Velocity 2009 Speakers

New speakers are being confirmed daily. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the Velocity program.

John Adams
John Adams (Twitter)

John Adams (Twitter Operations) has worked in web security, operations, and systems engineering for over 15 years. Prior to Twitter, he has worked at Apple, Inktomi, c|net, and a major video-on-demand site, improving security, performance, and reliability at large scale.

Sameer Ajmani

Sameer has been building large-scale distributed systems at Google since 2004, including work on parallel data processing, Bigtable, and, most recently, content delivery systems for DoubleClick image and video ad creatives. He is now leading a new effort at Google to make the Web faster by making ads load faster.

John Allspaw
John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs), @allspaw

John has worked in systems operations for over ten years in biotech, government and online media. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructures at,, and, where he currently manages the Operations Engineering group.

He is the author of “The Art of Capacity Planning: Scaling Web Resources”

Dion Almaer
Dion Almaer (Set Direction), @dalmaer

Dion Almaer is the founder of a brand new company named Set Direction where he has the pleasure of working with Ben Galbraith. The pair co-founded together and they are now focused on helping developers deliver fantastic experiences and working to set the direction of the software industry as a whole.

Dion has been a technologist and a developer writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog at

He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter @dalmaer.

Dave Artz

David Artz is Director of Optimization at AOL, LLC. His team’s charter at AOL is to ensure that all experiences are optimized for speed, SEO, and browser accessibility. His team develops, maintains, and evangelizes a broad set of optimization tools, standards, and best practices that stretch across roles in design, development, and copywriting. Their innovative solutions have led to real results in page monetization for, and their evangelism has paid off in lighter, more streamlined designs. Their ultimate goal is to infuse the optimization mindset and skillset into AOL’s workforce and their outsourcing partners and help drive and track results, maximizing revenue by optimizing pages. See also

Adam Bechtel
Adam Bechtel (Yahoo!)

Adam Bechtel is the chief architect covering network, storage, and systems at Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, Adam was the network architect for Inktomi. Prior to Inktomi, Adam was like everyone else working 100 hour weeks at a start-up.

Mike Belshe

Mike Belshe is a veteran technologist who invented the multi-signature protocols used at BitGo. Prior to BitGo, Mike worked at Google on the founding team of Google Chrome, was the co-inventor and driving force behind SPDY (which has now become HTTP/2.0), and co-founded Lookout Software, an email search company acquired by Microsoft. He holds a C.S. degree from Cal Poly SanLuis Obispo.

Artur Bergman

Artur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the VP of Engineering and Operations at Wikia. He provides the technical backbone necessary for Wikia’s mission to compile and index the world’s knowledge. He is also an enthusiastic apologist for federated identity and a board member of the OpenID Foundation. In past lives, he’s built high volume financial trading systems, re-implemented Perl 5’s threading system, wrote djabberd, managed LiveJournal’s engineering team, and served as operations architect at Six Apart. His current interests extend to encompass semantic search, large scale infrastructure, open source development, federated instant messaging, neurotransmitters, and the future of cyborgs.

Jeremy Bingham
Jeremy Bingham (

Jeremy Bingham is the CTO and man-behind-the-curtain for, a progressive Democratic weblog that is one of the largest sites in the political blogosphere. He considers himself lucky that a gig with the State of Washington fell through a while back, because otherwise he wouldn’t be doing this.

Chris Bissell
Chris Bissell (MySpace)

Chris has been working on performance related topics at MySpace for four years. In that time, he has learned how not to do things so many times that he may yet figure out how to do things (this would be amazing). To what extent he has figured out how to do things he will be happy to impart, and he hopes to learn from those who have done the same. Before MySpace he pursued the startup dream, working on asset management, security, data visualization, and cold-calling ornery potential customers. Cold-calling angry people and trying to walk them through your UI is a great way of learning the art of simplicity.

Chris Blizzard
Chris Blizzard (Mozilla Foundation)

Christopher Blizzard has been with the Mozilla project for the better part of the decade. He maintained the GTK+ front end in Mozilla for a number of years as a contributor but recently joined the Corporation as a full time Mobile and Open Source Evangelist.

Mike Brittain

Mike Brittain is the Engineering Architect at CafeMom, the largest social networking site for mothers. Mike has been working with front-end and back-end technologies for the last 11 years, specializing in LAMP stacks, start ups, and more recently, cloud computing. He spends much of his day building foundational tools for other developers on the team, working closely with the operations group, managing servers, monitoring performance, and daydreaming about that next big ski trip.

Jake Brutlag
Jake Brutlag (Google)

Jake Brutlag is a data analyst with 10 years of industry experience,
first at Microsoft, then at Google. He has published papers on
distinct value estimation, email classification, aberrant behavior
detection for network time series, and search engine latency.

John Busch
John Busch (Schooner Information Technology)

Dr. John Busch is a co-founder of Schooner Information Technology. Prior to Schooner, Dr. Busch was Research Director of Computer System Architecture and Analysis at Sun Microsystems laboratories from 1999 through 2006. In this role, he led research explorations in chip-multi-processing, advanced multi-tier clustered systems for deployment of internet based services, and advanced HPC systems. Dr. Busch received the top President’s Award for Innovation at Sun, and oversaw many division technology transfers. Prior to Sun, Dr. Busch was VP of Engineering and Business Partnerships with Diba Inc, and was general manager of the Diba Division after Sun acquired Diba in 1997. From 1989 to 1994, Dr. Busch was co-founder and CTO/VP of Engineering of Clarity Software, and led creation of advanced multi-media composition... Read More.

Richard Bush

Since 1996 Richard has worked in internet and computing related industries, during this time he has been involved in development of commercial websites and marketing technology.

During Richard’s 6 years at RBI UK, he has been involved with best practice and creation of many of RBI’s ad funded websites.

In his current role as a Director at ADTECH US, Richard has responsibility for the teams that implement the ADTECH AD server for customers, and has many years of hands on experience with day to day ad delivery, for many of ADTECH’s largest customers.

Richard Campbell
Richard Campbell (Strangeloop Networks)

Richard, who has 30 years of high-tech experience, is a Microsoft Regional Director for British Columbia and is recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the area of ASP.NET development. An impressive list of North American organizations, including Barnes&, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Services, Reuters, Subaru/Isuzu and the U.S. Air Force, have benefited from Richard’s consulting expertise. Richard’s PWOP Productions creates a variety of multimedia programs including “.NET Rocks!, the Internet Audio Talk Show for .NET Developers,” a podcast produced twice a week for about 150,000 listeners. Richard has contributed nearly 300 Advisor columns to Microsoft Access Advisor, and is the author of courseware for AppDev’s national SQL Server 7.0 training seminars and... Read More.

Michael Carter
Michael Carter (Orbited)

Michael Carter has always been driven to understand what makes scalable systems tick, particularly real-time, browser-facing systems. He is especially focused on standardizing a protocol for Comet (HTTP Push) and is working closely with the HTML 5.0 specification leads to ensure that all developers can benefit from his research on Comet and real-time Web infrastructures.

Michael leads the development on Orbited, the Open Source Comet daemon. In his work with Orbited he has made significant advances not only in backporting future standards to today’s browsers, but also in experimenting with various server architectures for real-time applications. Much of his involvement with the project has centered on creating scalable Comet technology and providing solid integration points with today’s synchronous, request/response-based technologies.

Michael previously worked... Read More.

Vik Chaudhary

Mr. Chaudhary is responsible for leading Keynote’s product management team and has extended the company into new markets via 15 acquisitions. He has spent over 20 years in chief executive, marketing and engineering positions in Silicon Valley, previously having served as VP Marketing and Corporate Development at Keynote, CEO of a cloud startup Bizmetric, and has held leadership roles at public software companies Gupta Technologies and Oracle Corporation. Mr. Chaudhary is a frequent speaker at industry events on Internet software, cloud computing, and business development, and has been featured in the New York Times and on the ABC News Nightline program. Mr. Chaudhary holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brad Chen
Brad Chen (Google, Inc.)

J. Bradley Chen manages the Native Client project at Google, where he has also worked on cluster performance analysis projects. Prior to joining Google, he was Director of the Performance Tools Lab in Intel’s Software Products Division. Chen served on the faculty of Harvard University from 1994-1998, conducting research in operating systems, computer architecture and distributed system, and teaching a variety of related graduate and undergraduate courses. He has published widely on the subjects of systems performance and computer architecture. Dr. Chen has bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Douglas Crockford

Douglas Crockford is a product of our public education system. A registered voter, he owns his own car. He has developed office automation systems. He did research in games and music at Atari. He was Director of Technology at Lucasfilm Ltd. He was Director of New Media at Paramount. He was the founder and CEO of Electric Communities/ He was founder and CTO of State Software, where he discovered JSON. He is now an architect at Yahoo!. He is the world’s foremost living authority on JavaScript. He is also the author of the best-selling pamphlet, JavaScript: The Good Parts.

Alistair Croll
Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting), @acroll

Alistair is a principal at analyst firm Bitcurrent, and a frequent contributor to the GigaOm family of sites. Prior to Bitcurrent, Alistair co-founded"Coradiant":, a leader in online user monitoring, as well as research firm Networkshop. He has held product management positions with 3Com Corporation, Primary Access, and Eicon Technology.

Alistair has coordinated and spoken at a wide range of industry events, including Interop, Structure, Web2Expo and Unconference. He is the author of numerous articles on Internet performance and security, and co-author of Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Applications from Prentice-Hall.

Richard Crowley

Richard started his career as part of the Yahoo! Intern Class of 2006 and was subsequently offered a position at Flickr. After building the Flickr Uploadr, today used by millions of Flickr users around the world, Richard left Flickr to join OpenDNS, the world’s largest and fastest-growing DNS provider. At OpenDNS, Richard leads engineering on backend systems, namely the DNS Stats processing system which handles more than 8 billion DNS queries daily. Richard is a 2007 graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis, where he earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

Jeremy Custenborder (

Jeremy Custenborder has spent several years in the trenches at MySpace, resolving many bottlenecks and issues.

Philip Dixon
Philip Dixon (Shopzilla), @philipdixon

Phil Dixon is the VP of Engineering for one of the largest and most comprehensive shopping networks on the planet. Each day millions of consumers shop for virtually anything via our websites, and and our publisher network.

Prior to Shopzilla, Phil was co-founder, director and CTO of — a premier provider of Enterprise Project Management software. From its inception in 1999 to over 200,000 seats deployed worldwide, Phil was a driving force behind the company’s launch, its technology innovation, its sales success and its eventual sale.

A serial entrepreneur, Phil also founded or had senior leadership roles with numerous other high-technology companies including NetProfit Investment Technologies, Rockwell Semiconductor systems, Sourcefinder where he served as Chief Technology Officer; and Internet... Read More.

Yaron Friedman
Yaron Friedman (Google)

Yaron is a software engineer on the web search infrastructure team. In his role, he focuses on writing software to ensure that Google Search is as fast as possible. He also provides consultation and guidance for new features, helping to ensure that they conform with the fast and consistent experience that users expect.

Yaron has a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he graduated with distinction on the Dean’s List.

Ben Galbraith

Ben Galbraith is the head of product and developer relations for Google’s Developer Product group. Prior to Google, Ben has alternated between entrepreneurial and executive roles across companies in many industries, such as Mozilla, Palm/HP, and Walmart. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and eight children.

Tony Gentilcore

Tony Gentilcore is a Software Engineer on the Chrome Speed team.

At Google he has also worked on web search performance and Chrome on Android. He enjoys making the web faster and to that end: participates in the web standards, wrote chapter for “Even Faster Web Sites” and helped create Page Speed and Web Page Replay.

Eric Goldsmith

Eric Goldsmith, Operations Architect at AOL, has more than 18 years of experience in the areas of product development, engineering and operations. At AOL he has led efforts to deliver the highest levels of performance and availability for top Web sites, including:;; and AOL Video; among others.

His areas of expertise include Performance Analysis, Capacity Planning, Network Engineering and Security, and Software and Product Development. Prior to AOL, Eric worked for companies such as UUNet, WorldCom and CompuServe, as well as telecom and Internet startups. He holds a BS in Computer Science from The Ohio State University.

Umang Gupta
Umang Gupta (Keynote)

Umang Gupta has served since 1997 as chairman and chief executive officer of Keynote Systems (NASDAQ: KEYN), the global leader in test and measurement solutions that improve mobile communications and online business performance. A well-known technology visionary and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Umang began his career in 1973 with IBM. Umang joined Oracle Corporation in 1981 where he wrote the first business plan for the company, and served as Vice President and General Manager of the Microcomputer Products Division through 1984. He left Oracle to become Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Gupta Corporation, which he took public in 1993 (NASDAQ: GPTA). Gupta Corporation was responsible for ushering in the era of enterprise client/server computing by introducing many seminal innovations,... Read More.

Jeff Hammerbacher
Jeff Hammerbacher (Assistant Professor | Mount Sinai), @hackingdata

Jeff Hammerbacher was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Accel Partners immediately prior to joining Cloudera. Before Accel, he conceived, built, and led the Data team at Facebook. The Data team was responsible for driving many of the applications of statistics and machine learning at Facebook, as well as building out the infrastructure to support these tasks for massive data sets. The team produced two open source projects: Hive, a system for offline analysis built above Hadoop, and Cassandra, a structured storage system on a P2P network. Before joining Facebook, Jeff was a quantitative analyst on Wall Street. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Harvard University.

Paul Hammond is a web developer, product manager and father. He has been building websites for as long as he can remember, and now leads a team of hard-working supernerds at Flickr. Before then he was part of the Yahoo Brickhouse team, and previously led technical project management at BBC Radio and Music interactive.

Paul regularly speaks on subjects from Javascript and APIs to the future of broadcasting, at events including South By Southwest, Web 2.0 expo and Web Directions North. He currently lives in San Francisco, and keeps an irregularly updated technical weblog at

Jonathan Heiliger
Jonathan Heiliger (Facebook)

Jonathan Heiliger is the Vice President of Technical Operations at Facebook, where he oversees global infrastructure, site architecture and IT. Prior to Facebook, he was a technology advisor to several early-stage companies in connection with Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital. He formerly led the engineering team at, where he was responsible for infrastructure and building scalable systems. Jonathan also spent several years at Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP) as the Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in his career, Jonathan was the CTO of Frontier GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s corporate venture capital group.

Justin Huff
Justin Huff (Google, Inc), @jjhuff

Small company veteran Justin started his career doing building embedded
systems ranging from imaging sonar to home automation. Then, he jumped head
first into web operations by building the backend infrastructure for
He is currently a Software Engineer in Google’s Seattle office.

Adam Jacob

A twelve year system operations veteran, Adam is the CTO of Opscode, whose mission is to bring “Infrastructure Automation to the Masses”. He is the primary author of Chef.

Changhao Jiang
Changhao Jiang (Facebook Inc.)

Changhao Jiang is a research scientist at Facebook Inc. His responsibilities at Facebook are mainly focused on improving user perceived latency and front end performance monitoring. He was responsible for several major performance optimization projects at Facebook such as Quickling which transparently ajaxifies the whole website and PageCache which caches users’ visited pages using JavaScript. Changhao is also one of the lead developers of the XHProf project, which was open-sourced by Facebook. In 2009, Changhao designed and implemented the BigPipe system to serve dynamic web pages using pipelining techniques, which helped making Facebook site twice as fast. Changhao holds bachelor and master degree in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson (Facebook)

Robert is Director of Engineering at Facebook, where he leads software development for scaling and performance. He has overseen more than a tenfold expansion of the site to over 150 million users and billions of page views a day and the development of a scalable architecture for Facebook’s fast paced development environment. He received a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Caltech, and has spent the last ten years working in a variety of engineering and management roles at startups in Silicon Valley.

Doug Judd
Doug Judd (Zvents, Inc.)

Doug has over a decade of software engineering experience in the area of distributed computing and information retrieval. He joined Inktomi’s Web Search division in 1997 where he held both engineering and management positions.
During his five year tenure, he designed and developed large-scale distributed systems, including significant pieces of the crawling and indexing software. Doug later joined Kosmix, Inc., where he built a distributed web crawler and scaled it to a billion documents. Earlier in his career he worked as an engineer at Verity, helping to develop VDK, the core developer toolkit. Doug currently holds the position of Principal Search Architect at Zvents,
Inc., a local search engine. His primary responsibility is to lead the development of Hypertable, a next generation,... Read More.

Luke Kanies
Luke Kanies (Puppet Labs)

Luke has been publishing and speaking on his work in Unix administration since 1997. He has focused on tool development since 2001, developing and publishing multiple simple sysadmin tools and contributing to established products like Cfengine. He founded Reductive Labs in 2005 as a response to the stagnation in sysadmin tools, to be a vehicle for changing the way we interact with and manage our computers. He is currently focused on Puppet, an open-source automation framework written in Ruby, and he is always researching and developing new ways to make it easier to talk to computers on your terms. He has presented on Puppet and other tools around the world, including at OSCON, LISA,, and

Alan Kasindorf (Six Apart)

Kasindorf is the MySQL DBA for Six Apart’s properties, as well as many of their scaling tools. A sysadmin for in 2002, he has since helped build numerous large web sites with open source software and is an advocate and contributor for Memcached, mogilefs, perlbal, and others.

Frank Mashraqi
Frank Mashraqi (Opportunities), @mashraqi

Frank Mashraqi is a renowned speaker and scalability advisor to several startups. He comes to NetEdge with nearly a decade of scalability, engineering management and monetization experience. Prior to NetEdge, Frank was Director of Business Operations and Technical Strategy for Fotolog where he played a pivotal role in helping Fotolog scale to become the 13th largest website on the Internet (Alexa: based on traffic) and the third most actively used social network in the world (ComScore). Frank holds a BBA in Accounting and a BS in Computer Information Systems.

Bryant Mason (Microsoft Corporation)

Bryant Mason is a Principal Test Manager with the Microsoft Advertising Research and Development Group, where he is responsible for performance engineering. He has been optimizing large-scale Internet services at Microsoft since the late 90s. Over the past nine years, he has been busy building advertising platforms that handle tens of billions of requests each day. When not working on the next generation advertising platform for Microsoft, he contributes to industry standards for on-line ad performance.

Eric Mattingly (Microsoft)

Eric Mattingly is a performance engineer in the Microsoft IT ACE Performance team, which focuses on Web application and SQL layers in order to identify and eliminate root-cause performance bottlenecks issues for Microsoft internal customers. The Ace Performance team also teaches developers the skills and techniques needed to produce reliable systems based on Microsoft IT’s internal process and best practices.

Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer (Google)

Marissa leads Google’s efforts on search products – web search, images, news, books, products, maps, – and other consumer-facing initiatives such as iGoogle, Google Earth, Google Chrome, and more. Her contributions have included designing and developing Google’s search interface, internationalizing the site to over 100 languages, and launching more than 100 features and products on Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. Google’s first female engineer, Marissa joined in 1999 and led the user interface and web server teams at that time.

Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford University, where she earned both her B.S. in Symbolic Systems and her M.S. in Computer Science. Stanford has recognized... Read More.

Bryan McQuade
Bryan McQuade (Google)

During Bryan’s time at Google, he has contributed to various projects that make the web faster, including Shared Dictionary Compression over HTTP, optimizing web servers to better utilize HTTP, and most recently, the Page Speed web performance tool. Prior to working on web performance, Bryan was the first full time engineer on the Google TV Ads team, where he helped to build some of Google’s TV ad auction and video management systems.

Brian Moon
Brian Moon (

Brian Moon has been working with the LAMP platform since before it was called LAMP. He is the Senior Web Engineer for He has made a few small contributions to the PHP project and been a casual participant in discussions on the PHP internals list. He is the founder and lead developer of the Phorum project, the first PHP/MySQL message board ever created.

Matt Mullenweg
Matt Mullenweg (WordPress / Automattic), @photomatt

Matt Mullenweg blogs at He is best known as the founding developer of WordPress, the blogging software he guided from a handful of users to the most widely used open source blog tool. In late 2005 he left CNET to found Automattic, the company behind,, and Gravatar. In his spare time he enjoys taking photographs and playing jazz.

Aladdin Nassar
Aladdin Nassar (Microsoft -

Aladdin Nassar is the Client Performance Champion for Hotmail. His prime job is to make sure Hotmail’s 500+ Million users get their best, most performant user experience from around the world. He received his Masters & Ph.D. from Stanford. He is an authority on large-scale Client-Side Performance Tuning, Instrumentation & Monitoring. He also specializes in Location Based Services and Risk Management. He prides himself on versatility and multi-disciplinary subject matter expertise. Prior to joining Microsoft, he consulted for Senior Executives at Verizon, Chase Manhattan and leading Financial Institutions.

ryan nelson

VP of Operations at Joyent. Former devops graybeard. Yankees fan. Cat herder.

Jan Odvarko
Jan Odvarko (Freelance)

Jan Odvarko is independent software consultant currently working for Mozilla. He previously cofounded AllPeers and has been active in Firefox extension development for many years. He is currently spending most of his time contributing to the Firebug project (open source in-browser development tool).

Simon  Perkins
Simon Perkins (Simtec Limited)

Simon Perkins is the CEO and Founder of Simtec Limited

Jim Pierson
Jim Pierson (Microsoft)

At Microsoft since 1996, Jim initially built tools to collect and analyze router and WAN statistics. After optimizing the WAN for 300 offices, he found many apps across the WAN were still slow. This led Jim to focus on the communications between client and server and build up a class he calls, Building Network Smart Applications. Since 2001 Jim has led efforts focused on improving web site performance for MSN and Live. Jim will be presenting the Visual Round Trip Analyzer (VRTA) tool now available on

Sean Power
Sean Power (Watching Websites), @seanpower

Sean spends way too much time on the computer and needs to get out more. He has worked as a web systems administrator since the mid 90s, has worked with online communities for companies such as MTV Northern Europe, and helped users reduce the headaches of managing and monitoring web infrastructures through Coradiant, a web performance monitoring vendor. Prior to working at Coradiant, he was technical reviewer for the Addison-Wesley book Troubleshooting Linux Firewalls.

Sean is now working as community gardener for Akoha, a company pioneering the industry of “social games”, where he handles all things community and analytics. This puts a smile on his face, and lets him sleep better at night.

He completes his full plate by working on a book for... Read More.

Richard Rabbat
Richard Rabbat (Google, Inc.), @richardrabbat

Richard Rabbat is a product manager at Google. He recently released Page Speed, a Firefox add-on that analyzes web pages and gives suggestions on how to improve them in addition to doing some of the optimizations itself. He works on projects that power Google’s infrastructure including latency measurements for Google apps. Previously, Richard worked on data center technologies.

Richard was VP of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Club of Northern California where he helped incubate the green energy and clean technologies program.

Richard is a Senior Member of IEEE and holds a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Tony Ralph
Tony Ralph (Yahoo!)

An 8 year Yahoo! veteran, I have worked directly with display ad delivery
for the last 4. One aspect of this work is the monitoring and analysis of
3rd Party ad quality and performance. This work has helped lead to the
formation of an IAB Working Group with other major publishers on ad

Yadid Ramot
Yadid Ramot (

Yadid is MySpace’s Client-Side Performance Architect. Yadid has spent much time mentoring the MySpace development community on front-end performance and developing performance monitoring tools

Jesse Robbins

Jesse Robbins is Founder & CEO of Orion Labs , the award-winning instant communication platform for people, teams, IoT devices, wearables, bots, and intelligent agents.

Robbins serves on the board of Heavybit, which is a program helps venture-backed startups loved by developers become successful businesses.

Prior to Orion, Robbins was founding CEO of Chef", considered by many to be the leader in infrastructure automations. Robbins also founded the O’Reilly Velocity Conference where he helped start the DevOps movement. Prior to Chef he served as Amazon’s “Master of Disaster” where he was responsible for website availability for every property bearing the Amazon brand.

Robbins is a Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Manager, and led a task force deployed in Operation... Read More.

Ed Robinson
Ed Robinson (Riverbed)

Ed Robinson has a long history in development tools and web performance. He was CEO and co-founder of Aptimize – the New Zealand-based pioneer in automated website performance tuning.
After Riverbed Technology acquired Aptimize in July 2011, Ed moved to San Francisco to be general manager of web content optimization for Riverbed. Prior to all of this, Ed worked in program management for Microsoft in Visual Studio, Content Management Server, and SharePoint.

Ben Rushlo
Ben Rushlo (Keynote Systems Inc.)

Ben Rushlo, Director Performance Consulting, Keynote Systems

Ben Rushlo, Director of Keynote Performance Consulting at Keynote Systems, is one of the world’s leading Internet performance experts. Ben advises Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies in the Retail, Automotive, and Financial Services industries, helping to transform their global sites into highly performing, highly available Web assets that provide superior end-user experiences every time.

Before joining Keynote, Ben was a Senior Performance and Capacity Planning Engineer at American Express, where he served as a core member of the team that launched American Express on the Web.

With more than 10 years of experience in Internet and Intranet technologies, Ben has expertise in Internet performance and performance tuning with the major Web technologies.

Ben is a frequent speaker... Read More.

Scott Ruthfield
Scott Ruthfield (Rooster Park Consulting), @scottru

Scott Ruthfield is founder of Rooster Park Consulting, a Seattle-based engineering leadership and custom software development consultancy, and is the acting VP of Engineering at Virtuoso, the industry’s leading leisure travel network. He was the previous VP of Engineering at, and ran various technology + business teams at He very occasionally blogs at

Theo Schlossnagle

Theo Schlossnagle is a Founder and CEO at Circonus where he develops new technology to help engineers better understand the systems they build and operate. He is the architect of the highly scalable Ecelerity 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.

Theo founded several successful startups as engineering focused organizations including: OmniTI, Circonus, Message Systems and Fontdeck.

Kyle Scholz (Google)

Kyle Scholz is a Software Engineer at Google, where he focuses on Search performance and infrastructure.

Eric Schurman
Eric Schurman (Amazon)

Eric Schurman has been working with the web since the early versions of NCSA Mosaic. He’s currently at as a Principal Engineer working on latency. Prior to that he worked at Microsoft on projects ranging from’s search to the home page and Download Center. His experiences writing books on web development, working with disabled users, and teaching classes in computer use have given him a passion for doing the right thing for the customer.

Andrew Clay Shafer

Andrew Shafer joined Reductive Labs to help make Puppet even more awesome. He brings with him a background in high performance computing, computational science, embedded Linux development, web frameworks and Agile methods.

Andrew has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and a Master’s in Scientific Computing, has worked for two venture funded startups and has been an Open Source user and advocate since the late 90s.

Andrew lives in Salt Lake City with his wife of 10 years. His two sons think he is pretty cool, but they are still young.

Lindsey Simon

Lindsey Simon is a Front-End Developer for Google’s User Experience team. Simon hails from Austin, TX where he slaved at a few startups, taught computing at the Griffin School, and was the webmaster for many years at the Austin Chronicle. He currently lives in San Francisco and runs a foodie website –

Steve Souders
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), @souders

Steve Souders is chief curver at SpeedCurve, where he works on the interplay between performance and design. Steve previously served as Google’s head performance engineer, Yahoo’s chief performance officer, and Fastly’s chief performance officer. Steve pioneered much of the work in the world of web performance. He is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites as well as the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford and serves as cochair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly.

Stoyan Stefanov

Stoyan Stefanov is a Facebook engineer. Previously at Yahoo, he was the creator of the online image-optimization tool and architect of the YSlow 2.0. performance tool. Stoyan is the author of JavaScript Patterns and Object-Oriented JavaScript, a contributor to Even Faster Web Sites and High-Performance JavaScript, and a frequent speaker at conferences including Velocity, JSConf, Fronteers, and Ajax Experience.

Christian Stockwell
Christian Stockwell (Microsoft Corporation)

Christian Stockwell is a Program Manager and works every day to improve Internet Explorer performance.

Nicole Sullivan
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella), @stubbornella

Nicole Sullivan is a performance guru and CSS Ninja. She is writing about Image Optimization for “Even Faster Websites”, an upcoming book for O’Reilly. She is also working on the redesign of the W3C website.

Previously, she researched and improved the performance of Yahoo sites worldwide as a part of their YSlow team.

She is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for sites with large numbers of pages and visitors. She speaks about performance at conferences around the world, most recently at Ajax Experience and ParisWeb.

She has enjoyed working on large commercial sites including; Yahoo!, SFR, FNAC, Club Med, Accor, Renault, SNCF, and La Poste. She writes on her blog as well as other developer... Read More.

Matt Tanase
Matt Tanase (Slicehost), @zenmatt

Matt Tanase has always had the entrepreneurial spirit. Immediately following college, Matt started Qaddisin, a company focused on network security services and application development. After working on software consulting projects and being disappointed with the state of webhosting, he took matters into his own hands and co-founded Slicehost, with college friend Jason Seats, in the summer of 2006. Known for its passionate customer service, the company currently has over 11,000 customers and 15,000 virtual servers located in downtown St. Louis. Along with his various entrepreneurial successes, Matt has received several recognitions. He was a regular security columnist for Security Focus, the Product Picks monthly columnist for Linux Magazine, and in 2002 he won the 30 under 30 Award for the St. Louis Business Journal. Matt... Read More.

Monty Taylor

Monty Taylor is an Engineer for Sun. He’s currently hacking on Drizzle full time, and was the crazy guy who wrote the NDB/Bindings in the first place (why write for one language when you can have six?) Before that, he was a Senior Consultant for MySQL which took him all over the word focusing on Cluster and High Availability.

He’s a Python programmer by first choice(and yet hears the obvious joke surprisingly infrequently) but seems to be spending all of his time recently in C, C++ and Java.

Rachel Walls
Rachel Walls (Opscode), @lnxchk

Mandi Walls is a Principal System Administrator at AOL, where she is currently responsible for the daily care and feeding of She has also been involved with AOL’s Channels, Video, News, and Travel sites. Mandi holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from George Washington University and is pursuing an MBA at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. In her spare time, Mandi has taught undergraduate IT classes and does volunteer work.

Simon Wardley
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum), @swardley

Simon Wardley is a researcher for the Leading Edge Forum focused on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies. Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), retail, and IT industries—from Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the top cloud operating system. As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination for economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether in behavioral patterns, the environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems, or managing companies. He’s a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure, and cybernetics. Simon’s... Read More.

Xiaoliang Wei
Xiaoliang Wei (Facebook Inc.)

Xiaoliang “David” Wei is a research scientist at Facebook, where he works on front-end performance. He focuses on user latency measurement, end user latency optimization, and best practices for maintaining long-term web performance. Prior to Facebook, David worked on network simulation, TCP enhancement, QoS, and peer-to-peer file sharing systems at Google and two startups. David holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tsinghua University, China, and a PhD in computer science from Caltech, where he co-invented FastTCP, a new Internet congestion control algorithm that led to the startup FastSoft Inc.

John Willis
John Willis (Enstratius), @botchagalupe

John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Enstratius, Willis was the VP of Solutions for DTO Solutions where he led the transition to a new suite of automated infrastructure and DevOps solutions. Prior to DTO Solutions. Willis was the VP of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.

Rich Wolski
Rich Wolski (Eucalyptus Systems Inc.)

Dr. Rich Wolski is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Eucalyptus Systems Inc., and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Having received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Davis (while a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) he has also held positions at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Tennessee. He is currently also a strategic advisor to the San Diego Supercomputer Center and an adjunct faculty member at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Rich has led several national scale research efforts in the area of high-performance distributed computing and grid computing, is the author of numerous research articles concerning the empirical study of distributed systems,... Read More.

Nicholas Zakas

Nicholas is the author of Professional JavaScript and Professional Ajax, a contributor to the upcoming book Even Faster Web Sites, as well as principal front end engineer on the Yahoo! homepage.

Jeremy Zawodny
Jeremy Zawodny (

Jeremy joined craigslist after over eight years in a variety of roles at Yahoo! He hacks on MySQL, search, and various back-end bits of the craigslist infrastructure.

Jeremy blogs at and flies both small airplanes and gliders in his spare time.

Ezra Zygmuntowicz
Ezra Zygmuntowicz (EngineYard)

Ezra Zygmuntowicz is a founder and Director of Software Engineering for Engine Yard, a scalable Ruby hosting platform. He has been active in the ruby community for over 4 years with contributions to many open source projects such as Rails, Merb, Rack and Rubinius. He is the author of Deploying Rails Application for the pragmatic programmers and is an active speaker at many ruby and Cloud computing based events.

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