Presented By O'Reilly and Cloudera
Make Data Work
Sept 29–Oct 1, 2015 • New York, NY

Unboxing data startups

Moderated by:
Michael Abbott (Stanford University)
Jooseong Kim (Pinterest), Sven Junkergard (Zephyr Health), Calvin French-Owen (Segment), Peter Reinhardt (Segment), Andrew First (Lean Plum), Shiva Shivakumar (Urban Engines)
5:25pm–6:05pm Wednesday, 09/30/2015
Data-driven Business
Location: 1 E10 / 1 E11 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)

Most people are familiar with the basic principles driving today’s hottest big data and enterprise companies. But what’s really going on underneath the hood? In this session, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers General Partner Michael Abbott unboxes a variety of startups in the space to examine the technology, architecture, and innovations they’ve harnessed to deliver superior products and services.

NOTE: The specific companies to be featured are still under consideration, but to give you a sense of the companies, last year’s session included Eugene Mandel, data science lead at Jawbone; Christopher Pouliot, the VP of data science at Lyft; and Mike Polcari, chief architect at 23andMe (Source: Other prior companies have included Gilt Groupe, Airbnb, and Lookout, among others (

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Michael Abbott

Stanford University

Mike Abbott is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile, and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures. Mike serves as an expert resource on enterprise infrastructure, cloud computing, and big data. He also helps entrepreneurs win the race for talent in a hypercompetitive recruitment environment. Mike is an engineering leader, entrepreneur, and investor and an expert in big data businesses. Formerly the vice president of engineering at Twitter, Mike led the team to rebuild and solidify Twitter’s infrastructure, growing the engineering team from 80 to more than 350 engineers in less than a year and a half and scaling Twitter’s architecture to support hundreds of millions of daily tweets. Before joining Twitter, Mike led the software development team at Palm that created HP/Palm’s next-generation webOS platform. Earlier in his career, Mike was the general manager at Microsoft for .NET online services, which became Azure. He founded Composite Software (acquired by Cisco) and was a cofounder of Passenger Inc. Mike has advised and invested in numerous software companies throughout his career, including Cloudera, Hearsay Labs, Jawbone, Saynow, Reverb Technologies, Toytalk, and Locu. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University and has completed coursework toward a PhD at the University of Washington.

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Jooseong Kim


Jooseong is a software engineer at Pinterest on the data engineering team. He has worked on various components of the offline data stack including Pinalytics (analytics and visualization engine), A/B experiments framework, and platforms for processing pipelines. Before joining Pinterest, Jooseong was a software engineer at Oracle in the kernel service team, where he worked on the cpu scheduler and parallel statement scheduler for data warehouses.

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Sven Junkergard

Zephyr Health

Sven Junkergård is the Chief Technology Officer of Zephyr Health, the Insights-as-a-Service leader harnessing the power of global healthcare data to address critical business and patient needs.

Sven specializes in identifying new technologies, partnerships and data sources that further advance Zephyr Health’s insights focused on product lifecycle success for BioPharma and Medical Device companies.

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Calvin French-Owen


Co-Founder at Segment

Peter Reinhardt


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Andrew First

Lean Plum

Andrew is the CTO and Co-founder of Leanplum, based in San Francisco. Leanplum is solving personalization on mobile by empowering companies to engage with their users via targeted messages and user experience optimization. Before Leanplum, Andrew was a Software Engineer at Google, working on optimizing video ad revenue. He graduated from Duke University with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

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Shiva Shivakumar

Urban Engines

Shiva is CEO/Co-Founder of Urban Engines, a startup focused on improving urban mobility. Prior to Urban Engines, from 2001 through 2010, Shiva was a Vice President and Distinguished Entrepreneur at Google, helping to build AdSense, Cloud Apps & ‘big data’ infrastructure such as

Dremel/WebIQ, and research and development centers across the world. With a deep interest in open data, Shiva created to surface Web data with an industry-first collaboration between Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft. Shiva has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Samuel Thesis Award.