Michael Abbott shares trends Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is seeing in the area of transportation and logistics from an investments perspective and offers direct insights from companies in the sector, looking at how these firms deal with unique data processing challenges. Along the way, Michael considers unmet needs and opportunities that new companies can solve based on the specific data problems of the domain—all in the inimitable, interactive, “unboxing” style that Michael has used over years of Strata sessions.
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.
Chris Pouliot is a real life rocket scientist, who has also spun astronauts until they were motion sick, split atoms to make an aircraft carrier go fast, provided insightful analysis that led to Google to change their top ad color, and helped Netflix determine what movies and TV shows to buy, and how much they should pay. He is currently the VP of Data Science at Lyft where he leads a team of data scientists who are working on algorithms to improve the Lyft user experience (e.g. dispatch, ETA, pricing).
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