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Jim Baer
Senior Director of Data Science

As Head of Data Science at LinkedIn, Jim Baer is responsible for both business analytics and data-powered product development. He joined LinkedIn in November 2012 and leads a world-class team of data scientists in turning LinkedIn’s high-quality professional data into tools that help LinkedIn members make more informed decisions and progress toward their professional aspirations. Jim has over 20 years’ experience in transforming raw data into valuable knowledge, including building and leading the data science teams at Zynga and Telephia, the company that became Nielsen Mobile. He also held data-driven roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, BellSouth and Abacus Direct, a division of Epsilon. Jim earned a BA degree from Colby College and a PhD in Economics from Duke University.


Josh James
Founder & CEO
Omniture & Domo

Josh founded Domo in 2010 to transform the way CEOs and other executives manage their business and to help drive value from the tens of billions of dollars spent on traditional business intelligence systems. Prior to Domo, Josh was CEO of Omniture, the SaaS-based web analytics company that he co-founded in 1996, took public in 2006 and sold to Adobe in 2009 for $1.8 billion. Under his leadership, Omniture became the world’s second largest enterprise SaaS business and handled more than 1.25 trillion data transactions per quarter. Josh serves on the boards NYSE-traded Demand Media and Rakuten, the leading e-commerce company in Japan.

Monica Rogati

Monica Rogati
VP of Data

Monica is a data scientist with a passion for turning data into products, actionable insights, and meaningful stories. As the VP of Data for Jawbone, she focuses on developing data-driven products that promote a healthier lifestyle and on finding stories in the UP wristband data.

Prior to Jawbone, Monica was one of the early members of the LinkedIn data science team, where she developed and improved some of LinkedIn’s key data products for matching jobs to passive candidates, discovering people you may know, and recommending groups you may like.
Monica’s compelling data stories are often picked up by the mainstream press, including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, NPR and CNN. Monica holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from CMU, where she focused on text mining and applied machine learning. She authored eight US patents and numerous papers that appeared in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.


John Henry Clippinger
ID3, MIT Media Lab

John Henry Clippinger is Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab Human Dynamics Group where he is conducting research on trust frameworks for protecting and sharing personal information. With Professor Alex Pentland of MIT, he is founder and Executive Director of the newly formed ID3 (Institute for Institutional Innovation & Data Driven Design) which is developing an open governance platform to support an ecosystem for data-driven services, infrastructures, and enterprises. Previously, he was founder and Co-Director of The Law Lab (www.lawlab.org) at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a multi-disciplinary center founded to research the role of social, neurological, and economic mechanisms on the role of law in facilitating cooperation and entrepreneurial innovation. Dr. Clippinger was also a Senior Fellow at the Berkman Center where he co-founded and supported the development of an open source, interoperable identity framework called Project Higgins (www.eclipse.org/higgins) to give users control over their personal information.

Michael Driscoll

Michael Driscoll
Co-Founder & CEO

Michael Driscoll is a serial entrepreneur who has built data platforms in life sciences, online retail, and digital media over the past decade. Michael began his career as a software engineer for the Human Genome Project, and later founded CustomInk.com, an early pioneer in customized apparel. More recently, Michael conceived and led Dataspora, where he remains Chairman, helping deliver data science to telcos, insurance firms, and retail banks. He is the CEO and co-founder of Metamarkets, a big data SaaS solution. Michael holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Boston University. He enjoys speaking and writing about big data and analytics.


Peter Skomoroch
Principal Data Scientist
Data Collective

Peter is an entrepreneur, data scientist, and product manager based in San Francisco. His main focus is building intelligent systems to automate manual processes and help people make better decisions. He specializes in solving difficult algorithmic challenges, leading cross-functional teams, and developing engaging product features powered by data and machine learning.

Most recently, he applied his skills to the consumer internet space at LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, where he was an early member of the data science team. As Principal Data Scientist, he led a data product team focused on reputation, search, and shipping data driven products. He was also the creator of Skills & Endorsements, one of the fastest growing new products in LinkedIn’s history.

Steve Hillion

Steven Hillion
Chief Product Officer
Alpine Data Labs

Steven Hillion has been leading large engineering and analytics projects for fifteen years. Before joining Alpine Data Labs, he founded the analytics group at Greenplum, leading a team of data scientists and also designing and developing new open-source and enterprise analytics software. Before that, he was Vice President of Engineering at M-Factor, Inc. (acquired by DemandTec) where he built analytical applications that became a global standard for demand modeling. Earlier, at Kana Communications, Steven led the engineering group during the two largest releases of its flagship product. At Scopus Technology (later Siebel Systems) he co-founded development groups for finance, telecom and other verticals. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a King Charles I Scholar at Oxford University.

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John Mattison, MD
Kaiser Permanente

Mattison, in his own words, is an “accidental informaticist” who was very happy being a fourth-generation California doctor. But after implementing an electronic record at his family practice, he was drafted into the effort to create an enterprise electronic medical record at Kaiser Permanente. Mattison and Kaiser took teamwork to new levels by involving more than 2,000 people in the design of HealthConnect. Mattison´s mission now is to create the next generation of clinical documentation architecture that provides the contextual granularity needed for health care communications.

Ashok Srivastava

Ashok Srivastava
Chief Data Scientist

Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla
Khosla Ventures


Diego Klabjan
Director of Master of Science in Analytics Program
Northwestern University

Diego Klabjan is a professor at Northwestern University, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences. He is also Founding Director, Master of Science in Analytics. His expertise is focused on analytics with concentration on transportation, supply chain management, utilities and retail. Professor Klabjan has led projects with large companies such as FedEx Express, BNSF, General Motors, United Continental, and many others, and he is also assisting numerous start-ups with their analytics needs.

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Joseph Hellerstein
Prof. of Comp. Science
UC Berkeley

Joe’s career has focused on data-centric systems and the way they drive computing. In 2010, Fortune Magazine included him in their list of 50 smartest people in technology, and MIT Technology Review magazine included his Bloom language for cloud computing on their TR10 list of the 10 technologies “most likely to change our world”.

Vineet Singh

Vineet Singh
Director, Data Innovation & Advanced Technology


John Foreman
Chief Data Scientist

John Foreman is the Chief Data Scientist for MailChimp.com. He holds a degree in Operations Research from MIT and has worked as an analytics consultant for the Department of Defense, Coca-Cola, Royal Caribbean International, and Intercontinental Hotels Group. In his new book Data Smart, John explains many of the analytics techniques he uses in his work to novices using spreadsheets.

Annika Jimenez

Annika Jimenez
Global Head of Data Science Services

Shivakumar Vaithyanathan, IBM Almaden, San Jose, CA

Shivakumar Vaithyanathan
Chief Scientist for Big Data Analytics

Shivakumar Vaithyanathan is the IBM Chief Scientist for Big Data Analytics and the Department Manager of the Large Scale Analytics and Discovery Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center. Since joining IBM in 1998, he has been involved in multiple research areas including development of learning algorithms, especially for extremely high-dimensional sparse data. His department is currently involved in building systems for scalable text analytics, enterprise search and large-scale machine learning. Multiple technologies developed in his department currently ship with several IBM products including IBM’s Big Data Products. Prior to IBM Shivakumar was part of the newly formed Altavista Group at Digital. Shivakumar has co-authored more than 40 publications and was a invited keynote speaker at the 2011 German Database Conference and 2011 ACM SiGIR.

Vikram Somaya

Vikram Somaya
General Manager, WeatherFX
The Weather Company

As general manager of The Weather Company’s new WeatherFX division, Vikram Somaya leads the team that creates localized ad targeting solutions using TWC’s access to location data and the best, most comprehensive weather data in the world. He is based in New York and reports to Curt Hecht, chief global revenue officer of The Weather Company.

New in 2012, the WeatherFX division builds on TWC’s value proposition and differentiator by using weather analytics, weather triggering and dynamic messaging to connect businesses to consumers through weather and climate. For every weather condition, TWC has the data to deliver a contextually relevant message to any audience at the right time and place. This is possible due to TWC’s reach, its influence on consumer actions and activities, its proprietary technology, and market-level analytics.
Vikram joins TWC from Thomson Reuters, where he served as vice president of global operations and audience. There, he managed the global team across 17 markets in the U.S., EMEA and APAC, and assessed and managed the rollout of audience data across consumer media and other company divisions. He was also responsible for creating a successful private exchange across the programmatic ecosystem.

Previously, Vikram helped build out data-driven marketing company Bluekai as managing director of business development and channel sales. He served as executive vice president of sales and marketing at Milabra, consulting an early-stage company in machine-learning-derived technologies. He also served as vice president of strategic alliances at Phorm, an online behavioral targeting technology company, and as vice president of strategy management at Operative Media, an advertising business management company.

Vikram worked on the customer side at several analytics companies including Omniture, Revenue Science and Primary Knowledge. He began his career at creative agency Cliff Freeman and Partners.
He is a frequent presenter at conferences and industry events, representing the audience ecosystem around the use of data. Vikram received a bachelor’s degree in the history of art from Yale University.

Chris Pouliot

Chris Pouliot
Head of Data Science

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Sebastian Thrun
Co-founder & CEO

Sebastian has set his sights on democratizing higher education. Co-founder and CEO of Udacity, Sebastian is also a Research Professor at Stanford University and a Google Fellow, as well as the inventor of the autonomous car and project lead on Google Glass. Sebastian has been named the 5th Most Creative Person in Business (Fast Company), among the 50 Smartest People in Tech (Fortune), and highlighted in 50 Best Inventions of 2010 (Time).


Matt Marshall
Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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.

Richard Snee

Richard Snee
Event Co-Chair
CMO, Pivotal

Richard Snee is chief marketing officer at Pivotal. He is also cofounder and advisor at Data Science Central, an online community for Big Data practitioners.

Prior to Pivotal, Snee served as vice president of marketing at Greenplum, where he led Big Data initiatives including the creation of the first Data Scientist Summit in Las Vegas, May 2011. Prior to Greenplum, he led the marketing efforts at IronPort, bringing the email and web security company from a startup in 2001 to a company acquired by Cisco for $830 million in 2007. Richard has held additional leadership positions at Silicon Graphics and IBeam, where he drove market development and technology adoption in the media industry.


Scott Yara
SVP of Products & Platform

Scott Yara is the senior vice president of products and platform at Pivotal.
Scott co-founded Greenplum and previously served as senior vice president of EMC’s Greenplum division. He possesses a deep knowledge of overall product development and go-to-market efforts, including engineering, product management, and marketing.

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Steve Hirsch
Chief Data Officer
NYSE Euronext

Jeremy Howard

Jeremy Howard
Data Science Faculty
Singularity University

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Tim Guleri
Managing Director
Sierra Ventures

Tim Guleri is a Managing Director of Sierra Ventures, a Menlo Park, California, venture capital fund. Sierra’s ten venture funds have committed capital exceeding $1.6 Billion.

Tim’s investment focus is Information Technology Software companies. Additionally, Tim has helped execute on Sierra’s India strategy and investments. As a venture capitalist, Tim’s taken two companies public; Sourcefire in 2007 (Nasdaq: FIRE) which was recently acquired by Cisco for $2.7B and MakeMyTrip.com (Nasdaq: MMYT). Additional exits have been Greenplum (EMC Corporation), Net6 (Citrix Systems) AirMedia (AOL), Makara (RedHat), and Red Aril (Hearst). Tim currently serves on the BOD of Appcelerator, TreasureData, AlpineData, BINA, Nexenta and DNN.

Prior to Sierra, Tim learnt the ropes as an entrepreneur. He was founder and CEO of Octane Software from 1996 to 2000. He successfully led Octane’s merger with Epiphany (Nasdaq: EPNY), a transaction valued at $3.2 billion in 2000. Before Octane, Tim was vice president of field operations at Scopus Technology. Scopus went public in 1995 and was acquired by Siebel Systems (Nasdaq: SEBL) in 1997 for $800M. Tim was instrumental in growing the company to $100 million in revenue and to 600 employees from 1992 to 1996.

Tim holds a MS from Virginia Tech, and a BSEE from India.

Pete Warden

Pete Warden

Anil Varma at DataBeat

Anil Varma
Data Science COE Head
GE Software Center of Excellence

Alon Halevy, DataBeat

Alon Halevy

Alon currently works at Google Inc., managing a group looking into how structured data can be used in web search.Until recently, he was a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

Joel Dudley

Joel Dudley
Director of Biomedical Informatics
Icahn School of Medicine, Mt Sinai

Pek Lum

Pek Lum
Chief Data Scientist & VP of Solutions

Rohan Deuskar

Rohan Deuskar
Co-Founder & CEO

Ari Gesher

Ari Gesher
Senior Software Engineer

Jason Fass

Jason Fass
Zepp Labs

Jason’s professional career is deeply rooted in the technology sector, having held positions in product management for tech giants including Cisco, Apple and Jawbone. At Apple, Jason was the senior product manager for the MacBook Pro line responsible for launching 10 unique models. Jason saw an opportunity to use his obsession with personal data to develop new sensor-based technologies and is proud to be leading the team at Zepp Labs. Zepp Labs empowers athletes and coaches with meaningful performance information that can help them discover ways to immediately improve their game. The Zepp multi-sport platform combines a powerful streamlined sensor that collects 1000 data points per second, mobile applications for iOS and Android, and a patented motion engine. In less than 18 months Zepp has become the world’s leading mobile swing analyzer.

Jason received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from Pepperdine University. When he isn’t busy working on the next technology development for Zepp, Jason can be found out on the trails of Demo Forest and UCSC riding his mountain bike, kite boarding at 3rd Ave and spending time with his family.

Roger Magoulas

Roger Magoulas
Director of Market Research
O'Reilly Media

Roger Magoulas is the director of market research at O’Reilly Media. Magoulas runs a team that is building an open source analysis infrastucture and provides analysis services, including technology trend analysis, to business decision-makers at O’Reilly and beyond. In previous incarnations, Magoulas designed and implemented data warehouse projects for organizations ranging from the San Francisco Opera to the Alberta Motor Club.

Sean Gourley

Sean Gourley

I’m originally from New Zealand and am now based in San Francisco where I split my time between Mathematical research and my venture backed startup Quid. I have a PhD in physics from Oxford where I studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. My academic research has taken me from Nanotechnology to Complex Systems and the Mathematics of War. As a result of my research I have acted as a political advisor to the Iraqi Government, briefed USCENTCOM at the Pentagon, addressed the United Nations in Vienna and dodged military checkpoints in Iraq. Over the years I have spent too many hours at the running track in an attempt to hone my pole vault, hurdling and discus skills for the Decathlon. Prior to Quid I worked at NASA Ames in Mountain View, Exclusive Analysis in London, and a (very) brief stint as a consultant at BCG in Chicago. I am currently CTO of Quid. In my spare time I’m trying to improve my understanding of advanced string theory and contemplating a return to the simpler world of track and field.

Jure Leskovec

Jure Leskovec
Assistant Professor
Stanford University


Robert W. Wrubel
EVP & Chief Innovation Officer
Apollo Education Group

Adam Ghobarah, PhD

Adam Ghobarah, PhD
Engineering Partner
Google Ventures

David Gerster

David Gerster
VP of Data Science

Mike Dauber

Mike Dauber
Battery Ventures


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.

Sean Knapp

Sean Knapp
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer


Stephen Sorkin

Robert Sahadevan

Robert Sahadevan
VP Consumer Marketing & Data Analytics

Ben Lorica

Ben Lorica
Chief Data Scientist
O'Reilly Media

Michael Crowley

Mike Crowley
Founder & CEO
InfoMotion Sports Technologies

Paco Nathan

Paco Nathan
Cheif Scientist

Paco Nathan is a “player/coach” who has led innovative Data teams building large-scale apps for the past decade. He is a recognized expert in Hadoop, R, cloud computing, distributed systems, machine learning, predictive analytics, and NLP. He received his BS Math Sciences and MS Computer Science degrees from Stanford, and has 25+ years experience in the tech industry ranging from Bell Labs to early-stage start-ups.

Paco is an evangelist for the Mesos and Cascading open source projects, and is also an O’Reilly author for “Enterprise Data Workflows with Cascading”.

Michael Rappa

Michael Rappa
Dir. of the Institute for Advanced Analytics
North Carolina State University

Michael Rappa is Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. As head of the Institute he leads the nation’s first Master of Science in Analytics, now in its seventh year, as its founder and principal architect. Before joining NC State in 1998, for nine years he was a member of the faculty at the MIT. Dr. Rappa has 25 years of experience as a professor working across academic disciplines at the intersection of management and computing. An accomplished researcher and instructor, his passion is to bring an entrepreneurial and forward-thinking mindset to innovation in higher learning. His current role is to prepare a new generation of data savvy professionals for leadership in a digital world.

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