George Hu

George Hu owns all major shared operational functions at salesforce.com, including information technology, employee success, facilities, and security, as well as the platform division, global marketing, strategic alliances, and corporate development.

Hu joined salesforce.com in 2002 and has served in a variety of management roles including vice president of product marketing, senior vice president of applications, executive vice president of products, and chief marketing officer.

Prior to joining salesforce.com, Hu held product management and strategic consulting roles at North Point Communications and Boston Consulting Group. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Hu was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010.

Paul Maritz

Paul Maritz

Pivotal Chief Executive Officer Paul Maritz formed Pivotal in 2013, having previously served as Chief Strategist of EMC and CEO of VMware. During his tenure at VMware, he led transformation of the company from a technology leader in virtualization to a category leader in cloud computing. Maritz remains a member of VMware’s board of directors.

Prior to joining VMware, Maritz was President of the Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division at EMC after the company’s February 2008 acquisition of Pi, where he was the founder and CEO. Before founding Pi, Maritz spent 14 years working at Microsoft, where he served as a member of the five-person Executive Committee that managed the overall company, and was responsible for the product development and marketing of the Windows Client.


Saran Mandair
Sr. Director, Infrastructure Engineering

Saran Mandair, Sr. Director, Infrastructure Engineering, PayPal Saran Mandair is the Sr. Director of Infrastructure Engineering at PayPal, responsible for cloud automation, monitoring and systems engineering in Site operations. His current focus is to enable product agility, developer productivity and in providing self-service to manipulate parts of the infrastructure. Saran has been involved in various mission critical Infrastructure roles across PayPal, eBay and Sun Microsystems. Prior to PayPal, Saran Mandair was responsible for eBay’s core site infrastructure consisting of storage, systems engineering, data platforms and infrastructure automation.


Ariel Tseitlin
Director of Cloud Solutions

Ariel helps Netflix be successful in the cloud, including cloud tooling, monitoring, performance and scalability, and cloud operations and reliability engineering. Prior to Netflix, Ariel was VP of Technology and Products at Sungevity and before that was the Founder & CEO of CTOWorks.


Ilya Fushman
Head of Product for Business & Mobile

Ilya is the Head of Product for Business and Mobile at Dropbox. In addition to leading the Dropbox for Business and Mobile teams, he also oversees corporate development.

Prior to Dropbox, Ilya spent two years investing in and working with entrepreneurs at early stage companies as a Principal at Khosla Ventures. Earlier, he was the Director of Data Management and Device Design at Solar Junction, where he built a variety of business intelligence, analytics, data management and productivity tools, as well as the world’s most efficient solar cell.

Ilya holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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Andres Bang
Head of Sales & Operations Systems

Peter Lopez

Peter Lopez
System Architect

Laura Merling

Laura Merling
VP, Ecosystems & Solutions

Prior to joining AT&T, Laura led Alcatel-Lucent’s application enablement business unit where she oversaw the vision and execution of services and solutions that enable the network to be delivered as a software platform. In her 20+ year career, Laura has held roles in sales, marketing, business development and product management at Fortune 500 companies and venture capital-funded start-ups including
Pepsi, Ford Mashery, Krugle, and Sybase. Laura is acknowledged as an industry-leading pioneer, serving as Executive Director and CEO of the SDForum from 2002-2006 and earning a coveted SDForum Visionary Award in 2006. Laura is a regular speaker at industry events including the API Strategy Summit and GlueCon. She also holds board seats at the SWIFT Bank Innovation Group, Evans Data Software Development Market Research and Innovation Games, and is actively involved in entrepreneur mentorship.

Laura studied Economics at Oakland University, Michigan, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sam Schillace

Sam Schillace
SVP of Engineering

Sam Schillace is SVP, 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 in Mountain View, Seattle, Santa Monica, Boulder, New York, Montreal, Zurich, London and Haifa. 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.

Dan Siroker

Dan Siroker
Co-Founder & CEO

Dan is the CEO and co-founder of Optimizely. The original inspiration for Optimizely came from his experience as the Director of Analytics on the Obama 2008 campaign. Prior to Optimizely, Dan served as Product Manager for Google Chrome and AdWords. Dan has extensive experience speaking about the benefits of A/B testing including guest lectures at Stanford and Berkeley business schools and keynotes at SXSW, SES, Conversion Conference, TheNextWeb, and dozens of others. He has also been featured on Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Wired and recognized by Forbes as Top 30 under 30 in Technology in 2013. Dan and co-founder Pete Koomen have authored a book titled A/B Testing: The Most Powerful Way to Turn Clicks into Customers, widely available on August 19.

Bryan Cantrill

Bryan Cantrill
SVP, Engineering

Bryan Cantrill is the SVP of Engineering at Joyent, where he oversees worldwide development of the SmartOS and SmartDataCenter platforms, and the Node.js platform. Prior to joining Joyent, Bryan served as a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, where he spent over a decade working on system software, from the guts of the kernel to client-code on the browser. In particular, he co-designed and implemented DTrace, a facility for dynamic instrumentation of production systems that won the Wall Street Journal’s top Technology Innovation Award in 2006 and the USENIX Software Tools User Group Award in 2008. Bryan also co-founded the Fishworks group at Sun, where he designed and implemented the DTrace-based analytics facility for the Sun Storage 7000 series of appliances.

Bryan received the ScB magna cum laude with honors in Computer Science from Brown University.


Sameer Dholakia
VP & GM Cloud Platforms
Citrix Systems

Sameer Dholakia is group vice president and general manager of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix, driving the company’s product strategy for cloud infrastructure and server virtualization. He joined the company in 2010 when Citrix acquired VMLogix, where he served as CEO.

Dholakia brings extensive enterprise software experience to Citrix, having held key leadership roles in sales, business development and product management at companies such as Trilogy, Inc.

Dholakia holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


David Lenoe
Director of Software Engineering

David Lenoe is Director, Secure Software Engineering. In his role, Lenoe manages the Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) dedicated to responding to and communicating about security issues, as well as the Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET) responsible for ensuring Adobe’s products are designed, engineered and validated using security best practices. Lenoe is also responsible for Adobe’s vulnerability information sharing via the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP).

Lenoe joined Adobe as part of the Macromedia acquisition in 2004. At Macromedia, Lenoe held several management and engineering positions in the areas of product security, product management and quality assurance.

Lenoe earned a BA in Japanese language and literature from Connecticut College.

Rod Smith

Rod Smith
VP, Emerging Internet Technologies

Rod Smith is an IBM fellow and Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a group of highly technical innovators who are developing solutions to help organizations realize the value of big data. His early advocacy in the industry has played an important role in the adoption of technologies such as J2EE, Linux, Web services, XML, rich Internet applications, various wireless standards, big data, and social data analytics.

As an IBM Fellow, Rod is helping lead IBM’s efforts around the evolution of cloud technologies, machine learning and IBM Watson-­like technologies, as well as sophisticated data analytics to create quick time-­to‐value business solutions, accelerating application development, and providing real business value. His early identification of emerging technologies has led to a sustained record of achievement in the global software community.

Rod has authored numerous invention patents and disclosures, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the TJ Watson Design Excellence Award. He is also a long time member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Rod is a Computer Science graduate of Western Michigan University, and holds a M.A. and B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Math from Western Michigan University.

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Joe Arnold


Sanjay Sharma
Director of Business Development

Sanjay Sharma, Director of Business Development at HP, has the responsibility for helping partners succeed with HP’s OpenStack based Public Cloud. Before HP, as the Director at the Emerging Business Team at Microsoft, Sanjay was responsible for leading the adoption of Azure and Windows Phone 7 with “Top 100” startups world-wide. Prior to this role, as the Cloud BU Director at Sun Microsystems, his worldwide organization was responsible for building a cloud partner ecosystem for their IaaS offering, driving service provider alliances including deployment of OpenSolaris on Public Clouds and
creating and driving the Sun Startup Essentials program worldwide – an initiative to help thousands of startups and developers succeed on Sun Platform.

Randy Bias

Randy Bias
Co-Founder & CTO

His provocative views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made Randy Bias one of the most influential voices in the industry. Randy uses this influence to advocate an open and honest debate about which technologies will win in driving clouds 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.

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Elliot Tally
Sr. Director of IT Collaboration & Innovation

Elliot Tally is Senior Director of IT Collaboration and Innovation for Sanmina, a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider focused on delivering end-to-end manufacturing and logitistcs solutions for communications, medical, defense and aerospace, industrial, renewable energy, and other sectors. Elliot has fifteen years of experience in high-tech manufacturing and information systems spanning a breadth of industries. He is responsible for enterprise collaboration and messaging systems, process automation and integration, and for Sanmina’s suite of enterprise applications.

James Tamplin

James Tamplin
Co-Founder & CEO

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).

John Dillon

John Dillon
Engine Yard

John has thirty years of experience building successful technology companies. He began his career as a systems engineer for EDS (Electronic Data Systems) and then held sales management positions at various high tech companies including Oracle Corporation. During the past 15 years, John has served as President and CEO for Hyperion Solutions and CEO for Salesforce.com. From 2002, John served as CEO for Navis, LLC, a private company, specializing in software systems for operating large marine container terminals and distribution centers. John holds a B.S. in engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He served on active duty in the nuclear submarine service for five years before beginning his civilian career.


Fabio Rosati

Fabio Rosati is CEO of Elance – one of the largest and fastest growing platforms for online work. Elance enables over 800,000 businesses to build, manage and pay “talent clouds” of freelance workers. With billings nearing $900 million and a network of 3 million freelancers, today more than 1 million freelance jobs are completed on the Elance platform annually. Originally from Florence, Italy, Fabio relocated to the US to attend Georgetown University and begin his business career. He joined Gemini Consulting in its early days and stayed with the company until it became part of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. At Elance since 2001, he sold the company’s enterprise software business in 2006 and used some of the proceeds to launch the new Elance. With two technology startups under his belt and a 10 year consulting career in strategy and operations, Fabio is an online labor and work marketplace thought leader. His views have appeared in publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, on TV and radio shows including NPR, Bloomberg TV, ABC news, CNBC, Fox and the BBC, and on stage at events including The Economist Human Potential Forum, World Economic Forum and Staffing Industry Association conferences.


Bernard Golden
Sr. Director, Cloud Computing Enterprise Solutions Group

Juan Benitez

Juan Benitez
CTO & SVP of Product

Jeff Lawson

Jeff Lawson
Co-Founder and CEO

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


Ping Li
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.

Vineet Jain

Vineet Jain
CEO & Co-Founder

Vineet 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. Vineet earned a BS in Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and received an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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Jeff MacMillan
Dark Matter Labs

In 2009, Jeff MacMillan founded Dark Matter Labs, a highly innovate data encryption company, with the purpose of introducing much-needed innovation to a market that was behind the curve. After several years of innovation and development Dark Matter Labs has emerged with an industry-leading line of encryption appliances that help businesses in all major industries achieve true security and compliance. Jeff’s core focus for Dark Matter Labs was to build a highly flexible product that will readily evolve according to customer demands. This vision has permeated all aspects of the business and Dark Matter is now known as the only custom encryption and key management company in the data security industry.

Prior to founding Dark Matter Labs, Jeff was a Combat Systems Engineering Officer in the Canadian Navy. Ever the entrepreneur, Jeff also enjoys working with, and investing in, a variety of technology start-ups.

Most recently Jeff is overseeing the launch of an exciting new cloud-based security service evolved from a number of Dark Matter’s ongoing innovations. This service, called Key Nexus, is a cloud-based Encryption Key Management and Storage service for developers and applications residing in public clouds such as Amazon.

Damon Donnell

Damon Donnell
Director Engineering Systems

Damon Donnell is the Director of the Engineering Systems-Services organization at Parsons ™Corporation, a multi-billion dollar international engineering firm. Damon’s team provides access to approximately 700 CAD and engineering applications that are used by the more than 3000 engineers and designers who work on Parsons™ projects worldwide. Damon’s organization also handles all product licensing as well as support, maintenance and other services to those projects.

An engineer by training, Damon has specialized in the distribution and use of engineering and design applications for more than 17 years. Under his leadership, the Engineering Systems-Services organization has implemented leading edge technological solutions to the issues associated with providing this service to such a large, disbursed organization. Most recently, his team has implemented
PARstream-Jukebox™, a cloud-enabled dynamic delivery system that allows immediate access to all ES applications, worldwide.

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Mat Ellis
Founder & CEO

Mat Ellis is CEO and Founder of Cloudability, a cloud management company that helps businesses save money on their cloud costs by reducing unintentional spending and eliminate waste. As a hands-on executive with over 20 years experience scaling and growing technology platforms, Ellis spent the nineties overseeing IT operations for global companies like Goldman Sachs, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. He has held executive positions with four startups since 2000, including three with successful exits. The fourth, Adknowledge, is the largest privately held ad network in the world. He also served as VP of Technology for Connexus Corp. More recently, he founded the cloud computing consultancy Tecnh in 2009, where his main focus was to help move companies onto the cloud. Originally hailing from the UK, Ellis now resides in Portland, Oregon.

John Martin

John Martin
Sr. Director of Product Engineering

John is the Sr. Director of Production Engineering for Edmunds.com in sunny Santa Monica, CA. He manages a team of platform engineers that drive the automotive giant’s Continuous Delivery environment. With a 15-year background in system adminstration and application operations, John now focuses his experience on crafting the tools and culture which aide technology teams to deploy quickly and reliably to production.”

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Mark Russinovich
Technical Fellow

Mark Russinovich is a Technical Fellow in the Windows Azure Group at Microsoft working on Microsoft’s cloud platform. He is a widely recognized expert in operating systems, distributed systems, and cybersecurity. Russinovich is the author of two cyberthrillers, Zero Day and Trojan Horse, co-author of the Microsoft Press Windows Internals books, and co-author of the Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference. He joined Microsoft in 2006 when Microsoft acquired Winternals Software, the company he cofounded in 1996, as well as Sysinternals, where still he authors and publishes dozens of popular Windows administration and diagnostic utilities. He is a featured speaker at major industry conferences, including Microsoft’s Tech•Ed, RSA Conference, BlackHat, and BUILD.

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin
SendGrid, Inc.

Jim Franklin is CEO of SendGrid, an email services company specializing in transactional and marketing email for high-growth web applications like Pinterest, Spotify, Pandora, Airbnb and Foursquare. Jim is also active on number of business, investment, startup & entrepreneurship fronts, sitting on the boards of AWhere, the Denver Software Club and the Rockies Venture Club and serving as a mentor for The Founder Institute and

He is also a former VP & General Manager of Oracle, where he led the company’s Crystal Ball Global Business Unit, which was acquired by Hyperion.

Jyoti Bansal

Jyoti Bansal
Founder & CEO

Jyoti founded AppDynamics (www.appdynamics.com) in early 2008 with the vision of defining the next-generation of application performance management (APM) solutions for distributed applications running in cloud, virtual, and physical environments. The company has since become a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader, and was voted #1 Cloud Company to Work For by Forbes Magazine; at the same time, Forbes noted that Jyoti was considered One the Most Admired CEOs based on employee votes. The company has grown over 165% in 2013 and has hundreds of enterprise customers such as Netflix, Orbitz, ExactTarget, Accenture, and Staples. Before founding AppDynamics, Jyoti led the design and architecture for several products at Wily Technology. Before Wily, Jyoti worked in senior engineering roles at Datasweep (acquired by Rockwell Automation) and netLens (acquired by Microsoft through FAST/Nextpage), where he built distributed application architectures for enterprise search and data mining. Jyoti received his BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is the lead inventor on 14 US patent applications in the field of distributed applications management.


Gordon Ritter
Founder & General Partner
Emergence Capital Partners

Gordon Ritter is a Founder and General Partner of Emergence Capital Partners. Prior to founding Emergence, he spent over 15 years founding and building companies which pioneered new markets including embedded web-based interfaces, server appliances, “On Demand” services for the SMB market and web-native application development. In 2003, he led Emergence Capital’s first investment, which was in Salesforce.com. Gordon was named to the Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capital investors in 2007 and 2012. He currently sits on the boards of seven companies, including the leading cloud life sciences company, Veeva Systems. Gordon was just appointed chairman of Veeva leading up to the company’s IPO scheduled for this fall. Other boards include Lithium, Insightly, and Top Hat.

Prior to founding Emergence, Gordon was co-Founder and CEO of Software As Service, a web services platform company he created with Marc Benioff, the Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com. Software As Service is the origin of Salesforce.com’s Force.com platform. Prior to founding Software As Service, he was Vice President of the $3 billion IBM Global Small Business division, created as a result of IBM’s acquisition of his company, Whistle Communications in 1999. He was responsible for IBM’s launch partnership with Salesforce.com. Prior to IBM, Gordon was co-Founder and President of Whistle, a pioneering Internet appliance and services platform for small and medium-sized businesses. Gordon also co-founded Tribe Communications, a networking infrastructure company, and he was a VP of Capital Markets at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Gordon has a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University, where he rowed on the heavyweight crew team.

Justin Gehtland

Justin Gehtland
Co-Founder & CEO

Justin Gehtland, co-founder and CEO, formed Relevance, Inc. in 2003 with his partner, Stuart Halloway. Stu and Justin shared a goal to battle complexity in software development and they built a consultancy to help enterprises adopt simpler, more modern platforms. Along the way, Justin and Stu formed a partnership with Rich Hickey, author of the Clojure language. As Metadata Partners, they developed Datomic, the first example of applying their philosophies of simplicity to create cloud-native products and tools architected to take advantage of modern, ephemeral hardware infrastructures.

Justin is the co-author of 8 books and is a frequent speaker and educator in the agile development community.

Kurt Zimmer

Kurt Zimmer
Room Key

Kurt is a highly experienced senior information technology executive – and a whiz at packing a suitcase. He has a track record of delivering innovative, industry-leading solutions.

Before joining the Room Key team, Kurt led Enterprise Architecture, IT Strategy and Application Development for TIAA-CREF. Prior to that, he held technology leadership positions at numerous high profile companies in the financial and consulting industries, including Putnam Investments, Gartner Group and Dupont.

When not working on the newest technology solution for Room Key, he can be found with the sand beneath his feet in Elbow Cay, Bahamas – his favorite place to kick back and relax.

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Elizabeth Allen
Product Manager

Elizabeth Allen is a product manager for Metamarkets, a SaaS-based real-time analytics solution for digital media. Drawn to Metamarkets by her love of data and problem solving, she leads the development and launch of a suite of tools that empower users to answer tough, revenue-impacting business questions with data.

Elizabeth joined Metamarkets from IGN Entertainment, where she delivered actionable insights to fuel and inform digital content and product development as a BI analyst. In this role, she built, managed, and championed IGN’s first a/b testing program utilizing Optimizely, an a/b and multivariate testing platform.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Michigan and has degrees in actuarial mathematics and flute performance from the University of Michigan.

Dave Gilbert

Dave Gilbert
Founder & CEO
Simple Signal

Dave Gilbert is CEO and Founder of SimpleSignal. In 2004 Gilbert’s vision to create a disruptive communications service provider attracted a team of telecom industry veterans to develop and engineer one of the first Cloud Communications platforms designed from the ground up specifically for SMB’s. Since that time he has inspired his team to excel in the areas of Unified Communication and customer satisfaction. This dedication to innovation and excellence has taken SimpleSignal from startup to serving tens of thousands of satisfied business customers in all 50 States and three Countries. No stranger to controversy, Gilbert has become known in the industry as the “Big Cheese” and is a blogger, thought leader and frequent speaker at cloud-based Unified Communications industry events.

A risk taker, serial entrepreneur and holder of two Master’s degrees from Biola University, Gilbert has focused for the last 8 years on bringing SimpleSignal’s Cloud-based technology into the enterprise. Under Dave’s direction and revolutionary approach to the market, SimpleSignal has gone from fledgling startup to a respected force to be reckoned within the Telecom industry. Dave’s leadership has led to numerous awards including being named as one of the Fierce 15, CRN magazine’s “75 coolest Telecoms,” Telecom Associates Shootout winner and a Top 20 Most Influential People in VoIP of 2012. Dave and his wife live in the California seaside town of San Clemente, CA. He has many cool hats because he can’t change his hairstyle.


Michael Smith

Michael T. Smith is the Chief Technology Officer for Canvas, an interactive agency in New York City. He manages a team of full stack engineers who work closely with designers to integrate beautiful designs into robust architecture for clients like Showtime Sports, NBC, Grand Central Terminal and the Metro North Railroad. Prior to Canvas, he was the Lead Engineer at Thrillist, a Lerer Ventures backed startup bringing together content and commerce through their flash sale site JackThreads.com.


Alex Danyluk
Sr. Director, ISV/SaaS Alliances

Alex Danyluk leads Marketing and Alliances for Parallels Automation and the APS ISV/SaaS partner ecosystem, enabling 9000+ Parallels Partners to serve 10M+ SMBs with over 400 ISV offerings. Alex has 25+ years’ experience in business services. Prior to joining Parallels, Alex was Director Microsoft’s Communications Sector, Director AT&T’s Hosting Services, Sr. Director Qwest Business Voice, Sr. VP Marketing Dantis, a Managed Hosting Provider.


Konstantin Gredeskoul

Konstantin Gredeskoul is the CTO of Wanelo (“wah-nee-lo,” from Want, Need, Love), an online community for all of the world’s shopping. Wanelo is democratizing and transforming the world’s commerce by reorganizing shopping around people. It brings together all stores, products and people into a single social platform.

Prior to joining Wanelo, Konstantin was the Principal Engineer at ModCloth. He oversaw the technology and architecture of the company and managed a team of more than 20 developers globally.

Konstantin previously also served as CTO at Infectious.com and Drop In Media. He additionally led the web development effort at Blurb.com, where he helped design Blurb’s e-commerce infrastructure in Ruby on Rails from scratch.

On weekends, Konstantin can be found DJ-ing around the Bay Area, producing original music (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/PolyGroovers), hiking, biking or playing table tennis.

Follow Konstantin on Wanelo, Twitter, or his blog tektastic.

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Joan Fazio
Sr. Dir, Emerging Channels, Verticals, Commercial Marketing

Joan Fazio is the Senior Director, Emerging Channels and Verticals, Commercial Marketing at Symantec where she is defining and developing business plans and commercial plays to drive business through high growth RTMs like MSP, Cloud aggregators, and RMMs. Previously at Symantec, Joan held Senior Director and Director roles in Global MSP Go-to-Market driving a cross functional team to improve awareness and operations for Managed Service Providers, in WW SMB and .cloud Marketing crafting SMB channel programs for small and medium businesses such as margin enhancements, specialization, and marketing development funds, and in Global Channel Marketing delivering programs such as Campaign Creator to enable Symantec’s channel partners to differentiate their businesses, maximize opportunities and accelerate profitability, and in Product Marketing creating GTM plans, messaging and launches for endpoint security. Prior to joining Symantec, Joan held director level positions in product management and product marketing at iPass, a provider of remote and mobile connectivity. Joan also worked for the Williams Companies where she was a Product Manager for Video Conferencing services. Joan received her Masters in Business Administration from the University of California at Davis.


Byron Deeter
Bessemer Venture Partners

Byron is a partner at Bessemer’s Menlo Park, Calif. office, having joined the firm in 2005. At Bessemer, he focuses on investments in the cloud-computing and Internet sectors.

Prior to joining Bessemer, Byron was a successful cloud CEO. He most recently worked as an executive at IBM after the company’s 2004 acquisition of Trigo Technologies. Byron served as founding president & CEO of Trigo, which grew to profitability, amassed 150 employees and logged a $40+ million revenue run-rate. Bessemer worked closely with Byron and the executive team after Trigo’s founding and invested in all institutional financing rounds.

Byron was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2012 and 2013.

Nobody knows the cloud and enterprise solutions like Byron. He invested in the first round with Cornerstone OnDemand, (IPO 2011, current market cap: $1.1billion) and software-as-a-service company Eloqua, which in 2011 filed for an IPO. Other hot investments include French online ad technology company Criteo, cloud telecom company Twilio, and Box.net, which raised $81 million reportedly at more than a $600 million valuation.

Jamie Sutherland

Jamie Sutherland

President of Xero’s US Operations has been running teams at both large corporations and early stage ventures for over 10 years. Before he joined Xero, Jamie ran a North American business unit of accounting software provider Sage. Under Jamie’s leadership, Sage grew to serve over 500,000 small business customers.

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Rand Wacker
Vice President of Product Management

Rand Wacker is VP of Product for CloudPassage, the leading provider of security for servers running in public and private clouds. Rand has been involved with security projects all his career, starting with designing the first online voting system to be used at the University of California while he was a student. Prior to CloudPassage, Mr. Wacker was Director of Product Management for Cisco’s Security Technology Business Unit where he worked on market-leading products in Firewall, Intrusion Prevention, Content Security, and Compliance.
Mr. Wacker came to Cisco through the acquisition of IronPort Systems where he was responsible for product management, strategic marketing, and security threat analysis. He has held engineering, marketing, and strategy roles at Sendmail, Amazon, and Oracle. Rand holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, also at Berkeley.

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Stephen Guerin


Lou Antonucci
VP of Sales
Scribe Software

As Scribe Software’s Vice President of Sales, Lou is responsible for leading the company’s global sales efforts. This includes the execution of Scribe’s direct and indirect channel sales initiatives, as well as Scribe’s cloud platform sales strategies.

Prior to joining Scribe in 2005, Lou served for over 25 years in leadership positions in channel development, channel sales and direct sales with Avnet/Hall-Mark, Hewlett-Packard, and most recently ManagedOps and Surebridge, who were acquired by NaviSite. In his role as director of channels at ManagedOps, Lou’s leadership resulted in the company winning the Microsoft ASP of the Year and Microsoft ASP Excellence Awards.


Philippe Cases
Spoke Software

Philippe has spent over 20 years in Europe and then in the United States focused on Information Technology. Philippe is running Spoke Software, a company he has successfully redesigned and relaunched in the Business Intelligence world. He is also a Board Member of Jaspersoft and VentureBeat as well as an active investor in companies such as Think Through Learning, SilkApp and Akili Interactive. Past investments include Rightpoint (acq. by Epiphany), Adknowledge (acq. by CMGI), Vue Technology (acquired by Tyco) and Inquira (acquired by Oracle). Philippe attended the Engineering School of Mines in Nancy, France and is a Sloan Fellow from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he graduated with a Master of Science in Management.

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Dean Ernst
Director, Marketing & Social Media
LED Source

Dean Ernst, a true entrepreneur with a passion for technology, serves as the director of marketing for Wellington, Fla.-based LED Source, the leading North American LED lighting solutions provider. As the founder of three successful businesses in the music and entertainment industry, Ernst forever changed the landscape by creating the standard for the secure digital delivery of music. With a background in broadcast and real estate, Ernst has consulted on Internet technology for several Fortune 500 companies. At LED Source, he is responsible for creating the company’s branding and messaging. He serves as the in-house social media guru, authors the company blog, Get LEDucated, and develops and markets project case studies across several platforms. Ernst works closely with the LED Source executive team and franchise owners to ensure a consistent marketing and branding message in the marketplace and has put into place several innovative programs to ensure continued growth.

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Uday Keshavdas
Director of Business Development

Uday Keshavdas is Director of Business Development at Box and has global responsibility for partnerships with carriers. Before working for Box, Uday held several business development and marketing positions at Intel – most recently as Americas Lead for Smartphones and Tablets. Uday was the launch manager for the Intel Atom lined of products. Uday also worked For KPMG, consulting for various Fortune 500 companies. He started his career at Sun Microsystems as part of the web commerce team. Uday got his MBA from Foster’s School of Business from University of Washington, an MSIS from Northeastern University, Boston.

Osman Kent

Osman Kent
CEO & Co-Founder

Osman is a serial technology entrepreneur best known as the co-founder & CEO of 3Dlabs – at one time an almost $1Bn company on Nasdaq and one of the fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley. 3Dlabs was responsible for making workstation class 3D graphics happen on the PC and paved the way for PC becoming the dominant CAD/CAM and DCC platform. A silicon valley veteran, Osman is an experienced deal maker, having raised almost $400M over the years in various equity transactions, including with Intel, Texas Instruments and Creative Labs.

Osman has a First Class double-major in Computer Science and Electronics Degree from University of Birmingham (UK), is a fellow of the Royal Society (RSA) and was recently given the Freedom of London for lifetime contributions to the IT industry. He is the inventor of numerous patents in computing and graphics and was the originator of the first hypervisor on the PC in 1985. In his spare time, Osman incubates musicians through his record label Songphonic. He was recently cited to be among the top 15 technologists by the Business Insider magazine.


Duke Skarda

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. As Senior Vice President for its Content Markets Group, he led Engineering and IT development for its Content Distribution Network platform and IT support systems. As Senior Vice President for IT Architecture and Application Development, he led a broad range of programs, including business process management, order-entry and service assurance development. Mr. Skarda also served as Vice President of IT Architecture, where he led the development of a long-range systems roadmaps, systems merger and acquisition planning, and the development of the company’s Enterprise Architecture team. Additionally, he has four years of experience with Sprint. Mr. Skarda earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso.


Mike Miller
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist

As chief scientist, Mike is responsible for developing and evangelizing Cloudant’s technical vision, managing long-term product R&D, and directing special projects. While at MIT as a Postdoctoral Fellow, he co-founded Cloudant after cutting his teeth on petabyte-per-second problems at the Large Hadron Collider. Mike holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.A in Philosophy from Michigan State, a Ph.D. in Physics from Yale, and is an Affiliate Professor of Particle Physics at University of Washington.

John Musser

John Musser

John Wolpert

John Wolpert
Leader of API Marketplace Enablement

Steve Willmott

Steven Willmott

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Alex Lai
Senior Manager of Sales Systems

Innovator and entrepreneur passionate about building world class solutions and teams. Currently, heads up solution delivery for LinkedIn’s global sales organization.


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.

Guy Nirpaz

Guy Nirpaz
Co-Founder & CEO

Guy Nirpaz is the CEO and co-founder of Totango, the market leader in customer engagement and user insights for cloud/mobile applications. Guy has dedicated his career to technology that improves the way people do business. He is an acknowledged expert and pioneer in the field of product intelligence. In 2010, Guy co-founded Totango with a vision of helping software companies turn product usage data into actionable insights to drive smarter customer engagement and increase revenue. Prior to starting Totango, Guy worked in the space of real-time big data as EVP of Engineering at GigaSpaces, Chief Architect at Mercury, and Software Systems Architect at IBM.

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Matt Rosoff
IDG Enterprise, Editorial Director

Oudi Antebi

Oudi Antebi
SVP of Product Management & Design

Oudi is Jive’s SVP of Product Management and Design and responsible for Jive’s vision and success within the enterprise application stack. Prior to Jive, he was CEO of OffiSync, where he was responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the organization. Previously, Oudi held the position of EVP of Marketing and Strategy at Panorama Software. Oudi is also an eight-year veteran of Microsoft, where he held various strategic positions in the Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint divisions and was directly responsible for product management and marketing.


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VP of Platform


Rob Hoppin

Over the last 20 years, Rob Hoppin has established a reputation as a trusted counselor to some of America’s most prominent leaders in politics and business. He has been a senior manager of strategic communications programs that today are considered among the most groundbreaking and effective in recent industry history. He co-founded Hillenby in 2010, and today serves as the firm’s president. Rob specializes in helping companies manage the complexities that come with operating in today’s increasingly cluttered and activist public environment.

Rob spent the first decade of his career serving as a speechwriter and communications aide to state and national elected officials, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., Virginia Governor and Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Gilmore and U.S. Senator John Warner. He helped craft the words and messaging around significant policy issues, such as stem cell research, direct-to-consumer advertising and global HIV/AIDS, and around major events ranging from the biennial opening of the U.S. Senate to Virginia’s crisis response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In 2005, Rob joined the Washington, D.C. office of Edelman, the largest independent public relations firm in the world. There he worked as global client relationship manager for the firm’s prestigious Walmart account, coordinating and helping execute crisis communications, reputation management, investor relations and consumer public relations programs in Asia, Central America and the United States. At Edelman, he also led a team that provided elite communications services to senior executives at Fortune 10 companies and their respective trade associations.

Kyle Quest

Kyle Quest
CTO & Co-Founder

Kyle Quest is the CTO and co-founder of CloudImmunity, where he’s on the mission to change the world of cloud security and cloud computing in general. His specialties include cloud computing, Big Data, and security. Kyle has been involved in security since 1996 as an attacker, defender, and a security vendor. Prior to CloudImmunity, Kyle built a cloud based enterprise security Big Data platform at CrowdStrike and he was a part of a small group of security experts at Microsoft making Windows 8 secure. As the organizer of the Cloud Hackathon group Kyle is involved in the local cloud computing community where they have fun building interesting things using many different cloud technologies.

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Bruce A Phillips, CPA
Managing Member
Harshman Phillips & Company


Dimitris Tsigos
President & Co-Founder

Dimitris Tsigos is the President and Co-founder of Epignosis, a leading e-learning technology provider, vendor of TalentLMS and eFront e-Learning. His vision is to democratize e-Learning through making premium e-learning technology accessible and affordable to All. Dimitris also is the President of YES – European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs the major youth entrepreneurship organization in Europe representing the EU at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance. Having been the founder of the first student start-up in Greece in 2000 and a serial entrepreneur and investor ever since, Dimitris has been selected as one of the 40 European Leaders under the age of 40 and has created StartTech Ventures, a next-generation incubator in Athens, Greece introducing the “entrepreneurial ecosystem” concept.

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Jai Das
Managing Director
SAP Ventures

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.


Scott Hansbury
Axxess Unlimited

Mr. Hansbury brings a track record of success as an executive business leader to Axxess Unlimited. He serves as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President, and oversees all company functions to ensure quality and integrity of products and services. Mr. Hansbury has deep experience in growing customer-focused organizations that deliver premier service and increased shareholder value.

Mr. Hansbury has held executive management positions in both start-ups and major players in the software, technology and services industries. He has 30 years of experience in the combination of high-level strategy, P&L ownership, corporate development, multi-site engineering and global marketing management roles within highly distinguished technology companies including IBM, Sun Microsystems and Groupe Bull. He most recently served as CEO for Justice Services, having been recruited by a private equity firm to aggressively grow a newly-acquired 29 year old behavioral health services company as the company sought explosive growth. He drove the acquisition by a national healthcare company delivering investors a profitable return in 18 months.

Prior to Justice Services, Mr. Hansbury was recruited to the position of COO for a manufacturing and services company to run the day-to-day operations during a fierce competitive litigation period. Mr. Hansbury executed the transfer of seven out of 12 major supplier relationships while engineering and delivering 27 new products to the market. Mr. Hansbury served as Chief Marketing Officer for software startup CreekPath Systems that received $54 million in venture capital financing. The company drove growth to $12 million within two years.

Earlier career highlights for Mr. Hansbury include securing third-round financing as VP, Corporate Development with HighGround Systems (acquired by Sun Microsystems). As VP & GM for Bull Worldwide Information Systems, Mr. Hansbury delivered 300% growth for the Americas while the Company experienced flat sales and organizational downsizing. As Director, Storage Management Software Business Unit with Sun Microsystems, built and grew the unit from $0 to $77+ million within two years. Prior to Sun, Mr. Hansbury spent 13 years in various senior management positions with IBM. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Pennsylvania State University.


Shel Waggener

Shelton Waggener is the Senior Vice President of Internet2 responsible for the NET+ portfolio of services. Shelton leads Internet2’s pursuit of emerging cloud and advanced services above the network involving demand aggregation and brokering with campus and commercial providers, and distributed offerings among its members. Internet2 NET+ includes compute, storage, platform and software services, the integration of identity management and federation with key applications for the research and education community, deployment of collaboration infrastructure among members, including video, coordination and sharing tools, content management, and domain applications. He will also provide leadership for Internet2’s InCommon federation, and middleware programs.

Prior to joining Internet2 Waggener served as Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at the University of California, Berkeley beginning in 2005. He served as chair of the University of California CIO Leadership Council and was responsible for supporting multi campus solution designs across the 10 campus UC system. Prior to joining Berkeley, Waggener spent more than fifteen years in senior positions in the private sector at leading technology firms. Previously held positions include CIO of InterNetworking Systems, an $8B division of Lucent Technologies; Director of IT for Octel Communications; and Senior Director of IT Infrastructure for Sybase.

He is a founding member of the Kuali Student System initiative and founding chair for the Kuali Ready project, the leading business continuity and planning tool for higher education. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Kuali Foundation, a non-profit organization representing 18 Carnegie Class higher education institutions from around the world investing more than $70M in community source developed software for higher education.

Waggener serves on numerous boards, including several not-for-profit organizations supporting the collaboration and advancement of technology in public and private sectors as well as student scholarships. Waggener also sits on the technical advisory panels of several established Silicon Valley firms as well as serving as a resource to numerous information technology startup companies

Todd Rumberger

Todd Rumberger
Foley & Lardner LLP

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Matt Ocko
Co-Managing Partner
Data Collective Venture Capital

Matt Ocko has three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur and VC, in the US and globally. His prior investments include Cotendo (AKAM), Zynga (ZNGA), Facebook (FB), XenSource (CTRX), UltraDNS (NSR), FlashSoft (SDNK), Fortinet (FTNT), Aggregate Knowledge (NSR), Virtuata (CSCO), DataMirror (IBM), Couchbase, Ayasdi, Kenshoo, D-Wave Systems, MetaMarkets, Uber, AngelList, and many others, including multiple additional acquisitions by Google, Facebook, Netapp, and other Fortune 1000 tech companies. Matt founded Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering e-mail software vendor with over 1 million users world-wide prior to its acquisition. He is an inventor on over 40 granted or in-process patents in areas as diverse as enterprise hardware and social games. He holds a degree in Physics from Yale University and has been active in helping develop China’s venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades.

Ravi Belani

Ravi Belani
Managing Director
Alchemist Accelerator

Ravi Belani is Fenwick & West Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Stanford University, and Managing Director of the Alchemist Accelerator, a venture-backed initiative focused on accelerating the development of seed-stage startups that monetize from enterprises. Ravi formerly spent six years as part of the investment team at Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s Menlo Park global headquarters, where he led investments and served on the boards as the first institutional investor in companies such as Vizu (acqd by Nielsen), Yield Software (acq’d by Autonomy), Justin.TV/Socialcam, Pubmatic, and Komli. Ravi formerly worked in product management at two Kleiner Perkins enterprise startups, and as a consultant in McKinsey and Company’s San Francisco office. Ravi is a Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi graduate of Stanford University, holding a BS with Distinction and MS in Industrial Engineering. Ravi also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Justin Somaini
VP & Chief Trust Officer

Justin Somaini is VP and Chief Trust Officer at Box, where he is responsible for working globally and collaboratively across Box’s growing customer base, technical operations, business development teams, and partners to ensure the company is consistently delivering on its information security commitments, investing to meet the rapidly evolving security environment, and building transparent, deeply trusted relationships with its customers.

Previously, Justin created and held the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Yahoo!, driving security planning and operations for the company. Prior to Yahoo!, Justin was CISO of Symantec where he developed the company’s Information Security Enterprise Risk Management process, worked cross-functionally to manage critical incidents to resolution and drove implementation of controls for both a significant threat environment and regulatory needs. In addition to his roles at Yahoo! and Symantec, Justin was Director of Information Security at Verisign and an advisor to Palo Alto Networks.

He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Drexel University.


Rowan Trollope
SVP & General Manager
Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group

Rowan Trollope, is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group, which develops collaboration solutions. He leads a global team responsible for identifying key
market transitions in collaboration and managing future growth, expansion, and continued innovation. The group’s portfolio includes collaboration software, devices, infrastructure, and services that enable video collaboration, unified communications, customer contact centers, conferencing, mobility, and desktop virtualization. This includes such solutions as Cisco TelePresence, Cisco Unified
Communications Manager, and Cisco WebEx.

Prior to joining Cisco, Trollope was the group president of the SMB and the Symantec.cloud Business Unit where he lead Symantec’s sales, marketing and product development teams in the small and
midsized business (SMB) segment as well as Symantec.cloud, the company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business. He was responsible for driving Symantec’s SaaS strategy and expanding cloudbased delivery and customer support models across the Symantec technology portfolio with a focus on enabling the company to better serve the SMB customer segment.

In his time at Symantec he was responsible for the Norton line of consumer products, including Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton 360; and for key enterprise security solutions, including Symantec Security Information Manager and Symantec Enterprise Security Manager. He holds a variety of patents in computer security and operating systems maintenance.


Andy Piper
Developer Advocate, Cloud Foundry

Andy Piper is Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry, the Open Source Platform-as-a-Service – like Tron, he fights for the users. He is probably best known online as a “social bridgebuilder” spanning a number of areas of technology and interest. He has also been involved with the Eclipse Paho project since the start, particularly through his former role advocating the use of MQTT at IBM, and helping to run the mqtt.org community website. Andy has a passionate interest in small and mobile devices, cloud, the Internet of Things, and Arduino and related technologies. He works at Pivotal.


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Cloud Evangelist & OpenShift Origin Community Manager
Red Hat

Jeff McDowell

Jeff McDowell
VP of Marketing & Business Development

Jeff is responsible for strategic areas of marketing and business development. By considering Desire2Learn’s markets in a holistic fashion, he’s working to build out go-to-market strategies for each business segment which includes unique product value, strategic partnerships, competitive intelligence, and segment marketing. Jeff also works closely with the product organization to map out product direction based on new strategic market opportunities.

Prior to joining Desire2Learn, Jeff held the position of Senior Vice President, Business and Platform Marketing at Research in Motion (now BlackBerry) where he was responsible for continuing to build the $8 billion enterprise business globally. Before that, Jeff developed the BlackBerry Alliance program, which grew to include over four thousand global alliance members.

Jeff has also held sales positions with companies such as Compugen Systems and Bell Canada Enterprise as well as business development positions at tech startups Backweb and Neomar. Jeff originally began his career at Rogers Communications where, as Manager, Wireless Data Solutions, he helped launch the first BlackBerry solution in Canada and pioneer various other wireless data technologies.

Jeff holds an Honours Business degree from Bishop’s University and has delivered lectures to Masters-level students at the Schulich School of Business.

Jerome Lecat

Jerome Lecat

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.

Kenny Van Zant

Kenny Van Zant

Kenny runs business operations at Asana. Before joining Asana, he was the Chief Product Officer for SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), where he helped pioneer the bottom-up model for marketing and selling software and SaaS into enterprises and SMBs. Previously, Kenny was EVP of Marketing and GM of Communications for Motive (NASD: MOTV), and the co-founder of BroadJump. Kenny has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas.

Mark Thiele

Mark Thiele
EVP, Data Center Tech

Mark Thiele’s responsibilities at Switch include evaluating new data center technologies, developing partners and providing industry thought leadership. Mark’s insights in to the next generation of technological innovations, and how these technologies speak to client needs and solutions are invaluable. He shares his enthusiasm and passion for technology and how it impacts daily life and business on local, national and world stages.

Mark has a long history of IT leadership specifically in the areas of team development, infrastructure, and data centers. Over a 20 plus year career, he’s demonstrated that IT infrastructure can be improved to drive innovation, improve efficiency and reduce cost and complexity.

Prior to joining Switch, Mark was vice president of Data Center Strategy at ServiceMesh, a leading cloud management platform company. He is also founder and president of Data Center Pulse, a not-for-profit group focused on improving efficiency in data centers and providing a voice for the owner/operators. Mark’s career includes positions at VMware and Gilead. At VMware, Mark was responsible for leading the effort to build a large data center with industry-leading efficiency and low cost of ownership. He built global infrastructure and data centers for Gilead, a company that grew from $200 million in revenue to $2 billion in four years.

Mark is an advisor to venture firms and start-ups, and is a globally-recognized speaker at premier industry events. He is listed as a “Top 100 Cloud” and “Top 10 Data Center” blogger. His SwitchSCRIBEblog is an industry go-to resource. Google him. You’ll learn a lot.

Marten Mickos

Marten Mickos
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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Justin Pirie
Cloud Strategist

Justin Pirie, blogger, analyst and Mimecast’s Cloud Strategist, has been working in the IT industry for over ten years. He is a Software as a Service (SaaS) and Cloud specialist who has gravitated towards SaaS in recent years with a focus on implementing mobile and cloud strategies in enterprises. Before joining Mimecast, he was a consultant to companies large and small, helping them create successful SaaS strategies and products. Prior to this, he was an officer at Endeavors Technology, the inventors of Application Virtualization.

Hugo Boyer

Hugo Boyer
Software Engineer
Open Source Robotics Foundation

Hugo received a mechanical engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal. He has over 15 years of professional development experience. At Makerbot Industries, he created Miracle-Grue, Makerbot’s first tool path engine for 3D printers. At McGill University, he worked on parallel GPU algorithms for the computational chemistry lab. Hugo is also an architect of SIMSAT (versions 2.x on Windows and 3.x on Linux), the real time spacecraft simulator of the European Space Agency.

Luke Kanies

Luke Kanies
CEO & Founder
Puppet Labs

Luke founded Puppet and Puppet Labs in 2005 out of fear and desperation, with the goal of producing better operations tools and changing how we manage systems. He has been publishing and speaking on his work in system administration since 1997, focusing on development since 2001. He has developed and published multiple simple sysadmin tools and contributed to established products like Cfengine, and has presented on Puppet and other tools around the world, including at OSCON, LISA, Linux.Conf.au, and FOSS.in. His work with Puppet has been an important part of DevOps and delivering on the promise of cloud computing. He serves as a board member for the Software Association of Oregon.


Deepak Jeevan Kumar
General Catalyst Partners

Deepak focuses on investments in cloud computing, big data, data center infrastructure and clean energy. He has been with General Catalyst Partners since 2010, first in Boston and later in the firm’s Palo Alto office and has been closely involved in our investments in DataGravity, Virtual Instruments and Sunglass.

Prior to joining GC, Deepak worked at Sun Microsystems and was an intern at the Yale Investments Office. At Sun, he was involved in designing a few top 10 supercomputers in the industry and led the high performance computing architecture practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Deepak is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, earning a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering; the Singapore-MIT Alliance, earning a S.M. in Computer Science; and the Yale School of Management, earning an M.B.A.

James Watters

James Watters
Head of Product, Marketing, and Ecosystem
Cloud Foundry

Joe Onisick

Joe Onisick
Define the Cloud

Barton George

Barton George
Director, Cloud Developer Program

Barton George is the Director of Developer programs hosted within Dell Services and leader of Project Sputnik, a client-to-cloud platform for developers. Barton has been at Dell for over 4 years and previous to his current role, he served as Dell’s cloud evangelist. Before Dell Barton spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems in a variety of roles last of which as Open Source evangelist, and driver of Sun’s Linux strategy.

Barton began his professional career with a four year stint in Tokyo where he worked for Sony working with ISVs for their UNIX-based “NEWS” workstation. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, he headed east for higher education and attended Williams College and Harvard Business School.

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.

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Dave McCrory
SVP of DSP (Platform) Engineering
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 Structure, 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.

Isaac Roth

Isaac Roth
Venture Advisor
Issac RothShasta Ventures


James Kenigsberg

James Kenigsberg is 2U’s Chief Technology Officer and a 2U founding team member. James is an entrepreneur and technology evangelist who finds the passion and fun in using technology to improve education. At 2U, James has translated his passion for technology into creating award-winning learning management platforms, client relationship management systems, mobile applications, and cloud-based architectures. He also takes great pride in building the industry’s most impressive and driven technology team at 2U, Inc.

Prior to 2U, James led the technology and product team at The Princeton Review where he created and managed the company’s award-winning assessment products. He was also formerly a part of technology and product development teams at Thomson Financial and Ogilvy & Mathers.

James enjoys hard work, fun, practicing martial arts, life-long learning, studying the art of creating and efficient and exceptional technology solutions, and being a self-proclaimed meat-a-tarian. He is also very proud of his family and heritage.

James Urquhart

James Urquhart
Director of Product, Cloud Management Systems

John Lee

John Lee
Director of Entrepreneur Services Group
Silicon Valley Bank

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 analytics, mobile platforms and applications, security, semiconductors, mobile devices, and data center systems, storage, and 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, and 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.

Stan Hsu

Stan Hsu
Sr. Software Dev Manager

Stan Hsu is the Sr. Software Dev Manager for PayPal’s deployment systems team. His team is responsible for building deployment systems and integrate them into PayPal’s cloud. In his tenure at eBay/PayPal, he’s had the unique experience of having had access to all data centers in both eBay and PayPal. Which includes to building new deployment systems for production and QA environments. His interests include application at scale, performance tuning, and usability. In his previous roles he managed teams at Tibco, Crossworlds, and HP.


Alex Freedland
Co-Founder & Chairman

Alex is the co-founder and Chairman of Mirantis, an independent vendor focusing on OpenStack. In this role Alex is allowed to have an opinion on all aspects of Mirantis business, from product development to finance to HR.

Alex is passionate about OpenStack’s quest of becoming the platform of choice for building the cloud infrastructures of the future, and since OpenStack is as much a social project as it is an engineering phenomenon, Alex is leading Mirantis’ social community effort.

Alex has been a serial entrepreneur for many years. While still in his 20’s, he has co-founded, grew and successfully exited RSI Group, the top-3 software company in the receivables management space (now part of FICA Corporation). After that, Alex has co-founded Ventra Employment, currently a top-5 HR services company in Russia.

Alex has a MS in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a BS in Applied Math from the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas.

Chris Kemp

Chris Kemp
Co-Founder & CEO

Chris C. Kemp is the co-founder and CEO of Nebula, developers of a turnkey enterprise private cloud computing system. Prior to Nebula, Kemp was the Chief Technology Officer for IT at NASA, where he co-founded OpenStack, and was responsible for pioneering work in cloud computing, open source and open government. Kemp has also served on the White House Cloud Computing Executive Steering Committee, and was the chair of the Cloud Standards Working Group.  Previously, Kemp served as the Chief Information Officer of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he forged partnerships with Google and Microsoft and helped create Google Moon, Google Mars, Microsoft WorldWide Telescope and was responsible for NASA’s Nebula Cloud Computing Project.  He is an acknowledged technology leader and has been named a top CIO by CIO Magazine and recognized as the number one leader in cloud computing for 2012 by TechTarget.

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Dr. James Walsh

Dr. Jim Walsh, CTO of GlobalLogic, has over 30 years of software product development experience and has played hands-on management roles in well over 300 product releases. After receiving his A.B. from Harvard, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. Prior to GlobalLogic, Dr. Walsh held engineering management or executive positions at Rational (now IBM), NeXT, Apple and at Enterprise Software developers Chordiant (now Pegasystems) and E.piphany. Today, Dr. Walsh leads GlobalLogic’s innovation, architecture and technology practice initiatives with GlobalLogic’s 6000+ technical staff. Dr. Walsh has led the architecture of Big Data Analytics systems for startups as well as Fortune 500 clients.

Sam Charrington

Sam Charrington
CloudPulse Strategies

Sam Charrington is an analyst, advisor and consultant, and the principal of CloudPulse Strategies. His industry interests span cloud computing and big data technologies, with a particular focus on the intersection of these two areas. Prior to founding CloudPulse, Sam lead product management and marketing for Appistry, an early provider of application platform software for the enterprise private cloud. Sam has been speaking and writing about cloud since “the beginning,” as an industry advocate, commentator and participant. In 2008, Sam co-founded CloudCamp, a global series of unconferences spanning 300 cities where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. Sam can be found on Twitter at @samcharrington, on the web at http://cloudpul.se.

Brian Hierholzer

Brian Hierholzer
Founder & CEO
Artisan Infrastructure

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Christina Farr

Christina Farr is a San Francisco-based journalist specializing in enterprise, startup culture, health and education technology. She loves to make complex technology make sense for people, and recently shot a video segment where founders of cloud computing companies were interviewed by children. She started her career in magazine journalism, and transitioned to digital media a few years ago, with her by-line appearing in publications like SFGate, The Bay Citizen, and TheNextWeb. At Stanford University, she enjoyed a brief (failed) stint as an entrepreneur. She’s grew up in London, and likes to surprise people by slipping into a full British accent.

Meg Kelly

Meghan Kelly
Internet Security Reporter

Meghan Kelly has been a reporter with VentureBeat for one year and writes about Internet security. She covers all aspects of the beat from cloud security to security policy and hacker culture. She also frequents industry conferences such as Def Con, Black Hat, RSA, and others. When she’s not writing, Meghan can be found emceeing VentureBeat’s events or speaking on panel discussions about startups and Silicon Valley.


Reuven Cohen
Chief Cloud Advocate
Citrix Systems

Reuven is recognized as an early innovator in the cloud computing space, as the founder of Enomaly in 2004 (Acquired by Virtustream in 2012). Enomaly was among the first to develop a self-service infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform (ECP) circa 2005, as well as SpotCloud (2011) the first commodity style cloud computing Spot Market.

Today he leads Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS) world wide cloud advocacy efforts with a particular focus on increasing the volume, reach and influence of Citrix’s extensive portfolio of cloud solutions used by more than 260,000 customers and 100 million end users across the globe.

Apart from Citrix Reuven writes The Digital Provocateur column for Forbes Magazine, is the co-founder of CloudCamp (300+ Cities around the Globe), an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas and is the largest of the ‘barcamp’ style of events. He is also the co-host of the DigitalNibbles Podcast sponsored by Intel. He has served as a board member to the Information Technology Association of Canada as well as a strategic advisor to Sun Microsystems, Amazon, York University, The Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade (DFAIT)

Reuven is very active in International trade as a liaison with various governments helping define IT policy, definitions (NIST) and agendas. Some of his recent participation include the governments of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Brasil, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, and China.

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Joan Vandermate
VP of Product Marketing

Joan Vandermate is Vice President of Product Marketing at Vidyo and brings experience in sales, business development, product management and marketing leadership roles to her position at Vidyo. Most recently Joan lead product management for Avaya’s contact center solutions focused on delivering Avaya’s contact center portfolio to new and expanding markets including the software as a service (SaaS) and mid market segments. Previously Joan served as global Vice President of Marketing for Polycom, where she was responsible for marketing Polycom’s portfolio of video communications solutions. At Polycom Joan’s responsibilities included product marketing, competitive and go-to-market strategies for their video solutions to enterprises and service providers. She was previously the Vice President of Product Management at Siemens Communications, where she held P&L responsibility for a $300+ million telecommunications product portfolio.

David Baker Okta

David Baker
Chief Security Officer

David is a proven information security professional with more than 15 years of experience in the enterprise data security and information technology and the government computer research industries. David joined Okta with a passion for solving the security challenges enterprises face as they evolve operations into the cloud.

Prior to Okta, David was the vice president of Services at IOActive, the leading boutique security research and consulting firm servicing many of the F500. At IOActive, David directed hundreds of penetration tests and risk assessments and drove the firm’s cutting edge research into Smart Grid technologies, ATM attacks and advanced social engineering techniques. Prior to IOActive, David was at leading SaaS enterprises such as WebEx and Loudcloud. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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Glenn Solomon
GGV Capital

Since joining GGV Capital as a Partner in 2006, Glenn has led GGV’s investments in Pandora (NYSE: P), Successfactors (NYSE: SFSF/Acq by SAP), Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN/Acq by EMC), Quinstreet (NASDAQ: QNST), Square, Conviva, Nimble Storage and Zendesk, helping the first four successfully navigate the initial public offering process. He is also actively involved with GGV’s investments in Appirio, BlueKai, Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce.com) and China Talent Group (CTG). Glenn focuses on enterprise software-as-a-service (Saas), cloud infrastructure and mobile.

Prior to GGV, Glenn was a General Partner with Partech International, where he led successful investments in Broadbase Software (acquired by Kana), Datacenter Technologies (acquired by Veritas/Symantec), Digital Island (acquired by Cable & Wireless), Pentasafe (acquired by NetIQ) and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). Earlier in his career, Glenn worked with Goldman Sachs and also with SPO Partners, a San Francisco-based private investment partnership. Glenn graduated from Stanford University, where he started on three NCAA championship tennis teams, and also earned an M.B.A from Stanford where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He co-founded and remains active with The Spotlight Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding social entrepreneurs focused on education. Check out Glenn’s blog where he discusses the intersection of technology and finance, follow @GlennSolomon, or check out his profile LinkedIn.

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Geva Perry
Various Cloud Companies

Geva Perry is an advisor and board member at cloud computing and SaaS companies. His blog, Thinking Out Cloud, on cloud computing and software-as-a-service strategy and marketing is widely read and he is a frequent speaker on the topic. Geva has been named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Hosting Industry, Top 50 Cloud Computing Bloggers and one of the 12 Top Thinkers in Cloud Computing.

Geva has been a strategy and marketing advisor to a number of companies, including Deutsche Telekom, NEC, Alcatel-Lucent, Internap, New Relic, Twilio, Sauce Labs, Heroku (acquired by Salesforce.com), Totango, JFrog, CloudPassage, CloudScaling, Garantia Data, Ravello Systems, SnapLogic and others. He has served on the board of directors of BlazeMeter, Seculert, Sauce Labs and Upstream Commerce.

Andy Vitus

Andy Vitus
Scale Venture Partners

Andy focuses on ScaleVP’s investments in next-generation enterprise software and new datacenter technologies – including virtualization and cloud computing. Andy sits on the boards of Entone, and INNOViON and has worked closely with Auvitek and Picolight.

Prior to joining ScaleVP in 2003, Andy worked as a hardware engineer for Electronics for Imaging, designing embedded print server platforms and video compression circuits. Previously, he was a software engineer for De Beers Research Labs, conducting research on computer vision for both medical and mining applications.

Andy earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

James Donelan

James Donelan
VP of Engineering

Surendra Reddy

Surendra Reddy
Executive-in-Residence/CTO Big Data
Xerox PARC

Chris Kohler

Chris Kohler
Game|Life at Wired

Chris Kohler has been writing, talking and generally thinking too hard about videogames for the past couple of decades. He has written about games for Wired.com and Wired magazine since 2002 and is the editor of Wired’s videogames blog Game|Life. He is the author of two books on games: Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life (Brady) and Retro Gaming Hacks (O’Reilly).

He can often be found talking about classic games on 1up.com’s Retronauts podcast.

If you put him in front of a crowd of people for an hour, he will entertain them by talking about videogames. He has moderated and appeared on panels at events like DICE, Penny Arcade Expo and the SF MusicTech Summit.

He began his foray into writing about games with Video Zone, a fanzine that he self-published during high school and college. Since then, his writing has appeared in publications such as Wired, Animerica, Electronic Gaming Monthly, and Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine and around the web on Wired.com, IGN, Gamespot, 1up.com, Gamasutra, GameSpy, and way too many others.

Gurvinder Ahluwalia

Gurvinder Singh Ahluwalia
CTO Cloud Computing, West US Market

Gurvinder Singh Ahluwalia is the CTO for Cloud Computing across LoB’s at IBM covering the West US market. In this role, he serves strategy and architecture leadership in the field to customers, represents 60-70% of the cloud portfolio at IBM, and creates heterogeneous, open source, cloud based solutions and business models for clients. During Distributed Computing era, Guri immersed in design-deploy-run of the second largest routed network in the enterprise world at Motorola. During the Internet/Mobile era, Guri led various multi-party web commerce integrations, charted seminal RFID/M2M strategy, and led as CTO a decision analytics software startup. He compelled a switch in platform direction, landing Embedded Linux on a wireless handheld for the first time by a US OEM at TI, dev to market soft launch in 18 months. During current Cloud Computing era, Guri stewards customers, IBM, and industry through a structural shift to cloud platforms, cloud integration, and cloud formations. He is engaged in open source and standards related communities including OpenStack and CSCC. Guri Ahluwalia is a frequent speaker at events including Interop, ARM TechCon, SIIA/AATC, Design West, and The Open Group.

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