Velocity 2012 Keynote Speakers

John Allspaw

John Allspaw, EtsyCTO

John Allspaw is Etsy’s chief technology officer, leading the Product Engineering, Infrastructure, and Operations teams. Previously, he was the SVP of infrastructure and operations at Etsy. For over 17 years, John has worked in system operations in the biotech, government, and online media industries. John began his career running vehicle crash simulations for the US government. In 1997, he made the leap to the web, building the technical infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster, and Flickr. John is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning and Web Operations: Keeping the Data on Time, both by O’Reilly. He holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MSC from Lund University.

8:30am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
Program Chairs, Steve Souders and John Allspaw
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8:30am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Program Chairs, Steve Souders and John Allspaw, open the second day of keynotes.
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Dion Almaer

Dion Almaer, GoogleEngineering Director

Currently, Dion Almaer is an engineering director in Google’s Developer Products group, where he works to commodity developer infrastructure and make sure that external developers have access to the same quality Google products as internal Googlers do. Previously, took part in the software process from his own startups as well as at well-known companies such as Mozilla, Palm, and Walmart.

8:55am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Apple's iPhone SDK has been the largest disruption to software development since the Web, sparking the creation in a few short years of the largest medium for consumer engagement in the world, eclipsing the Web, movies, and even television.
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Mike Brittain

Mike Brittain, EtsyDirector of Engineering, Mobile

Mike leads the Mobile group at Etsy (iOS, Android, Mobile Web), and was previously responsible for building up the Software Infrastructure teams (Core Platform, Dev Tools, CI, Site Performance).

Want to hear what Etsy is up to? Want to chat Continuous Deployment, Performance Culture, or Mobile Development? Reach out and let’s find a chance to meet at Velocity NYC: mike@etsy.com

9:30am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
Front-end engineers and product managers need to consider the impact of back-end service outages into their product design. We'll focus on design patterns and practices that will provide your site's users with a viable product, despite any back-end service degradations.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
Vik Chaudhary

Vik Chaudhary, KeynoteVP Product Management & Corporate Development

Mr. Chaudhary is responsible for leading Keynote’s product management team and has extended the company into new markets via 15 acquisitions. He has spent over 20 years in chief executive, marketing and engineering positions in Silicon Valley, previously having served as VP Marketing and Corporate Development at Keynote, CEO of a cloud startup Bizmetric, and has held leadership roles at public software companies Gupta Technologies and Oracle Corporation. Mr. Chaudhary is a frequent speaker at industry events on Internet software, cloud computing, and business development, 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.

11:30am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
Learn how you can use the open standard Web Timing API to frame your performance timings in the context of measuring the user experience. Reshape how Operations teams analyze and communicate the performance metrics of today’s web applications and sites, with a strong operational focus on performance timings, baselines, and actionable alerts.
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Mike Christian

Mike Christian, Yahoo!Sr. Director, Event To Resolution

Mike has spent the last 8 years building highly available systems for Yahoo!, from global replication of petabyte data sets, to massively distributed CDN and traffic routing mechanisms dispersed to points throughout the world. Prior to that, he spent 9 years building interactive television systems at Oracle and Thirdspace, wrestling bus sized parallel supercomputing systems and building fast lightweight DVR client applications. He particularly enjoys solving unsolvable problems.

8:40am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Data-centers DO fail, sometimes for the oddest of reasons. From frying squirrels to unspun gyros, the last decade has seen it all: hurricane and heat wave, fire and flood, even the threat of a nuclear meltdown. We'll chronicle the mundane to the insane, showing the reality of major data-center outages, interleaved with solutions and strategies for recovery.
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Richard Cook

Richard Cook, Ohio State University SNAFUcatchersPhysician, Educator, and Researcher

Physician, researcher, and educator Richard Cook is presently a research scientist in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and emeritus professor of healthcare systems safety at Sweden’s KTH. Richard is an internationally recognized expert on safety, accidents, and human performance at the sharp end of complex, adaptive systems. His most often cited publication is “Going Solid: A Model of System Dynamics and Consequences for Patient Safety.”

11:00am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
Keynote by Dr. Richard Cook
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Nat Duca

Nat Duca, GoogleEngineer

Nat Duca works on making web browsing in Chrome as smooth and jank free as possible.

10:30am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Rapid fire talks from Marcel Duran, Nat Duca, and Lindsey Simon.
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Marcel Duran

Marcel Duran, Google Inc.Front End Engineer

Marcel Duran is Front End Engineer at Google Inc. Prior to that he had been into web performance optimization on high traffic sites at Twitter Inc. and Yahoo! Front Page and Search teams where he applied and researched web performance best practices making pages even faster. On his last role as the Front End Lead for Yahoo!’s Exceptional Performance Team, he was dedicated to YSlow (now as his personal opensource project) and other performance tools development, researches and evangelism.

10:30am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Rapid fire talks from Marcel Duran, Nat Duca, and Lindsey Simon.
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Ben Galbraith

Ben Galbraith, GoogleHead of Product & Developer Relations, Developer Product Group

Ben Galbraith is the head of product and developer relations for Google’s Developer Product group. Prior to Google, Ben has alternated between entrepreneurial and executive roles across companies in many industries, such as Mozilla, Palm/HP, and Walmart. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and eight children.

8:55am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Apple's iPhone SDK has been the largest disruption to software development since the Web, sparking the creation in a few short years of the largest medium for consumer engagement in the world, eclipsing the Web, movies, and even television.
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Auguste Goldman

Auguste Goldman, Go DaddyCIO

Auguste leads Go Daddy’s Technology Team and is responsible for: Product Development, IT operations, Information Security and Research/Development. Before taking over as Go Daddy CIO, Auguste was the project “champion” for the One Click Provisioning (1CP), a program that automates server creation for Go Daddy’s hosting infrastructure which serves more than 5 million hosted websites. Auguste also led Go Daddy’s 2010 COBIT IT governance initiative.

Prior to 2010, Auguste served as the CEO of Integralis Managed Security Services in Stockholm, Sweden and CTO of Linde AG, the world’s largest natural gas company based in Munich, Germany. In his spare time, Auguste enjoys performing karaoke to ABBA songs with his colleagues.

9:55am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
You may know Go Daddy for its Super Bowl commercials and controversies, but there's something much more serious going on at Go Daddy these days. CIO Auguste Goldman reveals how Go Daddy is evolving its approach with technology and transparency.
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Dominic Hamon

Dominic Hamon, GoogleSenior Software Engineer

Dominic works at Google as a Senior Software Engineer and is focused on making the Internet faster. His work over the past year has been on the Chrome browser, specifically focused on prerendering pages and finding ways to get what the user wants before they know they want it. Before working at Google, Dominic spent ten years in the game development industry, working at companies such as Electronic Arts in Vancouver BC, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in London, and Lucasfilm in both Singapore and the Bay Area.

9:45am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
We will present techniques to predict user activity in the browser using learning models as well as hints provided by page authors and share the real world speed gains observed using such predictions.
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Arvind Jain

Arvind Jain, GoogleEngineering Director

Arvind is a Director of Engineering at Google and works on making Google and the Internet fast. He also helped establish and chairs the W3C’s Web Performance Working Group.

9:45am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
We will present techniques to predict user activity in the browser using learning models as well as hints provided by page authors and share the real world speed gains observed using such predictions.
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Patrick Lightbody

Patrick Lightbody, New RelicVP, Product Management

Patrick Lightbody, director of product management at Neustar Enterprise, is the founder of BrowserMob, a cutting edge load testing and website monitoring provider, which is now part of Neustar. Before Patrick founded BrowserMob, he was Senior Product Manager at Gomez, running the QA Solutions Product Group. Patrick also founded HostedQA, an automated web testing platform. He is an avid open source contributor, proving his passion by founding OpenQA, creating Selenium Remote Control and co-creating Struts 2. Patrick holds a computer science degree from University of California, San Diego.

11:30am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Join us during Neustar's sponsored keynote and learn how companies can gain real insights in real-time.
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Stephen Ludin

Stephen Ludin, AkamaiChief Architect

Stephen Ludin is a Chief Architect for Akamai’s Site Acceleration and Security group. He joined Akamai in 2002 and works out of Akamai’s west-coast headquarter in San Mateo, California. His primary focus has been on projects related to the core proxy technology that is responsible for routing, accelerating, and securing Akamai’s traffic.

Most recently, as a technology leader in the Web Acceleration team, he has been leading the efforts behind Akamai’s next generation acceleration platform and its security and fraud prevention technology stack.

Ludin received his degree from the University of California at San Diego in Computer Music where his coding abilities were used in writing C programs to create experimental music. We are all grateful for his decision to use his technical and management... Read More.

9:40am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Understanding how users view and consume your site’s content is critical to optimizing the performance of your online business. By virtue of fulfilling nearly 2 trillion daily requests for content, Akamai is in a unique position to share ongoing analysis of Web traffic and user behavior.
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Dallas Marlow

Dallas Marlow, TumblrEngineer

Dallas Marlow is an engineer at Tumblr where he has spent the last year working on performance and operational problems at scale as the site has grown more than 3 times over. He specializes in measuring, monitoring and predicting datastore performance and scalability. Prior to Tumblr he has worked to improve performance and reliability of several popular websites such as ideeli.com, popularscience.com and transworld.net.

10:30am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
Tuesday Lightning Demos
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Bryan McQuade

Bryan McQuade, GoogleSenior Software Engineer

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.

10:30am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
Tuesday Lightning Demos
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Patrick Meenan

Patrick Meenan, GoogleSoftware Engineer

Patrick Meenan has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 15 years and is currently working at Google to make Chrome and the Web faster. Patrick created the popular open source WebPagetest web performance measurement tool, runs the free instance of it at WebPagetest.org, and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance.

10:30am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
Tuesday Lightning Demos
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Frank Ober

Frank Ober, Intel CorporationSr. Performance Architect

I am a Performance Architect for Intel’s web and cloud domains. My background is in DevOps, and in the current timeframe, I focus on agile performance solutions and services with a focus on Application Performance Management.

9:35am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Frank Ober, sr. performance architect at Intel, will ask the audience some though-provoking questions about their methods and tools for ensuring superior application performance. This will serve as a preview to Franks' session "Toward Agile APM: Application Performance Management at Intel" on Wednesday, June 27th 1:00-1:40pm, Ballroom E.
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Jay Parikh

Jay Parikh, FacebookVice President, Infrastructure

Jay Parikh is the VP of Infrastructure Engineering at Facebook, where he oversees infrastructure engineering and operations. Jay is responsible for leading software development and operations efforts focused on scaling Facebook’s infrastructure in order to support the company’s millions of users, developers and partners worldwide. Prior to Facebook, Jay was the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Ning, where he oversaw the global engineering and operations teams. While there, the teams he led created and scaled the company’s social networking platform from 50,000 social networks to over 1.5 million social networks. Before Ning, Jay was the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies where he helped build the world’s largest and most globally distributed computing platform. Over his nine years at Akamai, he... Read More.

8:40am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
Facebook infrastructure head Jay Parikh shares key learnings from the company's work to build an infrastructure fast and reliable enough to keep more than 800 million users happy, but flexible enough to support rapid product iteration and major product evolutions like Timeline.
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Sunil  Potti

Sunil Potti, Citrix Systems IncVP and GM

Sunil Potti is vice president and general manager of the NetScaler Product Group at Citrix. Potti joined Citrix from F5 Networks, where he was a vice president of development and prior to that he co-founded and led all product efforts for Application-Oriented Networking at Cisco. Potti’s background includes heading products at Synchrony, a hosted eCRM solution company, and also many years at Sybase in various roles including leading the Sybase Central Architecture team.

9:50am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
3 ways of cloud scale, 1 network approach. Hear how some of the largest Internet and Cloud providers have successfully transformed to a elastic, expandable and simplified network.
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John Rauser

John Rauser, SnapchatData Scientist

John has been extracting value from large datasets for over 20 years at hedge funds, small data-driven startups, Amazon, Pinterest, and now Snapchat. He has deep experience in machine learning, data visualization, on-line experimentation, website performance and real-time fault analysis. An empiricist at heart, “Just do the experiment!” is his favorite call to arms.

9:10am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'" -Isaac Asimov
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Alois Reitbauer

Alois Reitbauer, DynatraceChief Evangelist

Alois Reitbauer is chief evangelist at Dynatrace. Alois is fanatic about monitoring, DevOps, and application performance and has spent most of his professional career building monitoring tools and speeding up applications. He is a regular conference speaker, blogger, book author, and sushi maniac.

9:45am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
An increasing number of solutions for getting performance data directly in the browser are emerging. New W3C standards provide easy access to network related information. However, some of the really problems still persist.
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Jesse Robbins

Jesse Robbins, OnBeep, Inc.Founder & CEO

Jesse Robbins (@jesserobbins) is Founding CEO & Chief Community Officer of Opscode and a widely recognized expert in Infrastructure, Web Operations, and Emergency Management.

Opscode makes Chef , the powerful open source tool used by thousands of developers & systems administrators to automate, manage and scale infrastructure of any size and complexity. With Chef Cookbooks users can find and share recipes for over 380 infrastructure components . The Opscode Platform is the hosted configuration management service that makes Chef even more powerful and easy to use.

Jesse was a founding chair of the Velocity Web Performance & Operations Conference and contributes to the O’Reilly Radar . Prior to co-founding Opscode, he worked at Amazon.com with... Read More.

11:00am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Jesse Robbins (Cofounder of Opscode) explains how to be a force for Awesome. He will explain how to evangelize & overcome cultural resistance to change (& share his own painfully funny lessons on how not to do it ;-). Jesse will teach you just enough Business Speak to be dangerous while you infect your organization with awesome, make your job better, and get more done.
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Lindsey Simon

Lindsey Simon, GoogleFront-End Developer

Lindsey Simon is a Front-End Developer at Twist, a mobile startup in San Francisco. Simon hails from Austin where he worked at startups, taught computing at the Griffin School, and was the webmaster for years at the Austin Chronicle.

10:30am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Rapid fire talks from Marcel Duran, Nat Duca, and Lindsey Simon.
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Steve Souders

Steve Souders, SpeedCurveChief Curver

Steve Souders is chief curver at SpeedCurve, where he works on the interplay between performance and design. Steve previously served as Google’s head performance engineer, Yahoo’s chief performance officer, and Fastly’s chief performance officer. Steve pioneered much of the work in the world of web performance. He is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites as well as the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford and serves as cochair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly.

10:30am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
Tuesday Lightning Demos
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8:30am Tuesday, 06/26/2012
Program Chairs, Steve Souders and John Allspaw
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8:30am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Program Chairs, Steve Souders and John Allspaw, open the second day of keynotes.
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Albert Wenger

Albert Wenger, Union Square VenturesManaging Partner

9:15am Wednesday, 06/27/2012
Albert Wenger, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
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