John Adams (Twitter Operations) has worked in computer security, operations, and systems engineering for over 16 years. Prior to Twitter, he has worked at Apple, Inktomi, c|net, and a major video-on-demand site, improving security, performance, and reliability at large scale.
As Senior Vice President of Global Service Engineering at Yahoo!, Cheryl is leading teams to develop groundbreaking hardware and software infrastructure that supports all Yahoo! products worldwide, managing over 800 employees and influencing over 6,000 engineers in the Product organization. Cheryl actively focuses on creating a global Service Engineering organization that provides scalable, technologically-sound solutions that are cost effective and maintain a positive end user experience. Within a short time through focusing on metric creation and analysis, improved processes and solutions, Cheryl has improved the user experience by significantly reducing the number of Service Engineering incidents.
During her six years at Yahoo!, Cheryl Ainoa has directed the technology and infrastructure backbone for Yahoo! global products and services, while simultaneously demonstrating tremendous leadership and a passion for innovation. She is a big picture technologist who successfully maintains existing products, while focusing on a vision for the future. During her tenure as Vice President of Global Media Engineering, she developed the next generation media products for the world’s largest audiences. Her teams managed technology for Yahoo!’s industry-leading Finance, Games, News, Music, Sports, Movies, Video, and over 20 property sites, reaching over 70 million people monthly.
Vik Chaudhary serves as vice president of product management and corporate development. He is responsible for leading Keynote’s product strategy, sales enablement, and executing on the company’s acquisitions and partnerships. Mr. Chaudhary has spent 19 years in chief executive, marketing, and engineering positions at blue-chip and start-up technology companies. At Keynote, he previously served as vice president of marketing and corporate development, extending the company into new markets via ten acquisitions. Before joining Keynote, he was CEO of on-demand analytics company Bizmetric, ran product management at database pioneer Gupta Technologies, and led core software engineering teams at Oracle. Mr. Chaudhary is a frequent speaker at industry events on software strategy and M&A, and has been featured in the New York Times and on the ABC News Nightline program. Mr. Chaudhary holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Eric Goldsmith, Operations Architect at AOL, has more than 20 years of experience providing technical leadership in the areas of product development, engineering and operations. At AOL he has led efforts to deliver the highest levels of performance and availability for top Web sites, including: AOL.com; AIM.com; and AOL Video; among others.
His areas of expertise include Performance Analysis, Capacity Planning, Network Engineering, and Software Development. Prior to AOL, Eric worked for companies such as UUNet, WorldCom and CompuServe, as well as telecom and Internet startups. He holds a BS in Computer Science from The Ohio State University.
Andreas Grabner has been helping companies improve their application performance for 15+ years. He is a regular contributor within Web Performance and DevOps communities and a prolific speaker at user groups and conferences around the world. Reach him at @grabnerandi
James is VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services where he focuses on infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and scaling. Prior to AWS, James was architect on the Microsoft Data Center Futures team and, over the years, has held leadership roles on several high-scale services and products, including Exchange Hosted Services, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2. James loves all things server related and is interested in optimizing all components from data center power and cooling infrastructure, through server design, and to the distributed software systems they host. He maintains a high scale services blog at http://perspectives.mvdirona.com.
Urs Hölzle served as the company’s first vice president of engineering and led the development of Google’s technical infrastructure. His current responsibilities include the design and operation of the servers, networks and datacenters that power Google. He is also renowned for both his red socks and his free-range Leonberger, Yoshka (Google’s top dog). Urs joined Google from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was an associate professor of computer science. He received a master’s degree in computer science from ETH Zurich in 1988 and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship that same year. In 1994, he earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where his research focused on programming languages and their efficient implementation.
As one of the pioneers of dynamic compilation, also known as “just-in-time compilation,” Urs invented fundamental techniques used in most of today’s leading Java compilers. Before joining Google, Urs was a co-founder of Animorphic Systems, which developed compilers for Smalltalk and Java. After Sun Microsystems acquired Animorphic Systems in 1997, he helped build Javasoft’s high-performance Hotspot Java compiler.
In 1996, Urs received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on high-performance implementations of object-oriented languages. He was also a leading contributor to DARPA’s National Compiler Infrastructure project. Urs has served on program committees for major conferences in the field of programming language implementation, and is the author of numerous scientific papers and U.S. patents.
John J. Barton is the manager of Interaction Science, an IBM Almaden
Research group specializing in fundamentals of human-computer
interaction (HCI) technologies, especially multi-device interaction.
Interaction Science studies users, invents new techniques and technology,
then validates progress by scientific tests with real users. Current
projects in my group include text input on handheld devices, integration
of information across devices via instant messaging, adapting web
pages for mobile devices, and extending web debugging to support more
dynamic applications and environments.
John has 21 years of experience in industrial research with over 60
publications in the diverse fields of ubiquitious and mobile
computing, compiler technology and programming languages, physics of
electron scattering, and chemistry on surfaces. After early work in
quantum chemistry at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena CA, he got
his MS in Applied Physics at Caltech and moved to Berkeley. There he
worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab and got his PhD at UC Berkeley.
John joined the Physics department at IBM Watson to work on
Photoelectron Holography, moving to Computer Science in 1991 to work
on C++ compilers and co-author a book, “Advanced C++”, with Lee
Nackman. John managed the Jikes Java Research Virtual Machine team
until 1998 when he moved to HP Labs Palo Alto where he was part of the
Cooltown web-based ubiquitious computing project. When he isn’t
playing computer games with his sons or working on his deck, he
Robert Johnson is Director of Engineering at Facebook, where he leads the software development efforts to cost-effectively scale Facebook’s infrastructure and optimize performance for its many millions of users. During his time with the company, the number of users has expanded by more than fifty-fold and Facebook now handles billions of page views a day.
Robert was previously at ActiveVideo Networks where he led the distributed systems and set-top software development teams. He has worked in a wide variety of engineering roles from robotics to embedded systems to web software. He received a B.S. In Engineering and Applied Science from Caltech.
During Bryan’s time at Google, he has contributed to various projects that make the web faster, including Shared Dictionary Compression over HTTP, optimizing web servers to better utilize HTTP, and most recently, the Page Speed web performance tool. Prior to working on web performance, Bryan was the first full time engineer on the Google TV Ads team, where he helped to build some of Google’s TV ad auction and video management systems.
Tim Morrow is Head of Site Technology at Betfair, responsible for the delivery of Betfair’s next-generation web site platform, focusing on performance, availability and the capability to continuous deliver business value at a rapid pace.
Tim has over 11 years of experience leading teams to design and build websites and systems using Java and related technologies. Prior to joining Betfair, Tim worked as an Architect at Shopzilla delivering their consumer facing website platform. In addition, Tim has also worked at Qualcomm developing software to support the provisioning of mobile devices and delivery of applications to mobile devices in the Wireless Business Division. Tim also thrived in the entrepreneurial environment during years 2000-2004 of startup, Project.net . As a key contributor to the startup team, Tim designed and built hosted web applications for the fledgling company.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Tim obtained his BEng degree in Computer Science from Queens University in Belfast. Having spent 13 years in California, Tim recently moved his family to London for the opportunity at Betfair. In his free time, Tim can often be found reading, snowboarding or chasing after his two kids.
Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand economy and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. He is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also a founder and board member at Maker Media, which spun out of O’Reilly Media in 2012, and a board member at Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.
Jaime Yap is a Software Engineer on the Google Speed Tracer team. He is a contributor to the Google Web Toolkit project and loves pushing the boundaries for what can be accomplished in the browser.
Jaime earned his Masters degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007, and has been with Google since 2008. He currently resides in Atlanta and enjoys long walks on the beach
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