Strata Summit 2011 Speakers

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

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David Beyer (

David Beyer is the CEO of, which is “Google Analytics for Databases.” Prior to that, he was the co-founder of Cortex, a healthcare startup, which helped hospital executives share ideas around the country. He received his B.A. from Brown University.

Matthew Bishop
Matthew Bishop (The Economist)

Matthew Bishop is the US business editor and New York bureau chief of the Economist. His new book, The Road from Ruin: How to Renew Capitalism and Put America Back on Top, coauthored with Michael Green, was published by Crown in February 2010. Matthew is also the author of Philanthrocapitalism, also with Mr Green, on the global revolution under way in philanthropy, Essential Economics, the Economist’s official layperson’s guide to economics, and several of the Economist’s special report supplements, most recently “A Bigger World,” which examines the opportunities and challenges accompanying the rise of emerging economies and firms. Before joining the Economist, Matthew was on the faculty of London Business School.

Mark Bolgiano
Mark Bolgiano (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

Mark Bolgiano is a data scientist and the chief enterprise architect and strategist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies. HHMI plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States. The Institute spent $776 million for research and distributed $89 million in grant support for science education in fiscal year 2009.

Before joining HHMI in December 2010, Mark served as President and CEO of XBRL US, the national consortium for XML business reporting standards, and started XBRL Labs, a research and innovation center focused on XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language), an open-source, royalty-free language being adopted globally to... Read More.

John Bottega
John Bottega (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

John Bottega is Vice President and Chief Data Office for the Markets division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. John joined the Bank in February of 2009, responsible for driving and implementing the Markets Data Management strategy, which encompasses business, governance and technology in order to establish a sustainable business data discipline and technology infrastructure.

Prior to joining the Bank, John held the position as Chief Data Office for Citi, making him the first person in the finance industry to hold this title. At Citi, he was responsible for planning and managing the Investment Bank’s data management strategy, data policies, operational line functions and data investments.

John has over 28 years of experience managing and transforming reference data functions, having spend 9 of... Read More.

Jaime Brugueras
Jaime Brugueras (Mineful)

Jaime graduated with a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Illinois and worked as a marketing consultant for more than 5 years. As a marketing analyst, Jaime saw a gap between analytics and actual benefits to a company. He co-founded Mineful to bridge that gap and help companies take action based on analytics.

At Mineful, he is responsible for all the pre-built algorithms inside Mineful. He also leads sales, marketing, and frequently blogs about how companies use data to improve their business.

Aneesh Chopra
Aneesh Chopra (The Advisory Board Company)
Aneesh Chopra is the former U.S. Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an “open innovation” strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration – opening data to transform health, energy and education markets, convening tech leaders to develop consensus standards, and sponsoring prizes, challenges and competitions to tap into entrepreneurial problem solvers.

Chopra previously served as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology and has returned as a Senior Advisor with The Advisory Board Company, a global research, consulting, and technology firm helping hospital executives to better serve patients, where he previously served as Managing Director. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in... Read More.

Michael Chui
Michael Chui (McKinsey Global Institute)

Michael Chui is a San Francisco-based partner in the McKinsey Global Institute, where he directs research on the impact of disruptive technologies, such as big data, social media, and the internet of things, on business and the economy. Previously, as a McKinsey consultant, Michael served clients in the high-tech, media, and telecom industries on multiple topics. He was the first chief information officer of the City of Bloomington, Indiana, and was the founder and executive director of HoosierNet, a regional internet service provider. Michael is a frequent speaker at major global conferences and his research has been cited in leading publications around the world. He holds a BS in symbolic systems from Stanford University, a PhD in computer science and cognitive science, and an MS... Read More.

Bill Cook
Bill Cook (EMC Greenplum)

Bill Cook leads the Data Computing Products Division (DCD) as SVP and GM, and was CEO of Greenplum prior to its acquisition by EMC. Prior to Greenplum, Bill served as Executive Vice President, Sales and Service at Penguin Computing, a high-performance computing and Linux systems vendor. Prior to Penguin Computing, Bill spent 19 years at Sun Microsystems, most recently as Senior Vice President of US Sales, in this position he led a field force of 3,500 with revenues in excess of $5 billion. Additionally while at Sun, Bill helped lead the Sun worldwide storage business unit, as well as implementing Sun’s Global Account model and strategic sales organization. Previously, Bill held positions at Machine Vision International and Datapoint Corporation

Kyle Cranmer
Kyle Cranmer (New York University)

Kyle Cranmer is an Assistant Professor of Physics at New York University searching for new fundamental particles and interactions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC is producing what is arguably the largest dataset in the history of science, and Cranmer is one of the leading thinkers on how to exploit its scientific potential. This includes novel technologies for publishing scientific results, collaborative design of statistical models, and new approaches to open access and preservation of scientific data.

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.

Paul DePodesta
Paul DePodesta (New York Mets)

After graduating Cum Laude from
Harvard College with a degree in economics,
DePodesta worked in the Canadian Football
League and the American Hockey League. He then
joined the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club as an
intern in Player Development. Within a year, the
Indians made him the advance scout for the Major
League team, and two years later he was appointed
Special Assistant to the General Manager.

In 1999, DePodesta’s first season as Oakland’s
Assistant G.M., the Athletics enjoyed their first
winning season in seven years and began a run of
four consecutive playoff appearances, including
three American League West Division Titles.
Amidst the remarkable run, the Toronto Blue
Jays offered to... Read More.

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger, and technology activist. Cory is the coeditor of the popular blog Boing Boing and a contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines, and websites. He was formerly director of European affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards, and treaties. Cory holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a visiting senior lecturer; in 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

Cory’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by... Read More.

Donald F. Donahue
Donald F. Donahue (The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation )

Donahue is a 25-year veteran of DTCC and DTC. Since May 2006, he has served as CEO of DTCC. Prior to that, he was COO of DTCC since 2003. Donahue headed DTCC’s Customer Marketing and Development Division, with responsibility for strategic planning, product development, relationship management, applications development and technology from 2000 to 2003. At DTC, he served as chief information officer from 1997 to 2000 and as head of the depository’s Operations Division from 1995 to 1997. He joined DTC in 1986 and has held positions in a variety of areas.

Prior to joining DTC, Donahue was president of a company that developed and marketed credit enhancements for municipal securities from 1985 to 1986. Before... Read More.

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 .

Seymour Duncker
Seymour Duncker (iCharts, Inc.)

Seymour is the founder and CEO of iCharts. Seymour is passionate about data and making the web a better place for viewing and understanding data. Seymour has over 18 years of experience in pioneering new markets. Before launching iCharts, Seymour worked for SAP, was involved in two start-ups and built his own consulting firm.

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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Armando Escalante
Armando Escalante (LexisNexis)

Armando Escalante leads HPCC Systems and is also SVP and CTO of LexisNexis® Risk Solutions. In this position, Mr. Escalante is responsible for technology development including big data analytics, R&D, Information Systems, Security and Operations. Prior to 2001, Mr. Escalante served in multiple senior level positions with different companies, including: Bell Labs, EPSON America, Vignette and Unisys Corp. Mr. Escalante has a degree in Electronics Engineering from USB, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from WCU. He also serves on several Boards.

Michael Ferrari
Michael Ferrari (Computer Sciences Corporation)

Michael Ferrari is the Director of Climate Informatics and Senior Scientist at CSC, where he is working with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on developing commercial tools and applications from their data and models. He also serves on the American Meteorological Society Board of Societal Impacts of Weather and Climate. For the past five years, Michael served as the vice president and director of applied research at Weather Trends International. His primary research interests lie at the interface of climate science, environmental modeling/analysis, and the subsequent development of commercial applications that can benefit from this research. Michael is a frequent speaker at both scientific and commodity conferences around the world, where his talks focus on the confluence of weather, climate... Read More.

Bill Fox J.D., M.A.
Bill Fox J.D., M.A. (LexisNexis)

Bill Fox, JD, MA, is Senior Director of Healthcare at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Prior to LexisNexis, Mr. Fox was Vice President of Program Integrity at MAXIMUS Federal. He was a Partner at the law firm of Post and Schell, and was Deputy Chief of Economic and Cyber Crime at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia. Mr. Fox is a Senior Fellow at the Jefferson School of Population Health, on the Strategic Planning Comittee of the NHCAA, and leads HIMSS Enterprise Fruad Control taskforce. He is a frequent speaker on topics of healthcare fraud, compliance and quality. He has also served as a tactical strength and conditioning consultant to the U.S. Navy SEALs.

LexisNexis Risk Healthcare... Read More.

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.

Marc Goodman
Marc Goodman (Future Crimes, Singularity University)

Marc Goodman is a global thinker, writer and consultant focused on the profound change technology is having on crime security, business and international affairs. Over the past 20 years, he has built his expertise in cyber crime, cyber terrorism and critical infrastructure protection working with organizations such as INTERPOL, the United Nations and NATO. Marc frequently consults with global policy makers, security executives and industry leaders on technology-related security threats and has operated in nearly seventy countries around the world.

Marc founded the Future Crimes Institute to inspire and educate others on the security implications of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, the social data revolution, synthetic biology, virtual worlds, robotics, ubiquitous computing and location-based services. The Institute has more than 1,000 associate... Read More.

Sean Gourley
Sean Gourley (Primer)

Sean Gourley is founder and CEO of Primer. Previously, he was cofounder and CTO of augmented intelligence company Quid. He sits on the board of directors at Anadarko and is a TED fellow. Sean holds a PhD in physics from Oxford, where his research as a Rhodes Scholar focused on complex systems and the mathematical patterns underlying modern war.

Gamiel Gran
Gamiel Gran (Sierra Ventures)

Gamiel Gran joined Sierra Ventures in 2008 as Vice President of Business Development. Gamiel leads the Business Development Strategy for the Firm including the development of external advisory boards such as the Sierra Ventures CIO Advisory Board, Sierra Strategic Advisory program, partnerships with services providers such as Angel investors, recruiters, venture banking, and law firms, and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. Gamiel develops lead sources for the firm and is focused on the broader software sector – including cloud computing, open source, collaboration, and application enabling software.

Gamiel brings 25 years of operational experience to Sierra Ventures with executive roles in Business Development, Corporate Development, Sales Operations, and Channels and Alliances. Prior to joining Sierra in 2008, Gamiel was Vice President Global Channels & Business Development... Read More.

Kristian Hammond
Kristian Hammond (Northwestern Computer Science)

Kristian Hammond is a chief scientist at Narrative and a professor of computer science and journalism at Northwestern University. His research has been primarily focused on artificial intelligence, machine-generated content, and context-driven information systems. He sits on a United Nations policy committee run by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Kris was also named 2014 innovator of the year by the Best in Biz Awards. He holds a PhD from Yale.

Quentin Hardy
Quentin Hardy (New York Times)

QUENTIN HARDY is the Deputy Tech Editor for the New York Times. Previously, he held the position of Silicon Valley Bureau Chief for Forbes magazine. He had been a senior Editor for Forbes from March 1999 to April 2002, covering the technology industry from the Silicon Valley bureau. Prior to joining Forbes, Hardy spent eight years at The Wall Street Journal. While based in the Journal’s Tokyo bureau from 1991 through 1994, he reported on the Japanese banking crisis and market collapse.

From 1994 until 1999, he covered the wireless industry and Silicon Valley culture from the paper’s San Francisco office. He also worked at AP/Dow Jones newswire in Tokyo from 1988 to 1991, covering Asian energy markets and natural resources. Hardy is... Read More.

Doug Harr
Doug Harr (Splunk Inc.)

Doug is the chief information officer at Splunk. He is responsible for the strategic use of technology at the company. Doug and his team serve Splunk’s information technology needs using private and public cloud solutions, while managing web functionality and global facilities. Doug oversees corporate analytics, an internal Splunk implementation to deliver web analytics, application management, security forensics and operational intelligence for the company at large.

Doug has been leading IT organizations for most of his career, at companies such as Ingres Corporation, Portal Software and Hewlett Packard. The rest of the time he has been in the IT consulting field, focused on delivering enterprise business applications to clients and technology companies like Symantec, VMware and Activision.

Doug holds a B.S. degree in business from... Read More.

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

JC Herz is cofounder and COO at Ion Channel, a data and microservices platform that automates situational awareness and enables risk management of the software supply chain. She has 15 years of analytics experience in healthcare and national security. JC was a White House special consultant to the Pentagon’s CIO office and coauthored the DoD’s open technology development roadmap. A published author, she has been contributing to Wired magazine since 1993.

Bill Hoffman
Bill Hoffman (World Economic Forum)

William Hoffman heads the World Economic Forum’s Telecommunications
Industry Group, where he supports a global community of industry partners
in addressing some of the world’s most pressing economic, social and
environmental challenges. One of his primary areas of focus is leading a
global initiative entitled Rethinking Personal Data. This multi-year
project is designed to catalyze action and shared understandings on how to
shape a personal data ecosystem that crates opportunities for both social
and economic value creation as well as protecting the rights of

Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, William was the Director of
Enterprise Marketing at AT&T. With broad experience in the communications
industry, he has an extensive background with the... Read More.

Bradley Horowitz
Bradley Horowitz (Google)

Bradley Horowitz is Vice President of Product for Google’s social products including Gmail, Blogger, Picasa, and the recently launched Google+ Project. He has also led product for Google’s consumer application division which includes Gmail, Gtalk, Google Voice, Google Reader and Calendar. Before joining Google, Horowitz was Yahoo’s VP of Advanced Development where he drove the acquisitions of Flickr and MyBlogLog, launched the Brickhouse incubator, and developed new products like Yahoo! Pipes. Previously, he was Co-Founder and CTO of Virage, where he oversaw the technical direction of the company from its founding through its IPO and eventual acquisition by Autonomy. Horowitz has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in Media Science from the MIT Media Lab.

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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.

Francis Irving
Francis Irving (ScraperWiki Ltd.)

Francis Irving, CEO of ScraperWiki, is a computer programmer living in
Liverpool, UK.

He was founding developer at mySociety, which over the last 8 years has made
the world’s most innovative democracy websites. In 2004, TheyWorkForYou was the
first website to scrape a Parliament and make a better interface for citizens,
inspiring the Sunlight Foundation.

Other sites Francis helped make at mySociety include: FixMyStreet, the first
national interface for reporting graffiti, potholes etc.; WhatDoTheyKnow, the
first interface for making Freedom of Information requests in public.

In his earlier career, Francis founded developer tool TortoiseCVS, which with
its successors is used by tens of millions of people. He has a first class
degree in Maths from Oxford... Read More.

Darrell Issa
Darrell Issa (United States House of Representatives)

Congressman Darrell Issa represents the people of California’s 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat he has held since 2001. The 49th District includes Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps training facility in the United States, and the northern portions of San Diego County and southwest Riverside County. Congressman Issa and his wife Kathy live in Vista, CA. They have one son, William, and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2010.

As a senior in high school, Issa enlisted in the United States Army. Through his Army service, he received an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in business from Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Upon graduation, Issa was commissioned as an Army officer, and ultimately obtained... Read More.

Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis (

JEFF JARVIS is the author of What Would Google Do? (Collins, January). He blogs about media and news at and as a columnist for the Guardian. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor of Daylife, a news startup. Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today.

Clint Johnson
Clint Johnson (Alpine Data Labs)

Clint Johnson VP of Customer Solutions for Alpine Data Labs. Prior to joining Alpine, he was the SVP of Data Warehousing and Analytics for Zions Bancorporation, a commercial bank holding company headquartered in the western U.S. In that role Mr. Johnson developed and led the strategy to implement enterprise-scale platforms and technologies for reporting, analysis, and predictive modeling. Mr. Johnson is a Stanford University certified project manager and received his Master’s degree in Operations Research from the Colorado School of Mines and his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Adams State College, Colorado. He and his family in the mountains of southern Colorado.

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.

Even... Read More.

Marshall Kirkpatrick
Marshall Kirkpatrick (Little Bird)

Seven years ago, presenter Marshall Kirkpatrick worked at a
convenience store in a small town in Oregon, today he’s become one of
the most successful tech industry bloggers online (formerly lead
writer at both TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb) and is now the CEO of a
venture-backed company called Little Bird. Little Bird helps anyone
do the kind of work that Marshall did to make his career in the social
web: to find the right people, to discover key information, to act
fast and raise your voice by adding value to conversations on a global

Robert Kirkpatrick
Robert Kirkpatrick (United Nations)

Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of the UN Global Pulse initiative in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.

Robert designs and applies technology for crisis resilience and organizational change. He has spent more than 15 years creating software and the past 10 developing tools for public health, disaster relief, security coordination, citizen journalism, telemedicine, crisis monitoring, conflict mediation, and civil-military cooperation. His work with industry partners, government agencies, and humanitarian organizations has explored ways that techno-social innovation may enhance trust-building, information sharing, and joint decision making across boundaries and lower barriers to organizational change. He is a strong proponent of open data, open standards, open source software, and participatory development.

Robert co-founded and led software development for two pioneering private-sector humanitarian technology teams, first at Groove... Read More.

James Kobielus
James Kobielus (Forrester Research, Inc.)

James Kobielus is a leading expert on Big Data, as well as on such enabling technologies as enterprise data warehousing, advanced analytics, Hadoop, cloud services, database management systems business process management, business intelligence, and complex-event processing.

Coco Krumme
Coco Krumme (Haven | UC Berkeley)

Coco Krumme heads the data team at Haven and is an adjunct faculty member in the UC Berkeley master’s in data science program.

Randy Lea
Randy Lea (Teradata Corporation)

Randy S. Lea is vice president for the
Aster Data Center of Innovation within Teradata Corporation. In this role, Randy is responsible for the sales and execution of big data analytics projects for Teradata in North America. This includes setting strategy, field-based innovation, and overall integration of the Aster Data field organization.

Randy was previously vice president of
Product Marketing & Management for Teradata, responsible for marketing Teradata products (database, platform, and utilities), Teradata services (professional and customer services), and setting product customer requirements, plus technical field sales
support teams.

Randy has 29 years of experience with NCR Corporation and Teradata Corporation. Since moving into the Teradata organization in 1995 he has held positions as director of product... Read More.

Robert Lefkowitz

Robert (a/k/a r0ml) Lefkowitz is a computer professional and amateur philosopher. He has worked primarily in large IT organizations where he facilitates information flows. His interests include semasiology and medieval history. He also juggles clubs.

Roy E. Lowrance
Roy E. Lowrance (New York University)

Roy Lowrance has worked at the intersection of business strategy and technology strategy for almost 40 years. As a management consultant, he worked at McKinsey and Company where he focused on financial services companies. He then was a partner at the Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on leveraging information technology for competitive advantage and was responsible for the information technology practice in the Americas. In information technology organizations, he was CTO at Capital One and at Reuters. At present, he is the Acting Director of New York University’s center for computational economics within the Courant Institute. Mr. Lowrance is a founder of Advanced Valuation Analytics Corporation where he develops real estate valuation and mortgage default prediction models. He has a B.A. in Mathematics... Read More.

AJ Magnuson
AJ Magnuson (FanBridge, Inc.)

AJ Magnuson leads the product strategy and development initiatives as Vice President of Product at
FanBridge. AJ was formerly a Co-Founder of damntheradio, the popular social media platform used by the likes of Sony Music and Gatorade, which was acquired by FanBridge in 2011.

As the brainchild for damntheradio, AJ was responsible for merging the platform into the FanBridge
suite, ensuring that every content creator and brand – including A-list acts, independent musicians and retail brands – could create better performing Facebook pages and campaigns that increased fan engagement and monetization opportunities.

Before co-founding damntheradio and joining FanBridge, AJ was one of the original team members of RockYou, Inc., a leading widget provider on the web, where his role consisted of development and... Read More.

Paul Marcum

As Director, Global Digital Marketing & Programming, Paul Marcum builds programs that engage key GE audiences around the world through partnerships, GE properties and social channels. Marcum joined GE in November 2010 with 16 years of experience in digital media, having the privilege of leading multiple-platform initiatives for many iconic global brands including Sesame Street, Citi and Star Wars. Throughout his career he’s been very active in building the digital community, as a member of the Interactive Media Peer Group at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the PBS Next Generation Advisory Board and as the organizer of the New Yok Data Visualization Meetup. He blogs occasionally at and tweets regularly at @jpmarcum.

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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Frank Mong
Frank Mong (Silver Spring Network)

Frank brings 12 years of networking, software and internet security experience to Silver Spring Networks. Prior to Silver Spring Networks, Frank was VP of Marketing at Trend Micro, a Japan based internet security provider. Frank spent 6 years as Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Symantec growing the network security business to driving a billion dollar enterprise data protection business. Frank cofounded, Ignyte Technology, a network security consulting firm in 1999, which was successfully sold to SonicWALL in 2001. Frank holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from University of California, Davis.

Michael Nelson
Michael Nelson (Microsoft Corporation)

Dr Michael Nelson works on technology futures as part of Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Internet Studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) Program, a unique, trans-disciplinary masters program for students and researchers interested in how information technology is shaping society and vice versa. Since January 2008, he has been conducting research and teaching courses on The Future of the Internet, innovation, technology forecasting, and e-government, as well as consulting and speaking on Internet technology and policy.

Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Michael spent almost ten years as Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM’s Next Generation Internet strategy. Prior to that, Michael... Read More.

Norman Nie
Norman Nie (Revolution Analytics)

Norman H. Nie leads Revolution Analytics in its efforts to broaden the use of the R statistics language to galvanize a predictive analytics market he helped create over 30 years ago as the co-founder of SPSS. With a distinguished career in both business and academia, Nie brings strategic vision, experienced management and proven execution to his role as president and CEO.

Nie co-invented the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) at the age of 22 while a graduate student at Stanford University and eventually co-founded a company around it in 1967. He served as president and CEO of SPSS through 1992 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1992 to 2008. Under his leadership, SPSS grew exponentially... 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.

Marco Pacelli
Marco Pacelli (ClickFox)

Mr. Pacelli is the CEO of ClickFox, the leader in a new breed of experience analytics. He works with businesses to reveal optimal customer experience journeys so they can create more happy, loyal customers. Pacelli is a veteran high-tech executive, with more than 18 years of experience in building and commercializing technologies and companies. Previously, as SVP of Worldwide Sales and Channels for NICE Systems, he built their worldwide Call Center practice. His experience spans many technological sectors from Call Centers to Wireless Telecommunications.

Todd Papaioannou
Todd Papaioannou (Battery Ventures)

Todd Papaioannou is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Battery Ventures, where he works alongside the Enterprise IT investment team to evaluate investments in Big Data, Analytics, and Cloud Computing infrastructure. Todd has more than 15 years of Internet and Enterprise software experience covering a variety of senior leadership roles in R&D, product and corporate strategy, marketing and professional services.

Prior to joining Battery, Todd was most recently VP, Distinguished Fellow and Chief Cloud Architect for Yahoo!. There, he was responsible for driving the technical and strategic direction of the Yahoo! Cloud and Hadoop teams, and was identified as one of the Top 10 Cloud Computing Leaders of 2011 by TechTarget. Additionally, Todd was responsible for leading and defining the overall Yahoo! corporate technology strategy.

Prior... Read More.

Carole Post
Carole Post (City of New York)

Carole Post was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on December 30, 2009, a capacity in which she began serving on January 19, 2010. Carole Post is the first female Commissioner of the agency.

Commissioner Post has been involved in municipal and government operations since 1996. Before coming to DoITT, she served as Director of Agency Services at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations. There, Ms. Post led a team of technical and policy advisors who oversaw City agency performance and coordinated strategic initiatives vital to the Mayor’s vision for New York City. Chief among these was the development and implementation of the Mayor’s Citywide Performance Reporting (CPR) system, modernizing the Mayor’s... Read More.

Richie Prager
Richie Prager (BlackRock)

RICHARD PRAGER is Managing Director and Global Head of BlackRock’s Trading and Capital Markets for Fixed Income. He is a member of the Fixed Income Executive Committee, BlackRock’s Operating Committee and oversees and coordinates all trading across BlackRock’s fixed income platform.

Prior to moving to his current role, Mr. Prager was a member of BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory Group (FMA) within BlackRock Solutions. FMA advises clients in managing their capital markets exposure and businesses. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2009, Mr. Prager worked for Bank of America for over eight years in several senior management roles, and was most recently Global Head of Rates, Currencies and Commodities. Previously, Mr. Prager oversaw other parts of the Global Markets business, had several regional... Read More.

Jo Prichard
Jo Prichard (LexisNexis Risk Solutions)

Data Scientist at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. I have responsibilities to the HPCC Systems platform technology and spearhead large scale graph analytics projects working with big data, for various industries to help customers target fraud, collusion and other red flag indicates.

Prior to LexisNexis, Mr. Prichard worked for Topspeed Software R&D in London.

John Rauser
John Rauser (Snapchat)

John has been extracting value from large datasets for 15 years at companies ranging from hedge funds and data-driven startups to He has deep experience in the areas of personalization, business intelligence, website performance and real-time fault analysis. An empiricist at heart, John’s optimism and can-do attitude make “Just do the experiment!” his favorite call to arms.

Jodee Rich
Jodee Rich (PeopleBrowsr)

Jodee Rich believes social media is creating a global collective consciousness that is rapidly shifting the power base from big business, religion and government to the global consumer. Jodee has consistently identified major industry trends. He started writing code on punch cards in 1972 and by 1979, he wrote software for the Apple II 64k microcomputer and founded Imagineering, to market and distribute microcomputer software and hardware.

In 1987 Jodee took Imagineering public, grew the company to over 1000 employees, and in 1990 it was acquired by First Pacific. He founded One.Tel in 1995 — a mobile and long distance network operator. In 2006, Jodee founded, a service provider of social media data, campaigns and analytics.

PeopleBrowsr has built a 20 terabyte three-year... Read More.

Monica Rogati
Monica Rogati (Data Natives)

Monica Rogati is an independent data science executive and advisor who has built key data products and teams at Jawbone and LinkedIn; she now helps startups make the most out of their data. As the VP of data at Jawbone, Monica built Jawbone’s data science and engineering team, focusing on developing data products that helped millions lead healthier lives. Her team also analyzed Jawbone’s wearable data to derive novel insights about sleep, movement, and food, then turned these insights into smart product features, compelling data stories, and interactive visualizations. At LinkedIn, Monica was one of the early members of the data science team. She developed LinkedIn’s key data products for job matching and recommendations, and she doubled the effectiveness of the “people you may know”... Read More.

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.

David Schwab
David Schwab (Sierra Ventures)

Dave joined Sierra in 1996 and has built the firms software investing practice. Dave’s professional career began at Lockheed Corporation in the engineering department where he managed a group of software developers building guidance and control systems. Following his tenure there, he joined Sun Microsystems where he spent 5 years in sales and sales management positions. In 1991 Schwab co-founded Scopus Technology with a fellow Sun sales manager and two other executives. While at Scopus, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Scopus was taken public and subsequently acquired by Siebel System.

Dave holds Masters and Eng. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Ariel Seidman
Ariel Seidman (Gigwalk)

Ariel Seidman is the CEO and co-founder of Gigwalk, a mobile application that is changing the way the world works by turning smartphones into second paychecks. Previously he led the product teams for Mobile Search & Discovery and HotJobs at Yahoo! Ariel is a recognized speaker on how mobile applications and the changing workforce. A San Francisco Bay Area resident, he has previously lived in Chicago, New York, Israel and France.

Marty St. George
Marty St. George (JetBlue Airways)

Marty leads JetBlue’s marketing team, which includes (among other areas) its advertising, e-commerce, product, partnership and loyalty strategies.

Marty joined JetBlue as leader of the network strategy team in 2006 and moved to marketing in 2008. In his 5 years at JetBlue, he has experienced profits, losses, ice storms, and growth to 19 new destinations in 8 new countries – but he is proudest of the fact that JetBlue has won 6 consecutive JD Power Awards for best domestic airline in North America.

Prior to joining JetBlue, Marty held various marketing, network and strategy positions at both United Airlines and US Airways. He is a native of Boston and has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and although he is... Read More.

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.

Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas (IBM)

Robert D. Thomas is the general manager of IBM Data and Artificial Intelligence. He directs IBM’s product investment strategy, sales and marketing, expert labs, and global software product development. With a portfolio of over 1,000 products, IBM has emerged as a leader in data and AI, spanning databases, data integration and governance, business intelligence, planning, data science and AI tools, and AI applications. Major product brands under Rob’s leadership include Watson, DB2, Netezza, Cognos, SPSS, and InfoSphere. Since joining IBM’s software unit, Rob has held roles of increasing responsibility, including business development, product engineering, sales and marketing, and general management. He’s overseen four acquisitions by the firm representing over $2.5 billion in transaction value. At IBM, he’s worked in technology and... Read More.

Chris Vein
Chris Vein (Office of Science and Technology Policy)

Chris Vein is the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, Chris searches for those with transformative ideas, convenes those inside and outside government to explore and test them, and catalyzes the results into a national action plan. .Prior to joining the White House, Chris was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City and County of San Francisco (City) where he led the City in becoming a national force in the application of new media platforms, use of open source applications, creation of new models for expanding digital inclusion, emphasizing “green” technology, and transforming government. This year, Chris was again named to the top 50 public sector CIOs by... Read More.

Allen Weinberg
Allen Weinberg (McKinsey)

Allen Weinberg is a director in the New York office, and a co-leader of the Operations & Technology Practice.

He has served a broad range of financial services companies on IT and operations strategy and redesign. Examples of his work include: developing an IT and operations strategy for a global universal bank; an IT infrastructure offshoring strategy for a global broker dealer; an online strategy study for a leading U.S. retail/high-net-worth brokerage; a mid- and back-office redesign project for a commodity trading organization, focusing on opportunities to reduce errors and implement straight through processing; and an IT vision project for a global investment bank, to develop the strategy, governance and metrics for the IT infrastructure and applications development group.

Allen is a consistent contributor... Read More.

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.

Stephen Wolfram
Stephen Wolfram (Wolfram Research)

Stephen Wolfram has been responsible for three revolutionary developments:
the Mathematica computation system, A New Kind of Science, and the
Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.

Wolfram was educated at Eton, Oxford and Caltech, receiving his PhD in
theoretical physics at the age of 20. Wolfram’s work on basic science led
him to a series of fundamental discoveries about the computational universe
of possible programs. Summarized in his best-selling 2002 book A New Kind
of Science, these discoveries have not only launched major new directions in
basic research, but have also led to breakthroughs in scientific modeling in
physical, biological and social domains—-as well as defining a broad new
basis for technology discovery.

Launched in 1988, Mathematica has... Read More.

Jane Yakowitz (Brooklyn Law School)

Jane Yakowitz is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School. She received a B.S. in mathematics and a J.D. from Yale. Her research interests include privacy law, the legal profession, and empirical legal studies. She previously served as the Director of Project SEAPHE (Scale and Effects of Admissions Preferences in Higher Education) at UCLA School of Law, where she conducted peer-reviewed research on admissions, academic performance, and labor outcomes for law school applicants. Professor Yakowitz has negotiated complex public records disclosures and has prepared large de-identified databases for public release. These experiences inform her research on data privacy law.

Jennifer Zeszut
Jennifer Zeszut (Scout Labs)

Jennifer Zeszut founded Scout Labs, the leading SAAS platform to help customer-obsessed teams monitor, manage and glean marketing insight from social media. Scout Labs’ intuitive user interface and powerful, real-time analytics revolutionized the category and became the platform of choice for hundreds of the world’s best brands. Jennifer led Scout Labs as CEO from its inception to May 2010, when Lithium Technologies acquired the company. Post-acquisition, Jennifer was Chief Social Strategist and an executive team member at Lithium Technologies. Jennifer is currently working on a new endeavor that sits, again, at the intersection of marketing and analytics.

Jennifer and Scout Labs have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, FastCompany and TechCrunch. Jennifer was recognized as “Top Technology Innovator... Read More.


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