Northeast and Midwest. He began his Oracle career in product development, designing and building some of the first Oracle Applications, before moving into channel management.

Amit is a graduate of Rensselaer with a master’s degree in industrial and management engineering and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering.

Andreas Sundquist

Andreas Sundquist
CEO and Co-Founder
DNAnexus

Andreas Sundquist, Ph.D., is the CEO and Co-Founder of DNAnexus, a DNA data management and analysis platform.  Andreas is an expert on the analysis of high-throughput DNA sequence data, as well as on cloud computing and building scalable software systems.

 

Andrew Reichman

Andrew Reichman
Principal Analyst
Forrester Research

Andrew serves Infrastructure & Operations professionals. His focus is on data storage systems, networking, and management software, as well as the business processes required for effective storage management. He pays special attention to cost and business intelligence issues related to complex storage environments, working to enable IT operations groups to maximize operational and financial efficiency.

Prior to joining Forrester, Andrew was a senior consultant with Accenture, working in a practice that consults with firms on behalf of EMC. In this capacity, he helped large enterprise clients get the most out of their storage investments by designing and implementing tools and processes. He had a particular focus on management dashboards, storage reclamation, and IT chargeback. Prior to Accenture, Andrew was a senior financial analyst for Washington Mutual Bank, working on cost analysis and budget management for a major data center build-out and consolidation program. Andrew also worked as a technical project manager at Quintessent Communications, building an ASP offering of proprietary business-to-business (B2B) ordering software for the telecommunications industry.

Andrew has an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Washington and a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University.

Andy McLoughlin

Andy McLoughlin
EVP Strategy and Co-Founder
Huddle

Based in San Francisco, Andy manages Huddle’s growing U.S. presence and is responsible for corporate development and product strategy.

Since co-founding the business with Alastair, Andy has guided Huddle to become one of Europe’s most awarded and well-known technology start-ups. Since launch, Andy has been responsible for a number of business areas including technology, product development, marketing and business development.

Andy previously worked as a consultant and product manager for KnowledgeCenter Ltd, a boutique content management and business process automation consultancy focussed on the insurance and finance markets. Andy’s clients spanned the UK, Europe and US, including prominent global firms such as QBE, Benfield, Arthur J Gallagher, Catlin and Montpelier Re. Prior to KnowledgeCenter, Andy was Online Manager for Fibernet Group plc, a FTSE 250-listed telecommunications company.

Andy is a keen advocate of entrepreneurship and co-founded the popular DrinkTank entrepreneur networking event with Alastair. As well as mentoring early stage European businesses, Andy regularly speaks and blogs on entrepreneurship, the social web and the consumerization of enterprise software. Andy holds a BA (Hons) Economics from the University of Sheffield.

Anjul Bhambhri

Anjul Bhambhri
Vice President of Big Data Products
IBM

Anjul Bhambhri has 23 years of experience in the database industry with engineering and management positions at IBM, Informix and Sybase. She is currently IBM’s Vice President of Big Data Products, overseeing product strategy and business partnerships. Previously at IBM, Anjul focused on application and data lifecycle management tools and spearheaded the development of XML capabilities in DB2 database server. In 2009, she received the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s “Tribute to Women in Technology” Award.

Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha
Tech Reporter
Adweek

Anthony Ha covers technology and startups for Adweek. He previously worked as a senior editor at VentureBeat and as a local government reporter for the Hollister Free Lance. Follow him on Twitter @anthonyha.

ben-kepes

Ben Kepes
Industry commentator, consultant & investor
Diversity Limited

Ben Kepes is an analyst, an entrepreneur and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergance 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.

Brian Jacobs

Brian Jacobs
General Partner
Emergence Capital Partners

Brian Jacobs founded Emergence Capital in 2003. He has over 20 years of venture capital experience, a deep national network and an understanding of how technology startups grow into market leaders. He was named to the Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capital investors in 2006 and 2007. He currently serves on the boards of YouSendIt, InsideView, Intacct, Janrain and Bill.com.

Prior to founding Emergence, Brian was an early General Partner at St. Paul Venture Capital.  Past investments include HireRight (HIRE), BigFix (sold to IBM), nQuire Software (sold to Siebel Systems), NetPerceptions (NETP), WebTV (sold to Microsoft) and Lexar Media (LEXR) and many others.

Brian has also worked for Security Pacific, Raychem, Westinghouse and Polaroid, and he holds several patents. Brian has a MS and BS from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford. He is happily married with two children. Brian loves adventure travel with his children and cycling.

Byron Sebastian

Byron Sebastian
Executive VP, Platforms
Salesforce.com

Byron Sebastian leads the global Platforms teams and organizations at salesforce.com. Sebastian also runs Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovator Heroku, as its general manager. San Francisco-based Heroku offers an industry-leading rock-solid cloud application platform supporting a variety of developer-friendly runtimes. Heroku was acquired by salesforce.com in December 2010.

Prior to joining salesforce.com, Sebastian was GM of BEA’s Web Services, WebLogic Platform from 2001 to 2003 and vice president of product management of Crossgain, a software development company and pioneer in developing tools and applications to enable customers to build web services. Acquired by BEA in 2001, Crossgain’s “Cajun” project developed into what eventually became BEA’s WebLogic Workshop product and is still shipped today as part of Oracle’s product line. In 2004 Sebastian founded SourceLabs, an open-source software and services startup that was sold to EMC in January 2009. Sebastian is a former entrepreneur in residence at Ignition Partners.

Chris Pinkham

Chris Pinkham
CEO
Nimbula

Chris is a senior technology executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building Internet and large infrastructure environments. Chris started his career co-founding South Africa’s first ISP, TICSA/Internet Africa, which was sold to UUNET in 1996. Most recently Chris initiated and managed the development of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which has emerged as the undisputed leading public Cloud Infrastructure. Prior to that, Chris was Vice President of Engineering at Amazon.com, responsible for global IT infrastructure. Chris is a graduate of the University of Cape Town.

Dan Crain

Dan Crain
CEO
WhipTail Technologies, Inc.

Dan has had the fortune of spending the past 25 years split between being both an IT executive and a Technology vendor and entrepreneur. He’s held executive technology jobs at such top tier firms as Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank, where he lived the exciting life of Wall Street IT. He’s bought nearly every kind of storage, server and network device made in the past quarter century, and claims to have gotten most of them to work. He’s also had executive jobs in the technology industry.

Daniel was an original founding member of the StorageApps team, where as Executive Vice President, he built and ran the engineering, manufacturing and services organizations, that created the first Storage Virtualization product. He was most recently at Brocade Communications, where he was Chief Technology Officer for many years. Dan has also consulted for many leading companies, such as VMware, TIAA CREF and Data Robotics.

Dan’s major interests in life include his family, state of the art video game computers, and skiing at ridiculous speeds down steep eastern mountains.

Dan Schnolick

Dan Scholnick
General Partner
Trinity Ventures

Dan is a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, a venture firm dedicated to investing in early stage entrepreneurs. Dan began his career as employee number two at Wily Technology (acquired by CA) where he built the first version of the company’s application performance management product and then helped sell it to many of Wily’s Fortune 500 clients. Dan founded Flurry, the leading user analytics platform for mobile applications. Dan also worked at SVB Capital where he made venture investments in software and Internet services companies. He was recently dubbed “Cloud Father” at the inaugural Cloud Mafia event, a meet-up organized by four of Dan’s cloud portfolio companies, New Relic, Loggly, DotCloud and StackMob.

Dan received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. In Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

David Cerf

David Cerf
Executive VP of Business and Corporate Development
Crossroads

David joined Crossroads in 2005, bringing with him extensive sales and corporate development expertise. He currently leads global efforts to expand Crossroads innovative solutions and develop relationships with key early technology adopters. Prior to joining Crossroads, David served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development at NexQL a leading provider of advanced database acceleration technologies; and was co-founder of 360World a national provider of video / imaging solutions. In 1988, as the Founder and Managing Director of the Dallas Business Incubator, he was responsible for the development and funding of more than 50 new high-growth startup companies.

David Sacks

David Sacks
Founder, CEO & Chairman of the Board
Yammer

David is the Founder and CEO of Yammer, Inc. He has been involved in the internet space for ten years as an entrepreneur, executive and investor, starting with PayPal in 1999. David was PayPal’s Chief Operating Officer and product leader, taking the company from startup to IPO and eventual sale to eBay for $1.5 billion. Subsequently, he founded Geni.com, which is creating a family tree of the whole world, enabling millions of family members to connect, share, and preserve their lives. He also produced and financed the movie “Thank You For Smoking”. He has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Dean Takahashi

Dean Takahashi
Lead Writer
VentureBeat

Dean is lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat. He covers video games, security, chips and a variety of other subjects. Dean previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News, the Wall Street Journal, the Red Herring, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register and the Dallas Times Herald. He is the author of two books, Opening the Xbox and the Xbox 360 Uncloaked. Follow him on Twitter at @deantak, and follow VentureBeat on Twitter at @venturebeat.

Derek Chan

Derek Chan
Head of Global Technology Operations
Dreamworks

Derek Chan is Head of Global Technology Operations for DreamWorks Animation, where he is responsible for providing worldwide strategic vision, planning and implementation of the studio’s computing infrastructure, including Systems Engineering, Systems Operations, Technical Resource Management and Hardware Engineering.

Derek also leads the studio’s adoption and leverage of cloud computing, which has been crucial to providing the massive compute resources required to create multiple films concurrently. He provided management and direction for the development of the patented DreamWorks Animation Virtual Studio Collaboration system, which revolutionized the way the studio makes movies by enabling seamless collaboration across multiple geographic sites. The technology has been commercialized and is marketed jointly by Hewlett-Packard and Polycom under the Halo brand.

Prior to his current role, he rose successfully through a number of positions over a career spanning 15 years at the studio. One of Derek’s most significant achievements was the studio’s transition to Linux, which made DreamWorks Animation one of the first in the industry to fully embrace Linux as its core operations system for the production of animated films. He also led a team that wrote the studio’s first custom application entirely on Linux, called ToonShooter. His film credits include the Academy Award-winning Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2. Among his technical accolades, Derek was named one of Computer World’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2008.

Before joining DreamWorks Animation, Derek was at Silicon Graphics where he worked on the O2 Irix-based workstation, designed for digital media creation and manipulation.

Derek received a B.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, Palo Alto.

Dick Escue

Dick Escue
Senior VP & CIO
RehabCare Group

Dick Escue is a Senior VP and the CIO for RehabCare Group. Escue has been a healthcare CIO for over twenty years, and has led IT teams as large as 600, and as small as 50. Escue has been the CIO for a $1 billion, a $1.5 billion, and a $3 billion company, and is experienced in not-for-profit as well as for-profit, publicly-held companies. Across these companies, Escue has had responsibility for IT for Physicians, Health Plans, Acute Care providers, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, In-Patient Rehabilitation, Out-Patient Rehabilitation, Contract Therapy, and Long-Term Acute Care. Recently, Escue has been advancing the use of cloud-based solutions, and the adoption of consumer technology in the enterprise.

Most recently, Escue has leveraged the use of Cloud Computing solutions, as well as Consumer Technology (primarily the Apple iPhone and iPad) to achieve industry leading IT efficiency metrics. Frequently called upon expert speaker at conferences focused on Cloud Computing, and Mobility.

Dylan Tweney

Dylan Tweney
Executive Editor
VentureBeat

Dylan Tweney is an award-winning writer and editor specializing in technology, science and business.

He is currently the executive editor at VentureBeat, a news site devoted to covering the technology revolution and its impact on business and daily life.

Previously, he was senior editor at Wired.com, where he was responsible for the site’s gadget news, product reviews, and also had stints running business and science coverage. Since 2000, Tweney has been publishing tinywords, the world’s smallest magazine.

Greg Merkle

Greg Merkle
VP of Product Strategy, Information Architecture & Design
Dow Jones

Greg Merkle is vice president of product strategy and design at Dow Jones where he oversees the user experience design of award winning Factiva as well as other information products serving enterprises worldwide. Factiva is one of the largest electronic business aggregators and archives in the world, culling more than 31,000 sources worldwide.

With more than 20 years experience in the electronic publishing and information industry, Mr. Merkle manages the information architecture, market validation, interface design and usability of multiple Dow Jones products. He was a key player in the recent innovations surrounding Factiva including the Factiva iPad app, Factiva Snapshot, re-styled user interface and customization features as well as the integration tools being used across multiple Dow Jones businesses and customers. These product advancements were guided by his vision of where and how information is being used by consumers and professionals as well as his expertise in bringing role-based products to market.

Since joining Dow Jones in 1993, other product designs he’s directed include: Personal Journal, Dow Jones Publications Library and Dow Jones Interactive. Earlier in his career, Mr. Merkle designed the first Dow Jones News Retrieval user interface for Windows and the first Dow Jones search interface.

Previously, Mr. Merkle was associate vice president, product design at Factiva (before it was fully acquired by Dow Jones) where he was responsible for user experience design for all Factiva products. In this role, he worked strategically with the Factiva product organization and customers to prototype business ideas and build innovative products and solutions to meet their needs. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Merkle was creative director of product design at Dow Jones where he managed the product and interface design team that introduced user focused design principles and usability prior the Internet revolution.

Mr. Merkle frequently speaks at information industry conferences on topics including business search, the future of information, data visualization and the semantic Web. These events include Buying and Selling eContent, the Enterprise Search Summit, Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) Conference and more. He is also a member of Locito New York Semantic Web, SIIA and serves on the advisory board for Copyright Clearance Center.

In his spare time, Mr. Merkle focuses on his music. As an accomplished guitarist, he has opened for music industry veterans including Johnny Cash.

Ian Kelly

Ian Kelly
Director IT – Integration and SOA
Best Buy

In his capacity at Best Buy he oversees delivery and maintenance of world class integration capabilities supporting millions of customers and 180,000+ employees worldwide. His teams expose the very best of Best Buy data and functionality to internal applications, employees, external partners, and providing direct access for developers and customers to enable the world’s largest CE retailer to succeed in a challenging multi channel market. He has spend most of his career in integration working within public sector for the U.S. Military as well as Fortune 500 companies in the Finance/Real Estate, Retail, and Manufacturing industries.

Isaac Roth

Issac Roth
PaaS Master
OpenShift, Red Hat

Issac Roth is Red Hat’s PaaS Master, whipping the clouds into shape to create the best experience for developers who build on open source and leading Red Hat’s hosted online services strategy. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Makara, which launched the first Platform-as-a-Service to run multi-cloud and multi-language, the first to run Java EE applications, and the first to include built-in application performance monitoring. Makara was acquired by Red Hat in 2010 to form OpenShift.

Ivan Koon

Ivan Koon
Chief Executive Officer
YouSendIt

Ivan Koon joined YouSendIt in May 2006.

A proven and passionate business executive with over 20 years of experience, Ivan has built YouSendIt into the Web’s largest business content collaboration solution. Under his leadership, YouSendIt has aggressively expanded its B2B collaboration platform and increased its registered user base from zero to over 23 million around the world.

Prior to joining YouSendIt, Ivan was SVP at Adobe, where he managed the Acrobat and Enterprise LiveCycle Document Services Business Unit. Previously, he served as Division President of BEA System and was responsible for WebLogic Commerce and Integration Business. Ivan was also the President and COO of S2 Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stratus Computer, where he was responsible for enterprise application systems including Payment, HealthCare, and Trading solutions.

Ivan holds a BS in Math/Computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington.

James Staten

James Staten
Vice President & Principal Analyst
Forrester Research

James has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, having served as a reseller, vendor strategist, CMO, journalist, and analyst for companies including Autodesk, Azul Systems, Gartner, Rockwell International, and Sun Microsystems. He is a frequent speaker at industry, corporate, educational, and Wall Street events and has guest lectured at leading business schools. James has been named the top cloud computing analyst by Web Hosting Industry Review (2009) and Apollo Research (July-Sept. 2010). He is also the 2011 recipient of the Forrester Bill Bluestein Award given to the analyst whose body of work continually inspires our clients and guides their decisions to be great.

Working out of Silicon Valley, James holds a master’s degree from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.

Jason Lemkin

Jason Lemkin
VP of Web Services, Adobe
GM, EchoSign

Jason Lemkin co-founded and served as CEO of EchoSign, the web’s leading e-signature and web contracting tool, from inception until its acquisition by Adobe in 2011. Now as part of Adobe, he serves as VP of Web Services for Adobe Acrobat and GM of EchoSign. He is an acknowledged expert in the field of electronic signatures and electronic contracting. EchoSign now has over 5m users and 60,000 customers worldwide.

Prior to EchoSign, Lemkin co-founded and served as President of NanoGram Devices, a nanotechnology pioneer that is now a subsidiary of Greatbatch, Inc. whose technology has gone on to save thousands of lives; served as part of the early senior team at BabyCenter.com, the leading internet company in its category; as served as Vice President, Corporate Development at NeoPhotonics Corporation from revenue zero, which saw a successful IPO in 2011.

He holds a B.A., Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University; a J.D., Order of the Coif, from U.C. Berkeley; and completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Executive Management Program.

Javier Soltero

Javier Soltero
CTO, SaaS & Application Services
VMware

Javier Soltero is the CTO of SaaS and Application Services at VMware. He is responsible for driving advanced development and strategy for app-level cloud services. Most recently, Javier was the co-founder and CEO of Hyperic, the leader in large scale web infrastructure management. Prior to Hyperic, he was the Chief Architect and senior engineer at various enterprise software and internet companies. From early internet messaging, application server, and e-commerce technologies at Netscape to the management platform that became Hyperic, Javier has kept a passion for building technologies that make IT more successful. Soltero has been involved in various open source communities as both user and contributor. He is also an advisor to a number of open source and SaaS startups.

Jeff Lawson

Jeff Lawson
Co-Founder and CEO
Twilio

Jeff is co-founder and CEO of Twilio, where he brings over 10 years of entrepreneurial product leadership experience. Before Twilio, Jeff served as Product Manager for Amazon Web Services, and has held founding executive roles for NineStar, Stubhub.com, and Versity.com

Jerome Lecat

Jerome Lecat
CEO
Scality

Jérôme Lecat is a serial entrepreneur and business angel with 15 years of internet start-up experience.

From 2003 to 2010, Jerome led Bizanga, the leading email MTA for service providers, which he founded with Olivier Lemarie, Marc Sheldon and Giorgio Regni. Bizanga achieved major market penetration worldwide with customers such as Comcast, Cox Communications, Telefonica and United Internet (1&1). Bizanga was successfully sold to Cloudmark in February 2010.

In 2001, Jerome became Chairman of the Board of Data Center Technology (DCT), a Belgium based start-up which developed a unique Content Addressable Storage (CAS) technology, especially for the backup market. After signing over 70 customers, DCT was sold to Veritas in 2005 with significant profit for its investors.

In 1994, Jérôme founded with Olivier Dauchot and Olivier Lemarié Internet-Way, the fourth ISP for enterprises to open in France. As CEO, he built the company from a garage start-up to the second largest ISP in France. In 1997, after the company had reached profitability, he sold the company to UUNET where he served as vice president of products for EMEA.

Jérôme has also been active as a Business Angel and Board Member in several leading technology companies, including Vision Objects, the world leader in handwriting recognition, which was sold to DoubleDay in 2009.

Jérôme holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a research masters degree on Cognitive Science from Université Paris VII. Jérôme attended the AMD program at INSEAD. Jérôme lives in San Francisco with his wife Anna and son Nathan.

Jim McGeever

Jim McGeever
Chief Operating Officer
NetSuite

Jim McGeever is responsible for many of NetSuite’s internal operations including sales, services, support and administration, and spearheads NetSuite’s industry and customer satisfaction programs. He joined NetSuite in 2000 and, as chief financial officer, rapidly built a global financial organization across seven countries and was a driving force behind NetSuite’s successful IPO in 2007. Previously, McGeever was director of finance for Clontech Laboratories, the corporate controller at Photon Dynamics, and a chartered accountant at Ernst & Young. He holds a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics and in 2007 was named the Bay Area CFO of the Year.

Joe Payne

Joe Payne
CEO
Eloqua

Joe Payne is the chief executive officer of Eloqua and a member of the company’s board of directors. Payne joined the company in 2007 and is responsible for all aspects of Eloqua’s operations, including sales, product development, and long-term strategy and vision.

As CEO, Payne has been called upon as a distinguished speaker at many conferences including The Annual Pacific Crest Annual On-Demand Conferences; The Annual Canaccord Adams On-Demand Software Conference; The Annual Bessemer CEO Summit on SaaS; The Annual JMP Securities Research Summit, The Annual JMI CEO Summit; GE Business Management Course on Digital as a Growth Driver; The Annual Stifel Nicolaus Technology, Communications & Internet Conference and, The Eloqua and MarketingSherpa Marketing Mastery Webinar which shattered attendance records.

Payne has also been featured in BtoB Magazine’s prestigious annual list of “Who’s Who in B-to-B” since 2007 as well as named to Sales Lead Management Association’s “50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management” for the past two years.

Payne brings to Eloqua more than 15 years of leadership experience and a proven track record with high growth software companies. His broad experience base in delivering SaaS solutions for marketers gives him a unique perspective of today’s most pressing technology trends.

Prior to joining Eloqua, Payne was President and COO of iDefense, a VeriSign company. Previously, he was President and CEO of eSecurity Inc., and President and CEO of eGrail. He also served as Chief Marketing Officer at MicroStrategy Inc.

A Fuqua Scholar, Payne received his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Duke University and is on the adjunct faculty at the Kogod School of Business at American University.

John Dillon

John Dillon
CEO
Engine Yard

John has over 20 years of experience in executive leadership positions and has delivered several successful exits as CEO of well-known technology companies including Salesforce.com and Hyperion as well as Navis, the leading provider of shipping logistics software. Prior to his CEO roles, John held sales management positions at Oracle and Arbor Software and was a systems engineer at EDS (Electronic Data Systems). John holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and began his career with a B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, serving for five years as an engineer in the nuclear submarine service.

John Engates

John Engates
Chief Technology Officer
Rackspace

John Engates joined Rackspace in August of 2000 and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer. Engates has worked in several areas of Rackspace including Operations, Professional Services and Customer Care. Most recently, Engates has been responsible for managing the ongoing development of Rackspace’s Intensive segment. Engates was one of the leading forces behind Rackspace’s Microsoft Gold Certification.

Prior to joining Rackspace, Engates was a founder of Internet Direct, one of the oldest and largest Internet service providers in Texas.

Engates is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting.

John Lee

John Lee
Director
SVB Accelerator

John Lee is a director in SVB’s Entrepreneur Services Group. Lee establishes banking relationships with early stage technology companies. Lee also assists early and mid-stage technology companies with raising capital through review and feedback on investment materials and targeted introductions to venture capital firms and other investors. In addition, Lee provides relevant market insights and connections to strategic partners. Lee focuses on the enterprise and infrastructure software and hardware sectors, including cloud computing and SaaS, data management and storage, security, semiconductors, mobile and consumer electronic devices, data centers and broadband networks.

Prior to his current role, Lee served as a relationship manager for SVB’s Emerging Technologies Practice, providing commercial banking services to early stage companies in the technology, life sciences, cleantech, angel and venture capital industries.

Before joining SVB, Lee worked at Societe Generale, Union Bank of California, and Bank of America, focusing on technology, communications, and media companies. While completing his undergraduate studies, Lee worked at Intel, conducting research and analysis of competitive semiconductor design and manufacturing technologies.

Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown
CEO
Coraid

Kevin is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive, with experience in the networking, storage, security, and virtualization sectors. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of Kidaro, a desktop virtualization software vendor, where he led the team to a leadership position in this emerging segment. Kidaro was acquired by Microsoft in May 2008 and incorporated as a key element of Windows virtualization.

Prior to joining Kidaro, Kevin served as a vice president on the original executive team of storage security vendor Decru, where he led worldwide marketing, business development, and product management. Following the acquisition of Decru by Network Appliance, Kevin stayed on as a vice president and helped the company achieve #1 market share and global adoption across the financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, and government sectors. As one of the leading experts on storage security, he served as an advisor to the U.S. Congress, Federal Trade Commission, and U.S. Department of Defense. Previously, Kevin was a key member of the founding team of Inktomi, a pioneering infrastructure software firm, where he served in a number of executive positions, including Vice President and General Manager of Inktomi’s networking business. Kevin is as a Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, and earned his Bachelor’s and MBA degrees at UC Berkeley, where he served as MBA class president.

Kris Duggan

Kris Duggan
CEO & Co-Founder
Badgeville

Kris Duggan is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for building innovative, fast-growing SaaS companies with thousands of delighted customers. He is dedicated to helping brands on the web increase user engagement by leveraging proven techniques in social gaming and loyalty. A sought-after speaker on gamification, analytics and user engagement, Kris is a thought leader of innovative ways to incorporate game mechanics and social loyalty programs into web and mobile experiences. Prior to founding Badgeville, Kris Duggan worked in leadership roles at a variety of successful companies, including WebEx, and across a wide variety of verticals.

Lew Moorman

Lew Moorman
CSO & President, Cloud
Rackspace

Lew Moorman is instrumental in driving strategic planning, product development and new business initiatives for Rackspace. He joined the company in April of 2000 and has served a variety of strategy and marketing roles throughout the company’s growth. Before joining Rackspace, Moorman held several positions at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, advising high technology clients on critical strategic issues.

As Rackspace Hosting’s Chief Strategy Officer, Lew Moorman drives strategic planning, product development and new business initiatives across the company. He also serves as President of Rackspace’s Cloud business, leading the company’s fastest growing business unit. He speaks frequently at industry events on cloud computing, hosting and the rapidly evolving world of IT.

Moorman received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

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Lew Cirne
CEO & Founder
New Relic

Lew Cirne discovered the joy of building software in 1982 when he received his first computer as a Christmas gift from his parents. Three decades later, Lew has been recognized as the creator of the multi-billion dollar Application Performance Management (APM) market, and the founder of two companies that have realized an aggregate enterprise value of over $1 billion.

A developer at heart, Lew still devotes time each week to building software alongside the world class engineers at New Relic. He’s also a guest lecturer at Harvard and Stanford, and is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study, used each year to teach students the principles of successful entrepreneurship. Lew has an AB in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and serves on the boards of New Relic and the Thrive Foundation for Youth.

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Luis Robles
Venture Capitalist
Sequoia Capital

Luis works with cloud computing, software, and enterprise companies. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2010, Luis was a Senior Product Manager at VMware where he helped build out various product and operations initiatives. Previously, he was involved with other Silicon Valley start-ups. Luis has BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Marten Mickos

Marten Mickos
CEO
Eucalyptus Systems

Marten Mickos is CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, the leader in open source cloud computing platforms for on-premise use. Previously as CEO of MySQL AB, Marten grew that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems of MySQL AB, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun’s Database Group. Marten holds a M.Sc. in technical physics from Helsinki University of Technology in his native Finland. He is a recipient of the Audemars Piguet “Changing Times Award: European Entrepreneur of the Year 2006″ and the Nokia Foundation Award.

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Matt Marshall
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
VentureBeat

Matt is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VentureBeat. In the fall of 2009 he also took on the role of Executive Producer of DEMO, the premiere launchpad event for emerging technologies. Prior to starting VentureBeat, Matt covered the venture capital beat for the San Jose Mercury News from 2001 to 2006. He significantly expanded the newspaper’s coverage of venture capital during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat. Matt was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002, and the James Madison Freedom of Information award in 2003. These awards were for a series of articles he wrote in conjunction with two successful Mercury News lawsuits, in part instigated by Matt, against California’s public pension fund (CalPERS) and the University of California. As a result of these laws suits, public employees now have full access to information on the performance of their retirement investments. Matt was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 through 1998. In 1999 he wrote a book while in Germany, “The Bank: the Birth of Europe’s Central Bank and the Rebirth of European Power” (Random House, 1999). He has also written for the Washington Post and several other publications. Matt holds a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.

Michael Crandell

Michael Crandell
CEO
RightScale

Michael Crandell is the CEO and a founder of RightScale, where he provides the vision and direction for the company as it pioneers innovative ways to bring the power of cloud computing to any organization. Crandell is a frequent speaker at cloud computing industry conferences, and he has played a major role in helping establish and promote openness and transparency in the cloud market. Prior to RightScale, he served as CEO at several Internet Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) companies and as executive vice president at eFax.com. Crandell received his B.A. from Stanford University and completed graduate studies at Harvard University.

Michaela Drummond

Michaela Drummond
Information Management and Technology Practitioner
UK Meteorological Office

Michaela Drummond has extensive experience working with small businesses, growing and selling her own. She is a keen strategic analyzer whose experience in business development, financial management, training and operational management, gives her both a thorough understanding of the integrated functions of business operation and how to remain grounded through transition and crisis. Her previous roles include everything from Customer Service Agent to Chief Operating Officer in a variety of environments. Today, Michaela is passionate about technology and enjoys her role in Information Management at the UK Meteorological Office, working with other public sector organizations and individuals to improve collaboration. She is responsible for the support and training of end users on system applications. Most recently, Michaela has been instrumental in implementing a virtual learning environment and transforming the way the organization learns by designing and introducing e-learning programs.

Nara Balakrishna

Nara Balakrishna
Senior Director, Corporate Strategy
Appirio

As senior director of corporate strategy at Appirio, Nara is responsible for the company’s strategy, corporate and solution messaging, sales enablement, and customer programs. Nara brings more than 15 years of experience helping technology develop and execute go to market strategies and programs. Prior to joining Appirio, Nara led a competitive strategy team at SAP. He has also served as a partner in the high-tech practice at Oliver Wyman. Nara holds a bachelor’s in Physics and Mathematics from Williams College.

Nick Mehta

Nick Mehta
CEO
LiveOffice

Nick Mehta joined LiveOffice as CEO in 2008, and has served in senior operating roles in the enterprise and consumer technology markets for much of his career. He spent more than five years at Symantec Corporation and Veritas Software Corporation (acquired by Symantec in 2005), where he served as vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Vault information archiving and discovery software business. Nick also led product management for all email-related businesses at Symantec and previously for CommandCentral. He has spoken about emerging technologies at a number of events, including Symantec Vision, Gartner and Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference. Nick is also a member of TechAmerica Foundation’s Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2), a group of thought leaders brought together to provide the Obama Administration with recommendations on how to deploy cloud technologies and drive U.S. innovation in the cloud. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Sciences and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University.

Patrick Scaglia

Patrick Scaglia
VP and CTO of Cloud Services and Applications
Hewlett-Packard

Patrick Scaglia is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of HP Cloud Services and Applications. He oversees long range technical strategy and research and development ranging from Cloud Infrastructure to Consumer Applications across HP’s Enterprise business and Personal Systems Group. Previously Patrick was VP and Chief Technology Officer of the Imaging and Printing Group of HP (IPG) where he was a key contributor to IPG’s transition to web and mobile print services.

Prior to IPG, Patrick led the Internet and Computing Platforms Research Center at HP Labs. He drove HP’s leadership in utility computing, Grid, and Open Source programs as well as transferring research in virtualization and data center management. He also led groundbreaking work in mobile and rich media, consumer systems, and wellness.

Before joining HP, Patrick was Vice President of Research at Cadence, a leader in design automation software, and was a founder and director of Cadence Berkeley Laboratories and Cadence European Laboratories. He was Vice President of product development and co-founder of the computer division of Evans & Sutherland Computer Corp. He held management positions at telecommunication giant ALCATEL where he was a key contributor to the development of the Minitel.

Patrick serves on a number of Advisory Boards at prestigious institutions; the College of Engineering, University of California Berkeley, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Georgia Tech College of Computing. He also served on the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer Information Science and Engineering.

He received his education at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees and Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in physics. He also received the degree of engineering at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique in Strasbourg.

Paul Miller

Paul Miller
Consultant
Cloud of Data

Paul Miller is an analyst and consultant, based in the East Yorkshire (UK) market town of Beverley, but working with clients world-wide. He mainly helps clients understand the opportunities (and pitfalls) around cloud computing, big data, and open data, but also podcasts and writes for a number of channels. His background includes public policy and standards work, several years in management at a UK software company… and a Ph.D in Archaeology.

Peter Yared

Peter Yared
Chief Technology Officer
CBS Interactive

Peter Yared is responsible for CBS Interactive’s central technology including ad serving, data warehouse, data centers and content management. Yared joins CBS Interactive from Webtrends where he served as the General Manager of the Social product line, and came to Webtrends via the acquisition of his social marketing platform startup Transpond. Yared was the founder and CEO of four e-commerce and marketing infrastructure companies, which were respectively acquired by Sun, VMware, Webtrends and TigerLogic.

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Ping Li
Partner
Accel Partners

Ping has been with Accel Partners since 2004. He focuses primarily on software and digital media investments with specific interest in cloud computing, big data/storage, mobile and gaming.

He currently is a Board Member of BitTorrent, Cloudera, Lookout, Mu Dynamics, Nimbula, Raptr, ScaleXtreme, and YuMe. Ping was also responsible for several Accel investments which have had successful exits including Ludic Labs (Groupon), Mochi Media (Shanda) and Reactivity (Cisco).

Ping has over 15 years of experience as a technology investor and operating executive in helping build market leading technology companies and product lines. Prior to Accel, Ping worked at Juniper Networks as a Senior Product Line Manager for their flagship M-series router products, as well as Director of Corporate Development. Ping was actively involved in Juniper’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of Netscreen Technologies. He also served as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, advising technology clients in their growth strategies.

Ping has extensive international experience as well. At Singapore Telecom, he served directly for the executive management team in operating and investing in Asian growth opportunities. Prior to SingTel, Ping worked at Goldman Sachs Asia, transacting technology IPOs and M&A. Ping continues to be active internationally by working closely with RenRen (Facebook of China) and IDG-Accel China Fund.

Ping holds an A.B. from Harvard University, with honors, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Randy Bias

Randy Bias
Co-Founder and CTO
Cloudscaling

Randy’s provocative views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made him one of the most influential voices in the industry. He uses this influence to advocate an open and honest debate about which technologies will win in driving cloud to large-scale adoption. He has inspired organizations and individuals to embrace the disruption of cloud computing to transform business processes and position themselves to succeed in a new world where computing resources are ubiquitous, inexpensive, instantly scalable, and highly available.

Since 1990, Randy has driven innovations in infrastructure, IT, operations, and 24×7 service delivery. He was the technical visionary at GoGrid and built the world’s first multi-cloud, multi-platform cloud management framework at CloudScale Networks. He led the open-licensing of GoGrid’s API, which inspired Sun Microsystems, Rackspace Cloud, VMware and others to open-license their cloud APIs.

Randy’s voice can be heard through the Cloudscaling blog, which has tens of thousands of page views monthly. Randy is recognized by The Next Web as one of the 25 Most Influential People Tweeting About Cloud. He is frequently interviewed in the trade and business media on cloud computing, and he speaks at dozens of industry events annually.

Rick Schultz

Rick Schultz
VP of Technology Product Marketing
Oracle

Rick Schultz is Vice President of Technology Product Marketing at Oracle. In this role, Mr. Schultz is responsible for defining and driving the global market strategy for Oracle’s technology business, spanning Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, cloud computing, business intelligence and analytics, big data, security, management and virtualization, operating systems, developer tools, and the Java platform. He also leads the marketing efforts for Oracle’s engineered systems products including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle Big Data Appliance, and Oracle Database Appliance. Mr. Schultz rejoined Oracle in 2004 and led the marketing efforts for Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle’s fastest-growing business, for four years, during which time Oracle established its brand and the #1 position in the middleware market. He also drove the marketing efforts for Oracle’s business intelligence, security, and enterprise management products during that period.

Mr. Schultz has an extensive background in middleware and developer tools. Prior to rejoining Oracle, he spent six years in the software division of Sun Microsystems, where he held various roles leading product marketing teams across the Java platform and middleware products. Before that, he was with Oracle from 1995 to 1998, during which time his responsibilities included heading a product management group focused on Oracle Developer tools.

Mr. Schultz holds a degree in business from the University of California, Berkeley.

Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott
General Partner
Norwest Venture Partners

Robert Abbott joined NVP in 1998 and is focused on a wide variety of investment categories including mobile, cloud, infrastructure and systems. His current investments and board seats include Act-On Software, ClariPhy, ClearDATA, Elemental, mBlox, Mozes and Zenverge.

Robert has nine years of operational experience in various roles, from engineering to marketing and product management. Before joining NVP, he was at Silicon Graphics. Prior to Silicon Graphics, Robert worked at IBM-ROLM Systems.

He holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in electrical engineering and an MBA, all from Stanford University.

Ryan Nichols

Ryan Nichols
VP Apps
Podio

Ryan Nichols is a user, vendor, analyzer, and integrator of web applications. He’s VP Apps at Podio, an online work platform that allows businesspeople to build lightweight apps to get everyday tasks done. He’s been part of 2 “serverless” startups, who run their operations entirely in the cloud. He’s built some of the most popular integrations between web applications like Salesforce and Google, and writes about the “Future of Work” for Computerworld.

Sam Pullara

Sam Pullara
Infrastructure Engineer
Twitter

Sam Pullara is an infrastructure engineer at Twitter. He joined when the company acquired Bagcheck, a startup he co-founded.

Previously, Sam was an EIR at Benchmark, an angel investor, and the former Chief Technologist at Yahoo! focused primarily on grid computing, virtualization, large scale reliable data systems and the implementation of Yahoo’s open platform strategy. Before joining Yahoo, Sam worked as CEO of Gauntlet Systems, which developed the first Intelligent Continuous Integration system. Gauntlet was acquired by Borland, where Sam served as Chief Architect. Sam started his career at WebLogic which was later acquired by BEA Systems.

Scott Bils

Scott Bils
Partner
Everest Group

Scott Bils has nearly two decades of expertise in technology business and product strategy, operations, corporate and business development, mergers and acquisitions, and alliances in the early stage and next generation information technology (IT) markets.

As the leader of Everest Group’s Next Generation IT practice, Scott approaches each consulting engagement with service providers, infrastructure vendors, and buyers with an end-to-end understanding of disruptive cloud technologies, virtualization, and mobile computing.

Prior to joining Everest Group, Scott founded and was the CEO of Conformity, Inc., a venture-backed provider of on-demand cloud identity and SaaS management solutions. At Troux Technologies, a leading venture-backed provider of enterprise architecture and IT governance software solutions, he drove dramatic increases in revenue and average selling prices through organic and acquisition-driven expansion of the company’s product portfolio. Scott was also a consultant at McKinsey & Company and Accenture leading and facilitating engagements that resulted in significant cost savings for clients.

Scott has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business and a BA in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is frequently quoted in the New York Times, Forbes, Network World, Sandhill.com and other media outlets and analyst reports on SaaS and the cloud. He was also the primary author of the corporate blog, “SaaS Management: Challenges of the On-Demand World.”

Scott McMullan

Scott McMullan
Product Manager
Google

Scott is a Product Manager at Google, where he runs the Apps Marketplace and thanks his lucky stars to be able to work with amazing developers revolutionizing the way businesses use the web. A startup guy at heart, Scott joined Google when it acquired JotSpot, where he ran developer and partner programs, and previously founded Inovie Software, maker of early Web collaboration service TeamCenter, acquired by SDRC. Scott holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from UC San Diego and was a PhD student at UCSD’s Computer Systems Lab.

Sean Ludwig

Sean Ludwig
Lead Cloud Writer
VentureBeat

Sean Ludwig is a staff writer for VentureBeat and a technology consultant. Sean covers mobile tech, social media, streaming media, and cloud services. He runs Ludwig Social Solutions and has written for PCMag, Fast Company, Computer Shopper, LAPTOP Magazine, and Seattle Weekly. Follow him on Twitter at @seanludwig or on Google+ at http://gplus.to/seanludwig.

Solomon Hykes

Solomon Hykes
Co-Founder & CEO
dotCloud

As co-founder of dotCloud, Solomon is the visionary behind the company’s mission to deliver the power of cloud computing to all developers.

As CEO, Solomon drives dotCloud’s day-to-day operations as well as leads the company’s product strategy. Solomon sets the pace and drives a corporate culture of action, transparency, synchronization, accountability, and opportunity. Since launching the company in 2010, he has focused on building a team comprised of the brightest engineers from a range of backgrounds across the globe.

Solomon has his roots in cloud computing and has worked in large-scale distributed Internet services for most of his professional career. As an entrepreneur, Solomon started his first business at age 14 as a technical consultant installing servers and setting up networks. He also served as a security consultant to French government agencies, providing insights on the implications of new technologies, and how to best adapt processes, tools and infrastructure to cope with threats posted by those technologies.

Solomon’s expertise in Tay Son Vo Dao—a Vietnamese martial art—has served him well in developing discipline, persistence, and an ability to dodge threats and keep a calm perspective under pressure.
Solomon has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the European Institute of Technology in Paris.

Stan Swete

Stan Swete
CTO
Workday

Stan Swete is chief technology officer at Workday and is responsible for Workday’s overall technology strategy, direction, and execution.

Prior to Workday, Stan spent 10 years at PeopleSoft in a number of key leadership roles, including head of the products and technology organization that included more than 4,000 employees. He was also manager of tools development, general manager of financial applications, general manager of CRM, and was responsible for the initial release of PeopleSoft’s Internet architecture. Prior to PeopleSoft, Stan spent 10 years with ASK Computer Systems, including management of ASK’s VAX product line.

Stan holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Steve Phillpott

Steve Phillpott
CIO
Amylin Pharmaceuticals

Mr. Phillpott is CIO for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, a leading provider of drugs for the treatment of Diabetes. Mr. Phillpott has over 20 years of broad experience in information technology and management that includes Fortune 500 and large global manufacturing companies. Prior to joining Amylin, Mr. Phillpott was CIO of Proflowers.com, a high volume e-commerce retailer. Steve was VP of IT for Global Enterprise Applications at Invitrogen(now Life Technologies Corp). Prior to that, he held various leadership positions at companies including Memec(Avnet), Gateway and Qualcomm.

Terri Griffith

Terri Griffith
Professor of Management
Santa Clara University

Terri Griffith is a Professor of Management at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. From her location in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Terri’s research and advising helps executives build, manage, and improve their organizations. She is the author of The Plugged-In Manager, published by Jossey-Bass this October and a regular contributor to her own blog, Technology & Organizations, and GigaOM’s WebWorkerDaily. For more information, please see, TerriGriffith.com

Thomas Kelly

Thomas Kelly
Dir. of Enterprise Architecture
Best Buy

Thomas Kelly has 17 years of technology experience in business driven design, enterprise architectures, ‘fingers on the keyboard’ development, in addition to all phases of technology governance. Background includes extensive commercial architecture experience at the component, application, and enterprise systems level. Currently, Thomas is the director of Enterprise Architecture and Emerging Technologies at the Best Buy corporation in Minneapolis, MN where he specializes in enterprise systems design, big data, cloud infrastructure, and analytics.

Tom Taulli

Tom Taulli
Contributor
Forbes

Tom Taulli writes a popular blog for Forbes.com, where he covers hot startups. He also has a blog on IPOs, at IPOPlaybook.com. Besides his commentary, Tom has written 9 books on investments and technology, such as Investing in IPOs and Tapping into Wireless. Tom is routinely quoted in the media about upcoming deals with his interviews on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.

Vanessa Alvarez

Vanessa Alvarez
Director of Product Marketing
Gridstore

Vanessa Alvarez is the director of product marketing at Gridstore, and an accomplished technology professional. Alvarez focuses on the go to market strategy for Gridstore’s award winning solution, the Grid, leading the industry into the new era of software defined storage. Previously, Alvarez was an analyst with Forrester Research, focused on next generation enterprise infrastructure and emerging technologies. She advised Fortune 500 enterprises on how to best leverage their IT environment to enable their competitive advantage, through the deployment of emerging technologies and operational models.

Recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Tech for 2011 and as one of the Top Women in Cloud for 2012 by CloudNOW, Alvarez has appeared on Bloomberg TV and received acclaim for her research through articles and quotes published in several publications. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for CloudConnect where she drives thought leadership for the conference’s agenda. She also sits on the Advisory Board for CloudNOW, a thought leadership forum focused on the technological challenges in cloud computing today.

She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as Interop, CloudConnect, O’Reilly’s Hadoop World and GigaOm’s Structure, and is sought after for her thought leadership on the the evolving IT ecosystem.

Vineet Jain

Vineet Jain
CEO & Co-Founder
Egnyte

Vineet Jain is the CEO and co-founder of Egnyte. Prior to Egnyte, Vineet founded and successfully built Valdero, a supply chain software solution provider, funded by KPCB, MDV and Trinity Ventures. He has held a rich variety of senior operational positions at companies like KPMG, Bechtel etc. in the past. He has 20 years of experience in building capital efficient and nimble organizations.

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