New speakers are being confirmed daily. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the MySQL Conference & Expo program.

Brian Aker
Brian Aker (MySQL)

Brian Aker is the Director of Technology for MySQL. At MySQL he helps set
direction for technology and looks for opportunies to harness and shape the
MySQL database for efforts in Web, OEM, and Telephony. In his copious amounts of free time he works on Apache and Perl modules, and hacks on the Asterisk Telephony System (hence never has a working home phone number). In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The Virtual Hospital, Splunk, and Slashdot. He lives in Seattle with his dog Rosalynd.

Andrew Aksyonoff (Sphinx Technologies)

Andrew is the author of Sphinx, an open-source full-text search engine designed especially for indexing databases.

John Allspaw
John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs), @allspaw

John Allspaw has worked in software systems engineering and operations for twenty years in many different environments: biotech, government, online media, social networking, and e-commerce. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructure at Salon.com, InfoWorld.com, Friendster, and Flickr, and Etsy. He served as SVP of Engineering and then Chief Technology Officer at Etsy, and holds an MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety from Lund University.

Kaj Arnö
Kaj Arnö (SkySQL Ab), @kajarno

Kaj Arnö is VP Community at MySQL AB. He promotes the 3 Ps of the MySQL Community: Popularity, Participation and Pioneering — connecting the external and internal MySQL developers with each other. Kaj believes there are internal connections between his favourite topics which include arranging meetings in a virtual organisation, coping with timezones, managing cross-cultural teams and singing drinking songs (a practice of his native Finland that he is promoting with varied success in Munich, Germany where he’s currently living).

Tobias Asplund
Tobias Asplund (Marin Software)

Tobias is working his seventh year with MySQL, and has done well over a hundred training classes and consulting engagements.
Between customer engagements he tries to find ways to use old features in new exciting ways with MySQL.

Mark Atwood
Mark Atwood (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), @fallenpegasus

Mark Atwood is a long time participant in the open source community, and is a regular conference speaker. He is the Director of Open Source Engagement at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. His technology interests include software infrastructure and tooling, open source databases, and hackerspaces. He makes his home in the green city of Seattle.

Joe Audette (Source Tree Solutions, LLC)

Joe Audette is the founder and primary developer of mojoPortal, a
cross platform, cross database open source content management system
written in C#-ASP.NET. He has been developing web applications since
1997 and has been involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from
ecommerce to call center support systems and content management. In
2003 his interest in Linux reached critical mass as the Mono project
made it possible to develop and deploy ASP.NET on Linux. In 2004 he
launched the mojoPortal project and released the first version which
could run on Mono and use MySql for the database. After several years
of working on mojoPortal in his spare time, Joe formed Source... Read More.

Igor Babaev (MySQL)

Igor joined MySQL in 2002 after several years of work at Raima/Centura on different SQL processors. In 2003 he headed a group of developers focusing on optimizer problems. Igor is the author of pipeline implementation for nested outer joins. He also has implemented a full set of optimizations based on equality predicates.

Jess Balint (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)

Jess Balint is a MySQL developer on the Connectors team. He is currently working on Connector/ODBC and NDB/Bindings.

Andy Bang (MySQL)

Andy Bang is the founder of the team that designed and developed the MySQL Enterprise Monitor (code name Merlin). He built the team, wrote the initial specs after conducting extensive customer research, helped develop each release, and has authored most of the rules that power the advisor aspects of the system. Andy lives in the Bay Area and works for MySQL.

Pierre Baudracco
Pierre Baudracco (Linagora)
Pierre Baudracco, 12 years of experience in Open Source, is in the board of LINAGORA and former CEO of AliaSource. He is the main developer and maintainer of ththe open source project called OBM (Open Business Management) created in 1998 (Email Groupware solution).
Jacek Becla
Jacek Becla (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center)

Jacek Becla works with different scientific communities
ranging from high energy physics, through astronomy to
photon science, helping them use database technology for
managing and analyzing their massive data sets. He was
one of the key people that designed and built world’s
largest database for BaBar, and he now leads the design
of the 100 petabyte LSST database. He is actively trying
to bridge the gap between science and industry. In 2007
he organized a successful workshop on Extremely Large
Databases to stimulate collaboration between scientific
and industrial users, database vendors and academia.

Chuck Bell
Chuck Bell (Oracle)

Dr. Charles A. Bell conducts research in emerging technologies and agile development techniques. He works for Sun Microsystems as a senior software engineer on the backup and replication team. He is currently one of the principle developers of the backup system. His contributions to the backup system include the new logging mechanism, the default drivers, and numerous minor enhancements. Working exclusively on the Windows platform, he is also the resident Windows expert for the team.

Eric Bergen (Proven Scaling LLC)

Eric has been working with MySQL professionally for over 8 years. After working as a DBA and operations engineer for Yahoo! he moved on to form Proven Scaling LLC with Jeremy Cole. He has a background in monitoring and scaling large LAMP deployments.

Sebastian Bergmann

Sebastian Bergmann has instrumentally contributed to tranforming PHP into a reliable platform for large-scale, critical projects. Enterprises and PHP developers around the world benefit from the tools that he has developed and the experience he shares.

Ask Bjorn Hansen
Ask Bjorn Hansen (Develooper)

Ask Bjørn Hansen is a software developer and consultant focused on Perl, MySQL, Apache, Linux and other open source technologies. He has worked with Perl for more than ten years and with MySQL since the year it was released, building large and small systems serving thousands of requests per second.

He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and has been building and managing much of the perl.org community infrastructure since 1999. Currently he’s working as the CTO of Solfo, Inc developing YellowBot

He lives in a little house on a hill in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and their pets.

James Blair (UC Berkeley)

James is currently a system administrator responsible for UC Berkeley’s campus email system. He uses MySQL cluster to unify a range of free software systems into a cohesive platform.

Patrick Bolduan (MTV Networks Japan KK)

Patrick Bolduan is a developer working on broadband media and
community services for web and mobile platforms for MTV Networks Japan.
His past affiliations include Sonicnet.com (New York), MTV Networks (New
York), NTT Communications, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, the
Advanced Software Technology & Mechatronics Research Institute of Kyoto,
and Kyoto University.

Roland Bouman
Roland Bouman (XCDSQL Solutions / Strukton Rail)

I’m a Web Application and Business Intelligence developer and I authored two books about the Pentaho Open Source Business Intelligence stack: “Pentaho Solutions” (ISBN 978-0470484326) and "Pentaho Kettle Solutions (ISBN 978-0470635179). I’m an active member of the MySQL and Pentaho communities. In the past, I worked for Inter Access, MySQL AB, Sun Microsystems. I currently work for Pentaho.

Ronald Bradford
Ronald Bradford (EffectiveMySQL), @RonaldBradford

Ronald is a Senior Consultant with MySQL Inc based in the US. Ronald brings 9 years of MySQL experience with 19 years experience in RDBMS products, enterprise data architecture, large systems development and Internet Web technologies.

Reggie Burnett
Reggie Burnett (Oracle)

Reggie Burnett has over nineteen years experience in software development including areas such as 80×86 assembly language, Windows kernel level services, and 3GL and 4GL applications. Burnett specializes in .NET and Windows applications and is currently the architect and maintainer of MySQL Connector/Net.

Kevin Burton
Kevin Burton (Spinn3r)

Founder/CEO of Spinn3r, co-inventor of RSS, Apache contributor, and big data geek.

Mark Callaghan
Mark Callaghan (Facebook)

Mark leads the MySQL engineering team at Facebook. The team makes MySQL better for a large and critical deployment. The team writes about their work at MySQLatFacebook and publishes patches for MySQL at launchpad.

He previously lead the MySQL engineering team at Google. The team published a popular patch for MySQL that included semi-sync replication, user and table monitoring via SHOW TABLE_STATISTICS and USER_STATISTICS, SMP and IO performance patches for InnoDB, global transaction IDs for replication, row-change logging, transactional replication and many bug fixes.

Prior to Google Mark worked at Identity Engines, Oracle and Informix on database internals. Mark holds an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He occasionally writes about MySQL at mysqlha.blogspot.com.

Tyler Carlton (LimeWire)

Tyler Carlton has worked in the telecommunications industry for seven years architecting high availability, real-time systems for a large market research company and QDial Inc.

Tyler was presented the challenge of restructuring the existing infrastructure to allow for growth, and scalability – given only 3 months to do so. Using MySQL clustering, it was a success.

Joseph Chamdani (Kickfire)

Dr. Joseph Chamdani is an accomplished technologist. Prior to founding Kickfire, he was co-founder, Chief Systems Architect, and VP Systems Integration at Sanera Systems, which was later acquired by McDATA. At Sanera and McDATA, Joe led the architecture design for the high-end switching systems and fabric-based storage virtualization and services using hardware acceleration. Before Sanera, he was the lead architect for Sun Microsystems’ UltraSPARC IIIplus and UltraSPARC IV microprocessors for their high-end SMP servers, with a focus on improving database performance. He received his Ph.D from Georgia Tech and currently holds 28 issued patents in domains relating to computer architecture, microprocessors, compilers, networking, storage, and circuit design.

Colin Charles
Colin Charles (Percona), @bytebot

Colin Charles is the chief evangelist at Percona. Previously, Colin was on the founding team of MariaDB Server, worked at MySQL, and worked actively on the Fedora and OpenOffice.org projects. Colin has been a MySQL user since 2000. He’s well known within open source communities in APAC and has spoken at many conferences.

Richard Chart (ScienceLogic, LLC)

Richard Chart is co-founder of ScienceLogic, LLC – developers of the EM7 IT Management meta-appliance which is changing the face of IT service delivery for many enterprises, service providers and government entities.

In a little over four years since founding ScienceLogic, Chart has worn a wide range of hats, from developer to support manager to interior decorator, while enjoying the thrills and spills that come with being part of a successful boot-strap start-up.

Prior to ScienceLogic, Chart held engineering management roles with major service providers in Australia and the USA.

Luojia Chen
Luojia Chen (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)

Luojia Chen is a software engineer in Sun’s ISV Engineering organization, in the open source team. She is currently responsible for MySQL adoption and migration for Sun’s latest technologies including DTrace, and she is focused on making MySQL run and scale well on the Solaris platform.

Raj Cherabuddi (Kickfire)

Raj Cherabuddi is CEO, President, and co-Founder of Kickfire. A seasoned executive, he is experienced in both the startup and corporate worlds. Prior to Kickfire, Cherabuddi was the founding CEO of Sanera Systems, a startup that focused on mission-critical, high-performance SAN switches. Sanera was successfully acquired by McDATA Corporation, an $800M public company now part of Brocade. At McDATA, Cherabuddi served as the corporate CTO for nearly two years, where he advised on strategy and was responsible for future technologies.

Before co-founding Sanera Systems, he served as lead architect at Sun.

Jeremy Cole
Jeremy Cole (Twitter)

Jeremy Cole is the DBA Team Lead and MySQL Architect at Twitter.

Britt Crawford
Britt Crawford (Cafepress.com)

Britt Crawford is a software engineer at Cafepress.com and a contributor to the HiveDB project. He helped to create and deploy a Cafepress’s HiveDB and MySQL clusters and now is now hard at work on the next version of HiveDB.

Antony Curtis
Antony Curtis (MySQL)

Antony Curtis is an advocate of Open Source software and long-time user of alternative operating systems, originally became involved with MySQL in 1998 by porting it to OS/2 and has used MySQL as a means to interface with legacy systems.
He has joined MySQL in 2003 as a Senior Software Developer.

Tom Daly
Tom Daly (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)

Tom Daly is a senior performance engineer in Sun’s ISV Engineering organisation. Based in Adelaide Australia Tom has been working with independent software vendors and open source communities to improve java and database performance specifically performance of the Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) application platform used in conjunction with open source datasbases. Tom is a member of the team that has created the industry standard J2EE performance benchmark SPECjAppServer (www.spec.org) and is Sun’s representative the the SPEC osgjava subcommittee.

Mariella Di Giacomo
Mariella Di Giacomo (The Hive)

Mariella Di Giacomo is a member of scalable database team at The Hive. Her interests include distributed database systems, cluster computing and large-IO systems. She received her Laurea degree in computer science from the University of Pisa, Italy. Prior to joining The Hive she worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Alcatel.

Joshua Drake
Joshua Drake (Command Prompt, Inc.)

I am a leading PostgreSQL Contributor and hold the responsibility of PostgreSQL SPI Liaison. Also on the resume is current President of The PostgreSQL Company: Command Prompt, Inc. The largest, oldest and only dedicated PostgreSQL company in North America.

Beyond PostgreSQL my FOSS efforts include being a Director at Software in the Public Interest (of which PostgreSQL.Org is affiliated).

Victoria Eastwood
Victoria Eastwood (InfoBright Inc. )

Working with Infobright Inc. since early 2006, Victoria brings over 20 years of experience in software development. A graduate of University of Waterloo, her particular skills include program and project management, including architecture, for complex endeavours. Her technological and business vision drives leading-edge, executable, and profitable solutions.

Victoria’s professional experience spans all aspects of software development and include data warehouses, web based applications, security and financial systems to name a few. She has established a track record for turning cutting-edge ideas into technological reality. In her capacity as a consultant, Victoria has worked with Bell, BCE Emergis, RBC Dominion Securities, CIBC, and Nesbitt Burns.

At several clients, Victoria’s responsibility covered delivery of the primary release of new software services for security and... Read More.

Rick Falkvinge
Rick Falkvinge (Swedish Pirate Party)

Rick Falkvinge is the founder and leader of the Swedish Pirate Party, as well as the founder of the international politicized pirate movement. His leadership and vision took the Pirate Party from nothing into the top ten parties in the last Swedish general election, without a dime in the campaign chest. His personal candidacy came in at rank #15 out of over 5,000 candidates for the 349 parliamentary seats.

While he didn’t win one of those seats due to threshold rules, the Swedish Pirate Party has inspired similar parties to form in over 20 other countries, and the fight for civil liberties against copyright and patent aggression continues.

The primary focus of Rick and of the Pirate Party is to fight back against the current... Read More.

Prof. Farach-Colton is an expert in algorithmics and information retrieval. He was an early employee at Google and is a Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University. Martin Farach-Colton co-founded Tokutek in 2006 in order to commercialize his research on storage systems.

Paul Fisher (UC Berkeley)

Paul Fisher is a principal email systems administrator and manager of the central campus collaboration tools group at UC Berkeley.

Seth Fitzsimmons (Yahoo! Inc.)

Seth is a whitewater kayaker and Rails hacker in Yahoo!’s Brickhouse group.

Mary Flynn (Ten Pages)

Mary is a senior enterprise software professional with broad experience in product marketing, product management, and technical communications. Prior to establishing Ten Pages, Mary’s product marketing consultancy, she worked at SupportSoft, Brio Technology, and Claris. Mary has written numerous white papers and articles for Ten Pages clients, and is increasingly active in the JasperSoft community.

Mary holds a Bachelor or Arts degree from Wellesley College.

Jeff Freund
Jeff Freund (Clickability)

Jeff Freund, Clickability, Inc.
Chief Technology Officer & Founder

Jeff designed and deployed the first and only pure-play SaaS platform for the entire web content lifecycle, from content creation to optimization. His work to launch the flagship Clickabilty cmPublish platform in 2003 has advanced and his team’s solutions will be serving over 200 million pages per month by end of 2007. In addition to the platform’s core content management and publishing capabilities, Jeff has overseen the launch of Clickability’s comprehensive suite of publishing modules, which include an ad server, newsletter services, reports, polls and surveys, and search capabilities.

With over 10 years of software and Internet experience, Jeff’s earlier posts include Western U.S. head of technology for Network Software Associates, a provider of legacy-to-web... Read More.

Mike Frost
Mike Frost (DataDirect)

As a Product Manager, Mike Frost leads the strategic marketing
efforts for a variety of DataDirect Technologies data access
technologies. He has more than 7 years of experience working with
enterprise data connectivity and is currently involved in the
development of data connectivity components including ODBC, JDBC,

Ian Fyfe
Ian Fyfe (JasperSoft)

Ian is currently senior director of product management at JasperSoft Corporation. He is responsible for product strategy and roadmap, market and competitive analysis, and product marketing for all of JasperSoft’s on-premise and on-demand products including the JasperSoft Business Intelligence Suite products and Jasper4Salesforce.

Ian has deep Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and CRM experience gained at PeopleSoft, Pivotal, Epiphany, Informix, and Business Objects. Prior to that, he co-founded the Intelligent Office Company, a pioneering Business Intelligence startup.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Design from Kingston University London in the United Kingdom.

Patrick Galbraith
Patrick Galbraith (Hewlett Packard), @CaptTofu

Patrick Galbraith is a principal engineer at HP in the Advanced Technology Group. He is the author or two books: “Developing Web Applications with Apache, MySQL, memcached, and Perl” (Wiley) “Expert PHP and MySQL” (Wiley) In his “spare time”, he also maintains DBD::mysql, DBD::drizzle, FederatedX storage engine and the Memcached Functions for MySQL as well as tinkering with various other OpenSource and OpenStack projects. Patrick lives up in the sticks of New Hampshire with his wife Ruth and son Kiran, daughter Sara, lots of trees and rocks, as well as his Kubota tractor.

Sergei Golubchik
Sergei Golubchik (MariaDB)

I was a MySQL developer since 1998. From 1999 to 2009 in MySQL AB, Sun, then
in Monty Program AB on MariaDB. During these years I’ve touched almost almost
every part of the server. To list a few projects – fulltext search, XA,
HANDLER, precision math library, parallel repair and bulk inserts in MyISAM,
indexes in MERGE. I’m a primary architect of the plugin API and an author of the “MySQL 5.1 Plugin Development” book.

Derek Gottfrid
Derek Gottfrid (The New York Times)

Derek Gottfrid is a Senior Software Architect and Product Technologist
at The New York Times. At the Times, he leads the development of
TimesPeople, which adds a social layer to NYTimes.com. He also created
Times Machine, a collection of digital archives built on Hadoop and
Amazon Web Services, and he built the search engine that powers the
NYTimes.com Article Search API. Other projects include DBSlayer, a
database connection-pooling layer. Derek is a frequent contributor to
the Open blog at http://open.blogs.nytimes.com and is fond of
four-letter words (including “open” and “code”).

Rich Green (Sun Microsystems, Inc)
Lenz Grimmer
Lenz Grimmer (Sun Microsystems)

Lenz Grimmer is a member of the MySQL Community Relations team of the Database Group at Sun Microsystems. He lives in Hamburg, Germany and has worked for MySQL since April, 2002. Before joining the community team in December 2005, he was a member of the release engineering team that is in charge of creating the official release builds of the MySQL server and related products. Prior to working for MySQL AB, he was a developer at the distribution engineering team at SuSE Linux AG, Nuernberg, Germany.

Jimmy Guerrero (Oracle-MySQL)

Jimmy Guerrero currently coordinates MySQL’s Cloud Computing, High-Availability and Windows, marketing programs. He joined MySQL in 2005 as the product manager for MySQL Cluster and other MySQL high availability technologies. Prior to joining MySQL he held various sales and technical positions at Idera Software and Embarcadero Technologies. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.

Bruce T. Guptill (Saugatuck Technology)

Bruce Guptill is Managing Director for Saugatuck Technology, responsible for research strategy and publication. A 20+year veteran of IT and telecom management, business, marketing and research, Bruce is expert in the business of open source software, software as a service, and utility IT.

During the dot-com era, Bruce served as vice-president of marketing at Tallán, Inc., a $100 million custom development and e-business services firm in Glastonbury, CT, where he directed advertising, marketing, communications, and vendor partnerships.

Bruce joined Tallán after several years as vice president and research director at Gartner, Inc., where he developed and managed research, advisory and consulting services on e-commerce and IT business strategies, partnerships and alliances, and the business value of IT investments. Bruce began consulting as a senior associate... Read More.

Florian Haas
Florian Haas (LINBIT Information Technologies GmbH)

Florian is an expert in high availability clustering, not limited to databases, but also including virtualization, file services, and more. His blog is an interesting read.

Tom Hanlon
Tom Hanlon (Functional Media)

Tom Hanlon is a senior instructor at Functional Media, where he delivers courses on the wonders of the Hadoop ecosystem. Before beginning his relationship with Hadoop and large distributed data, he had a happy and lengthy relationship with MySQL with a focus on web operations. He has been a trainer for MySQL, Sun, and Percona.

Dick Hardt
Dick Hardt (Sxip Identity Corporation)

A visionary in web applications and open source software, Dick Hardt has been active in technology development for over two decades. His most recent venture, Sxip Identity, is the leader in Identity 2.0, creating simple, secure, and open solutions for the next generation of internet identity. Sxip provides on-demand identity management for the enterprise and user-centric solutions that securely automate the exchange of identity data online. Prior to Sxip, Dick founded ActiveState in 1997. Under his leadership as CEO, ActiveState became a leader in tools for open source programming languages and in anti-spam software and was acquired by UK-based security company, Sophos in 2003. As a successful entrepreneur and technology expert, Dick is very involved in the community, he is co-author of the OpenID... Read More.

Ann Harrison (MySQL)

Ann Harrison is theorist-in-residence for the Falcon. Ann has been a co-conspirator for any number of database products including DEC’s PDP-11 database system, InterBase Software, and the Firebird open source database. When she can find the time, she sails and flies a small plane.

Geoff Harrison (The Hive)

I’ve been spending a lot of my time recently working on large scale systems. High availability, automatic/seemless process failover, high speed network shared memory (using multicast), database replication, multi-homed and multi-master syncing, and clustering.

I’ve worked on lots of stuff, including but not limited to: the Linux kernel, small (a portable c-like scripting language), XFree86 (now branched off to be called x.org or some such nonsense), GNOME, the Gimp, a bunch of image processing libraries, file management, disk notification, plug and play monitor support, AGP gart acceleration, and of course the Enlightement Window Manager.

I’ve also worked on speech synthesis, speech recognition, computer vision systems, large scale AI systems – mainly deriving a new type of neural network based off of 6 dimensional... Read More.

Eric Herman
Eric Herman (MySQL)

Eric Herman implemented proof-of-concept “judf” for using MySQL existing user defined functions interface for loading and executing Java functions, and is a developer of database-backed Java applications. He joined MySQL in 2004 and works on the Enterprise Tools team.

Phil Hildebrand (thePlatform)

Phil Hildebrand has been working with a wide variety of platforms including MySQL, Oracle, Informix, and SQLServer since 1989.

Early in his career Phil was a UNIX systems programmer writing lexical analyzers for phone book pagination systems, which lead him into database design and development.

Currently Phil focuses on scaling VLDB systems on both UNIX and Windows operating systems in production environments.

Joseph Hill
Joseph Hill (Novell)

Joseph Hill has been an active participant in the Mono community since 2003, and has also been an active contributor to several open source ASP.NET applications. As a professional developer, he has done significant work in design and implementation of .NET applications for a number of customers, including Fortune 50 companies in areas such as messaging solutions, SCM, and others. In January 2008, Joseph joined Novell to serve as the Product Manager for Mono.

Mike  Hillyer
Mike Hillyer (Message Systems)

Mike Hillyer has been involved with the MySQL community for over six years, two of those spent as a Technical Writer for MySQL AB. He’s spoken at every MySQL User Conference since the first conference in 2003, on subjects ranging from VB6 development with MySQL to Managing Data Hierarchies.

Until recently he was a resident MySQL Expert for Techtarget’s SearchOpenSource.com site.

He is one of the top ranked MySQL experts at Experts-Exchange, a site for providing advice to fellow developers.

He currently works as an Engineer for Message Systems, a division of OmniTI Computer Consulting.

Kenji Hirohama (Sumisho Computer Systems Corp.)

Kenji Hirohama is a senior consultant and has worked
with Sumisho Computer Systems Corp. for 10 years.
After returning from the overseas assignment at the U.S. office,
he has focused on MySQL technologies in depth.
He is specialized in MySQL HA solution, such as MySQL Cluster,
replication, and LifeKeeper with MySQL.

Mike Ho
Mike Ho (Quasidea Development)

When he is not skiing in Lake Tahoe or playing cards with friends from church, Mike Ho is working at Quasidea Development, an idea incubator. He has over 8 years of software development and IT consulting experience, with a client list that includes NASA, Stanford University, Microsoft and Lockheed Martin. His past work includes working on the original Microsoft ASP.NET Starter Kits, and currently he is the lead developer of the Qcodo Development Framework for PHP. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Northwestern University…Go Cats!

Robert Hodges
Robert Hodges (Continuent.com)

Robert Hodges is CEO of Continent, Inc., a leading provider of clustering solutions for open source databases. He has over 25 years of experience in database and application development. Robert has worked on cutting edge software for DBMS vendors, including reliable messaging, development tools, and object-relational databases. He has also built and operated enterprise web applications that support thousands of users.

Hartmut studied electric engineering and computer sciense with biology as a sub topic in Germany. He has been part of the PHP development and documentation team since late 1999.

He joined the MySQL support team in 2004 and is now a principal support engineer with a focus on MySQL Cluster.

Chris Hondl (IMVU)

Chris Hondl was responsible for application scalability and availability of the IMVU web site during much of the past two years. Prior to joining IMVU, Hondl led the development of AlterCast, Adobe Systems’s first server software product, and co-founded Sandcastle, Inc., which was acquired by Adobe Systems in 1997.

Charles Hooper (Pro Relational Systems)

Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing counsultant to the CPG industry.

Bruce Huang
Bruce Huang (HP Open Source Middleware Stacks (OSMS))

Bruce Huang has been with HP’s Enterprise Storage and Systems organization
since 2004 focused on open source and Linux quality assurance and
engineering. He has led the testing, integration and documentation of the
HP Open Source Middleware Stacks since 2007.

Julian Hyde
Julian Hyde (SQLstream)

Julian Hyde is founder and chief architect of SQLstream. He has over fifteen years experience in database and business intelligence technology, having served as a senior engineer at Oracle in the kernel group, as well as founding Broadbase software.

Founder and lead developer of the Mondrian OLAP engine, and an active contributor to the Eigenbase project, he has a strong pedigree in the open-source movement.

Ken Jacobs (Oracle / Innobase)

Over 26 years at Oracle, in a variety of technical, marketing and managerial roles. Currently responsible for the InnoDB group, which produces the fastest, most reliable and proven transactional storage engine for the open source MySQL database.

Dmitri Joukovski
Dmitri Joukovski (Zmanda)

Dmitri Joukovski is the Vice President of Product Management at Zmanda, the leader in open source backup and recovery. Dmitri has been solving backup and recovery challenges since the early ‘90s working for startups and large companies such as Legato and EMC. He wrote multiple articles and contributed to several books about backup and recovery published by O’Reilly. Dmitri lives in Silicon Valley, CA with his beautiful wife and two children.

Sheeri K. Cabral
Sheeri K. Cabral (Mozilla Foundation)

Sheeri K. Cabral has a master’s degree in computer science specializing in databases from Brandeis University. She has background as a systems administrator; has worked with Oracle, Sybase, DB2, Solaris, RedHat/Fedora, AIX, and HP-UX. Unstoppable as a volunteer and activist since age 14, Cabral founded and organizes the Boston, Massachusetts, USA, MySQL User group, and wrote the MySQL Administrator’s Bible (www.tinyurl.com/mysqlbible). She currently works for PalominoDB, a remote database management company

Ritu Kamboj
Ritu Kamboj (Sun Microsystems, Inc)

Ritu Kamboj is a Staff Engineer in ISV Engineering’s Open Source Team at Sun Microsystems. She has over 12 years of experience in software development with expertise on database design, performance and high availability. She has worked extensively on Sybase, Oracle and MySQL databases. Recently her focus has primarily been on making MySQL run best on Solaris platform.

Chander Kant

Chander is the CEO and founder of Zmanda. Chander provides a unique combination of leadership in open source and data protection software. He has been involved on both the technology and business sides of open source software and was named one of the “Top 20 Linux Luminaries” by Linux World Magazine in 2004. Prior to Zmanda, Chander founded and ran LinuxCertified, Inc., an open source product and services company. Earlier in his career, Chander was a business development executive at VERITAS software and served as a product line manager for storage software at SGI. Chander holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (where he did research work in Database Management Systems) and a BS in Computer Science... Read More.

Bill Karwin
Bill Karwin (Karwin Software Solutions)

Bill Karwin is the author of the upcoming book SQL Antipatterns from Pragmatic Bookshelf. He has been a software developer and technical writer since 1988. He is widely known for his talent for explaining complex topics and practical techniques with accuracy and a little humor.

Alan Kasindorf (Six Apart)

Alan Kasindorf is the MySQL DBA for Six Apart’s properties, as well as many of their scaling tools. Originally a sysadmin for livejournal.com in 2002, he has since helped build numerous large web sites with open source software and is an advocate and contributor for Memcached, mogilefs, perlbal, and others.

Chris Kasten (eBay)

Chris Kasten was the principal architect and engineer for eBay’s custom Java data access layer framework for over 5 years, which now processes over 45 billion database transactions per day for eBay’s website. He has 9 patents pending relating to data access layer, caching, and security technologies. He currently leads the eBay Kernel Data Access Layer Framework team, which architects, designs and develops technology solutions for eBay’s demanding data access and caching needs. Prior to eBay, Mr. Kasten was a consultant for IBM Software Group, as well as an independent consultant for several years, working in the telecom and aerospace industries.

Sean Kelly (Stumbleupon.com)

Sean Kelly has hand his hands in the guts of many a start-up in SF and as far back as Ft Lauderdale for Galacticomm prior to the widespread adoption of the Internet.

He was the IT Director and an Oracle DBA for StarMine a San Francisco financial data analytics company recently acquired by Reuters. He also acted as MySQL DBA for financial start-up Cake Financial.

He lives and works in San Francisco for a tiny subsidiary of eBay, riding large piles of MySQL data for stumbleupon.com.

Mats Kindahl (MySQL)

Mats Kindahl is a lead software engineer of the MySQL replication
team. He is the main architect and implementor of MySQL’s row-based
replication, but has also developed the unit testing framework used by
MySQL. In the time before starting at MySQL, he has worked with
research in formal methods, program analysis, distributed systems, and
as developer of C/C++ compilers.

Gregg Kitaeff (LogicWorks)

Mr. Kitaeff leads all of the firm’s sales and marketing efforts, with focus on client and software vendor contract negotiations, and roll-out of new services and initiatives. Mr. Kitaeff has participated on the panels, “Software-As-A-Service: Legal Considerations and Real World Stories”, sponsored by the NY Software Industry Association Legal Forum and “A Primer on Service Provider Licensing: Can It Work for You?”, a part of the Advanced Software Law and Practice Forum. Before joining Logicworks in 1998, Mr. Kitaeff founded and managed Incite, a wholesale apparel company where he was involved in all operational aspects of the company with a focus on Sales and Marketing functions. Prior to founding Incite, Mr. Kitaeff, worked as a hotel and real estate appraiser for a boutique consulting firm.... Read More.

Jan Kneschke
Jan Kneschke (MySQL)

Jan Kneschke works for Sun as Senior Software Developer in the MySQL Enterprise Tools team and maintains the MySQL Proxy and the agent component of MySQL Enterprise Monitor.

His favourite programming language is Lua as you can see in the

  • MySQL Proxy,
  • lighttpd and
  • the wormhole Storage Engine.
Vladimir Kolesnikov (Primebase Technologies)

Vladimir Kolesnikov joined Primbebase Technologies an a software engineer in September 2008 after more than 3 years in MySQL. At Primebase Technologies Vladimir is involved in the development of the PBXT
storage engine for MySQL. Besides this work Vladimir also develops QOT – a query and index optimization tool for MySQL server.

Michael Kowalchik (Grazr Corporation)

Mike is a Boston based technology entrepreneur and currently co-founder and CTO of Grazr Corporation. A WPI grad in Electrical Engineering, Mike spent 7 years in the Advanced R&D labs of Data General and then EMC corporation before leaving to found a startup.

Mike is knowledgeable in web software, general computer architecture, intelligent storage architectures, software design, hardware design as well as highly scalable parallel processing systems and distributed architectures.

Mike was granted patents (through EMC) on an advanced data storage device and caching techniques.

Charles Lee (Hyperic, Inc.)

Charles Lee is co-founder and vice-president of engineering of Hyperic. Prior to co-founding Hyperic, Lee was a senior software engineer at Covalent. There, he built Covalent’s configuration management product for Apache (CMP), and he spearheaded and architected the application management software (CAM). Before Covalent, Lee developed a document management system for retail store build-outs based on open-source technology at WiseConnect. Lee also held senior engineering position at Hewlett-Packard, where he was instrumental in developing print drivers for network LaserJets for the Asian market, as well as developing the UI framework used for LaserJets for all markets. Lee also developed the first GUI printer configuration framework for AutoCAD while a senior engineer at Autodesk. Lee was an early engineer at Backflip, where he... Read More.

Mark  Leith
Mark Leith (MySQL)

Mark Leith is a MySQL Support Manager, for the Americas region, within Sun Microsystems, and is the Support Lead for the MySQL Enterprise Monitor.

Mark has worked in the database industry for many years, working with MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server databases, specializing in database monitoring and management tools and tasks.

Arjen Lentz
Arjen Lentz (Open Query)

Arjen initially started with C programming, but has since branched out to other stuff that blends geekness with more human interaction.

Arjen was employee #25 at MySQL AB (2001-2007), dealing with Documentation, Community Relations, Training, Support, Licensing, and acting as Program Chair for the 2005 and 2006 MySQL Users Conferences. He also co-authored the 2nd edition of O’Reilly’s popular “High Performance MySQL” book.

Arjen founded Open Query, delivering affordable remote and on-site MySQL support and training. He also does some coding again with the OQGRAPH engine, and his work on OurDelta (Builds for MySQL & MariaDB).

Outside work Arjen likes spending time with his daughter, bushwalking, camping, and dabbles in organic gardening.

Nathan Letwory
Nathan Letwory (Blender Foundation)

Nathan Letwory is a Dutch Blender developer, who has been living in Finland since 1997. Nathan joined
the Blender developers in 2003. He has worked on different areas of Blender, such as the Visual Studio
projectfiles, texture IPOs, SCons build system integration, Verse support, PyNodes and DbBlender. In
2005-2006 Nathan participated as a remote support developer for the Elephants Dream open movie
project. As a professional software developer Nathan works with C#/.NET, SQL and relational databases
and with DVB middleware in the past. Nathan likes to use C, Python, Lua, C# and other languages and
tools for his programming needs.
Nathan works now integration of MySQL in Blender in an attempt to enable large datasets... Read More.

Kevin Lewis (Sun Microsystems)

Kevin Lewis is the Falcon Team Lead and has been working on the Falcon database engine within MySQL for nearly three years. Before that, Kevin worked for 10 years as a Lead Developer for the Pervasive.SQL Microkernel, which is the storage engine for Pervasive’s Btrieve and SQL products.

Kian-Tat Lim (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center)

K-T is helping to design and build extremely large databases and data
management systems for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and Linac
Coherent Light Source projects. Previously, he spent more than seven
years building extremely large databases, data management systems, and
data mining applications at Yahoo!, Inc.

Sigurd Magnusson
Sigurd Magnusson (SilverStripe)

Sigurd has been living and breathing the internet since 1995 when the City Council of Wellington, New Zealand provided the region’s only internet service; then entirely text-based and only 2400 baud. Add a grandma who taught him C before he got to high school, and the rest all makes sense.

In 2000, he co-founded SilverStripe with two friends, which has since made hundreds of websites and web-applications. Sig’s focus is now on building up the community around their open source platform for building websites and webapps, SilverStripe CMS.

The SilverStripe open source project was launched in early 2007 and in a matter of months, Sigurd rapidly attracted community and credibility to the project. He got the project involved in the Google Summer of Code... Read More.

Frank Mashraqi
Frank Mashraqi (Opportunities), @mashraqi

Frank Mashraqi is a renowned speaker and scalability advisor to several startups. He has nearly a decade of scalability, engineering management and monetization experience. Prior to Opportunities, Frank was Co-founder and VP Technology of XGraph, an advertising company using social graph data to scale highly targeted campaigns. Prior to that, Frank was Director of Business Operations and Technical Strategy for Fotolog where he played a pivotal role in helping Fotolog scale to become the 13th largest website on the Internet (Alexa: based on traffic) and the third most actively used social network in the world (ComScore). He also led the disaster recovery efforts at Fotolog after a SAN crash threatened to put $100M acquisition offer in jeopardy. Frank holds a BBA in Accounting... Read More.

Yoshinori Matsunobu

Yoshinori Matsunobu is a Senior Consultant at MySQL, mainly engaging into consulting services in Japan and Asian countries. He have written five MySQL books, having broad-ranging MySQL technical experties, especially DBA, performance tuning, high availability, i18n and MySQL Cluster.

Mark Matthews
Mark Matthews (Oracle)

Mark Matthews is the maintainer of MySQL’s JDBC driver, and is an architect for the enterprise tools team.

Giuseppe Maxia

Giuseppe Maxia, a.k.a. “The Data Charmer” works as QA Director at Continuent.

He’s an active member of the MySQL community and long timer open source enthusiast.

During the past decades he has worked in various IT related fields, with focus on databases, object oriented programming, system administration.

Fluent in Italian, English, Perl, Python, SQL, Lua, C, Bash, and good speaker of C++, French, Spanish, Java.

Works in cyberspace, with a virtual team.

Jeremy McAnally
Jeremy McAnally (Arcturo), @jm

Jeremy has been developing applications with Ruby and Rails for a little over five years, but before that he tortured himself with PHP, C#, Python, VB, and other instruments of destruction. After finding the light, he worked with Ruby for a while and penned Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book (soon to be published by No Starch). Since then he has continued writing software, books (such as Ruby in Practice for Manning), open-source code (such as dcov, context, and more), presentations for numerous Ruby conferences and user groups, blogs at http://omgbloglol.com, and basically done anything he can to sharpen his Ruby (and Rails)-Fu. He likes good food, good times, and a mean game of Wii Sports Resort Tennis.

Justin McCarthy
Justin McCarthy (CafePress.com)

Justin McCarthy manages a team of developers focused on improving the way people sell through Cafepress.com. He is a founding member of the HiveDB project, and was the primary advocate for committing full-time Cafepress.com engineers to the open source HiveDB effort.

Paul McCullagh
Paul McCullagh (PrimeBase Technologies GmbH)

Paul McCullagh is co-founder of PrimeBase Technologies GmbH, Germany, where he is responsible for core technology. He has 20 years experience in the development of database and internet related systems. Paul has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town where he specialized in operating system design and implementation.

Paul is the developer of the PBXT transactional storage engine for MySQL (www.primebase.org). More recently his work has included the development of the BLOB streaming engine for MySQL (www.blobstreaming.org).

Jeffrey McManus (Approver.com)

Jeffrey McManus develops and runs the online document collaboration site Approver.com, which uses .NET and MySQL. He also runs the consultancy Platform Associates which provides strategic and tactical advice to businesses creating and managing platform products. Previously, he co-founded and led Yahoo’s Developer Network and was responsible for the release of tools such as Y!UI and BBAuth. Prior to that, he formed and led eBay’s Platform Evangelism team.

Carl Mercier
Carl Mercier (Defensio)

Carl Mercier is a serial technology entrepreneur and developer from Montreal, Canada. He is currently the founder and CEO of Karabunga Inc., the company behind Defensio.com, a new spam filtering web service for social applications. Defensio has attracted significant interest from worldwide blogger and developer communities and has exhibited superior filtering performance. Carl also spearheads Montreal on Rails, a developer community group that brings together local Ruby on Rails enthusiasts for monthly gatherings. Prior to founding Karabunga, Carl started Adonis Technologies, a company that built advanced management software for the tourism & recreation industry. It was acquired in 2006. Carl holds degrees in business management and sound engineering.

Mårten Mickos
Mårten Mickos (MySQL)

Mårten Mickos, CEO of MySQL, brings a strong track record of leadership in global high-tech companies to MySQL. Prior to joining MySQL in 2001, Mickos was CEO at MatchON Sports, which he grew to become the twenty-fourth “hottest e-business” in Europe within nine months of its inception. Previously, Mickos was CEO at Intellitel Communications, where he was instrumental in transitioning the company from a development lab to a commercial software vendor. He has also directed worldwide sales efforts at several technology companies.

Brian Miezejewski is a Principal consultant for MySQL with over 25 years of database and software development experience. His experience includes Director of Data Architecture & Systems at travelweb.com and Senior Principal Architect for the American Airlines Enterprise data warehouse. He has led the development of multiple data warehouses over 4TB in size.

Domas Mituzas
Domas Mituzas (Facebook)

Domas Mituzas is database engineer at Facebook and volunteer Wikipedia performance and data engineer.

He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Wikimedia Foundation, and has been member of Board of Trustees for it in the past.

Brian Moon
Brian Moon (dealnews.com)

Brian Moon has been working with the LAMP platform since before it was called LAMP. He is the Senior Web Engineer for dealnews.com. He has made a few small contributions to the PHP project and been a casual participant in discussions on the PHP internals list. He is the founder and lead developer of the Phorum project, the first PHP/MySQL message board ever created.

Jonathan Moore (Tailrank/spinn3r)

Jonathan has been developing database driven application frameworks for over ten years. His work has been primarily based in perl, python, php and java. In the last decade he has been lead architect on six different frameworks that encompass applications ranging from social networks to educational simulators.

Alexander Nozdrin (Oracle (MySQL division))

Alexander Nozdrin is a software developer
at MySQL AB. He has been working for
the company since 2005 as a runtime team
member. Alexander works mainly on
standard-compliance aspects of stored programs, character set support and the client server protocol.

Dathan Pattishall (Rockyou)

Former Database Architect of Various Inc, Friendster, Flickr and current Architect at Rockyou. I’m an expert at scaling all application teirs but with a special emphasis in data layout, millisecond data retrieval on multi-terabyte data stores all using mySQL.
I share my tips on mysqldba.blogspot.com

Sergey Petrunia (MySQL)

Sergey Petrunia is a member of MySQL Query Optimizer team. He has implemented query optimizer features like index_merge access, partition pruning, semi-join subquery optimizations, and numerous smaller improvements.

Lisa Phillips (Six Apart)

Lisa Phillips is Director of Operations for Six Apart. She has worked
with Six Apart for 3 years and on Livejournal.com for 5 years. In her
8 years experience as a Systems Administrator with high traffic,
large and complex internet services Lisa has found she is more
interested in hearing and talking about real experiences over
theoretical possibilities. In her spare time Lisa enjoys playing
competitive, amateur roller derby.

Markus Popp
Markus Popp (MySQL)

Markus Popp is an Austrian web developer who concentrates on database related applications and primarily uses MySQL. In summer of 2005, he started the db4free.net project which provides free MySQL databases using the latest production and development versions. He writes about his experiences with MySQL in his weblog, tries to help other people on MySQL related newsgroups and has filed several bug reports for MySQL 5.

In May 2006, Markus joined the MySQL Web Team as a Web Developer.

Ed Presz (Ticketmaster, Inc.)

Ed is Senior Director of Database Engineering at Ticketmaster, Inc. and the chief database architect. Ed’s major responsibilities include designing, implementing, and supporting the databases for www.ticketmaster.com (one of the largest e-commerce sites on the web). He began his database career almost 20 years ago working with IBM’s DB2/MVS and has since branched into MySQL and Oracle.

Philipp Reisner
Philipp Reisner (LINBIT Information Technologies GmbH)

Philipp Reisner graduated from the Vienna University of Technology in
computer science in 2000. Since November 2001 he has been MD at LINBIT,
a provider of professional Linux services with a strong focus on high availability
clustering. In the context of open source software, his most outstanding achievement is DRBD.

Eric  Ries
Eric Ries (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)

Eric Ries became a Venture Advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, after co-founding and serving as Chief Technology Officer of IMVU. He is the co-author of several books including The Black Art of Java Game Programming (Waite Group Press, 1996). While an undergraduate at Yale Unviersity, he co-founded Catalyst Recruiting. Although Catalyst folded with the dot-com crash, Ries continued his entrepreneurial career as a Senior Software Engineer at There.com, leading efforts in agile software development and user-generated content. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups including pbWiki, Bunchball, FooMojo, Causes and KaChing.

Ben Rockwood (Joyent Inc)

Ben is the Director of Systems at Joyent, Inc where we cator to the unique needs of redshift Web 2.0 customers who require maximum flexibility and scalability. He is a member of the OpenSolaris Governing Board, long time Solaris zealot, and runs a popular blog at cuddletech.com/blog.

Mikael Ronstrom
Mikael Ronstrom (MySQL)

Ph.D in Technical Information Systems.
Founder of MySQL Cluster technology.
Developer of MySQL Partitioning.
Currently working on MySQL Architecture.

Jeff Rothschild
Jeff Rothschild (Facebook.com)

Jeff Rothschild is Vice President of Technology at Facebook, where he focuses
on scalability and performance. Prior to Facebook, Jeff focused on storage
management and Internet services as an investor and entrepreneur. He
previously co-founded Veritas Software, where he was responsible for product
strategy and architecture. Jeff also co-founded Mpath Interactive/Hearme, the
Internet multiplayer games and voice chat service, where he served as Vice
President of Engineering. He is also a consulting partner with Accel Partners
and during his tenure has worked with Walmart.com, Rhapsody Networks and
Mendocino Software. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s
degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University.

John Rowell (OpSource, Inc.)

Over the past decade, Mr. Rowell has held senior management positions with leading hosting, telecommunications, and Internet services companies. He has extensive experience building, operating, and managing complex global IT infrastructure systems that are able to scale to meet dynamic business requirements.

Prior to co-founding OpSource, Mr. Rowell led a team of over 500 people as Vice President of Operations for Metromedia Fiber Network (MFN). He was responsible for the delivery of managed services and the operation of the MFN data centers in the Americas, supporting leading enterprise customers including BP Amoco, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Paramount, and Sony. He joined MFN through the acquisition of SiteSmith, where he was Vice President of Operations.

Before joining SiteSmith, Mr. Rowell was... Read More.

Alexander Rubin (MySQL)

Alexander Rubin is a Principle MySQL Consultant Oracle.
Alexander has over 10 years industry experience with the MySQL database, and specializes in performance tuning, full text search, high availability and the scale-out of database infrastructures.

Ann Ruckstuhl (Zmanda, Inc.)

Ann is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Zmanda. Prior to Zmanda, Ann was the Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Sybase where she successfully spearheaded the company’s strategy and go-to-market focus in enterprise mobility and business intelligence. In the late 1990’s, Ann was a part of the core team at Billpoint that pioneered online person-to-person payments, enabling anyone to buy, sell and pay other efficiently. The company was later acquired by eBay Inc. in 1999. As Vice President of Strategy at The Content Group, Ann drove many early implementations that enabled media companies to digitize, archive, index, search, distribute and monetize their media assets over the Web. Ann started her career at Hewlett-Packard where she held various management positions in engineering, product... Read More.

Einar Rustad
Einar Rustad (Dolphin Interconnect Solutions )

Einar Rustad has background as CPU architect in Norsk Data and Director of Processor Architecture in ACRI, France. He was a founder of Scali and has been working with high performance cluster solutions over the last 10 years. His special interests include the impact of latency on performance in modern architectures with deep storage hierarchies and shared memory multi-core processors.


Tangirala Sarma is a leading Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing
specialist who combines understanding of information technology with
extensive business understanding and information-based decision making
methodologies. As a DW/BI practitioner, Tangirala helps enterprises identify, justify,
implement and leverage leading edge technology environments to create
and/or improve analytical capabilities. Tangirala has led implementation
of several complex and scaleable multi terabyte data warehouses with
companies in the financial services, telecommunications, retail,
publishing and hospitality industries.

Sarma is an established writer and has authored several white papers on
churn management, rapid migration technology and DW/BI technologies.

David Sceppa
David Sceppa (Microsoft Corporation)

David Sceppa is a Program Manager on the ADO.NET team at Microsoft and author of three books from Microsoft Press. He started working with databases at a local leasing company in high school and still can’t write about himself in the third person with a straight face.

Robin Schumacher
Robin Schumacher (Sun/MySQL)

Robin Schumacher is a Senior Manager at Sun and runs product management for the MySQL product line. He has 20 years experience with databases, including MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Teradata, and more, and has authored three books on database administration and performance tuning.

Baron Schwartz
Baron Schwartz (VividCortex), @xaprb

Baron Schwartz is the founder and CTO of VividCortex, the best way to see what your production database servers are doing. Baron has written a lot of open source software and several books, including High Performance MySQL. He’s focused his career on learning and teaching about performance and observability of systems generally, including the view that teams are systems and culture influences their performance, and databases specifically.

Jonathan Schwartz
Jonathan Schwartz (Sun Microsystems)

Jonathan Schwartz is chief executive officer and president of Sun Microsystems, and a member of Sun’s board of directors. He became Sun’s CEO in 2006, succeeding the Company’s co-founder and current chairman of the board, Scott McNealy.

Schwartz was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 2004, and managed all operational functions at Sun – from product development and marketing, to global sales and service. An inveterate communicator, Schwartz has led Sun’s drive to engage the marketplace, and redefine corporate transparency.

A leader behind many of Sun’s open source and standard setting initiatives, Jonathan’s been an outspoken advocate for the network as a utility with more than just value for the computing industry – but as a tool for driving economic, social and... Read More.

Damien Seguy (Nexen Services)

Damien Seguy is a founder of Nexen Services, the Open Source hosting company, where he leads the expert and architecture services for the LAMP stack.

Damien Seguy contribue to MySQL through documentation translation, advocacy and technical expertise. He shares his finding on http://www.nexen.net. and is author of ‘Securité PHP 5 et MySQL 5’ and speaks or co-organize conferences around the world.

Cory Sessions (Nexation, Inc.)

Cory Sessions is professional web developer with over 8 years of experience working with MySQL and PHP.

Moshe Shadmon (ScaleDB)

Moshe Shadmon is the founder and CTO of ScaleDB. Moshe is the creator of the ScaleDB indexing technology and has more than 20 years of experience in both technical and management roles. Moshe’s technical experience has been in the areas of high performance indexing solutions as well as the development of a unified solution for structured and semi-structured data. Since 2006, Moshe has become increasingly interested in the opportunity presented by the open source databases and founded ScaleDB to develop a database engine for MySQL targeting performance, efficiency and scalability with the largest data sets.

Uday Shanmugam (Relationals)

Uday Shanmugam is the Director of Engineering at Relationals, responsible
for the software development and operations involved in making the CRM and
On Demand applications of Relationals and LongJump available as a Software
as a Service.

Before Relationals, he has held senior engineering and software architecture
positions at Avaya and Alcatel to design develop and implement security
technologies and web-based centralized data policy management solutions.

Prior to that, he was involved in building and deploying large-scale banking
applications, banking CRM and transaction processing middleware for iFlex
Solutions, which is now a part of Oracle.
Uday holds patents in the areas of policy based network architecture,
database synchronization and high availability processing. He has a... Read More.

Stewart Smith

Stewart Smith joined Percona in 2011 as Director of Server Development with a deep background in database internals including MySQL, MySQL Cluster, Drizzle, InnoDB and HailDB.

Prior to joining Percona, Stewart worked at Rackspace on the Drizzle database server focusing on getting it through a critical milestone of a stable Generally Available (GA) release. Prior to Rackspace, he worked on Drizzle as a member of the CTO Labs group inside Sun Microsystems.

As one of the founding core developers of the Drizzle database server Stewart has deep expertise in the code base. He had direct involvement in significant refactoring of the database server including removing the FRM, the InnoDB storage engine, xtrabackup, the storage engine API, CATALOG support and countless bug... Read More.

Daniel Stangel
Daniel Stangel (HP Open Source Program Office)

Dan Stangel has been with HP in various roles since 2000, most recently as software developer in the HP Open Source Program Office, helping HP be an excellent member of the various open source communities in which we participate.

Jim Starkey (MySQL)

Jim Starkey is Falcon Architect and a MySQL Principal Engineer. Jim
has been instigator, implementor, or founder of any number of
database products including DEC’s Datatrieve and Rdb/ELN
(instigator), Interbase Software (founder), Firebird (gadfly) and
Firebird/Vulcan (developer), and Netfrastructure, Inc. (founder).
Jim is known as the inventor of the blob, multi-generational
concurrency control, and probably the date datatype. When he can
find the time, he sails and flies a small plane.

Joe Stump
Joe Stump (SimpleGeo)

Joe Stump has been scaling large websites for over ten years. After spending a few years as Digg’s Lead Architect he struck out on his own, with Matt Galligan, to found SimpleGeo. As CTO of SimpleGeo he’s responsible for architecting and scaling a robust GIS infrastructure for developers around the world.

Joe has authored pieces for O’Reilly’s ONLAMP.com and has spoken at Web 2.0 Expo, FOWA, FOWD, Q-Con, SXSW, MySQL Conference and PHP-Con, to name a few.

Joe is an expert in the LAMP stack and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA in Computer Information Systems.

Photo courtesy of Erica Hampton

Marc Taillieu (Roadtrips)

Marc is the Lead Software Developer for Roadtrips Inc. developing web based applications using .NET and MySQL.

Monty Taylor

Monty Taylor runs developer automation for the OpenStack project, including the developer tooling, continuous integration and automation systems. Monty is also a core developer on the Drizzle project and was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc. before they got gobbled up. He’s an expert in distributed systems and will bend your ear with stories of Burning Man if you let him.

Lars Thalmann
Lars Thalmann (Oracle)

Dr. Lars Thalmann is the development director for MySQL replication, backup, and connectors. He is responsible for the strategy and development of these features and leads the corresponding engineering teams. Thalmann has worked with MySQL development since 2001, when he started as a MySQL Cluster developer. More recently, he has driven the creation and development of the MySQL backup feature, has guided the evolution of MySQL replication since 2004, and has been a key player in the development of MySQL Cluster replication. Thalmann holds a doctorate in Computer Science from Uppsala University, Sweden. He is one of the authors of the “MySQL High Availability” book.

Vadim Tkachenko (MySQLPerformanceBlog.com)

Expert in MySQL and LAMP performance optimization and co-founder of MySQL consulting company. Co-author of MySQLPerformanceblog.com.

Morgan Tocker
Morgan Tocker (Oracle), @morgo

Morgan rejoined the MySQL team at Oracle in 2013 as MySQL Community Manager, having previously worked for MySQL and Sun Microsystems. He blogs from tocker.ca, and especially likes the new features in MySQL 5.6 that make operations life easier.

Cicero Torteli (Paggo)

Founder of Paggo, a successfull business model that turned Mobile Payment into reality in Brazil.

George Trujillo (MySQL )

Over 18 years database and developer consulting experience. Has led project efforts in launching new technologies internally to three of the top ten software companies in the world. Primary focus the last seven years has been in working with Fortune 1000 companies in migrating to leading edge database and middleware technologies. George Trujillo is recognized internationally for his expertise in database technology and has been selected as a keynote and master presenter at numerous business and technical conferences. Strong database experience in high availability, performance tuning, replication, clusters and backup and recovery. Middleware experience includes J2EE, Application Development Frameworks, Application Servers, Web Services, XML, SOA, BPEL and Business Rules. George has served on board of directors for different International technology user groups,... Read More.

Paul Tuckfield
Paul Tuckfield (YouTube)

Paul has been a sysadmin, DBA or something in between for 25 years, if you count college jobs. In this century, he’s helped build the infrastructure for many startups , notably PayPal and Youtube, as a database architecture and scalability expert. Currently Paul is the manager of the architecture, database, sysadmin and data warehousing groups at YouTube.

Miriam Tuerk
Miriam Tuerk (Infobright Inc)

Miriam, CEO of Infobright since January, 2006, possesses a proven track record of building high growth businesses in emerging technology. Miriam has 20+ years high-tech experience including leadership positions in the consulting and telecommunications sectors. Miriam holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo.

Heikki Tuuri (Innobase / Oracle Corp.)

Heikki Tuuri is the creator of the InnoDB transactional storage engine in MySQL. He founded Innobase Oy in 1995 and is the CEO of the company. Prior to founding Innobase Oy, Tuuri worked at the University of Helsinki, from which he also received a Ph.D, degree in mathematical logic in 1990.

Kirstan Vandersluis
Kirstan Vandersluis (XAware, Inc.)

As founder of XAware and project leader of xaware.org, Kirstan Vandersluis has been instrumental in developing the XAware suite of integration tools. Vandersluis has extensive experience in software development spanning multiple industries, including Financial Services, Banking, Insurance, DoD, Semi-conductor, and Telecommunications, where he has engineered the deployment of both corporate and commercial software products. Previously, Vandersluis was a software development manager and senior architect at MCI. As a published author of, “XML-Based Integration with XAware,” Vandersluis often speaks publicly about XML-related technologies and XAware product strategies. Vandersluis holds a BS in Computer Science from Michigan and an MS in Computer Science from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Werner Vogels
Werner Vogels (Amazon.com)

Dr. Werner Vogels is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com where he is responsible for driving the company’s technology vision, which is to continuously enhance the innovation on behalf of Amazon’s customers at a global scale.

Prior to joining Amazon, he worked as a researcher at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that target the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems. He has held positions of VP of Technology and CTO in companies that handled the transition of academic technology into industry.

Vogels holds a Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles for journals and conferences, most of them on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing.

Kai Voigt
Kai Voigt (Sun Microsystems)

Kai is a senior instructor at MySQL, delivering public and onsite trainings worldwide.

Beat Vontobel (MeteoNews AG)

Beat Vontobel is the CTO at MeteoNews AG, a Swiss weather forecasting company, where he initiated the transition from MS SQL to MySQL and generally from closed to open source a few years ago. The company used most of the new features of MySQL 5.0 right from the start (and Beat Vontobel, an active member of the MySQL community and of the MySQL guilds, regularly blogged about this experience.

Lance Walter
Lance Walter (Pentaho Corporation)

LANCE WALTER, Vice President of Marketing, Pentaho. Lance joined Pentaho in 2005 and leads a team responsible for product strategy and requirements, corporate communications, and lead generation.

Prior to Pentaho, Lance was Vice President of Product Marketing at Business Objects. Lance’s career spans nearly 15 years in data warehousing and business intelligence, holding various technical, managerial, and marketing roles at Oracle Corp., Hyperion Solutions and Siebel Systems.

David Wartell (R1Soft )

David Wartell is the founder and CEO of Righteous Software Inc. (R1Soft), a leading developer of near-Continuous Data Protection software for Linux and Windows Servers. David is a computer engineer with over 10 years of experience in software, networking, and data center management. Before starting R1Soft he worked as the Sr. Network Engineer for Everyone’s Internet in Houston Texas were he was responsible for EV1’s network that supported over 15,000 Linux and Windows servers and 25 Gigabits of Internet connectivity.

Garth Webb (Six Apart)

Garth has been with Six Apart for 3 years and has been managing engineering on Typepad for a year and half. He’s been involved with publishing and content management software for over 9 years and has
worked with Perl for over 12 years. Working on Typepad has been a natural fit but has still provided plenty of challenges.

When not working, Garth enjoys photography, cycling, and playing guitar.

Eli White
Eli White (php[architect]), @EliW

Eli has been building Web Applications for almost 20 years and fell in love with PHP the day that PHP 4 was released. Since then he’s been a strong advocate for PHP and used it in every project he’s worked on. He is currently the Managing Editor and Conference Chair for php[architect] and Founding Partner & CTO of musketeers.me. He is also an avid writer (blogs, articles and books), and has spoken at numerous conferences.

Paul Whittington
Paul Whittington (NitroSecurity, Inc.)

Paul Whittington heads up the Nitro for MySQL technical team at NitroSecurity. Whittington is a database and embedded systems engineer with over 28 years of experience. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Whittington served as an Advisory Engineer with Lockheed-Martin Idaho Technologies, a Senior Engineer with EG&G Idaho, Inc., a Software Engineer with Intelligent Instrumentation, Inc., and a Staff Engineer with IBM Corporation. Paul holds several design patents.

Michael Widenius
Michael Widenius (Monty Program Ab)

Founder of MySQL AB.
Original author & architect of the MySQL server.
Founder and CEO of Monty Program Ab and creator of MariaDB. Founder of the Open Database Alliance and Open Ocean Capital (an investment company)

Duleepa Wijayawardhana is one of MySQL Web Team’s Web Developers. The Web Team manages the external web sites of MySQL which draw a considerable amount of web traffic. Duleepa (Dups) has been working with MySQL for just under a year.

Before joining MySQL, Dups worked for game developer BioWare Corp. in Edmonton, Canada where he helped develop the BioWare Community Site, BioWare Store, and various other web properties as well as Manager for BioWare’s Application Support Team.

Dups was seduced by the freedom to work anywhere which allowed him to flex his travelling muscles while working for one of the premiere companies in the world.

Dups recently open-sourced a BioWare server and cron management project called BigDaddy at http://www.bigdaddymonitor.org.

Naoto Yokoyama
Naoto Yokoyama (NIFTY Corporation)

Naoto Yokoyama is the system architect for “Cocolog” and
“PodcastingJuice/PodFeed”, is considered as one of the largest blog
communities and podcasting service in Japan.
He is also responsible for database administration for “Cocolog”, and
has indepth experience in both PostgreSQL maintenance and MySQL
database partitioning.

Rob Young
Rob Young (Oracle/MySQL )

Rob Young is the Technical Product Manager for the MySQL Server and Enterprise product lines. He has over 20 years of database and application development experience with MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, and DB2. His primary responsibility is to work with MySQL Engineering on product strategy, roadmaps and technical requirements. He holds a BS in Economics/Finance from the University of Louisville and an AS in Applied Math/Computer Science from the University of Kentucky.

Peter Zaitsev
Peter Zaitsev (Percona LLC)

Peter co-founded Percona in 2006, assuming the role of CEO. Percona is the only company that delivers enterprise-class solutions for both MySQLⓇ and MongoDBⓇ across traditional and cloud-based platforms. Percona has been on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies since 2013. Back in 2000s Peter was an early employee at MySQL AB, eventually leading the company’s High Performance Group. A serial entrepreneur, Peter co-founded his first startup while attending Moscow State University where he majored in Computer Science.

As CEO of Percona, Peter enjoys mixing business leadership with hands on technical expertise. Peter is co-author of High Performance MySQL published by O’Reilly, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance. Peter blogs regularly on Percona Performance Blog and speaks frequently... Read More.

Michael G. Zinner
Michael G. Zinner (Sun Microsystems)

Michael G. Zinner joined MySQL AB in October 2003 and is leading the MySQL GUI efforts. Zinner is responsible for the design and development of the graphical MySQL tools like MySQL Workbench and the MySQL Windows experience. Prior to joining MySQL AB, Zinner was developing database-related GUI tools, including a highly acknowledged DBDesigner 4. He is based in Vienna, Austria.

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