Strata Jumpstart 2011 Speakers

The initial list of speakers confirmed for Strata Jumpstart 2011 is below. This is a partial list, and new speakers are still being confirmed.

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Alistair Croll
Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting)

Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he cofounded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology. 

A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Cloud Connect, Bitnorth, and the International Startup Festival, and is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. He has written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics.

Alistair tries to mitigate his chronic... Read More.

Kathryn Dekas
Kathryn Dekas (Google)

Kathryn Dekas has worked with the People Analytics group since May 2008. Currently, she is the project manager for Googlegeist, Google’s annual employee survey, and is also leading a set of projects aiming to provide a seamless onboarding experience for Google’s new hires (a.k.a. “Nooglers”). Prior to Google she worked in the HR Learning & Communications group at Qualcomm, as well as the Talent & Organizational Performance consulting group at Accenture. Kathryn holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (focus on Organizational Behavior) from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and a B.S. in Economics & Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Her graduate research focused on organizational citizenship behaviors (OCBs) and other forms of individual proactivity at work, and her research... Read More.

Nolan Goldberg
Nolan Goldberg (Proskauer)

Nolan M. Goldberg is a Senior Counsel, IP & Technology in Proskauer’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and a member of the Patent Law Group, resident in the New York office. As an intellectual property litigator, his practice focuses on patent and trade secret litigation and counseling. As a founding member of the Litigation Department’s Electronic Discovery Task Force, Mr. Goldberg is often called upon to develop e-discovery strategies to be used in all types of litigations, with a particular focus on managing the overall burden and cost of the electronic discovery process and obtaining often overlooked electronic evidence, including computer forensics. Nolan frequently publishes and presents on the impacts of emerging technologies on the law, and has often been called upon to comment... Read More.

Michael Hugos
Michael Hugos (Center for Systems Innovation [c4si])

MICHAEL HUGOS is an author, speaker and principal at Center for Systems Innovation [c4si]. He specializes in elegant solutions to complex problems in supply chains, business intelligence, and new business ventures. Previously he spent six years as chief information officer (CIO) of a national distribution organization where he developed a suite of supply chain and business intelligence systems that transformed the company’s operations and revenue model. He won the CIO 100 Award, InformationWeek 500 award and the Premier 100 Award for this work. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. His newest book explores the intersection between massively multi-player online games (MMOs) and real life business operations. It’s titled Serious Games: The Future of Work; it... Read More.

Panagiotis Ipeirotis
Panagiotis Ipeirotis (New York University)

Panos Ipeirotis is an Associate Professor at the Department of
Information, Operations, and Management Sciences at Leonard N. Stern
School of Business of New York University. His recent research
interests focus on crowdsourcing and on mining user-generated content
on the Internet. He has received three “Best Paper” awards (IEEE ICDE
2005, ACM SIGMOD 2006, WWW 2011), two “Best Paper Runner Up” awards
(JCDL 2002, ACM KDD 2008), and is also a recipient of a CAREER award
from the National Science Foundation. He also blogs about
crowdsourcing and Mechanical Turk on his blog A Computer Scientist in
a Business School
, an
activity that seems to generate... Read More.

James Kobielus
James Kobielus (Forrester Research, Inc.)

James Kobielus is a leading expert on Big Data, as well as on such enabling technologies as enterprise data warehousing, advanced analytics, Hadoop, cloud services, database management systems business process management, business intelligence, and complex-event processing.

Michael Nelson
Michael Nelson (Microsoft Corporation)

Dr Michael Nelson works on technology futures as part of Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) Program, a unique, trans-disciplinary masters program for students and researchers interested in how information technology is shaping society and vice versa. Since January 2008, he has been conducting research and teaching courses on The Future of the Internet, innovation, technology forecasting, and e-government, as well as consulting and speaking on Internet technology and policy.

Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Michael spent almost ten years as Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s Next Generation Internet strategy. Prior to that, Michael... Read More.

Cathy O'Neil
Cathy O'Neil (Intent Media)

Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was postdoc at MIT in the math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then chucked it and switched over to the private sector. She worked as a quant for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. Since this spring she’s been a data scientist for the startup media company “Intent Media”;

DJ Patil
DJ Patil (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy)

Dr. DJ Patil joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in February 2015, when he was named by the White House as Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. DJ advises on policies and practices to maintain U.S. leadership in technology and innovation, fosters partnerships to maximize the Nation’s return on its investment in data, and helps to attract and retain the best minds in data science to serve the public.

Since joining OSTP, DJ has collaborated with colleagues across government, including the Chief Information Officer and the U.S. Digital Service as part of the Administration’s commitment to open data and data science. He is leading data science efforts related to the Precision Medicine Initiative, which focuses... Read More.

Hiten Shah
Hiten Shah (CrazyEgg / KISSmetrics)

Hiten Shah is the founder of KISSmetrics, which uses data to help online businesses make better business decisions. A recognized authority on data-driven marketing and entrepreneurship, he founded marketing consultancy ACS and Crazy Egg, an analytics tool that visualizes users’ experience on a website. Now with KISSmetrics he is building a data driven solution for to help online businesses make better business decisions. Hiten advises a variety of startups, including iSocket,LaunchRock, Lolapps, Recurly,SlideShare, SocializedHR and Sponge.

Simon Wardley
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum (CSC))

Simon Wardley is a Researcher for CSC’s Leading Edge Forum, a global research and thought leadership community dedicated to helping large organizations become more successful by identifying and adopting Next Practices at the growing intersection between business and information technology. Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies, and he currently leads our research entitled The Clash of the Titans.

Simon’s most recent published research (December 2014) is entitled Of Wonders and Disruption where he attempts to predict the nature of technological and business change over the next 20 years. His previous research covers topics including The Future is More Predictable Than You Think: A Workbook for Value Chain Mapping. Simon has also covered topics including Beware... Read More.

Jennifer Zeszut
Jennifer Zeszut (Scout Labs)

Jennifer Zeszut founded Scout Labs, the leading SAAS platform to help customer-obsessed teams monitor, manage and glean marketing insight from social media. Scout Labs’ intuitive user interface and powerful, real-time analytics revolutionized the category and became the platform of choice for hundreds of the world’s best brands. Jennifer led Scout Labs as CEO from its inception to May 2010, when Lithium Technologies acquired the company. Post-acquisition, Jennifer was Chief Social Strategist and an executive team member at Lithium Technologies. Jennifer is currently working on a new endeavor that sits, again, at the intersection of marketing and analytics.

Jennifer and Scout Labs have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, FastCompany and TechCrunch. Jennifer was recognized as “Top Technology Innovator... Read More.

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