Schedule: Speakers

John Adams
John Adams (Twitter)

John Adams (Twitter Operations) has worked in computer 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.

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

John has worked in systems operations for over fourteen 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 Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster, and Flickr.

He is now VP of Tech Operations at Etsy, and is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning published by O’Reilly.

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 is the Founder and CEO of Fastly.

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.

Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown is VP of Engineering at Opscode and previously of
Microsoft, where he was a director of engineering for the Edge Computing
Network within Global Foundation Services. Prior to Microsoft,
Christopher was a founding member, architect, and lead developer for’s Elastic Compute Cloud (“EC2”). He holds several patents in
the areas of internet routing, VM/runtime hosting, content delivery and
cloud computing.

Mark Burgess
Mark Burgess (Cfengine)

Mark Burgess is the founder, CTO and principal author of Cfengine. He is Professor of Network and System Administration at Oslo University College and has led the way in theory and practice of automation and policy based management for 20 years. In the 1990s he underlined the importance of idempotent, autonomous desired state management (“convergence”) and formalised cooperative systems in the 2000s (“promise theory”). He is the author of numerous books and papers on Network and System Administration and has won several prizes for his work.

Bryan Cantrill

Bryan Cantrill is VP of Engineering at Joyent. Previously a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, Bryan has spent over a decade working on system software, from the guts of the kernel to client-code on the browser and much in between. Bryan led the team that designed and implemented DTrace, a facility for dynamic instrumentation of production systems that won the Wall Street Journal’s top Technology Innovation Award in 2006 and the USENIX Software Tools User Group Award in 2008. Bryan co-founded the Fishworks group at Sun, where he designed and implemented the DTrace-based analytics facility found in the Sun Storage 7000 series of appliances — a facility that InfoWorld described as “stunning” in a February 2009 review. In 2005, Bryan was named by MIT’s... Read More.

Tim Caswell
Tim Caswell (HP webOS), @creationix

Tim is an ardent supporter of open-source software who believes that writing code should be fun. Tim is a core member of the node.js community and loves to help people learn and grow. He runs the website which teaches about JavaScript techniques and node in general. Also Tim spends his days doing all he can to make webOS the best developer platform in the world leveraging nodeJS and webkit on mobile devices.

Rachel Chalmers
Rachel Chalmers (The 451 Group)

Rachel has led the infrastructure software practice for The 451 Group since its debut in April 2000. She pioneered coverage on SOA, distributed application management, utility computing and open source software. Today she focuses on datacenter automation and server, desktop and application virtualization. She was also the lead author of many 451 Special Reports, including ‘’V’ for Virtualization: Transforming the datacenter, driving M&A’ (Dec 2006) and ‘Virtualization II: Desktops and applications are next’ (Jun 2007).

Rachel began covering the technology sector in 1995, when she helped launch Computer Week, later PC Week Australia, for Australian Provincial Newspapers. She also worked as Deputy Editor of the award-winning Managing Information Systems (MIS) Magazine for the Strategic Publishing Group.

Rachel has a BA in English Literature... 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.

Sergey Chernyshev
Sergey Chernyshev (NY Web Performance Meetup), @sergeyche

Sergey Chernyshev (@sergeyche) is web performance enthusiast, open source hacker and web addict. He has 20 years of web development and operations experience and organizes NY Web Performance Meetup Group, local community of web performance geeks in New York and helps kick-start local web-perf groups around the globe.

Seth Chisamore
Seth Chisamore (Opscode, Inc.), @schisamo

Seth Chisamore has over 12 years of experience with all aspects of web and enterprise application development, deployment and support. He has worked for companies of all sizes, from the largest IT consulting firms and Ad Networks all the way down to 20 person startups. Seth currently resides in Atlanta, GA where he works for Opscode Inc., the creator of Chef. He has a passion for all things agile and loves helping customers build dynamic, data-driven infrastructures.

Lew Cirne
Lew Cirne (New Relic), @sweetlew

Lewis Cirne is founder and CEO of New Relic, Inc. the leader in SaaS Application Performance Management. He is a seasoned entrepreneur, technologist, and enterprise software pioneer who founded Wily Technology in 1998. Lew served as Wily’s chief executive officer for the first four years and subsequently as its chief technical officer. He invented its flagship performance management solution, Introscope, and played a key role in Wily’s 2006 acquisition by CA, Inc. After leaving CA and prior to founding New Relic, Lew was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark.

Adrian Cockcroft
Adrian Cockcroft (Amazon Web Services), @adrianco

Sun Distinguished Engineer 1988-2004, Author of books Sun Performance and Tuning, and Capacity Planning for Internet Services.

eBay, Distinguished Engineer in Operations Architecture and Research Labs 2004-2007.

Computer Measurement Group 2007 Michelson Award winner for lifetime contribution to computer metrics.

Netflix 2007-2010, Director managing development of scalable services for personalized movie choosing. 2010-now, Cloud Architect.

Craig Conboy
Craig Conboy (Blaze)

Craig works at Blaze building a service that automatically speeds up web sites. Now focused on web performance, Craig has been developing systems that operate on web sites for the past 15 years. It all started with web crawling and full-text indexing, followed by products to test websites for quality, accessibility, privacy, and security. Most recently prior to Blaze, Craig was a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM.

Jason Cook (Wikia), @macros

A Systems Administrator for 12 years, Jason made the jump into Operations 3 years ago at Wikia.

Douglas Crockford

Douglas Crockford is best known for having discovered that there are good parts in JavaScript—an important and unexpected development. He also discovered the JSON data-interchange format, the world’s best-loved data format, and various JavaScript tools, such as JSLint and JSMin. He works at PayPal.

Patrick Debois

In order to understand current IT organizations, Patrick has taken a habit of changing both his consultancy role and the domain which he works in: sometimes as a developer, manager, sysadmin, tester and even as the customer.

If there is one thing that annoys him badly, it is the great divide between all these groups. But times are changing now: being a player on the market requires you to get these ‘battles’ under control between these silos.

He first presented concepts on Agile Infrastructure at Agile 2008 in Toronto, and in 2009 he organized the first devopsdays . Since then he has been promoting the notion of ‘devops’ to exchange ideas between these groups and show how they can help each other to achieve... Read More.

Teresa Dietrich

Teresa Dietrich’s passion for Operational Excellence, Technical Innovation and Web Scale Systems has been the focus of her 15 years in the Internet Industry. She is currently the VP of Technical Operations at WebMD. She joined the company 5 years ago to create a Network Operations team. Teresa acquired responsibility for Database, Web, and CMS Operations, as well as Corporate Desktop Services. She also created the Operations Service Center and a Site Reliability Engineering team to fill needs she identified in her organization. Previously, Teresa spent nearly 10 years in positions throughout AOL Technology.

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Karl Dubost
Karl Dubost (Opera)

Karl has been working in many parts of the Web industry. His main challenge in his professional life is to connect people with technology. From 2000 to 2008, he was Web Community Liaison, HTML WG staff contact, QA Activity Lead and Conformance Manager for W3C. He is now working for Opera Software.

Marcel Duran
Marcel Duran (Google Inc.), @marcelduran

Marcel Duran is Front End Engineer at Google Inc. Prior to that he had been into web performance optimization on high traffic sites at Twitter Inc. and Yahoo! Front Page and Search teams where he applied and researched web performance best practices making pages even faster. On his last role as the Front End Lead for Yahoo!’s Exceptional Performance Team, he was dedicated to YSlow (now as his personal opensource project) and other performance tools development, researches and evangelism.

Jeremy Edberg

Jeremy Edberg, the CEO and Founder of MinOps, which makes using the cloud stupid easy. He is an angel investor and advisor for various incubators and startups. Previously, Jeremy was the founding reliability engineer for Netflix. Before that, he ran Ops for Reddit, which at the time had more than five billion pageviews a month. Jeremy’s expertise is in distributed computing, availability, rapid scaling, and cloud computing. He also edited the highly acclaimed AWS for Dummies.

Damon Edwards
Damon Edwards (DTO Solutions), @damonedwards

Damon Edwards is the co-founder and president of the DTO Solutions consulting group. DTO Solutions specializes in automated infrastructure and process improvement consulting for large-scale, mission critical IT operations. DTO clients include leading e-commerce, financial services, and gaming companies. Damon is also a frequent contributor to the Web Operations focused blog, the co-host of the DevOps Cafe podcast series, and a frequent speaker on DevOps and IT Operations improvement topics.

Kellan Elliott-McCrea
Kellan Elliott-McCrea (Blink Health), @kellan

Kellan Elliott-McCrea is the senior vice president at Blink Health, where he runs engineering, product, and design. Kellan spends a lot of time experimenting with how to get the best results from cross-functional teams building software. Previously, he took 18 months off to be a stay-at-home dad, taught engineering leadership seminars, was CTO at Etsy, and spent five years at Flickr doing what needed to be done. He’d like to apologize for coauthoring OAuth.

Max Firtman
Max Firtman (ITMaster Professional Training), @firt

Max Firtman is a mobile and web developer, trainer, speaker, and writer. Max teaches mobile HTML5 and performance trainings for top companies around the world. The founder of IT-training company ITMaster, Max is a well-known professional in the mobile web community. He blogs about mobile web platforms on, keeps compatibility tables updated at, and has written many books, including Programming the Mobile Web (available in a second edition) and the recent High Performance Mobile Web, published by O’Reilly Media. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, including QCon, Mobilism, OSCON, Velocity, Fluent, Google Developer Day, JSConf, GOTO, AdobeCamp, and many other events around the world. Max has been widely recognized for his work in the mobile web community.... Read More.

Ian Flint
Ian Flint (Yahoo!)

Ian Flint is a 14-year veteran of the Internet. He has founded and sold two successful startups, and has been an architect at eBay and Yahoo. He is currently the service architect for communities and communications at Yahoo.

Josh Fraser

CEO of Torbit – a WPO company that makes websites faster automatically

Israel Gat
Israel Gat (Cutter Consortium), @agile_exec

Israel Gat is uniquely qualified to carry out devops engagements. Through most of his career he straddled the line between ITIL/BSM management and the introduction of advanced software development methods.
Israel is the Director of Cutter Consortium’s Agile Product & Project Management practice. He is recognized as the architect of the agile transformation at BMC Software where, under his leadership, Scrum users increased from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly three times faster time to market than industry average and 20-50% improvement in team productivity. Among other accolades for leading this transition, Dr. Gat was presented with an Innovator of the Year Award from Application Development Trends in 2006.
Dr. Gat’s executive career spans top technology companies, including IBM,... Read More.

Manny Gonzalez (Keynote Systems)

Manny Gonzalez serves as Senior Director of Mobile Technology at Keynote Systems, Inc. in San Mateo, CA. He is responsible for the product management, engineering and advanced technical support of Keynote’s Mobile Test and Monitoring services. He has over 20 years of experience in developing and delivering software solutions in the high-tech industry.

At Keynote, Manny leads the development of Keynote’s web-based visualization and provisioning applications. This includes the company’s alarms engine, on-line reporting and real-time data feed services.

In his current role, he oversees all facets of mobile test and monitoring technology and is engaged in delivering next generation solutions for Keynote’s family of mobile services.

Prior to Keynote, Manny served as R&D manager and software architect at Mentor Graphics Corporation. There he held... Read More.

Andreas Grabner

Andreas Grabner has been helping companies improve their application performance for 15+ years. He is a regular contributor within Web Performance and DevOps communities and a prolific speaker at user groups and conferences around the world. Reach him at @grabnerandi

Matt Hackett
Matt Hackett (Tumblr)

Matt Hackett is a technological contriver who found his way to his current position as VP of Engineering at Tumblr as circuitously as possible. Drawing on his past experience as a contemporary arts laborer (apexart), old-media-turned-new software rejiggerer (BlackBook), 42-mile walk leader (Flashwalk), and Victorian Studies major (Vassar), Matt has the pleasure of helping to build and scale tools for millions of the most creative people on the planet.

Sven Hammar
Sven Hammar (Apica Systems), @shammar

Mr. Hammar has extensive business and technical experience in startups and public companies. Prior to founding Apica, Mr. Hammar was CEO & co-founder of Celo Communications leading the structuring and funding and growth of the company. From 2000 he was the VP Marketing at Gemplus (GEMP) leading the market launch of Gemplus security solutions/products for banking and PC-OEM with major players like RSA, VISA, MasterCard, ACI, Panasonic, and Target. He founded Apica in January 2005. As the CEO he has led the company from concept through development to becoming the premier provider of performance testing and monitoring in Europe.

Phil Harnish
Phil Harnish (YouTube)

Phil has been working on YouTube’s play button for a couple years now. He enjoys continuous deployment and long stretches of behavior driven development. Between the years of keyboard playing cat videos he’s learned a thing or two about the strain scale has on design and usability. If he ever escapes the clutches of a cushy day job, you’ll likely find him hacking on yet another casual-social-game without a business model.

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. He was recognized by MIT as a “Young Innovator under 35” for his work in sparking Global Crossing’s services and technology investments.

Ariya Hidayat
Ariya Hidayat (Sencha)

Ariya Hidayat is a passionate technologist with over a decade of experience working with different levels of hardware and software. Although he likes math and physics, after finishing his dissertation on fiber optic transmission system, he opted to try a new thing and bootstrapped his professional software career. He has been involved with different open source communities, writing code for projects like KDE, Qt, and WebKit. Currently he is working as Engineering Director for Sencha, a Silicon Valley startup focusing on web technologies.

Billy Hoffman

Zoompf was founded by Billy Hoffman, a recognized expert in the field of the web and web security. Billy was the lead researcher at web security firm SPI Dynamics and served as the manager for Hewlett-Packard’s Web Security Research Group following Hewlett-Packard’s acquisition of SPI in 2007. Billy’s research has focused on Web 2.0 technology and security threats, automated discovery of web application vulnerabilities, and web crawling technologies. His work has been featured in Wired, Make magazine, Slashdot, G4TechTV, and in various other journals and Web sites. Billy has presented his work internationally and is regular presenter at security conferences including RSA, Black Hat, AJAXWorld, and Shmoocon. Billy is also the author of the book Ajax Security, the definitive guide to web... Read More.

Alex Honor
Alex Honor (Simplify Ops)

Alex Honor leads SimplifyOps and the Rundeck project with the goal of making operations simpler and easier. Prior to SimplifyOps, he co-founded DTO Solutions, a DevOps and automation engineering consultancy. During 6 years at DTO, Alex helped build and design fully automated provisioning systems for some of the fastest growing startups and largest enterprises. Before DTO, Alex both led architecture and operations at E*TRADE during its explosive growth. Alex has more than 20 years experience as a systems administrator, systems architect, software developer and technology manager.

Daniel Hunt
Daniel Hunt (Shazam)

Daniel Hunt works at Yahoo! for the Mail Performance Team in San Diego. In the past year, he has helped architect and implement Yahoo!‘s next generation email platform. He has a focus on developing robust and high performance code and a passion for integrating web technologies. Working with the OpenMail API, he developed Yahoo’s first mail plug-in, allowing users to integrate Flickr photos into mail. Previous to mail, he helped develop the Yahoo! Media Player, a revolutionary and easy to use music player that plays audio on your website. Prior to Yahoo!, Daniel developed applications and tools in the media and 3D graphics space working for companies such as IBM, Silicon Graphics, and Dassault Systems.

Martin Hunt
Martin Hunt (Game Closure)

Expert in web performance, comet, and HTML5. Previously worked at Meebo developing the Meebo Bar.

Mark Imbriaco

Mark has spent the last 17 years working for companies like Bank of America, America Online, and a number of smaller startups doing operations, system architecture, and software development. Prior to joining Heroku, he led the operations team at 37signals.

Paul Irish
Paul Irish (Google Chrome), @paul_irish

Paul Irish is a front-end developer who loves the web. He works on Google Chrome, its performance and devtools.

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.

Arvind Jain
Arvind Jain (Google), @google

Arvind Jain works as a Director of Enginering at Google. He is
responsible for making Google products fast and also runs its “Make
the Web faster” initiative. He also helped establish the W3C’s Web
Performance Working Group and co-chairs it. In the past, he helped
build the Youtube video serving system and Googlebot.

Jon Jenkins
Jon Jenkins (, @jonjenk

Jon Jenkins is the Director of Platform Analysis at He leads a team focused on designing and implementing highly-available architectures capable of operating within tight performance requirements at massive scale with minimal human intervention. Jon still loves getting his hands dirty and can’t resist the thrill of solving emergent problems. Prior to joining Amazon Jon spent time at several startups and he has a strong background in personalization technologies.

Dave Johnson

Dave is a co-founder of Nitobi, a software consultancy in Vancouver, Canada. He holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering (UBC) and a PhD in Solid State Physics from London’s Imperial College. Dave spends most of his time writing JavaScript for mobile phones and working on the PhoneGap project.

Yehuda Katz
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc), @wycats

Yehuda Katz is a member of the SproutCore, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams; during the daytime, he works as a framework architect at Strobe. Yehuda is the co-author of the best-selling jQuery in Action, the upcoming Rails 3 in Action, and is a contributor to Ruby in Practice. He spends most of his time hacking on open source—his main projects, along with others, like Rubinius, Thor, Handlebars and Moneta—or traveling the world doing evangelism work. He blogs at and can be found on Twitter as @wycats.

Gene Kim
Gene Kim ("The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win" ), @realgenekim

Gene is a multiple award winning CTO, researcher and author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He has written two books, including “The Visible Ops Handbook,” and is now writing “When IT Fails: A Business Novel” and “The DevOps Cookbook.” Gene is a huge fan of IT operations, and how it can enable developers to maximize throughput of features from “code complete” to “in production,” without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment. He has worked with some of the top Internet companies on improving deployment flow and increasing the rigor around IT operational processes. In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the “40 Innovative IT People Under The Age Of 40” list, and was given the Outstanding Alumnus... Read More.

Philip (Flip) Kromer

I’m a Distinguished Engineer at CSC and co-founder, CTO and chief architect of Infochimps, a CSC Big Data Business, the leading big data platform in the cloud. At Infochimps, a CSC Big Data Business we built a scalable architecture that allows app programmers and statisticians to quickly and confidently manipulate data streams at arbitrary scale — terabytes in size, thousands of events per second, dozens of disparate data sources. We use a mixture of Hadoop, Elasticsearch, Storm/Kafka, Goliath and other industrial-strength solutions.

As part of this work, I’ve authored several successful open-source projects including Wukong (the most-used frameworks for Ruby streaming in Hadoop); Ironfan (cloud orchestration capable of spinning up clusters large or small at the push of a... Read More.

Michael  Kuperman
Michael Kuperman (Cotendo)

Michael Kuperman has 10 years of experience in the CDN and ADN industry. To his role as VP of Operations at Cotendo he brings deep expertise in deploying and operating mission critical global environments in the US, Europe and Asia. Before joining Cotendo, Michael held senior Operations positions at a number of leading companies in the content delivery network industry. At Netli Michael ran Operations and led the deployment of the Netli Application Delivery Network Service from an idea to worldwide presence serving Fortune 1,000 companies. After Netli was acquired by Akamai, Michael ran the Network Operations team at Akamai before he joined CDNetworks as Director of Global Operations. At CDNetworks he was responsible for the company’s worldwide network in the US, EU... Read More.

Mohit Lad
Mohit Lad (Thousand Eyes Inc)

Mohit is CEO and Co-founder at ThousandEyes, a network performance management company. Mohit received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA where he conducted research in the area of large scale network diagnostics. Mohit contributed to the Traffic Explorer product at Packet Design and later worked at Nokia where he built a system to monitor mobile services performance. Mohit is an active member of North American Network Operations Group (NANOG) and has served on its Program Committee for 4 years from 2009 to 2013.

Julia Lee
Julia Lee (Yahoo!, Inc.)

Julia Lee is Senior Director of Engineering at Yahoo! She has been at Yahoo! for 7 years, beginning as a software engineer and moving into management. She currently manages the engineering teams for Mail, Calendar, and Notepad. She has received the Engineering Excellence Award in 2008 for Yahoo! Mail and the Yahoo You Rock Award in 2007. Prior to Yahoo!, she founded a couple of VoIP and software consulting startups.

Lee holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering specializing in Computer Architecture and a Master’s in Computer Science specializing in Databases, both from Stanford University.

Patrick Lightbody

Patrick Lightbody is the founder of BrowserMob, a cutting edge load testing and website monitoring provider, which is now a part of Neustar. He also founded HostedQA, an automated web testing platform. He is an avid open source contributor, proving his passion by founding OpenQA, creating Selenium Remote Control and co-creating Struts 2. Patrick is currently Director of Product Management at Neustar.

Stephen Ludin
Stephen Ludin (Akamai, Board Member ISRG), @sludin

Stephen Ludin is a chief architect for Akamai’s Web Experience group. He currently heads the company’s Foundry team—a small group dedicated to innovating on the edge of technology. Stephen’s primary focus has been on projects related to the core proxy technology that is responsible for routing, accelerating, and securing Akamai’s traffic. Stephen received his degree from the University of California at San Diego in computer music, where his coding abilities were used in writing C programs to create experimental music. We are all grateful for his decision to use his technical and management skill in the more aesthetically pleasing field of making the Web a faster and safer realm for commerce and communications.

He currently serves on the board of the Internet Security Research Group,... Read More.

David Mandelin
David Mandelin (Mozilla Corporation), @dmandelin

David Mandelin is a software engineer at Mozilla, where he spends his time making JavaScript run correctly and fast in Firefox. Previously, he has done work on static analysis, miscellaneous programming language research, business web application development, and random programming.

Joshua Marantz

Joshua Marantz is a software engineer at Google, where he is tech-lead of mod_pagespeed, a project to build an open-source Apache module for automatically improving website latency and reducing bandwidth consumption by rewriting HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Images. At Google he has also worked on latency improvements in web caching infrastructure and scalable social networking. Prior to Google, Josh spent 20 years in the Electronic Design Automation industry, much of working on accelerated functional simulation. He holds BS and MS degrees from MIT, in Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Kate Matsudaira

Kate Matsudaira fills the role as Vice President of Engineering at SEOmoz where she is responsible for managing the core technology team. Prior to SEOmoz, she filled the role of VP Engineering at another startup, Delve Networks (acquired by Limelight). At Delve she helped create and monetize a very large distributed system used for online video delivery and video search. Prior to that she worked in at other leading technology companies like, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems.
Kate has extensive knowledge of building large scale distributed web systems, web services, and search. Kate has a B.S. in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College, and has completed graduate work at the University of Washington in both Business and Computer Science (M.S.).

Jeff McCune
Jeff McCune (Puppet Labs), @0xEFF

Jeff McCune is a veteran system administrator and current employee of Puppet Labs. He’s been managing Unix systems full time since 2002 and before joining Puppet Labs was responsible for a hosted SaaS datacenter environment. As a member of the Puppet community, he contributed much of the Mac OS X support in Puppet before joining the company full time. Currently, much of his time is spent working with large customers of Puppet Labs designing, deploying, and improving the performance of their cloud and automation infrastructure.

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.

Patrick Meenan

Patrick Meenan is a software engineer at Facebook, where he’s helping make the web faster. Patrick has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 25 years. Previously, he worked at Cloudflare and Google to make Chrome and the web faster. Patrick created the popular open source WebPageTest web performance measurement tool, runs the free instance of it at, and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance.

Simon Nicoud
Simon Nicoud (Neustar)

Simon Nicoud has worked in and helped shape the external web performance monitoring industry for the past six years. Currently, as the Engineering Manager at Neustar Webmetrics he is overseeing the next evolution of web testing tools for our customers.

Sarah Novotny

I’m a founding partner of Blue Gecko. I speak and write about Open Databases / LAMP practice. For 10 years I managed and was a senior administrator in the LAMP group. Blue Gecko does remote administration and management of databases around the world.

I additionally am co-chair for OSCON 2001 and run the Seattle meetup for MySQL and one focused on Opensource technologies and culture.

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

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.

Ron Pedde (Rackspace Hosting)

Ron Pedde has nearly 20 years of experience in the IT industry, including experience as a programmer, network administrator, systems administrator, and systems engineer. He has considerable experience in the design and implementation of large scale systems for enterprises and web-scale companies. As a systems generalist, Ron’s diverse experience helps him find unique solutions for any problem. Ron thrives on challenge, and enjoys the effort of turning complex requirements into elegant solutions.

Aaron Peterson

Aaron Peterson is a seasoned systems and networking engineer serving as
a Technical Evangelist for Opscode, the makers of Chef. He has wielded
real-time command-line kung fu to tens of thousands of servers at once
and automated global production infrastructure at He is
excited about information design and visualization, scale, and analysis.

Alex Polak
Alex Polak (Microsoft)

Alex Polak is a Technical Lead on the MSN Performance & Reliability team where he leads the work on front-end optimization and analysis. Alex has worked at Microsoft for 10 years and has expertise in web performance, network protocols, and test methodologies.

Paul Querna
Paul Querna (Rackspace), @pquerna

Paul Querna is an Architect at Rackspace, and former Chief Architect at Cloudkick. Paul has participated in many open source projects and is a committer to the Apache HTTP Server and Apache Libcloud, the open source library for developers to build portable cloud applications.
Paul also previously served as VP of Infrastructure for the Apache Software Foundation.

Sreeram Ramachandran

Sreeram is a Software Engineer at Google. He works on the “Make the
web fast” initiative, focusing on awareness and tools to help decrease
latency. Prior to this, he worked on improving search quality and
ranking at Google. He graduated with a Masters in Computing from the
National University of Singapore.

John Rauser
John Rauser (Snapchat), @jrauser

John has been extracting value from large datasets for over 20 years at hedge funds, small data-driven startups, Amazon, Pinterest, and now Snapchat. He has deep experience in machine learning, data visualization, on-line experimentation, website performance and real-time fault analysis. An empiricist at heart, “Just do the experiment!” is his favorite call to arms.

Matt Ray
Matt Ray (Opscode), @mattray

Matt Ray is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Opscode and the open source systems integration platform Chef. He is active in the OpenStack community and was previously the Community Manager for Zenoss Core. He has been active in the open source community for well over a decade and was one of the founders of the Texas LinuxFest and ChefConf. He blogs at and is @mattray on Twitter, IRC and GitHub.

Alois Reitbauer

Alois Reitbauer is chief evangelist at Dynatrace. Alois is fanatic about monitoring, DevOps, and application performance and has spent most of his professional career building monitoring tools and speeding up applications. He is a regular conference speaker, blogger, book author, and sushi maniac.

John Resig
John Resig (Khan Academy)

John Resig is the Dean of Computer Science at Khan Academy and the creator of the jQuery JavaScript library. He’s also the author of the books Pro JavaScript Techniques and Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja.

John is a Visiting Researcher at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto working on the study of Ukiyo-e (Japanese Woodblock printing). He has developed a comprehensive woodblock print database and image search engine located at:

Currently, John is located in Brooklyn, NY.

Bobby  Richter
Bobby Richter (Mozilla)

Bobby Richter is the Creative Technology Lead for the Mozilla Foundation’s Web Made Movies group where he manages, demos, and contributes to Popcorn.js and Butter as part of the FOSS HTML5 response to proprietary rich-media web software. Exploiting the thinness of the line between work and hobby, Bobby is also a member of the #audio WebGL demoscene group, and several other small initiatives to increase the richness and interactivity of content on the internet. Consequently, Bobby helps to maintain several increasingly popular projects such as CubicVR.js and, most pertinently, WebGL-2D: JavaScript libraries which offer high-performance 3D rendering, and a hardware-accelerated implementation respectively. Before turning his attention to the world of Open Source, Bobby was the lead programmer on the Emmy-award-winning NFB project, Out... Read More.

Jesse Robbins

Jesse Robbins (@jesserobbins) is CEO of Opscode and a widely recognized expert in Infrastructure, Web Operations, and Emergency Management.

Opscode makes Chef , the powerful open source tool used by thousands of developers & systems administrators to automate, manage and scale infrastructure of any size and complexity. With Chef Cookbooks users can find and share recipes for over 100 infrastructure components . The Opscode Platform is the hosted configuration management service that makes Chef even more powerful and easy to use.

Jesse serves as co-chair of the Velocity Web Performance & Operations Conference and contributes to the O’Reilly Radar . Prior to co-founding Opscode, he worked at with a title of “Master of Disaster”... Read More.

Paul Roy
Paul Roy (Microsoft)

Paul Roy leads the MSN Performance & Reliability team. Paul has 25 years of software industry experience as a Developer, Architect, and Engineering Manager in the areas of distributed operating systems and internet systems. His passion is leading teams in the development and optimization of high performance systems. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1997, Paul worked at Silicon Graphics, Open Software Foundation, and Apollo Computer.

Ido Safruti
Ido Safruti (PerimeterX), @safruti

Ido Safruti brings a diverse technology and management background to Cotendo where he leads product and market strategy. Safruti comes to Cotendo from Campus Tech where he was CEO and co-founder of a company that focused on placement and commercialization of academic-created technologies. Prior to Campus Tech, Safruti was General Manager at Metacafe, one of the largest short video sites in the world, with responsibility for R&D, IT operations and head of the Israeli office. Earlier roles include R&D Manager, Chief Scientist, and Head of Software at various companies focused on high capacity network software, hardware, and security systems. Safruti has a MSc in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University, and is a Talpiot graduate with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the... Read More.

Greg Schechter

Greg is a fearless web warrior, fighting for browser and website progress. While training at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, he published articles with the Opera Web Standards Curriculum. Subsequently, he went on to battle alongside many different web companies, including Amazon, Yahoo, and Google. His current alliance is with YouTube, where he spearheads the movement for HTML5 video capabilities.

Dylan Schiemann
Dylan Schiemann (SitePen, Inc.), @dylans

As CEO of SitePen and co-founder of the Dojo Toolkit, Dylan is best known for building web applications that make use of JavaScript/Ajax, Dojo, and other standard web development technologies. Dylan is also a committer to the cometD project, and Vice-President of the Dojo Foundation. Dylan has delivered hundreds of presentations at conferences throughout the world, started the London Ajax User Group, co-founded Comet Daily, and authored a chapter in the book Even Faster Web Sites. Prior to JavaScript, Dylan earned his Masters in Physical Chemistry from UCLA and his B.A. in Mathematics from Whittier College.

Theo Schlossnagle

Theo Schlossnagle is a Founder and Principal at OmniTI where he designs and implements scalable solutions for highly trafficked sites and other clients in need of sound, scalable architectural engineering. He was the architect of the highly scalable Momentum MTA, architect of the Fontdeck CDN and visionary behind the Circonus SaaS monitoring platform. 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.

Michael Schneider

Michael works as a Software Engineer on the Page Speed project at Google, where he most recently helped to launch Page Speed Online. Prior to joining Google, he worked at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland on the Jazz initiative, where he gave much thought to how to build large and fast web applications.

Andrew Clay Shafer

Andrew Shafer is the senior director of technology at Pivotal, where he works to help organizations build better systems with better tools. Andrew enjoys helping teams navigate the technology Renaissance triple point between people, process and tools and brings with him a background in high-performance computing, computational science, embedded Linux development, web frameworks, and agile methods. Previously, Andrew cofounded Reductive Labs. He is always ready to talk about almost anything. His two sons and wife think he is pretty cool. He is definitely a villager.

Justin Sheehy
Justin Sheehy (Basho Technologies), @justinsheehy

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

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.

Nicole Sullivan
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella), @stubbornella

Nicole Sullivan is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for sites with large numbers of pages and visitors. She implements large scale CSS solutions for companies of all sizes at Stubbornella Consulting Group

She blogs, tweets, and shares her research and presentations on Slideshare.

Lee Thompson
Lee Thompson (Lee Thompson)

Lee is CTO of Consumer Travel/Transportation Industry at HP, where he oversees the global delivery of solutions to hotel chains and airlines. Lee was formally the Chief Technologist of E*TRADE FINANCIAL, where he also held roles in development, architecture, and operations.

Joshua Timberman
Joshua Timberman (Opscode, Inc.), @jtimberman

Joshua Timberman has over 10 years experience in Linux and Unix system administration. He has worked for companies from 5 person startups, up to the largest IT company in the world. His background includes deploying highly available enterprise application environments and providing internal infrastructure services and team-based training. Joshua currently works for Opscode, where he is an infrastructure cooking expert with Chef. He speaks at local user group meetings and has a passion for teaching people how to make the most out of automation.

Robert Treat

Robert Treat leads the database operations group at OmniTI. A veteran of the open source industry, he speaks on open source, databases, and large scale environment all around the world, and has been recognized as a major contributor to the PostgreSQL project. You can find him online at

Lew  Tucker
Lew Tucker (Cisco)

Lew Tucker is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco, where he is responsible for helping to shape the future of cloud and enterprise software strategies.

Tucker has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, ranging from distributed systems and artificial intelligence to software development and systems architecture. Prior to joining Cisco, he was the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, where he led the development of its infrastructure-as-a-service offering and the development of Sun Cloud. Other accomplishments in his career include’s AppExchange, the developer community, and the massively parallel Connection Machine.

Tucker’s interest in distributed systems stems from his tenure at Thinking Machines, an early leader in supercomputing... Read More.

Rajiv Vijayakumar
Rajiv Vijayakumar (Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.)

Rajiv Vijayakumar
Staff Engineer, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies

Rajiv Vijayakumar serves as a staff engineer for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), where he leads the network stack optimization efforts within the Web technologies group, and works with the chipset architecture team on Web browser benchmarking, profiling, and modeling. He was previously with the QCT modem systems group, where he worked on analysis and optimization efforts covering a wide range of projects, including modem throughputs and round trip times, file system throughputs, and system level concurrency.

Prior to joining the Qualcomm team in 2006, Vijayakumar served as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Washington where he worked on modeling and performance analysis of 802.11 networks. His research has been published in... Read More.

Stevan Vlaovic, PhD
Stevan Vlaovic, PhD (Yahoo! Inc.)

Stevan Vlaovic is a Performance Architect for Display Advertising at Yahoo! He has been at Yahoo! for over 3 years and is responsible for Display Ad Performance across all of Display, including setting up performance testing processes, performing bottleneck analyses, implementing performance optimizations, monitoring, etc. Prior to Yahoo! he founded a cloud company, FastScale, and worked on microprocessor performance at Montalvo and Sun.

Stevan has a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Michigan specializing in Microarchitecture performance.

Rachel Walls
Rachel Walls (Opscode), @lnxchk

Mandi Walls has been administering Linux systems of various sizes and scopes for more than 10 years. A native of central Pennsylvania, she now lives and works in New York City.

Mark Watson (Neustar)

As a part of the engineering team at Neustar Webmetrics, Mark Watson is responsible for creating the tools that the Webmetrics Monitoring Suite is comprised of. He is primarily focused on the client side, extracting performance metrics out of browsers and on furthering the ease of performance monitoring.

Jason Weber
Jason Weber (Microsoft)
Jason Weber is a performance lead on the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. Jason is working across the browser subsystems to ensure Internet Explorer is ready for the performance demands of modern sites and apps, including hardware accelerated graphics and compiled javascript. Jason has been with Microsoft for seventeen years. Before joining the Internet Explorer team Jason worked on Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, and was a member of Chairman Bill Gates technical staff.
Mike Weider (Blaze)

Michael Weider is the CEO of Blaze, a Web performance optimization service. Before co-founding Blaze, Michael was the Founder of Watchfire, the largest provider of application security testing software. Watchfire was acquired by IBM in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, Michael worked for IBM Rational managing the Application Security, Software Delivery Automation and Cloud Computing product lines. Michael holds a B.S. in engineering from Queens University.

Ian White
Ian White (Neustar)

Ian White has been working with BrowserMob for the past two years, focused on cloud-based website monitoring and load testing. He came to Neustar when BrowserMob was acquired last year and continues to lead development of the product. Ian has been involved with consumer websites for more than six years, garnering real-world experience with site optimization, scaling and performance testing in the process.

Todd Willey
Todd Willey (OpenStack)

A collector of the finest works of ascii art, Todd has quite refined tastes and styles. If you are lucky enough to spot one in the wild, you will most likely find him around open source watering holes building cloud software.

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.

Dennis Yang
Dennis Yang (Infochimps), @sinned

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

Ronni Zehavi
Ronni Zehavi (Cotendo)

Ronni Zehavi is CEO and Co-Founder of Cotendo. He has over fifteen years of executive experience in start-up and multi-national high-technology companies. Prior to Cotendo he founded Commtouch Software where he commercialized email security technologies in a distributed global service environment that handled over a billion content transactions per day with 100% uptime. Prior to Commtouch, Zehavi co-founded software company Shemer – Auto Arbitrage Ltd., which developed and commercialized a software expert system for automated derivatives trading.

Philip Zeyliger
Philip Zeyliger (Cloudera)

Philip Zeyliger came to Cloudera from Google, where he worked on scalable storage for user-facing applications. Before that, he worked in finance, at D.E. Shaw. Philip holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University. His interests include systems and databases. He’s a committer on the Apache Avro project.

Kris Zyp
Kris Zyp (SitePen, Inc.), @kriszyp

Kris Zyp is a research and development associate with SitePen, a forward-thinking company that is committed to building and enhancing the open web. He represents the Dojo foundation on the EcmaScript 4 committee. Kris is the lead developer of the Persevere project and the JSON Schema format. He is actively researching and developing technologies in Ajax REST client/server architecture, JSON-RPC, JSONPath, JSON Referencing, and JavaScript persistence. He is also a contributor to Comet Daily and is working on RESTful HTTP Comet approaches.

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