Strata 2011 Speakers

The initial list of speakers confirmed for Strata 2011 is below. This is a partial list, and new speakers are still being confirmed.

Shevek -
Shevek - (Karmasphere)

Shevek is a widely-recognized mathematician and computer programmer with specific expertise in the Java programming language. His considerable experience ranges from theoretical computing to team management. Through the course of his career he has worked on cutting-edge academic research in systems, compilers, programming languages and computer security. Shevek has worked with organizations such as the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry, Raytheon Systems, and Weir, Strachan and Henshaw in the defense and nuclear industries. He received a Doctorate in Computing from University of Bath, Bath, England. Shevek also holds a Masters in Mathematics, with Honors, from University of Bath.
Shevek is CTO and co-founder of Karmasphere.

Zane Adam
Zane Adam (Microsoft Corp)

As General Manager of Azure (public Cloud) and Middleware, Zane runs WW product management and marketing for SQL Azure, Appfabric Azure, Codename Dallas, BizTalk, Windows Appfabric and Data Modeling Tools.

Prior to this role, Zane was GM of virtualization business and marketing at Microsoft Corp., Zane Adam and his team was responsible for working across Microsoft business groups and operations groups to formulate business strategy and product offerings\marketing for customers and partners. Prior to this role, Zane was Senior Director in the Windows Server division where he managed the enterprise infrastructure marketing teams for Windows Server, Windows Compute Cluster Server, Microsoft Virtual Server, Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Storage Server. Zane has been with Microsoft for twelve years.

Before holding this position, Zane worked... Read More.

Joseph Adler
Joseph Adler (Facebook)

Joseph Adler has many years of experience in data mining and data analysis at companies including DoubleClick, Verisign, and LinkedIn. Currently, he is director of product management and data science at Confluent. He is the holder of several patents for computer security and cryptography and the author of Baseball Hacks and R in a Nutshell. He graduated from MIT with a BSc and MEng in computer science and electrical engineering.

Christopher Ahlberg (Recorded Future)

Christopher Ahlberg is the CEO of Recorded Future, Inc., and is an
independent director of Hult International Business School (Education),
Apptus AB (Software), and Fina Technologies (Hedge fund), and advises
a series of start up companies. Earlier Ahlberg was the president of
the Spotfire Division of TIBCO, which he founded as an independent
company in 1996 and in 2007 sold to TIBCO (Nasdaq: TIBX) for $195M in
cash. Spotfire was founded based on his ground-breaking research on
information visualization. Dr. Ahlberg earned his doctorate from Chalmers
University of Technology, has worked as a visiting researcher at
the University of Maryland, and has lectured and consulted extensively
for industry,... Read More.

Alex111 Alex
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Johann is Co-founder and CTO at Tagged, building up a social network to enable anyone to meet and socialize with new people. He is blessed with pursuing many passions, creating products used by millions, developing large-scale infrastructure, innovating on software development techniques, building recommendation engines and machine
learning systems, pushing the state-of-the-art wherever he can. He pursued a
Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford for several years, and holds an A.B. in Physics and Mathematics from Harvard University.

Alasdair Allan
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)

Alasdair Allan is a director at Babilim Light Industries and a scientist, author, hacker, maker, and journalist. An expert on the internet of things and sensor systems, he’s famous for hacking hotel radios, deploying mesh networked sensors through the Moscone Center during Google I/O, and for being behind one of the first big mobile privacy scandals when, back in 2011, he revealed that Apple’s iPhone was tracking user location constantly. He’s written eight books and writes regularly for, Hackaday, and other outlets. A former astronomer, he also built a peer-to-peer autonomous telescope network that detected what was, at the time, the most distant object ever discovered.

Bruno Aziza
Bruno Aziza (Microsoft)

Bruno Aziza is a recognized authority on Business Intelligence and Information Management. He is the co-author of best-selling book, “Drive Business Performance: Enabling a Culture of Intelligent Execution” and a Fellow at the Advanced Performance Institute, a world-leading and independent advisory group specialized in organizational performance. Drs. Kaplan & Norton, of Balanced Scorecard fame, praise Aziza for moving “the field of performance management forward in important new directions.”

Aziza has guest lectured at Stanford University in the US and the Cranfield School of Management in the UK. Aziza was educated in France, Germany, the UK and the US and completed Executive Education programs from Harvard Business School , the Kellogg School of Management and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He holds a Master’s... Read More.

Narayan Bharadwaj
Narayan Bharadwaj (ClearStory Data)

Redefining the enterprise with amazing data products.

Narayan has spent many years in the enterprise software business in various functions – big data analytics, cloud infrastructure and everything in between.

Prior to ClearStory Data, Narayan led the following initiatives at – Data Engineering, Data Science, Monitoring & Management. He led the transition of Salesforce into a data driven organization with higher operational, product, marketing and sales intelligence. Narayan also led the first multi tenant log mining product to market for Salesforce customers.

Prior to, Narayan was a Group Product Manager in the Oracle Enterprise Manager product line where he was responsible for high growth middleware and application management areas. He led new products to market, and oversaw a period of major technological acquisitions... Read More.

Matt Biddulph
Matt Biddulph (Product Club)

Matt Biddulph works in product strategy at Nokia in Berlin. He is a co-founder of Dopplr, the social network for smarter travel. He started out in 1994 building search engines on CD-ROM, and now specialises in digital media, social software and putting data on the web. In past lives he was a creative technologist for hire, working with companies like Joost and the BBC to bring cutting-edge technologies into the mainstream.

Lukas Biewald
Lukas Biewald (Weights & Biases)

Lukas Biewald is the founder and CEO of CrowdFlower. Founded in 2007, CrowdFlower provides Labor-on-Demand to help companies outsource high-volume, repetitive tasks to a massively-distributed global workforce.

Before founding CrowdFlower, Lukas was a senior scientist and manager within the Ranking and Management Team at Powerset, Inc., acquired by Microsoft in 2008. He led the Search Relevance Team for Yahoo! Japan after graduating from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Computer Science. Recently, Lukas won the Netexplorateur Award for GiveWork – a collaboration with Samasource that brings digital work to refugees worldwide. Lukas is also an expert level Go player.

Benjamin Black
Benjamin Black (Boundary)

Mr. Black is a recognized expert in large-scale technology
infrastructure design, implementation,and operation. Previously, he
was an engineering director in the ECN group at Microsoft Windows
Live, where he helped build one of the largest content delivery
networks in the world. As the manager of website engineering at
Amazon, he lead the design and implementation of a new, layer 3
network for Amazon’s production network. As principal engineer for
Amazon infrastructure, he co-authored the first documents on what
later became EC2. As senior manager for information security, he owned
and successfully delivered Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI DSS compliance for
Amazon infrastructure, including the critical payments processing
systems. His work in the Internap... Read More.

Ed Boyajian
Ed Boyajian (EnterpriseDB)

Before joining EnterpriseDB, Ed spent six years at Red Hat®, Inc., the world’s leading open source solutions provider, most recently serving as vice president and general manager of North America. Before that, he was vice president of Red Hat’s global OEM business, responsible for all partnerships, including HP®, IBM®, and Dell®. During his time at Red Hat, Ed was instrumental in developing the foundational methods for selling open source software into the enterprise.
Prior to Red Hat, Ed held executive sales and marketing positions at ArsDigita, an early leader in open source software for building database-backed community websites (acquired by Red Hat) and ServiceSoft (now Kana). Ed is a former U.S. Army Captain, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and... Read More.

Ryan Boyd
Ryan Boyd (Neo4j)

Ryan Boyd is a developer advocate at Google focused on enabling developers to extend Google Apps and build businesses on top of Google technology. He previously worked on OpenSocial and led the developer relations team for Google’s AtomPub APIs. Prior to joining Google, Ryan worked in higher education as a web architect for RIT’s central web hosting environment and as web app developer building admissions and student systems.

Jon Bruner
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media)

Jon Bruner is Deputy Editor for New Products Forbes, where he develops new editorial concepts for the web site and magazine and writes occasionally about politics, technology, and finance. He earned a B.S. in mathematics and economics at the University of Chicago.

Virginia Carlson
Virginia Carlson (Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC))

Virginia Carlson, Ph.D. Virginia Carlson is a national figure in the role of information resources and their role in harnessing information for urban revitalization. She has developed and applied her expertise in a variety of settings, including: identifying data sources for the State of Illinois Index of Leading Indicators; constructing economic indicators for redevelopment options in Gorj County, Romania; identifying key data intervention points for federal data as the Deputy Director for Data Policy at the Brookings Institution’s Urban Markets Initiative; and designing the strategic information approach for the campaign to induce The Boeing Company to move its headquarters to Chicago. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Public Data Users.

Amber Case
Amber Case (MIT Media Lab)

Amber Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. She is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a visiting researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media. Previously, she was the cofounder and former CEO of location-based software company Geoloqi (acquired by Esri in 2012). Amber is the author of Calm Technology, Design for the Next Generation of Devices. She spoke about the future of the interface for SXSW 2012’s keynote address, and her TED talk, “We are all cyborgs now,” has been viewed over a million times. Named one of National Geographic’s “emerging explorers,” she’s... Read More.

Pablo Castro
Pablo Castro (Microsoft)

Pablo is a software architect at Microsoft where he works on various topics that bring data and the Web together. He currently leads the design effort for the Open Data Protocol (OData) and is also involved on the design of the local data storage features in future versions of HTML, representing Microsoft in the WebApps working group at W3C.

Patrick Chanezon
Patrick Chanezon (Docker)

Patrick Chanezon joined Google in 2005, he manages the Cloud and Tools Developer Relations team in San Francisco.

Previously he has been a Developer Advocate, building and growing developer ecosystems for HTML5, OpenSocial, Google Checkout and the AdWords API.

Previously he spent 5 years at Sun Microsystems as a software architect working on Sun Portal Server, blogs and syndication feeds, and received the CEO award for helping launch Previously he spent 5 years at AOL and Netscape where he managed the MyNetscape Portal, and 2 years at Accenture as a Lotus Notes guru. He co-created the ROME open source project, and the OSSGTP group in France.

Apart from programming and reading books, his main interest... Read More.

Peter Clark
Peter Clark (Code 42 Software, Inc)

Peter Clark is an Engineering Manager at Code42 Software, best known for the CrashPlan endpoint backup system. He’s currently responsible for the Test Automation team. Prior to joining Code42, Peter was Director of Software Development for the Terra Populus project at the University of Minnesota, and has held engineering leadership and software development roles at a variety of defunct technology companies. In his spare time, Peter is working on a project to reconstruct the lost 1890 census.

Drew Conway
Drew Conway (Alluvium)

Drew Conway, CEO and founder of Alluvium, is a leading expert in the application of computational methods to social and behavioral problems at large-scale. Drew has been writing and speaking about the role of data — and the discipline of data science — in industry, government, and academia for several years.

Drew has advised and consulted companies across many industries; ranging from fledgling start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as well as academic institutions and government agencies at all levels. Drew started his career in counter-terrorism as a computational social scientist in the U.S. intelligence community.

Rod Cope
Rod Cope (OpenLogic, Inc.)

Rod Cope is the CTO and Founder of OpenLogic, a provider of Open Source support and governance solutions for the enterprise.  He has over 25 years of software development experience in a wide range of industries and technologies.

Prior to founding OpenLogic, Rod worked for General Electric, IBM, IBM Global Services, and Anthem before starting his own consulting company. As a consultant, he has architected solutions for Ericsson, Ford, Manugistics, Integral, Goodyear, and many other companies of all sizes.

Rod has spoken on various technical and business topics at OSCON, JavaOne, AJAXWorld, RailsConf, the Open Source Business Conference, the Next Generation Data Center conference, and other venues around the United States and Europe.

He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in... Read More.

Marilyn Craig (Logitech)

Marilyn Craig, the Senior Director of Worldwide Sales & Marketing Planning and Analysis at Logitech, has a wealth of in-depth, real world experience in retail channels and consumer insights, particularly in the use of analytics to drive sales, with over 16 years of experience in both traditional marketing, market research, and business development for some of the most well-known brands in the world, including Logitech, Hewlett-Packard, and Intuit.
At Logitech, Marilyn is building a worldwide team to own and manage the advanced analytics, long-term planning, and enabling processes and tools for both the sales and marketing organizations. At Intuit, Marilyn’s go-to-market and retail channel strategies for Intuit’s Quickbooks’ product line resulted in revenue growth from $110 to $140 million. At Hewlett-Packard, Marilyn designed... Read More.

Terence Craig
Terence Craig (PatternBuilders)

Terence Craig is CEO and CTO of PatternBuilders, a big data analytics companies that produces advanced applications for financial services, retail and other data intensive industries.

Terence has an extensive background in building, implementing, and selling analytically-driven enterprise applications across such diverse domains as enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail sales channel optimization, professional services automation (PSA), and semi-conductor process control and analytics in both public and private companies. He has been part of the ERP/SCM industry as it has evolved, from the VAX and HP 3000 to its current heyday of client-server, GUIs, and relational databases and is looking forward to exploring what the next generation of solutions, powered by the Internet of Things and big... Read More.

Alistair Croll
Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting)

Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he cofounded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early-stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology. A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Cloud Connect, Bitnorth, and the International Startup Festival, and is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata Data Conference. He has written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics. Alistair tries to mitigate his chronic ADD by writing... Read More.

Bradford Cross
Bradford Cross (Flightcaster)

Bradford has been doing applied research since 2001. His interests are in Maths, Statistics, Computer Science, Learning Theory, Network Theory, Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, and engineering at scale.

Most recently, Bradford is co-founder and head of research for FlightCaster, where is responsible for the statistical learning and supporting architecture that power Flightcaster’s predictive algorithms.

Prior to Flightcaster, Bradford spent 2 years at ThoughtWorks.

Bradford began his research work in the hedge fund business, where he developed statistical trading strategies and the underlying software infrastructure. During this time he founded a few small trading partnerships and worked with O’Higgins Asset Management. In the process of building trading systems, he collaborated with SmartQuant on a project that was subsequently sold to QuantHouse... Read More.

Kenneth Cukier
Kenneth Cukier (The Economist)

Kenneth Cukier is a senior editor overseeing data and digital products of the Economist. Previously, he was the paper’s Tokyo correspondent and before that, its technology correspondent in London. Kenneth is the coauthor of the award-winning book Big Data: A Revolution that Transforms How We Work, Live and Think, a New York Times bestseller that has been translated into over 20 languages, as well as a regular commentator in the media on business and technology and a frequent public speaker on trends in big data.

Doug Cutting
Doug Cutting (Cloudera)

Founder of Apache Lucene, Nutch, Hadoop and Avro projects.

Eric Day
Eric Day (craigslist)

Eric Day works on various open source projects such as OpenStack and Gearman. He has been writing high-performance, multi-threaded, and multi-tenant servers for most of his career. Always with an emphasis on efficiency and security, he has written complete HTTP/SSL, DNS, Gearman, and IMAP implementations, along with designing and implementing custom storage and database systems. Most of his work has been done in clustered and distributed environments.

Eric also keeps active in the open source community through speaking at conferences and user groups, as well as helping organize camps and conferences in Portland, OR. When not hacking on code, he can be found playing hockey, running, biking, or enjoying a good vegan meal with his wife.

Barry Devlin
Barry Devlin (9sight Consulting)

Dr. Barry Devlin is a founder of the data warehousing industry, defining its first architecture in 1985. A foremost authority on business intelligence (BI), big data and beyond, he is respected worldwide as a visionary and thought-leader in the evolving industry. Barry has authored two ground-breaking books: the classic “Data Warehouse—from Architecture to Implementation” and Business unIntelligence—Insight and Innovation Beyond Analytics and Big Data in 2013.

Barry has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, previously with IBM, as a consultant, manager and distinguished engineer. As founder and principal of 9sight Consulting in 2008, Barry provides strategic consulting and thought-leadership to buyers and vendors of BI and Big Data solutions. Customer offerings include Readiness Assessments for Digital Transformation and all... Read More.

Brian Dolan (Discovix )

Brian is a business analyst with a Masters in Biomathematics from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a Masters in Pure Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Brian has more than 17 years of analytic experience, and has worked at Yahoo, MySpace, UCLA. He turns massive peta-scale data sets, from multi-terabyte databases , into strategic decisions. His forte is mapping complicated mathematical models into actionable business solutions. He is a frequent speaker on Machine learning topics at the Institute for Business Forecasters, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and SAS and is the co-author of several relevant white papers including the Mad Skills paper.

Michael Driscoll
Michael Driscoll (Metamarkets)

Michael Driscoll has a decade of experience developing large-scale databases and predictive algorithms for digital media, financial, and life sciences firms. He is the CEO and co-founder at Metamarkets, and Chairman of Dataspora LLC, a big data & analytics consultancy he founded in 2007. Previously, he founded the online retailer,, and worked as a software engineer for the Human Genome Project. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Boston University and an A.B. from Harvard College.

Michael tweets at medriscoll and blogs at Data Utopian .

Isabel Drost-Fromm
Isabel Drost-Fromm (Apache Software Foundation/ Nokia Gate 5 GmbH)

Isabel Drost is member of the Apache Software Foundation. She is organiser of the Apache Hadoop Get Together in Berlin, was co-organiser of the first European NoSQL meetup as well as the Berlin Buzzwords conference. She co-founded Apache Mahout and is active Apache Mahout committer. Isabel is actively engaged with communities of various Apache projects, e.g. Apache Lucene and Apache Hadoop. She is regular speaker at renown conferences on topics related to free software development, scalability, Apache Lucene, Apache Hadoop and Apache Mahout.

Nic is a Senior Member of the Research Staff in the Computing Science Lab. He uses a combination of methods (including data mining and social network analysis) to study and design systems to better support collaboration in online spaces, with a recent focus on 3D virtual worlds and massively multiplayer online games. He conducted the largest and longest (to date) study of social dynamics in World of Warcraft, collecting and analyzing data on the interactions between more than 500,000 characters over 2 years.

Nic obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Outside of work, he enjoys sailing and restoring boats, especially older designs based on the CCA rule.

Roger Ehrenberg
Roger Ehrenberg (IA Ventures)

Roger Ehrenberg is the founder and Managing Partner of IA Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm investing in companies that create competitive advantage through data.

Roger currently sits on the boards of DataSift, Metamarkets, Recorded Future, Simple, The Trade Desk, and Twice, and is a Board observer of MemSQL and SavingStar. Formerly, he served on the boards of Buddy Media, Global Bay Mobile Technologies, Magnetic and Selerity.

Prior to forming IA Ventures, Roger was an active angel investor through IA Capital Partners, a seed-stage investment firm focused on digital media and financial technology. From 2004 to 2009, Roger seeded 40 companies, including Bitly, Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce), Clickable (acquired by Syncapse), Invite Media (acquired by Google), Magnetic, TheLadders, TubeMogul, and TweetDeck (acquired by Twitter).

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Jonathan Ellis
Jonathan Ellis (DataStax)

Jonathan is project chair of Apache Cassandra and co-founder of Riptano, the source for professional support and services for Cassandra.

Tim Estes
Tim Estes (Digital Reasoning)

Tim Estes has served as the CEO of Digital Reasoning Systems since founding the company over nine years ago. Tim’s academic work at the University of Virginia focused in the areas of Philosophy of Language, Mathematical Logic, Semiotics, and related disciplines. Digital Reasoning was founded with a vision to create software-based intelligent learning systems. This led to the breakthrough technology and intellectual property which is at the core of Digital Reasoning.

Dylan Field
Dylan Field (Brown University)

Dylan Field is a student at Brown University. Last summer, Dylan was a data mining / analytics intern at LinkedIn. He was previously a research assistant to danah boyd at Microsoft NERD. In the summer of 2009, he worked as a developer for Indinero (YC ‘10). During high school, Dylan interned for O’Reilly Media.

Pete Forde
Pete Forde (BuzzData)

Pete is CTO and co-founder of BuzzData — the best way to share, publish and collaborate on both private and public datasets. There is a BuzzData-shaped hole in the data value chain which can be filled by allowing conversation and participation between publishers and consumers of data.

Margaret Francis
Margaret Francis (Exact Target/ CoTweet)

Margaret Francis is the acting Product Manager for CoTweet at ExactTarget and the former Vice President of Product at Lithium Technologies/Scout Labs, where she led development of the social media insight and analytics platform. As former Director of Strategy at Razorfish, Ms. Francis developed marketing and technology strategies for Fortune 500 companies and led cross-functional teams to deliver cutting edge web sites and digital marketing programs. Ms Francis’ clients have included major brands such as Netflix, Coca-Cola, Visa, Nike, Apple, Citibank and Disney. She is a graduate of Yale University and SFAI and a frequent speaker on the topic of social media metrics and their integration into marketing program measurement.

John Fritz
John Fritz (AMD)

John Fritz is a veteran of the “Complexity Wars”, having led Fortune 500 consulting engagements involving machine learning, agent based modeling, and evolutionary computing. Currently he leads AMD’s partnerships with leading virtualization, cloud computing, and big data companies. He also leads AMD’s engagement with key open source communities such as the Apache Software Foundation.

John started his academic career as an anthropologist, where a professor told him “If you want to experiment on people, go into business”! After graduation from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, he went on to business development and consulting roles at Borland, Gartner Group, 3Com and complex adaptive system start ups Bios Group and Icosystem.

John maintains everything he knows about corporate politics he learned from working with gorillas, orangutans... Read More.

Zach Gemignani
Zach Gemignani (Juice Analytics)

Zach is co-founder and CEO of Juice Analytics. His focus on making customer’s data more usable and valuable has helped Juice provide solutions with real benefit. His writings and speaking engagements have earned him a tremendous reputation in the Business Intelligence and Web Analytics arenas.

Before Zach helped found Juice, he led efforts to bring analytical rigor to the broadband programming and advertising groups at AOL. Prior, he was a management consultant with Diamond Consultants and Booz Allen. In these roles, Zach focused on information-intensive businesses such as credit cards and banking. Zach has an MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Management and a BS in Economics from Haverford College.

Ben Gimpert
Ben Gimpert (Altos Research)

Ben was a professional software developer for ten years, and a BBS scenester in the mid-nineties. He is also one of those annoying former quants. Ben’s past clients include investment banks like JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse, the hedge fund Natura Capital, and EdF Trading an energy trading house. He built a taxonomy browser for Encyclopaedia Britannica in 2004, and previously worked for ThoughtWorks as a convert to agile software engineering.

Ben teaches and speaks on machine learning, software engineering, financial analysis, and the culture of quants. While living in London, Ben was an early contributor to the grassroots cartography project OpenStreetMap. He continues to manage a portfolio of financial assets via a quantitative trading strategy built upon sentiment and predictive analytics. He has... Read More.

Anthony Goldbloom

Anthony is the Founder and CEO of Kaggle. He assists companies with framing modeling tasks as data prediction
competitions, ensuring that competitions reflect real-life projects. Before founding Kaggle, Anthony worked in the
macroeconomic modelling areas of the Reserve Bank of Australia and before that the Australian Treasury. In these
roles, Anthony was responsible for building macroeconomic models, generating economic forecasts and simulating
the impact of changes in interest rates and fiscal policy on the Australian economy. Anthony holds a first class
honours degree in economics and econometrics from the University of Melbourne and has published in The Economist
magazine and the Australian Economic Review.

Jim Golden
Jim Golden (Accenture)

Jim Golden is a Partner and Chief Management Scientist at Accenture. Dr. Golden leads The Global Pharmaceutical Analytics Practice and supports the Global Healthcare Data Analytics Group. His work focuses on the development of data analytics strategy, platforms, offerings and solutions for Accenture’s pharmaceutical, payer, provider and government clients. His most recent work focuses on the areas of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) within healthcare R&D, and physician targeting and customer lifetime value for pharmaceutical commercial marketing.

Stephen Guerin
Stephen Guerin (Santa Fe Complex)

Steve is the inspiration behind the Santa Fe Complex and spends a significant percentage of his time volunteering on its behalf as a spokesperson, organizer, and developer of the intern program.
He is President of RedfishGroup, an R&D consultancy based in Santa Fe, where he applies the emerging science of complex adaptive systems. His work centers on visualization, modeling, and the design of self-organizing systems.
He served on the National Science Foundation’s Human & Social Dynamics Grant Review Committee and lectures on agent-based modeling and visualization as a faculty member of Santa Fe Institute’s Complex Systems Summer School. Between 2000 and 2002, Stephen worked as a Senior Software Developer at BiosGroup and participated as a member of Stuart Kauffman’s research group.
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Tim Guleri
Tim Guleri (Sierra Ventures)

Tim Guleri is a Managing Director of Sierra Ventures, a Menlo Park, California, venture capital fund. Sierra’s nine portfolios of venture investments have committed capital exceeding $1.5 Billion.

Tim’s investment focus is Information Technology Software companies. Additionally, Tim has helped execute on Sierra’s India strategy and investments. Tim’s investments that he’s taken public are in India (Nasdaq: MMYT, top performing IPO of 2010) and Sourcefire in 2007 (Nasdaq: FIRE). Additional exits have been Greenplum (EMC Corporation), Net6 (Citrix Systems) AirMedia (AOL), Makara (RedHat) and Red Aril (iCrossing).

Prior to Sierra, Tim was the founder and CEO of Octane Software. He led Octane’s merger with Epiphany (Nasdaq: EPNY) for $3.2 billion. Before Octane, Tim was vice president of... Read More.

Alon Halevy
Alon Halevy (Google)

Alon Halevy heads the Structured Data Management Research group at
Google, where he manages Google Fusion Tables, a service for managing and visualizing large data sets in the cloud.
Prior to that, he was a professor of Computer Science at the
University of Washington in Seattle, where he founded the database
group. In 1999, Dr. Halevy co–founded Nimble Technology, one of the
first companies in the Enterprise Information Integration space, and in
2004, Dr. Halevy founded Transformic Inc., a company that created search
engines for the deep web, and was acquired by Google. Dr Halevy is a
Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, received the the
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers... Read More.

Sudhir Hasbe
Sudhir Hasbe (Microsoft)

Sudhir Hasbe is a Sr. Product Manager at Microsoft focusing on SQL Azure and Middleware. Mr. Hasbe is responsible for DataMarket, Microsoft’s information marketplace. Mr. Hasbe is responsible for building ISV partner ecosystem around Windows Azure Platform. Mr. Hasbe has passion for incubation businesses and has worked at few startup businesses prior to Microsoft.

Sudhir Hasbe has rich background in ERP, EAI and Supply chain management space. Prior to Microsoft Mr. Hasbe has worked with more than 55 companies in 10 countries over 10 years implementing and integrating ERP systems with various supply chain and data collection solutions.

Joe Hellerstein
Joe Hellerstein (UC Berkeley)

Joseph M. Hellerstein

is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley,
whose work focuses on data-centric systems and the way they drive computing.
He is an
ACM Fellow,


Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

and the recipient of two

ACM-SIGMOD “Test of Time”

awards for his research.
In 2010, Fortune Magazine included him in their list of 50

smartest people in technology
, and MIT’s
Technology Review magazine included his work on

Distributed Programming

on their... Read More.

J. C. Herz
J. C. Herz (Ion Channel)

J.C. Herz is the CEO of Batchtags LLC, whose analytics engine, Tripledex, allows individual and institutional users to explore, build, and share information about highly interconnected networks of people, organizations, partnerships, and other transactions in an intuitive visual interface. Tripledex provides software and services to both Fortune 500 and government clients.

Ken Hilburn
Ken Hilburn (Juice Analytics)

Ken joined Juice in 2007 with over 20 years of technology development experience focussed on software product development and implementation. Ken works with Juice’s community and customers to help them better understand how to incorporate information presentation best practices into their world. He’s known for applying his structured approach and deep customer experiences to enable clients to implement targeted information solutions that make a difference.

Prior to joining Juice, Ken successfully led product and consulting organizations of various sizes in roles from product management to professional services. Ken holds an undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

Jake Hofman
Jake Hofman (Yahoo!)

Jake Hofman is a member of the Human Social Dynamics group at Yahoo! Research. His work involves data-driven modeling of social data, focusing on applications of machine learning and statistical inference to large-scale data. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University.

Alexander Howard
Alexander Howard (O'Reilly Media)

Alexander B. Howard is the Government 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media, where he reports on technology, open government and online civics. Before joining O’Reilly, Howard was the associate editor of at TechTarget. His work there focused on how regulations affect IT operations, including issues of data protection, privacy, security and enterprise IT strategy. Before moving the focus of his coverage to cybersecurity, online privacy and compliance, Howard was the associate editor of, an online IT encyclopedia. In that role, he researched and wrote about nearly every aspect of enterprise IT, including the impact of social software on business and the media. In his spare time, he practiced writing about himself in the third person, with mixed results. Howard’s work experience also includes working... Read More.

Adam Hurwitz
Adam Hurwitz (Happtique)

Adam is currently CTO of Happtique. He is a technologist with broad experience creating software products and services in various industries. He recently worked at Microsoft as a Program Manager creating cloud-based products in the SQL organization. Prior to that he was the CIO of Business Intelligence Associates, Inc. (BIA) where he built their industry leading e-discovery software and managed data analytics projects involving large corporate databases. He has also worked on ecommerce systems, such as, and has spoken at conferences, including the first O’Reilly Strata conference. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and has a BA from Vassar College in Physics and Philosophy.

Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson (Thomson Reuters)

Peter Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Leeds. He then joined the Department of Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University, earning tenure in 1987 and publishing “Introduction to Expert Systems” with Pearson, a textbook that has run to three editions and been translated into seven languages.

In 1988, he moved to the US as a principal scientist at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories, bringing out a book of papers with MIT Press entitled “Logic Based Knowledge Representation” in 1989. He has also taught courses at University of Washington in Saint Louis, Clarkson University in New York, and Singapore Polytechnic.

In 1995, he joined the Thomson Corporation, and he is now chief scientist and vice president of R&D at Thomson Reuters Professional.... Read More.

Paul Kedrosky
Paul Kedrosky (Kauffman Foundation)

Dr. Kedrosky is an investor, speaker, writer, media guy, and entrepreneur. In his spare time he is a dangerous Twitterer, analyst for CNBC television, and the editor of Infectious Greed, one of the most popular financial blogs available over the Interweb.

In the dusty distance of long-ago, Dr K. founded what he is reasonably sure was the first hosted blogging site, GrokSoup. After having grown it to be one the largest such services on the Interweb (admittedly before there were other such services), he demonstrated his unerring ability to enter fast-growing markets before they take off, and exit before they have grown large enough to deliver an island-purchasing exit. The rest is history, or least an index entry in one book on blogging.

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Moe Khosravy
Moe Khosravy (Microsoft)

Moe is the Director of Program Management on the Cloud Services Team, responsible for SQL Azure, Windows Azure DataMarket, AppMarket, Sync Services, and Cloud Labs. Prior to this role, he was the Product Unit Manager leading the Windows Azure DataMarket business (formerly known as Codename “Dallas”). DataMarket allows IWs and developers on any platform to easily discover, explore, and consume data & services to power applications, visualizations and reports. Moe created the project and ran the engineering and business development teams that allow the marketplace to deliver real-time web services, media, massive relational data, and higher-level analytics and visualization services – mostly due to his selfish needs for big data. Prior to Azure, he ran the augmented-reality cloud initiative in the Cloud Data Services... Read More.

Dustin Kirk
Dustin Kirk (Neustar)

Dustin Kirk is a Senior User Experience Designer at Neustar in the Webmetrics product group. His passion lies in changing the world’s perception of technology by raising people’s expectations through areas of interaction design & visualization. As a multi-disciplinary user experience designer, his scholastic research and professional focus is on creating systems and electronic interfaces that are both effective an efficient. He is particularly interested in improving users’ experiences through data-mining and context awareness. Having dual majored in Computer Science and Psychology, Dustin brings a breadth of knowledge in people and technology as well as a passion for business, design, and innovation. He has also completed a M.S. in Human Computer Interaction from Rensselaer and participated in the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT. As... Read More.

Marshall Kirkpatrick
Marshall Kirkpatrick (ReadWriteWeb)

Marshall Kirkpatrick is the Co-Editor of ReadWriteWeb.

Philip (Flip) Kromer

Flip is the Founder and CTO of Infochimps, a data marketplace to find any data-set in the world. He holds a B.S. in Physics and Computer Science from Cornell University and attended graduate school in Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. Flip enjoys riding his bicycle around Austin, eating homemade soup, and playing extreme Scrabble. The idea for Infochimps was inspired by Flip’s abhorrence of redundancy and desire to make the world a happier place for data lovers of all kinds.

Ken Krugler
Ken Krugler (Scale Unlimited)

Ken is the president of Scale Unlimited, a consulting and training company for big data processing and web mining problems using Hadoop, Cascading, Solr and Elasticsearch. Previously he was the founder and CTO of Krugle, a vertical search engine and enterprise appliance for code and technical information. He’s a member of the Apache Foundation, a committer on the Tika and Bixo open source projects, and teaches Hadoop, Cassandra and Solr courses for Scale Unlimited, Datastax and Lucidworks.

Robert Lancaster
Robert Lancaster (Orbitz Worldwide)

Rob Lancaster left a promising career in Neuroscience to work in Software Development. For the last 12 years he’s been developing solutions for the travel industry. He is currently a Solutions Architect for Orbitz working with their Hotel technology teams on various efforts.

Ping Li
Ping Li (Accel Partners)

Ping has been with Accel Partners since 2004. He focuses primarily on software and digital media investments with specific interest in cloud computing, big data/storage, mobile and gaming.

He currently is a Board Member of BitTorrent, Cloudera, Lookout, Mu Dynamics, Nimbula, Raptr, ScaleXtreme, and YuMe. Ping was also responsible for several Accel investments which have had successful exits including Ludic Labs (Groupon), Mochi Media (Shanda) and Reactivity (Cisco).

Ping has over 15 years of experience as a technology investor and operating executive in helping build market leading technology companies and product lines. Prior to Accel, Ping worked at Juniper Networks as a Senior Product Line Manager for their flagship M-series router products, as well as Director of Corporate Development. Ping was actively involved in Juniper’s... Read More.

Lucian Lita
Lucian Lita (Yoyo Labs)

Founder and CEO at YoyoLabs, building custom data platforms, services, and data products with a bias towards personalization and privacy. Previously director of data engineering at Intuit, leading data platform, a/b testing, personalization, and real time services across US and the EU. Founded Level Up Analytics, a data science consulting firm building custom data products. Built and ran the engineering and analytics / data science teams at BlueKai. Led data science efforts in information extraction and medical data search within Siemens Healthcare. Lucian holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon, where he focused on applied machine learning and natural language processing.

Jock Mackinlay
Jock Mackinlay (Tableau Software)

Jock Mackinlay is Tableau Software’s Director of Visual Analysis. Jock has a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University, where he pioneered the automatic design of graphical presentations of relational information. He joined Xerox PARC in 1986, where he collaborated with the User Interface Research Group to develop many novel applications of computer graphics for information access, coining the term “Information Visualization.” Much of the fruits of this research can be seen in his book, “Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think” (Morgan Kauffman, written and edited with Stuart K. Card and Ben Shneiderman). Jock is a co-inventor of numerous software patents related to information visualization.

Mark Madsen
Mark Madsen (Teradata)

Mark Madsen is a Fellow at Teradata, where he’s responsible for understanding, forecasting, and defining analytics ecosystems and architectures. Previously, he was CEO of Third Nature, where he advised companies on data strategy and technology planning, and vendors on product management. Mark has designed analysis, machine learning, data collection, and data management infrastructure for companies worldwide.

Creve Maples, Ph.D.
Creve Maples, Ph.D. (Event Horizon)

Dr. Creve Maples has undergraduate degrees from MIT and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Science from the University of California, Berkeley. After completing NSF post Doctoral fellowship, he moved into the field of computing and, as head of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s Advanced Computer Architecture Lab, carried out pioneering work in the fields of multi-processor computers, real-time computing and interactive multi-dimensional data visualization.

He has worked in both the academic and commercial sectors and was recruited from the private sector by Sandia National Laboratory where he founded the Synthetic Environment Laboratory. His work in virtual reality (VR) and human-computer interfaces received national attention and ultimately led to the formation of a public corporation. Dr. Maples has published over 100 journal papers, given hundreds of keynote... Read More.

Peter Marney
Peter Marney (Thomson Reuters)

Peter Marney is a Senior Vice President at Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information to businesses and professionals. Peter leads the team that defines and implements the company’s information architecture strategy known as Content Marketplace. It is Thomson Reuters’ approach to federated master data management built on a uniform set of policies, a common language of content and a standardized set of interfaces. The Marketplace enables otherwise disparate databases, both internal and external to Thomson Reuters, to distribute interoperable and easily commingled information.

Peter has held many senior positions during his 20 year career at Thomson Reuters and has principally focused on products and services directed at the investment banking community. Peter received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Franklin and... Read More.

Joshua Martell
Joshua Martell (Wolfram|Alpha)

Joshua Martell joined Wolfram Research in 2005. Tasked with integrating various data formats into Mathematica, he quickly gained experience with a broad range of technical areas. Currently, he manages real time feeds for Wolfram|Alpha, including financial, metrological, and geospatial data. Joshua also works extensively on data interface and database technology.

Hilary Mason
Hilary Mason (Cloudera Fast Forward Labs)

Hilary Mason is vice president of research at Cloudera Fast Forward Labs and data scientist in residence at Accel Partners. Previously, Hilary was chief scientist at Bitly. She cohosts DataGotham, a conference for New York’s homegrown data community, and cofounded HackNY, a nonprofit that helps engineering students find opportunities in New York’s creative technical economy. She’s on the board of the Anita Borg Institute and an advisor to several companies, including SparkFun Electronics, Wildcard, and Wonder. Hilary served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology Advisory Board and is a member of Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor.

Carol McCall
Carol McCall (Tenzing Health)

Carol is Chief Innovation and Analytics Officer of Tenzing Health, creating community-based health cooperatives that link people, organizations and resources. The future of health and well-being lies in the idea that ‘all markets are conversations’ and creating this ongoing conversation with all it implies. Tenzing’s innovations in analytics and human-centered design stimulate new notions of health, care, community and sustainability, and accelerate their integration.

Prior to joining Tenzing, Carol was vice president of R&D in Humana’s Innovation Center where she pioneered novel computational approaches in prediction, knowledge discovery and simulation. She launched Humana’s innovations in personalized medicine research and led their Health Services Research Center, emphasizing research in population health, health outcomes, health economics, drug safety and the psychology of health behavior change. Carol also... Read More.

Robert McGrew
Robert McGrew (Palantir Technologies)

Robert McGrew is a Director of Engineering at Palantir. Robert is responsible for the architecture, user interface, and overall product direction of the government product. Prior to Palantir, Robert was a PhD candidate in computer science at Stanford, where he published papers on artificial intelligence, algorithmic game theory, and reputation systems. He has also been a software engineer at PayPal where he designed and implemented systems to cryptographically secure sensitive customer data in fraud processing and complaint resolution.

Abhishek Mehta
Abhishek Mehta (Tresata)

Abhishek is an expert in the areas big data and consumer payments.

He is the co-founder of Tresata, a big data startup that helps companies identify their core data assets, manage, maintain and enhance the intrinsic value in them and build data factories and products to monetize that value.

Abhishek has over a decade of experience in various strategic and operational leadership roles in banking, technology and consulting. Abhishek is also a Member of the Faculty at one of the premier Retail Banking Management Programs in the US.

A featured speaker on these topics, Abhishek is a die-hard supporter of all things open source and is recognized in the industry as a visionary on how to create value by building, transforming (or disrupting) business eco-systems.

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Josh Merchant
Josh Merchant (Lymbix)

Josh is the Co-founder of Lymbix, a company that has created a product called ToneCheck; revolutionizing the space of sentiment analysis. Josh maintains his focus on all the technical aspects of Lymbix including systems management, integration, and support. Originally from Toronto, Josh made the decision to relocate permanently to New Brunswick in 2008 to concentrate his full efforts on Lymbix. Josh is the driving force and visionary behind the intelligence technology being developed to fuel the suite of real- ‐world applications under the Lymbix umbrella. Prior to Lymbix, he led a Ruby on Rails practice building customized software applications for other businesses. Josh holds a degree in Computer/Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

Steve Midgley
Steve Midgley (US Department of Education)

Steve Midgley is the Deputy Director of Education Technology at the US Department of Education. His principal areas of focus are data transparency, digital interoperability and online learning. Prior to arriving at Education, he was the Director of Education at the FCC, where he headed the team which developed the Education chapter of the National Broadband Plan. Prior to government service he was the principal of Mixrun, a CTO consultancy for a number of for-profit and education sector organizations. Mixrun’s clients included California Department of Education’s project called Brokers of Expertise, which uses on-line and real world systems to share and build the expertise of educators. Steve also served as a Program Manager for the Stupski Foundation for six years, designing and implementing... Read More.

Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand... Read More.

Andrew Odewahn
Andrew Odewahn (O'Reilly Media)

Andrew Odewahn is the CTO of O’Reilly Media, where he helps define and create the new products, services, and business models that will help O’Reilly continue to make the transition to an increasingly digital future. The author of two books on database development, he has experience as a software developer and consultant in a number of industries, including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and publishing. Andrew holds an MBA from New York University and a degree in computer science from the University of Alabama. He’s also thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

Mike Olson
Mike Olson (Cloudera)

Mike Olson cofounded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013, when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer. As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment, and direct engagement with customers. Previously, Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine, and he spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for embedded technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies, and Informix Software. Mike holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bob Page
Bob Page (eBay)

As eBay’s vice president of Data & Analytics Platforms, Bob Page brings more than 15 years of passion for analysis to the world’s largest online marketplace. Bob leads eBay’s data and analytics infrastructure, and is responsible for the strategy and policies that power data-driven decisions. From data warehouse and business intelligence solutions to advanced analytics and custom insights, Bob delivers solutions for strategic use of data. Bob joined eBay from Yahoo!, where he led analytics teams across a broad range of responsibilities. He has been active in analytics since 1996, when he was co-founder, CTO and VP of Product Development for Accrue Software, a provider of large-scale web analytics. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, and serves on the eMetrics advisory council.

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Marc Parrish
Marc Parrish (Barnes & Noble)

VP of Direct Marketing
Barnes & Noble

CEO and Co-Founder

VP Marketing
Jigsaw Data Corporation

VP Marketing
Capcom Entertainment

Director of eCommerce

DJ Patil
DJ Patil (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy)

DJ Patil is the chief data scientist and deputy chief technology officer for data policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he advises on policies and practices to maintain US leadership in technology and innovation, fosters partnerships to maximize the nation’s return on its investment in data, and helps to attract and retain the best minds in data science to serve the public. Since joining OSTP, DJ has collaborated with colleagues across government, including the chief information officer and the US Digital Service as part of the Obama administration’s commitment to open data and data science. He leads data science efforts related to the Precision Medicine Initiative, which focuses on utilizing advances in data and health care to provide... Read More.

Mario Veiga Pereira

Has a BSc in EE and MSc / DSc degrees in OR. He is PSR’s founder and president, and has been involved in the following areas: E&G market reform – In the market reform area, Dr. Pereira has been an advisor to Brazil, Chile, China, the six countries of Central America, Colombia, Peru, Turkey and Venezuela. In Brazil, Dr. Pereira has been an advisor to the regulator, National System Operator; and Wholesale Energy Market. He was also the principal advisor to the Ministry-level committee that managed the 2001 energy supply crisis; to the Presidential committee that investigated the causes of rationing; and to the Energy Minister on post-rationing reforms. Since 2003, with the government change, Dr. Pereira has been a special advisor to the new... Read More.

Davin Potts
Davin Potts (Pervasive)

As Product Manager for Pervasive DataRush, Davin Potts provides strategic technology direction, customer alignment and architectural direction for the highly parallel data preparation and analytics framework. He has 10 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical drug discovery industry, applying massive data mining, visualization and modeling techniques to challenges in social graph analysis, molecular modeling, and cybersecurity. Founder of Appliomics, a scientific software consultancy, and co-founder of, a 3-year old commercial startup focused on user-oriented data mining and analysis tools, Davin also has held product management and chief scientist positions at Tripos, Optive and United Devices.

James Powell
James Powell (Thomson Reuters)

James Powell is Executive Vice President and CTO of Thomson Reuters. In this role, he oversees the company’s technology initiatives and strategy, including the application of newly emerging technologies to advance the development and delivery of intelligent information. He also provides leadership to the divisional and business unit technology professionals.

Prior to this position, Mr. Powell held a number of senior technology positions with the organization. He has also held senior positions at Solace Systems, Citadel Investment Group and TIBCO Finance Technology. Mr. Powell has a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Industrial Robotics from Imperial College London.

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. The company combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver... Read More.

kim rees
kim rees (Periscopic)

Kim Rees is a founding partner of Periscopic, an award-winning information visualization firm. Their work has been featured in several online and print publications, including CommArts’ Interactive Annual, The Information Design Sourcebook, Adobe Success Stories, CommArts Insights,,, and numerous websites, blogs, and regional media outlets. Periscopic’s body of work was recently nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.

Kim is a prominent individual in the information visualization community. She has published papers in Parsons Journal of Information Mapping, was an award winner in the VAST 2010 Challenge, and is a guest blogger for Kim has been featured on CommArts Insights and has been invited to speak at several industry events including the Tableau Software Conference, WebVisions, CERF Biennial Conference,... Read More.

Naomi Robbins

Naomi B. Robbins is the author of Creating More Effective Graphs, published by John Wiley (2005). She is a consultant, keynote speaker, and seminar leader who specializes in the graphical display of data. She trains employees of corporations and organizations on the effective presentation of data with customized programs. She also reviews documents and presentations for clients, suggesting improvements or alternative presentations as appropriate. Naomi received her Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Columbia University, M.A. from Cornell University, and A.B. from Bryn Mawr College. She had a long career at Bell Laboratories before forming NBR, her consulting practice.

Simon Rogers
Simon Rogers (Guardian)

Simon Rogers is editor of the Guardian’s Datablog and Datastore, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them. He is the author of Facts are sacred: the power of data available now on Kindle. Simon is also a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets. He was closely involved in the Guardian’s exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expenses records and the organisation’s coverage of the Afghanistan Wikileaks war logs. Previously he was the launch editor of the Guardian’s online news service and has edited the paper’s science section. He has edited two Guardian books: How Slow Can You Waterski and The Hutton Inquiry... Read More.

Matthew Russell
Matthew Russell (Digital Reasoning Systems)
Matthew Russell is a computer scientist and author with deep expertise in open source, data mining, and web application technologies. As tangible evidence, he has authored the O’Reilly titles Mining the Social Web and Dojo: The Definitive Guide. Matthew has worked extensively with the government as well as the private sector in and out of uniform to ensure that complex software is delivered on time and under budget in the midst of even the most difficult of circumstances. Matthew can help you implement elegant end-to-end solutions to difficult problems involving spartan resources, nebulous requirements, high pressure, and messy data.
Theo Schlossnagle
Theo Schlossnagle (Circonus)

Theo Schlossnagle is a Founder and Principal at OmniTI where he designs and implements scalable solutions for highly trafficked sites and other clients in need of sound, scalable architectural engineering. He is the architect of the highly scalable Momentum mail transport agent. Theo is a participant in various open source communities including OpenSolaris, Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, perl, and many others. He is a published author in the area of scalability and distributed systems as well as a veteran speaker in the open source conference circuit.

Toby Segaran
Toby Segaran (Google)

Toby Segaran is the author of the O’Reilly titles, “Programming
Collective Intelligence” and “Programming the Semantic Web” and a
contributing editor of “Beautiful Data” . He frequently speaks on the
subjects of machine learning, collective intelligence and freedom of
data at conferences worldwide.

Toby previous worked as a Senior Data Scientist at Metaweb before it
was acquired by Google in 2010. He now works on large-scale data
reconciliation problems at Google. Prior to Metaweb he founded
Incellico, a biotechnology software company which was acquired in

Toby holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from MIT and is deemed a “Person
of Exceptional Ability” by the USCIS. He loves applying data-analysis
algorithms to everything... Read More.

Jonathan Seidman
Jonathan Seidman (Orbitz Worldwide)

Jonathan has spent more than 15 years as a software developer, with a focus in the last few years on processing large data sets using tools such as Hadoop. Currently, Jonathan is a Lead Engineer on the Business Intelligence/Big Data team at Orbitz Worldwide. Jonathan is also a co-founder and organizer of the Chicago Hadoop User Group and founder of the Chicago Big Data User Group.

Sam Shah (LinkedIn)

Sam Shah is a Senior Software Engineer in the
Search, Network, and Analytics Team at LinkedIn,
working on applied data products. He is
particularly involved in the relevance backends
behind “People You May Know,” LinkedIn’s people
recommendation service, and LinkedIn’s
collaborative filtering system. He holds a Ph.D.
from the University of Michigan.

Justin Sheehy
Justin Sheehy (Basho Technologies)

Justin Sheehy is the CTO of Basho Technologies, the company behind the creation of Webmachine and Riak. As Chief Technology Officer, Justin Sheehy directs Basho’s technical strategy, including integration with other platforms and new research into storage and distributed systems. Most recently before Basho, he was a principal scientist at the MITRE Corporation and a senior architect for systems infrastructure at Akamai. At both of those companies he focused on multiple aspects of robust distributed systems, including scheduling algorithms, language-based formal models, and resilience.

Sunita Shenoy (Intel)

Sunita Shenoy is a Segment Marketing Manager in Intel’s Software and Services Group, responsible for product definition and marketing of Operating Systems for Intel Atom Processor based Tablets and Netbooks. Prior to this, she was responsible for OS for Automotive In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems. She has been involved in Intel’s open source technology initiatives since 2006 and Software initiatives since 2000. Since joining Intel in 1992, she has held a variety of management and engineering roles spanning from silicon design, platform validation, and software development to establishing partner programs for the software ecosystem. She earned the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University in 1992 and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communications from Karnatak University, 1989.

Benoit Sigoure
Benoit Sigoure (StumbleUpon, Inc.)

Benoit Sigoure is a software engineer with a strong UNIX/Linux background. His domains of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • compiler development
  • kernel / operating system design, development and security
  • image processing using stochastic processes
  • design, build and run reliable, super-large-scale, distributed systems

Prior to managing StumbleUpon’s infrastructure, Benoit was part of the site reliability team running Google’s planetary-scale ad serving systems (for both AdWords and AdSense).

Pete Skomoroch
Pete Skomoroch (Workday)

Pete Skomoroch is a Research Scientist at LinkedIn, focusing on building data driven products. For the past several years, he has been a consultant at Data Wrangling in Washington, DC, working on projects involving search, finance, and recommendation systems. Before joining LinkedIn, he was the Director of Advanced Analytics at Juice Analytics and a Sr. Research Engineer at AOL Search. He spent the previous 6 years in Boston implementing pattern detection algorithms for streaming sensor data at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and constructing predictive models for large retail datasets at Profitlogic. Pete has a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Brandeis University.

Rod Smith
Rod Smith (IBM Emerging Internet Technologies )

Rod Smith is an IBM fellow & Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a team of highly technical innovators in seeking out disruptive technologies that aid businesses in future waves of business opportunities. As an IBM Fellow, Rod is closely involved with future IBM’s strategic planning & initiatives.

Throughout his career, Rod has moved the industry and led IBM to a rapid adoption of technologies, such as Web services, XML, Linux, J2EE & big data & analytics and most recently cloud computing around the evolution of platform as a service.

Rion Snow
Rion Snow (Twitter)

Rion Snow leads a team building relevance and discovery technologies at Twitter. Before joining Twitter, he pioneered award-winning research in natural language processing, machine learning, and human computation. Rion received his Ph.D in Computer Science from Stanford, his B.A. in Mathematics from UCSD, and has previously worked for numerous research labs and startups, including Google Research, Microsoft Research, and Powerset.

Pete Soderling
Pete Soderling (Stratus Security)

Pete Soderling is the founder and CEO of Stratus Security, and has spent a significant amount of time pondering the future of data. Stratus’ flagship product, the Stratus Data Management Platform is a turn-key solution that helps data providers easily distribute data to their partners, and handles data metering, monitoring and security.

Prior to starting Stratus, Pete was the founder and CEO of mechanikal, an industry-leading software development agency that specializes in the development of secure Internet applications for mobile devices, desktops and the web. Mechanikal’s clients include IAC/InterActiveCorp, NBC Universal, Fox News and Ziff Davis.

Pete holds a B.S. in Information Systems Management from New York University where he graduated with honors. He is also a member of the... Read More.

Stephen Sorkin
Stephen Sorkin (Splunk)

Stephen is the VP Engineering responsible for the core Splunk server. His
team is responsible for gathering, processing, indexing, searching,
reporting and alerting data in the Splunk system. Before Splunk, Stephen
was a research scientist at HP Labs in Palo Alto. Stephen has a BS in
Computer Science from Stanford and a MS in Computer Science from UC
Berkeley. He is the author of several peer-reviewed papers and patents.

Roman Stanek (GoodData)

Roman is GoodData’s visionary leader, who had the crazy idea back in 2007 that cloud computing could finally make good on the broken promises of generations of BI. Roman has been a tech entrepreneur for almost 20 years. He was Founder and CEO of NetBeans (acquired by Sun Microsystems) and Systinet (acquired by Mercury Interactive and later Hewlett Packard). Read Roman’s blog

Julie Steele
Julie Steele (Manifold)

Julie Steele is Director of Marketing at Manifold, an artificial intelligence engineering services firm with offices in Boston and Silicon Valley. Julie was Director of Communications at Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), where she was instrumental in developing a strong sense of brand through content and design. Her experience on both sides of the content creation process began when she worked at O’Reilly Media, first as an Acquisitions Editor and then on the Strata conferences. Julie is author and coauthor of multiple books, published reports, and articles on data visualization and data science.

Ryan Strynatka
Ryan Strynatka (Radian6)

As Director of Product Management with Radian6, Ryan leads the Product Management team, overseeing product planning, market strategy, and go-to-market planning. Ryan has over a decade of technology industry experience, focusing on Product Management, Social Media, Spatial Analysis and Customer Service.

Prior to joining Radian6 in 2009, Ryan focused on digital photogrammetry, Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing applications with Leica Geosystems. Ryan holds an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Western Ontario and a post-graduate diploma in Remote Sensing from the Centre of Geographic Sciences.

Indu Subaiya
Indu Subaiya (Health 2.0)

Indu Subaiya, MD, MBA is co-founder of Health 2.0: User Generated
Healthcare, a first-of-its-kind forum showcasing leading edge digital media,
web and mobile technologies in healthcare. She is also the creator and
Director of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge and Vice President of the
Society for Participatory Medicine. Most recently she was
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Physic Ventures, where she helped evaluate
investment opportunities in the consumer health space. Indu also was Vice
President of Healthcare and Biomedical Research at Gerson Lehrman Group, an
expert network platform, where she facilitated due diligence research in the
healthcare sector. Earlier in her career she served as Director of Outcomes
Research at Quorum Consulting, Inc. where she conducted post-marketingRead More.

Abe Taha
Abe Taha (Karmasphere)

Abe was senior director of engineering for where he led engineering for all properties. Before that, Abe was director of engineering at Ning where he worked on Hadoop-based solutions for Ning users and led development of the Ning data services platform and systems management services.

Previously, Abe managed development for the Google Apps Infrastructure at Google, and while at Yahoo! served as senior engineering manager for several units including, Social Search Platform, Search Front-End Platform and Listings Platform. In addition, Abe has held engineering positions at technology companies including CNA eBusiness, Scient and Jackson Software.
Abe has completed course requirements for a PhD and holds a MS in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned... Read More.

Cindi Thompson (Deloitte Consulting LLP)

Cindi leads the Text Analytics team in Deloitte’s Analytics Institute. She has over 12 years R&D and project management experience in industrial, consulting, and academic settings. Her research areas include text analytics, machine learning, and adaptive recommendation systems. She worked 4 years as a professor before joining PwC for 6 years as a Research Manager. Cindi has a PhD and MA in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas – Austin, and A BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.

Jer Thorp
Jer Thorp (New York University)

New York-based artist and educator Jer Thorp is an adjunct professor in New York University’s ITP program and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Network on AI, IoT, and the Future of Trust. Previously, Jer ran the Office for Creative Research, a multidisciplinary research group exploring new modes of engagement with data, and served as the data artist in residence at the New York Times. Jer is a former geneticist, and his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Jer’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, including in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, and has recently been featured by the Guardian, Scientific American, the New Yorker, and Popular Science.... Read More.

J.J. Toothman
J.J. Toothman (NASA Ames Research Center)

J.J. Toothman recently returned to NASA Ames Research Center after a two year period working with Stanford University and consulting with a variety of San Francisco based startup companies. In his current role as Web Strategist at NASA Ames Research Center, he is developing a holistic strategic roadmap for the role of the web at Ames. This “strategic mashup“ integrates elements of Gov 2.0, Open Gov, social media, cloud computing, enterprise 2.0 and similar edgework concepts. This effort builds upon the role he held from 2001 to 2007. During this time, he held the position of Web Services Manager at NASA Ames Research Center, implementing numerous open source software solutions and web applications in addition to evangelizing and integrating web standards within... Read More.

Joseph Turian
Joseph Turian (Workday)

Joseph Turian, Ph.D., heads MetaOp­ti­mize LLC, which consults on predictive analytics, business intelligence, NLP, ML, and data strat­egy. He also run the MetaOp­ti­mize Q&A site, where Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing experts share their knowledge. He specializes in large data sets.

Joseph Turian holds a Ph.D. in computer science (with a focus on Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing) from New York University since 2007. During his graduate studies, he developed a fast, large-scale machine learning method for parsing natural language. He received his AB from Harvard University in 2001.

As a scientist, Joseph Turian has over 14 refereed publications in top NLP + ML conferences. His team submitted the best parser in EVALITA 2009 Main+Pilot tasks. He is... Read More.

Vineet Tyagi
Vineet Tyagi (Impetus Technologies)

Vineet Tyagi has over 17 years of experience on product development, managing innovation and creating enterprise grade solutions for Healthcare, Transportation, Insurance and Financial sectors. His expertise includes Big Data, Hadoop, Cloud Computing and Agile/Lean software development. Vineet has spearheaded the design & architecture of several large & cloud scale solutions for data lifecycle management at petabyte scale. Vineet also leads many Open source contributions that have received global recognitions and is a noted speaker on Big Data Technologies.

Jud Valeski
Jud Valeski (Gnip)

Jud Valeski is co-founder and CEO of Gnip, a real-time data portability software initiative. From client-side consumer facing products, to large scale back-end infrastructure projects, he has enjoyed working with technology for over twenty years. He’s been a part of engineering, product, and M&A teams at IBM, Netscape,, AOL, and me.dium. He has played a central role in the release of a wide range of products used by tens of millions of users worldwide.

Beginning his career as a Smalltalk intern in IBM’s logistics department, Jud built cost optimization & modeling software and ported desktop apps to IBM’s intranet. From there he joined Netscape Communications and worked on the networking and cookie components of the browser.

After integrating Netscape Gecko across... Read More.

David Van Sickle
David Van Sickle (Asthmapolis)

David is the co-founder of Asthmapolis, a company that uses medication sensors and real-time information about asthma to improve management, lower costs and guide public health. He is an asthma epidemiologist and medical anthropologist by training with an interest in global respiratory health and low cost solutions to chronic respiratory disease. He was formerly an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Jinesh Varia
Jinesh Varia (Amazon Web Services)

As a Technology Evangelist at Amazon, Jinesh Varia helps businesses take advantage of disruptive technologies like Cloud Computing that are changing the way businesses compete in the new web world. Jinesh has spoken at more than 150 conferences around the world. His passion lies in architecture, design and XML Web services. Jinesh has over 15 years experience in XML and Web services and has worked with standards-based working groups in XBRL. Prior to joining Amazon as an evangelist, he held several positions in UBmatrix including Solutions Architect, Enterprise Team Lead and Software engineer, working on various financial services projects including Call Modernization Project at FDIC. He was also lead developer at Penn State Data Center, Institute of Regional Affairs. Jinesh’s... Read More.

Werner Vogels
Werner Vogels (

Dr. Vogels is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at 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. He was named the... Read More.

Pete Warden
Pete Warden (TensorFlow)

Pete Warden is the technical lead on the TensorFlow mobile embedded team at Google doing deep learning. Previously, he was CTO of Jetpac, which was acquired by Google, and worked on GPU optimizations for image processing at Apple. He’s written several books on data processing for O’Reilly and blogs at

Kevin Weil
Kevin Weil (Twitter, Inc.)

Kevin Weil specializes in the technology behind distributed systems, parallel processing, and analytics, especially in the context of large datasets. He currently leads the analytics team at Twitter, using Hadoop and other big data analytics tools to crunch Twitter’s massive data set and apply those learnings to improve the product. Prior to Twitter, he was the first employee at next-generation web media startup Cooliris, backed and incubated by Kleiner Perkins. At Cooliris, he innovated on user growth and advertising-focused analytics on a server cluster running Hadoop, Pig, and Hive — open-source implementations of the Google technology stack that are central to companies like Facebook, Yahoo, and A9. Mr. Weil has also worked at municipal wireless network provider Tropos Networks, where he optimized the performance... Read More.

Chris Wensel
Chris Wensel (Concurrent, Inc)

Chris Wensel is the founder of Concurrent Inc., and the author of the
Cascading data processing open-source project. He also co-founded Scale
Unlimited, the first Hadoop and “Big Data” related professional services and
training company, where he mentored companies like Sun Microsystems, Apple,
and numerous startups in the Bay Area.

Chris bootstrapped his first Internet startup in the early 90’s, creating an
early Web server-side scripting language used by companies in the
real estate and insurance verticals. During the late 90’s, Chris focused on
distributed-agent based systems where he received several patents on
distributed computing. From there he became Chief Architect for the fastest
growing business unit at Thomson Reuters. Just prior to Concurrent, Chris
... Read More.

Ben Werther
Ben Werther (DataStax (formerly Riptano))

Ben is VP of Products at DataStax (formerly Riptano), the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra™ whose products and services help customers run massively scalable data infrastructure. Prior to DataStax, Ben was Director of Product Management at EMC’s Data Computing Products Division (formerly Greenplum Software). At Greenplum, Ben led product management for the company, and drove product strategy, prioritization and product definition. Prior to Greenplum, Ben was at Microsoft where he was responsible for planning of the ‘post-Longhorn’ Windows Server platform and strategic planning for Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform. Ben was a CS PhD candidate at Stanford University, and holds an MS from Stanford University and a B.Comp(Hons) from Monash University (Australia).

Ian White
Ian White (Urban Mapping, Inc)

Ian is the CEO of Urban Mapping, a leading provider of hosted mapping services.

Prior to founding Urban Mapping in 2003, White worked as a business consultant at and held various roles in business development and marketing. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Design and Management at Parsons School of Design in New York.

White received a BA from McGill University in Montreal, an MBA from Babson College and completed postgraduate studies in France.

Edd Wilder-James
Edd Wilder-James (Google)

Edd Wilder-James is a strategist at Google, where he is helping build a strong and vital open source community around TensorFlow. A technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California, Edd previously helped transform businesses with data as vice president of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science. Formerly Edd Dumbill, Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata Data Conference and chaired the Open Source Software Conference for six years. He was also the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Big Data. A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system and a cofounder of the Pharmalicensing online intellectual property exchange. An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd... Read More.

Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson (Thomson Reuters)

Brian Wilson is Vice President, Chief Architect for the Healthcare & Science business of Thomson Reuters. Currently responsible for enterprise architecture and strategic technology, Brian has held various technology management and advisory roles at Thomson Reuters with a primary focus on the business of science.

While past work includes services development, systems performance, search, big content analytics, emerging technology, and social networking, Brian has recently been a key technical contributor to the Open Researcher and Contributor ID Initiative.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware.

When not thinking about the future of science and healthcare, Brian keeps his daughters entertained with baking cookies and vacations to exotic locales.

Dennis Yang
Dennis Yang (Infochimps)

Dennis is the Director of Product & Marketing. He joined Infochimps after five years as a co-founder of Floor64 where he produced the well-known business & technology blog, Techdirt, and created the crowdsourced thinktank, Insight Community. Prior to that, he spent seven years at mySimon, a division of CNET Networks. As Associate Vice President, Dennis was responsible for the overall management, operations, and development of the mySimon comparison shopping site. Dennis first cut his teeth at Andersen Consulting, and holds a B.S. from Cornell University, where he and Flip met while building a hybrid electric vehicle. Dennis authors his own personal blog, eponymously at, and you can follow him on Twitter at @sinned.

Scott Yara
Scott Yara (Greenplum, a division of EMC)

In his role as SVP, Products, Scott is responsible for the Greenplum’s overall product development and go-to-market efforts, including engineering, product management, and marketing. Scott is a co-founder of Greenplum and was President of the company until Greenplum’s acquisition by EMC. Prior to Greenplum, Scott served as vice president for Digital Island, a publicly traded Internet infrastructure services company that was acquired by Cable & Wireless in 2001. Before Digital Island, Scott served as vice president for Sandpiper Networks, an Internet content delivery services company that merged with Digital Island in 1999. At Sandpiper, Scott helped to create the industry’s first content delivery network (CDN), a globally distributed computing infrastructure comprised of several thousand servers, and used by many of the industry’s... Read More.

Nicholas Yee (PARC)

Nick Yee has an extensive research background in the psychology of virtual environments and online interaction. He’s worked with PARC’s PlayOn group and Sony Online Entertainment to examine large data sets of behavioral data from online games. At PARC, he’s also studied how people use and react to context-aware mobile applications.

At Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Nick conducted experiments in immersive virtual reality to explore digital self representation and social interaction. He is also well-known for the Daedalus Project, a long-running survey study of over 50,000 online gamers exploring demographic patterns, play motivations, and emergent social phenomena. His interest in online interaction began when a personality psychology professor in college asked students to create their own webpage (this was back in 1998) as... Read More.


  • Thomson Reuters
  • EMC Data Computing Division
  • EnterpriseDB
  • Microsoft
  • Gnip
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • IBM
  • Windows Azure MarketPlace DataMarket
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Aster Data
  • Cloudera
  • Clustrix
  • DataStax, Inc. (formerly Riptano, Inc.)
  • Digital Reasoning Systems
  • Heritage Provider Network
  • Impetus
  • Jaspersoft
  • Karmasphere
  • LinkedIn
  • MarkLogic
  • Pentaho
  • Pervasive
  • Revolution Analytics
  • Splunk
  • Urban Mapping
  • Wolfram|Alpha
  • Esri
  • ParAccel
  • Tableau Software

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