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 speaks with Michael Stoppelman of Yelp and Siva Subramanian of Box to unbox their respective companies and examine the technology, architecture, and innovations they’ve harnessed to deliver superior products and services.
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.
Michael joined Yelp in 2007 as a software engineer to help to rebuild the search engine. Over the years, Michael was promoted to more senior roles and led developer recruiting; as Vice President of Engineering, he is now responsible for overseeing the company’s rapidly expanding engineering team and leads the company’s technical recruiting efforts. Prior to Yelp, Michael was a senior software engineer and tech lead for the AdSense Traffic Quality team at Google. Michael holds a B.S. in computer science from Purdue University.
Siva leads search & analytics engineering at Box for the last 2 years. Before Box, he was a principal engineer on the ad platform team at Yahoo!