Thursday Keynote Welcome

Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting), Edd Dumbill (Silicon Valley Data Science)
Mission City Ballroom
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Program Chairs, Edd Dumbill and Alistair Croll, welcome you to the second day of keynotes.

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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 ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.

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Edd Dumbill

Silicon Valley Data Science

Edd Dumbill is a technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California. He’s helping drive businesses with data as VP Strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science.

Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata conferences, and chaired the Open Source Convention for six years. He was the founding editor of the journal Big Data.

A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system, and a co-founder of the online intellectual property exchange.

An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various projects such as Debian and GNOME, and created the DOAP Vocabulary for describing software projects.

Edd has written four books including O’Reilly’s Learning Rails. He writes regularly on Google+ and on his blog at


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