Velocity 2013 Speakers

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

John Allspaw has worked in software systems engineering and operations for twenty years in many different environments: biotech, government, online media, social networking, and e-commerce. 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 infrastructure at,, Friendster, and Flickr, and Etsy. He served as SVP of Engineering and then Chief Technology Officer at Etsy, and holds an MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety from Lund University.

David Azaria (Keynote Systems, Inc.)

David heads web application development at Keynote Systems, Inc. He also manages design and usability. David holds a B.S. in Computional Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sascha Bates

DevOps enthusiast, automator of things, I am the owner of Bratty Redhead Consulting, where the sarcasm is always free and the passion sincere. I love helping developers make beautiful things, whether that involves infrastructure automation, JVM tuning and tweaking, deployment pipelines, performance debugging or anything else needed to make things go!

Mike Belshe

Mike is a long term startup engineer, founding Twist in 2011 – building solutions to make time a fundamental building block of the mobile web. Prior to Twist, Mike worked at Google where he cofounded the SPDY protocol project and was an early member of the Google Chrome team. Mike is continuing to work with SPDY and the IETF standardization effort to build a faster HTTP/2.0 for the world.

Johan Bergström
Johan Bergström (Lund University), @bergstrom_johan

I’m a researcher and university teacher at Lund University in southern Sweden. I conduct research mainly within the fields of Systems Safety and Cognitive Systems Engineering, but in the spring of 2013 I will begin postdoctoral research on the more grand-scale topic of Societal Resilience. On June 15 2012 I defended my doctoral dissertation entitled: Escalation: Explorative studies of high-risk situations from the theoretical perspectives of complexity and joint cognitive systems. A central aim of the thesis work was to study how an organization adapt to situations that change from normal to non-normal and potentially further on to a state of crisis. The research was conducted in several high-risk domains, such as aviation and shipping, but mainly within health care. The reason is that health... Read More.

Barbara Bermes

Barbara has been creating websites since the millennium and has always been passionate about the web and its capabilities.

After working for web agencies in Germany and Canada, she found her home in Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster (CBC), where she developed all three CBC mobile sites and helped create apps. Barbara now enjoys the role as a senior mobile web architect and performance advocate for the entire digital team at CBC. Ranked as #29 of Canada’s Top Alexa websites, her passion at the CBC involves serving great web experiences to Canadians consuming the latest news on their mobile devices, wherever they are.

Twitter @bbinto //
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Nick Berry
Nick Berry (LinkedIn)

Nick manages the Site Reliability Engineering team supporting Presentation Infrastructure, Growth, and Identity at LinkedIn. Before that, he was Principal Service Engineer on Yahoo’s global homepages.

Supporter of the #hugops movement.

Andrew Betts

Andrew is a PHP and JavaScript developer, web standards advocate and founder of FT Labs, an emerging web technologies division of the Financial Times. His area of expertise is emerging web technologies, particularly on mobile and tablet platforms, where his team created the FT web app, now well known globally as one of the best examples of what can be achieved with HTML5.

Peter Blum
Peter Blum (Instart Logic), @PeterAlanBlum

Peter is responsible for product management & product marketing at Instart Logic. Previously, Peter was at Citrix, where he was Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing for the XenClient product. Earlier, at XenSource, he held a variety of product management and technical sales roles focusing on the XenServer virtualization platform. XenSource was acquired by Citrix for $500M. Prior to XenSource, he held a variety of pre-sales, web development and IT admin roles, including 5 years at Marimba working with enterprise change management systems.

Buddy Brewer

Buddy Brewer is the senior VP of products at SOASTA, where he leads strategic initiatives for all SOASTA products, including DOC, CloudTest, TouchTest, Data Science Work Bench, and mPulse, a real-user measurement tool that tells you how long people are waiting on your site and how it is impacting their behavior. Buddy has been helping some of the largest sites on the Web solve their performance challenges since 2001. Prior to SOASTA, Buddy cofounded LogNormal, the first company to put measuring real users first in the crowded space of performance monitoring tools. LogNormal was acquired by SOASTA in 2012.

Ryan Bridges (Turner Broadcasting/CNN Digital), @ryanbridges

Industry veteran with more than 12 years of experience in a variety of roles. Currently employed by Turner Broadcasting as a Senior Web Application Developer, serving as the Tech Lead for CNN Digital’s Video Products group.

Steve  Burton
Steve Burton (AppDynamics)

Stephen Burton is Tech Evangelist at AppDynamics, and is also the alter ego of increasingly popular “App Man” character. Steve is responsible for promoting best practice application performance management (APM) for distributed applications running in cloud, virtual and physical environments. Before joining AppDynamics, Steve held senior product management positions at OpTier and Precise leading innovation and creative solutions to help customers better manage the performance of their applications. Steve has previously worked in pre-sales and also spent many years as a senior developer and application support engineer when his career began at Sapient. Steve received his BS in Computer Science from Lancaster University, UK. He enjoys speed and is a keen motorsport/formula 1 fan and hopes one day to become The Stig.

Laine Campbell

Laine is the owner and CEO of PalominoDB , a boutique open-source DBMS design and operations firm. She has been an Oracle, MySQL and Cassandra DBA, Architect and Designer for 11 years with such companies as Travelocity, Zappos, Obama for America, Chegg, LiveJournal, Disney Mobile and Technorati. Her passions include entrepreneurial charity, diversity in technology and her own cajun heritage. Laine has had the pleasure of presenting at Oracle OpenWorld, Percona Live in Santa Clara, NYC and London, MySQL User Conference, Intl Oracle Users Group and more. She has also been on the IOUG MySQL Council (2012) and Percona Live content committee (2012).

Colin Charles
Colin Charles (Percona), @bytebot

Colin Charles works at Monty Program Ab, on MariaDB, and Open Ocean Investments on Web of Trust, and MoSync. He lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and had worked at MySQL since 2005. Before joining MySQL, he worked actively on the Fedora and projects. He’s spoken at many conferences –, The MySQL Conference & Expo,, to name a few.

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.

Guilin Chen
Guilin Chen (Facebook)

Guilin Chen is a software engineer at Facebook working on Mobile Performance.

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

Sergey Chernyshev (@sergeyche) works at truTV (Turner) and responsible for web technology for their highly trafficked web site ( He has more then 15 years of web technology experience and active open source developer and web technology enthusiast.

Sergey is an organizer of New York Web Performance Meetup, first local Web Performance group that meets monthly to discuss performance-related topics. He also helps out groups organizers around the world kickstart their local WPO communities.

He’s creator and primary developer of ShowSlow, an open source tool that helps monitor WebPageTest metrics, YSlow grades, Page Speed scores and various other website performance metrics over time.

Jaret Chiles
Jaret Chiles (Rackspace)

Jaret Chiles has over fourteen years of experience designing, implementing and supporting technical solutions for enterprise clientele. His expertise in this area has helped 100s of companies promote smoother, smarter and more secure IT environments that meet regulatory requirements and core business objectives.

Jaret joined Rackspace in 2007 and is a resident expert in the area of cloud security. In 2012, Jaret helped pioneer the Rackspace Enterprise Cloud Solutions Architecture team. Its focus is driving enterprises to cloud computing through transformational strategic planning and architecture design consultation.

Jaret holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and maintains certifications including CISSP, CISA, CCNA and ITIL.

Ben Christensen

Ben Christensen is a software engineer on the Netflix API Platform team responsible for fault tolerance, performance, architecture and scale while enabling millions of customers to access the Netflix experience across more than 800 different device types. Specializing in Java since the 90s and through years of web and server-side development Ben has gained particular interest and skill in building maintainable, performant, high-volume, high-impact systems. Prior to Netflix, Ben was at Apple in the iTunes division making iOS apps and media available to the world.

Jason Cook
Jason Cook (Fastly)

Jason is an Ops Engineer and co-founder of Fastly, a content delivery network focused on web application acceleration.

Jon Cowie

Jon is a Web Operations Engineer at Etsy, having done the rounds as Syadmin at several London tech startups. He likes Chef. A lot.

Blake Crosby

Blake is an Operations Engineer with Fastly, the smartest CDN on the planet.

Previously, he has been apart of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation team for over twelve years working in the fast paced news and media environment. During this time he has kept one of Canada’s most important websites available during major news events.

His intimate knowledge of web performance ensures that Fastly stays ahead of the curve with emerging technologies.

Dave Cumberland
Dave Cumberland (Shopatron)

Dave Cumberland is the Vice President of Engineering and IT at Shopatron. He is in charge of the availability, stability, security, and scalability of Shopatron’s systems. He also oversees application development and quality assurance for both product development and client services. Dave has worked in the web world for over 15 years. Prior to joining Shopatron, Dave managed software engineering teams at TransUnion Interactive. In this position, he led the development of new application services and the support of many platforms and architectures. Dave has also worked at several startup ventures with experience ranging from educational software to government contracts.

Dave holds a masters degree in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His concentrations include software engineering, programing languages, and workflow... Read More.

Ramon Darrow (Dell)

2 years as Operations Architect for, responsible for application hosting, including performance, monitoring, infrastructure (compute, storage, networking), and operational procedures. About 5 years in APM.

Andy Davies
Andy Davies (NCC Group), @andydavies

Andy is UK-based freelance performance consultant. He focuses on ecommerce sites, helping them to measure and improve their performance.

Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Davis (Microsoft), @sigje

Jennifer Davis
Senior Service Engineering, Yahoo!

Jennifer has worked in education, startup, and large scale environments which has contributed to a diverse set of experiences. Currently she is a leader and senior service engineer for the platform data services group at Yahoo! with a focus on customer service experience. She completed her B.S. in Computer Science at Notre Dame de Namur University.

Rob Dickinson
Rob Dickinson (, @robfromboulder

Over the last 20 years, Rob has led development of monitoring and performance solutions at Xaffire, Dell Software and Intel. He founded to strike a devops-friendly balance between deep API monitoring and the latest privacy and security standards. When Rob isn’t geeking out, he’s camping and snowboarding with his wife and three kids in Colorado.

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

Marcel Duran is a performance front end engineer at Twitter and previously had been into web performance optimization on high traffic sites at Yahoo! Front Page and Search teams where he applied and researched web performance best practices making pages even faster. He was also the Front End Lead for Yahoo!’s Exceptional Performance Team dedicated to YSlow (now it’s his personal open source project) and other performance tools development, researches and evangelism. Besides being a “speed freak”, he’s a (skate|snow)boarder and purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Jeremy Edberg

Jeremy is currently the Reliability
Architect for Netflix, the largest video streaming service in the world.
Before that he ran reddit, an online community for sharing and discussing
interesting things on the internet that does more than four billion pageviews
a month. Both run their entire operations on Amazon’s EC2.

Damon Edwards
Damon Edwards (SimplifyOps, Inc.)

Damon Edwards, a co-founder of SimplifyOps, is focused on growing and supporting the SimplifyOps user communities. Prior to SimplifyOps, Damon co-founded DTO Solutions, a DevOps and automation engineering consultancy whose clients include leading SaaS, e-commerce, gaming, and financial services companies. Damon has spent over 14 years working on both the technology and business ends of IT operations. Damon is also a frequent conference speaker and writer who focuses on DevOps and operations improvement topics. Damon is active in the international DevOps community, including co-organizing the DevOps Days conference series and co-hosting the DevOps Cafe podcast.

Jay Edwards
Jay Edwards (Meangrape, Inc.), @meangrape

Jay Edwards is self-employed. As the first database administrator at Twitter he experienced a gamut of growth ranging from a handful of servers to thousands. While the Lead Database Engineer for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, Jay did a lot of things that are still covered by an NDA; we can say that he managed a large number of disparate data sources and provided a high degree of technically focused management.

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.

Klaus Enzenhofer

Klaus Enzenhofer has several years of experience and expertise in the field of Web Performance Optimization and User Experience Management. He works as Technical Strategist in the Center of Excellence Team at Compuware APM. In this role he influences the development of the Compuware dynaTrace Application Performance Management Solution and the Web Performance Optimization Tool Compuware dynaTrace AJAX Edition. He mainly gathered his experience in web and performance by developing and running large-scale web portals at Tiscover GmbH

Gerry Fassig (CoreSite)

Gerry Fassig is CoreSite’s Vice President of Sales for the cloud/hosting service provider industry. He possesses more than 20 years of enterprise and start-up sales leadership experience and leads a national team responsible for acquiring, retaining and managing service providers of all sizes. Prior to joining CoreSite, he held senior sales and management positions with Savvis, helping drive strategic growth throughout the organization during the Exodus/Cable and Wireless acquisitions. Before Savvis, he held various leadership roles at Wheelhouse, a CRM strategy consultancy and at Gartner.

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.

Jon  Fox
Jon Fox (Torbit), @jfox85

Jon Fox (@jfox85) is the co-founder and CTO of Torbit where he writes code to help make the web faster. Torbit is a company offering Dynamic Content Optimization and a free Real User Measurement tool called Insight. Prior to making the web faster, Jon made comments better as the co-founder and CTO of IntenseDebate, which was later acquired by Automattic (the company behind WordPress).

Jim Greer
Jim Greer (Kongregate), @jimgreer

Jim is the co-founder and CEO of Kongregate, and is responsible for the company’s vision of community around games, its focus on game developers, and most importantly its ability to identify and retain great talent. Jim is a regular committer to Kongregate’s codebase, and developed many of the customer support and fraud screening tools.

Before founding Kongregate was Technical Director for Pogo at Electronic Arts and led the web and game engineering teams. He has worked in the game industry since 1991, when he went from summer intern to leading the game world design team on Ultima VII: The Black Gate. Despite his boss Richard Garriott’s advice, he finished his computer science degree at Princeton University before returning to the game industry.

Before... Read More.

Brendan Gregg

Brendan Gregg is the lead performance engineer at Joyent, where he analyzes performance and scalability at any level of the software stack. He is the author of the upcoming book “Systems Performance”, and co-author of “DTrace” (2011) and “Solaris Performance and Tools” (2006). He was previously a performance lead and kernel engineer at Sun Microsystems where he developed the ZFS L2ARC, and later Oracle. He has also invented and developed numerous performance analysis tools, including some that are shipped by default in Mac OS X and Oracle Solaris 11. His recent work has included performance visualizations for illumos and Linux kernel analysis.

Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer at Google, cochair of the W3C Web Performance Working Group, and author of High Performance Browser Networking (O’Reilly). In short, he’s an Internet plumber.

Wesley Hales

Wesley Hales is a User Interface architect from Atlanta, GA. He has been involved in UI and User Experience roles for over a decade in both startup and enterprise environments. Wesley co-founded several enterprise frameworks during his 4.5 years at Red Hat and served as a co-founder of a recently acquired startup. He is now employed by Apigee as a software developer mainly focused on UI.
Overall, Wesley enjoys creating world-class user interfaces and experiences that people fall in love with.
You can see him speak at the occasional conference, read his posts on, or follow him on twitter @wesleyhales.

Sven Hammar
Sven Hammar (Apica Systems), @shammar

Sven Hammar co-founded Apica in 2005. As CEO, he has led the company from concept through development to becoming a premier provider of performance testing and monitoring. Sven has extensive business and technical experience in startups and public companies. Prior to founding Apica, he was CEO & co-founder of Celo Communications leading the structuring, funding and growth of the company. He also served as VP of 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.

Kenneth Harker
Kenneth Harker (Keynote Systems, Inc.)

Ken Harker is a Senior Performance Consultant at Keynote Systems, where he leads the performance consulting practice for the mobile-optimized web. Ken works with enterprise customers in the banking, finance, insurance, retail, media, auto, and travel industries to help them improve the performance of their mobile web user experience. Ken has 13 years’ experience in the internet performance industry, including 9 years with Keynote Systems.

Steve Heffernan

Steve Heffernan is a web video enthusiast. He is the creator of Video.js, an open source HTML5 video player. He is also a founder of Zencoder, a cloud-based video transcoding service, which was acquired by Brightcove – the largest online video platform, where Steve is now loving life working full-time on Video.js and other open source projects.

Ariya Hidayat
Ariya Hidayat (Shape Security), @ariyahidayat

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.

Alex Honor
Alex Honor (Simplify Ops)

Alex Honor is the founder of various open source automation projects. Has been involved in the development and management of large scale online systems for over 15 years, including critical roles at E*TRADE, NASA Ames Research, Open Design, and DTO Solutions.

Jez Humble
Jez Humble (DevOps Research and Assessment LLC), @jezhumble

Jez Humble is a Principal at ThoughtWorks Studios, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010). He has worked with a variety of platforms and technologies, consulting for non-profits, telecoms, financial services, and online retail companies. His focus is on helping organisations deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably through implementing effective engineering practices.

Adam Jacob

A sixteen year system operations veteran, Adam is the Chief Customer Officer of Opscode, whose mission is to bring “Infrastructure Automation to the Masses”. He is the primary author of Chef, and spends his time working with companies on their gnarliest automation problems.

Arvind Jain
Arvind Jain (Google), @google

Arvind is a Director of Engineering at Google and works on making Google and the Internet fast. He also helped establish and chairs the W3C’s Web Performance Working Group.

Venkatesh Katari
Venkatesh Katari (

Venkatesh Katari is a Mobile performance engineer at . Venkatesh has been building tools on iOS and Android to measure the front end performance on the mobile stack. He believes that the mobile performance measurement tools have to be on par with web browser based tools as of yesterday, and has been devoting his time to make mobile performance a better experience.

Bill Kayser
Bill Kayser (New Relic, Inc.), @bkayser

Bill Kayser has over 10 years experience in application performance monitoring and management, starting as a co-founder of StepZero, LLC, a J2EE performance management consulting firm. For the last five years Bill has been staring at charts and puzzling over customer performance issues as a Principal Architect with New Relic, Inc.

Arun Kejariwal

Arun Kejariwal is an independent lead engineer. Previously, he was he was a statistical learning principal at Machine Zone (MZ), where he led a team of top-tier researchers and worked on research and development of novel techniques for install-and-click fraud detection and assessing the efficacy of TV campaigns and optimization of marketing campaigns, and his team built novel methods for bot detection, intrusion detection, and real-time anomaly detection; and he developed and open-sourced techniques for anomaly detection and breakout detection at Twitter. His research includes the development of practical and statistically rigorous techniques and methodologies to deliver high performance, availability, and scalability in large-scale distributed clusters. Some of the techniques he helped develop have been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.

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.

Sam Kottler
Sam Kottler (GitHub)

Sam Kottler works at Red Hat in the virtualization R&D group. His background is as systems engineer and developer with a strong focus in automation and configuration management. Sam has worked with some of the world’s leading startups to build scalable infrastructure, including, Venmo, and Acquia.

Manish Lachwani

Manish is a mobile debugging, testing and performance optimization researcher and evangelist, and currently CTO and co-founder at Appurify. Manish brings a unique blend of expertise across the entire mobile stack. As a systems architect at Amazon Kindle, he designed the operating system for the Kindle line of products. At MontaVista, he was among a select group of MIPS/ARM architects that worked on the first multicore real time Linux OS, Linux 2.4 and 2.6 versions. Manish holds 21 patents in the areas of USB, Power Management, Chargers, System Debugging and Validation. Prior to Appurify, he was a CTO at Zynga.

David LaPalomento
David LaPalomento (Brightcove, Inc.)

David is a software engineer at Brightcove, the largest online video platform (OVP).

Adam Lazur
Adam Lazur (Facebook)

Adam has spent the past 8 years diffusing the firehose of traffic for some of the biggest web sites on the internet. He has wholesale replaced the front end load balancing architecture on a massively growing site while it was serving… twice.

Adam is currently a Production Engineering Manager in the Traffic team at Facebook. He and his team build simple, reliable, and scalable components that adapt to the demands of the fastest moving site on the internet.

When Adam is not evangelizing the tenets of the UNIX philosophy, he is a dedicated father and amateur racing daydreamer.

Jonathan LeBlanc
Jonathan LeBlanc (PayPal / Braintree), @jcleblanc

Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award-winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book Programming Social Applications, and the head of global developer advocacy for Braintree and PayPal. Specializing in identity, auth and security, hardware to web interconnectivity, and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives toward building a more user-centric web.

Patrick Lightbody

Patrick runs product management for New Relic, a leading provider of web application performance management and monitoring. Prior to that, Patrick started two startups in the website monitoring and load testing space, which were acquired by Gomez and Neustar, respectively.

Patrick is an avid open source contributor, having founded OpenQA, created Selenium Remote Control, and co-created Struts 2.

Patrick has held management and software engineering positions with Jive Software, Spoke Software, and Cisco Systems.

Joseph Loveless

Joseph Loveless is part of Neustar’s Market Management team with a focus on Web Performance Optimization and Management technologies. Mr. Loveless is a frequent industry speaker has an IT career that spans 25 years with extensive experience in systems operations, implementation, management consulting, and product marketing, particularly in enterprise management systems. At Neustar, his focus is developing and implementing market strategies for Neustar Web Performance Management which includes Website Monitoring and Website Load Testing.

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

Stephen Ludin is a Chief Architect for Akamai’s Site Acceleration and Security group. He joined Akamai in 2002 and works out of Akamai’s west-coast headquarter in San Mateo, California. His primary focus has been on projects related to the core proxy technology that is responsible for routing, accelerating, and securing Akamai’s traffic.

Most recently, as a technology leader in the Web Acceleration team, he has been leading the efforts behind Akamai’s next generation acceleration platform and its security and fraud prevention technology stack.

Ludin 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... Read More.

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 it working on accelerated functional simulation. He holds BS and MS degrees from MIT, in Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

John Martin
John Martin (

John is the Sr. Director of Production Engineering for Edmunds in sunny Santa Monica, CA. He manages a team of platform engineers that drive the automotive giant’s Continuous Delivery environment. With a 15-year background in system administration and application operations, John now focuses his experience on crafting the tools and culture which aide technology teams to deploy quickly and reliably to production.

Ashray Mathur
Ashray Mathur ( Inc), @ashraymathur

Ashray Mathur is an engineer working on making mobile applications faster at During his time at Salesforce, he has been instrumental in evangelizing, defining and driving mobile performance initiatives for several mobile enterprise applications. He is primarily interested in performance measurement, modeling and tuning applications.

Kate Matsudaira

Kate specializes in creating and operating large-scale web applications. Her focus has primarily rested on SaaS applications and big data. She has extensive experience building and managing high-performance teams, and considers herself a fan of agile development practices and the lean startup movement.  
She is currently founding her own startup, popforms, but has held roles as developer, project manager, product manager, and people manager at great companies including
Amazon and Microsoft. The last seven years she has been a VP of Engineering/CTO for companies like  SEOmoz, Decide, and prior to that Delve Networks (acquired by Limelight). 

Follow her  blog to see her writings on tech and leadership. She is also the curator of the
Technology and Leadership... Read More.

Colton McAnlis

Colt McAnlis is a Developer Advocate at Google focusing on Chrome Games and Performance; Before that, he was a systems & graphics programmer in the games industry working at Blizzard, Microsoft, and Petroglyph. He’s a UDACITY course professor for HTML5 games, and also spent 4 years as an Adjunct Professor at SMU Guildhall’s school for game development. When he’s not working with developers, Colt spends his time preparing for an invasion of giant ants from outer space.

You can follow him on G+, Twitter, or his Blog.

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.

Graham Melville
Graham Melville (Citrix Systems), @gmelville80

Graham Melville has over 25 years in the networking and mobility space. He has a diverse sales, marketing, technical and business background in manufacturing, including Symbol/Motorola, Nokia and Meru Networks. In the partner channel, he was a general manager of a reseller; and in the area of distribution, he directed a region. Graham holds patents in the WLAN space and has been a voting member of the IEEE802.11 security group. You can follow him on Twitter @gmelville80.

Dan Milstein
Dan Milstein (Wayfair), @danmil

Dan Milstein is Director of Supply Chain Engineering at Wayfair, in Boston. His teams build all kinds of systems to support the physical movement of goods — which turns out to engender a marvelously hard and satisfying series of challenges. Before he joined Wayfair, he worked a programmer, architect, team lead and product owner at a variety of startups over the last 20 years. In general, he is deeply fascinated by the interactions between complex systems and the humans who build and maintain those systems.

Nilendu Misra (Intuit)

Nilendu Misra brings more than 15 years of engineering experience to his role of Lead Architect for QuickBooks Online at Intuit, Inc. In his nearly five years at Intuit, he advanced the technology, engineering capabilities and processes of QuickBooks Online to grow it into the no. 1 cloud accounting solution for small business globally, serving 1.3M+ paying users across 140 countries. His team, which includes more than 100 engineers, improved performance to 99%+ pages served in less than 2 sec and availability to 99.9%+. They also developed a robust service API for mobile and tablet clients with successful, rapid releases. Prior to joining Intuit, Misra was an architect at HP Software.

Rachel Myers

Rachel Myers is a Ruby Engineer at ModCloth and an active member of the Ruby on Rails community. She’s passionate about helping others learn to code, and is a teacher and organizer for RailsBridge, a San Francisco-based organization that leads programming workshops for women and minorities. In her spare time, she loves making weird furniture, drinking Scotch, and playing with Legos. Follow her at @rachelmyers.

Emily Nakashima

Emily Nakashima is a UI Engineer and Team Lead at ModCloth. She spends her spare time trying to stuff design skills into developers, and developer skills into other, non-developer people. She’s a primary contributor to the RailsBridge Front End Curriculum and a RailsBridge volunteer. Follow her at @eanakashima!

Mark Nottingham

Mark Nottingham has helped develop Web technologies like Atom and HTTP for more than ten years.

Starting as a system administrator and Webmaster in 1995 (back when that title still got comments at parties), he’s become a recognised expert on the HTTP protocol, as well as Web caching and HTTP “APIs”.

This led him to become Chair of the IETF HTTPbis Working Group, an effort to clean up HTTP/1.1 and then develop HTTP/2.0.

Along the way, he’s been involved in several other standards efforts, holding positions in the IETF and W3C and writing specifications like Atom and Web Linking, as well as a fair amount of code.

Roberto Peon
Roberto Peon (Google)

Roberto has always had a passion for making things faster, better, and more reliable. This passion led him to co-create SPDY at Google, where he has worked since 2004. Before Google, Roberto worked at SportVision, where, while working on creating new realtime augmented reality systems for sports television, he helped the company to win a number of Emmy awards .

Srinivas Peri
Srinivas Peri (Adobe)

Srinivas Peri is an Engineer Manager and Devops Evangelist at Adobe. He has been with Adobe for 10 years. He has worked on a number of tooling/infrastructure/Automation projects, mentored and built varying teams involving various skill sets.He is actively driving Devops culture at Adobe , bridging the gap between Dev, QA ,Ops functions and various stakeholders across business units in various geographies. Prior to Adobe, he worked extensively in startups and large corporations – Digital Inc , ISRO and understands the ecosystem very well.

Guy Podjarny

Guy Podjarny, or Guypo, is a Chief Product Architect at Akamai. Guy works on Automated Front-End Optimization, and was the co-founder and CTO of, later acquired by Akamai. Guy has been in the web application field for over a decade, moving from Web Application Security to Web Application Performance, but keeping his focus on deep analysis of web pages. Guy is also a self admitted efficiency fanatic, looking to extract the most out of everything, from a packed suitcase to a complex web 2.0 app

Connie Quach

Connie Quach is Neustar’s Senior Product Manager responsible web performance management products and online services. Connie is a frequent industry speaker and organizes the San Diego Web Performance Meetup group, a neutral professional networking organization dedicated to web performance management. Connie has been in the technology space for nearly 15 years, managing products from cradle to grave and holds a business degree from California Polytechnic Pomona and a graduate degree from California State University, San Marcos.

Jonathan Reichhold

Software Engineer at Twitter. Previously at Evri, AOL Search, and Singingfish. Also Aeronautical Engineer at Blue Origin (Rockets) and Boeing (Airplanes)

Alois Reitbauer

Alois Reitbauer works as a technology strategist and evangelist for Compuware’s APM Division. He specializes in architecture and performance related topics in the Java and AJAX space. As part of the product management team he drives the future of the dynaTrace product line and works closely with technology companies on implementing performance management solutions. He is a frequent speaker at technology conferences on performance and architecture related topics and regularly publishes articles blogs on

Dylan Richard
Dylan Richard (Modest, Inc - formerly Obama for America), @dylanr

Dylan Richard is the full-bearded technologist who, as Director for Engineering, quietly led the 40 engineers of Obama for America’s Technology team to victory in 2012. Previously, he helmed technical teams as Vice President of Engineering at skinnyCorp (home of and was a Senior Developer at Crate & Barrel. Dylan lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his patient wife, Sarah, two amazing sons, a cat, and a rotating stable of old diesel VWs. His possible favorite claim to fame is having his chest-length beard proclaimed “fierce” by President Barack Obama.

Steve Riley
Steve Riley (Riverbed Technology), @riverbed

Steve Riley is a Technical Director in the Office of the CTO at Riverbed Technology. His specialties include the performance and security aspects of enterprise and cloud computing. Steve has a long career of public speaking, having participated in hundreds of events around the world. He is co-author of Protect Your Windows Network, contributed a chapter to Auditing Cloud Computing, has published numerous articles, and conducted technical reviews of several data networking and telecommunications books. At Riverbed, Steve concentrates on high-performance architectures that span multiple clouds, public and private; advises field teams and customers about secure deployments; and contemplates the future of networking. Before Steve joined Riverbed, he was the cloud security strategist at Amazon Web Services and a security consultant and advisor at... Read More.

Gavin Roy
Gavin Roy (MeetMe)

Gavin is the CTO of MeetMe, one of the most-trafficked sites in the United States. Gavin is the maintainer of Pika, the pure-python RabbitMQ library and is currently working on a book for Manning Publications, “RabbitMQ in Depth” due out in Winter of 2013.

Aaron Rudger
Aaron Rudger (Keynote LLC), @arudger

Aaron Rudger is a Senior Marketing Manager for Web Performance at Keynote Systems where he leads advocacy for Keynote’s Web and mobile monitoring solutions. His ideas and commentary on improving the online experience have been featured in blogs and publications including Internet Retailer, VentureBeat, Investors Business Daily and NBC News. Aaron has more than 15 years of experience in the CRM, IT Management and eCommerce industries holding key roles BMC Software, Remedy Corporation and

Kyle Rush
Kyle Rush (Obama for America), @kylerush

I work on web apps and focus most of my efforts on optimizing the user experience. That means I get too much excitement of making things load faster, optimizing for conversions with a/b and multivariate tests and using analytic data to improve how users interact with web apps.

Most recently I was the Deputy Director of Frontend Web Development at Obama for America. While working for the President I managed much of the technical aspects of the $690 million we raised in 20 months. Our team created a new online donation platform from scratch that improved page load time by 60%, resulting in a 14% conversion increase, a difference of more than $34,000,000 in revenue. We executed over 500 a/b and multivariate tests which increased... Read More.

Ido Safruti
Ido Safruti (PerimeterX), @safruti

Ido Safruti heads a product group in Akamai focusing on web performance and scalability. In his role Ido is an evangelist of performance technologies and innovation in Akamai, and participates in the efforts to draft HTTP/2.0.
Ido joined Akamai through the acquisition of Cotendo where he lead product and market strategy. Prior to Cotendo Ido was CEO and co-founder of CampusTech that focused on placement and commercialization of academic-created technologies, and prior to that Ido was General Manager at Metacafe, when it was one of the largest short video sites in the world, with responsibility for R&D, and IT operations. Earlier roles include R&D Manager, Chief Scientist, and Head of Software at various companies focused on high capacity network software, hardware, and... Read More.

Al Sargent
Al Sargent (Pivotal), @alsargent

Al (@alsargent) leads the product marketing team for RabbitMQ, one of the leading open source message brokers for accelerating, integrating, and scaling web applications. Previously, Al led the vFabric product marketing team at VMware prior to its spin out into Pivotal, co-founded cloud testing company Sauce Labs, and has held product and engineering positions at Wily Technology, Mercury Interactive, and Oracle.

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 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.

Baron Schwartz
Baron Schwartz (VividCortex), @xaprb

Baron is co-founder and CTO of VividCortex, systems monitoring and performance analysis software provided as a cloud-hosted service. He is the lead author of High Performance MySQL and continues to research and publish under the O’Reilly imprint. He has created several open-source software tools, including Maatkit, and has authored features for MySQL and InnoDB. He is an Oracle ACE, and the founder of the worldwide OpenSQL Camp conference series. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. Baron lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his family.

Doug Sillars

Doug has been a member of the AT&T Developer Program for the last 10 years. He currently leads a team of outreach engineers who are training developers in best practices for mobile performance. The tools and best practices developed at AT&T help developers make mobile apps run faster, use less data and less battery.

Brett Slatkin
Brett Slatkin (Google Inc.)

Brett Slatkin is the engineering lead and co-founder of Google Consumer Surveys. He formerly worked on Google App Engine and is the co-creator of the PubSubHubbub protocol. He’s been on-call for many years since joining Google in 2005. He earned his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Columbia University in the City of New York. He lives in San Francisco.

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.

John Spirko (Dell)

John Spirko has over 15 years of experience leading product management efforts in the Software and Services industry. His specialty for the last 9 years has been on web application performance management. John has a passion for understanding customer issues that involve fast delivery of web content and he works with development teams to build software solutions that address those issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of California-Irvine.


My recent work has been around use cases that have to do with API’s and their effect on user experience but also the effect on business to business relationships. This is basically where your web application... Read More.

Abe Stanway

Abe is an engineer at Etsy. He was previously a hackNY Fellow of 2011, and he is also the founder of Hacker League. You may know him as the insolent author of

Tina Su
Tina Su (Intuit Inc.)

Tina Su is the Director of Engineering for Developer Productivity at Intuit. She leads Intuit tools strategy and development focusing on improving developer productivity, automation and end-to-end software delivery for Mobile and Web.

Tina has close to 20 years of industry experience in R&D, Quality and Engineering Management with a strong passion for automation. Prior to joining Intuit, Tina was a Sr. Engineering Director at Yahoo where she was responsible for delivering highly available and scalable mobile platform services for Yahoo product teams to develop great mobile experiences rapidly on thousands of devices. Tina was also in Sun’s Java Division for many years and held leadership responsibilities for both Standard and Mobile editions of Java.

Nicole Sullivan
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella), @stubbornella

Nicole is an evangelist, front-end performance consultant, CSS Ninja, and author. She started the Object-Oriented CSS open source project, which answers the question: how do you scale CSS for millions of visitors or thousands of pages? She also consulted with the W3C for their beta redesign, and is the co-creator of, an image optimization service in the cloud. She is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for large commercial websites.

She co-authored Even Faster Websites and blogs at

Philip Tellis

Philip Tellis is a geek who likes to make the computer do his work for him. As co-founder and CTO of LogNormal, he analyses the impact of various design decisions on web application performance, scalability and security. He is also the lead developer of “boomerang” — a JavaScript based web performance testing tool.

In his spare time, Philip enjoys cycling, reading, cooking and learning spoken languages.

Philip has spoken at several conferences in the past, including FOSS.IN, FREED.IN, Ubuntulive, Linux Symposium, PHP Quebec, ConFoo, FOSDEM, IPC, WebDU, Velocity and JSConf.

Martin Thomson (Microsoft)

Martin Thomson edits the HTTP/2.0 specification. He spends a larger part of his time on WebRTC. He works for that Skype part of Microsoft.

James Turnbull

James Turnbull former IT executive in the banking industry and author of six technology books, James has been involved in IT Operations for over twenty years and is an advocate of open source technology. He joined Puppet Labs in March of 2010. James is the VP of Business Development, Community and Evangelism for Puppet Labs.

Seth Vargo

Seth Vargo is an engineer at Google Cloud. Previously he worked at HashiCorp, Chef Software, CustomInk, and some Pittsburgh-based startups. He is the author of Learning Chef and is passionate about reducing inequality in technology. When he is not writing, working on open source, teaching, or speaking at conferences, Seth advises non-profits.

Anshu Verma
Anshu Verma (Intuit)

Anshu Verma, Architect at Intuit,brings in 14+ years of experience in building global scalable products. In his role at Intuit he is focussed on transforming
Quickbooks Online’s to become an open platform via technology transformation in
the areas of web, globalization, user contribution & network effects. He
has been instrumental in leading Quickbooks online’s journey to a
platform that serves 1.3+ paying users across 160 countries, supports 46
languages, handles multi-currency accounting for 143 currencies &
integrates with numerous 3rd party apps and business partners across the
world. Anshu has been with Intuit for more than 5 years and was earlier
working with VeriSign.

Rick Viscomi

Rick Viscomi is an engineer with Google’s developer relations team, focusing on web transparency and maintaining the HTTP Archive. In a past life Rick helped make YouTube fast and co-authored the O’Reilly book “Using WebPageTest”.

Mandi Walls

Mandi Walls is a New York City-based Senior Technical Evangelist with Opscode, Inc. For Opscode, she travels the world helping organizations increase their effectiveness using configuration management. Her prior experiences include running large websites for AOL, including,, and, and managing scientific computing resources at NIH.

Miles Ward (Amazon Web Services), @milesward

Miles Ward is a three-time technology startup entrepreneur with a decade of experience building global-scale analysis infrastructures. Miles has been at Amazon Web Services since 2010 and is responsible for designing and developing AWS Solution Architectures relating to big data and social analytics, multi-tiered storage, HA and DR approaches for RDBMS systems, and cost optimization using Spot. Miles published the AWS SQL Server and MongoDB on EC2 whitepapers, helped Obama for America, NASA/JPL, and hundreds of other high-profile customers extract maximum value from the cloud.

Dustin Whittle
Dustin Whittle (AppDynamics)

Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on
helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining
AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and
developer evangelist at Yahoo!. He has experience building and leading
engineering teams and working with developers and partners to scale to meet
demand. When Dustin isn’t working he enjoys flying, sailing, diving,
golfing, and travelling around the world. Find out more at

Jordan Williams
Jordan Williams (, @jordw

Jordan is the lead engineer for Amazon’s Shared Components team. His passion is building great user experiences across devices, with a strong focus on performance, feel, and usability. Jordan started building websites at the tender age of 12, and has been hooked ever since. When not hacking code, Jordan can be found longboarding and driving fast cars (safely).

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.

Stephen Woods
Stephen Woods (Yahoo!), @ysaw

Stephen Woods is a Frontend Engineer at Flickr and the author of Building Touch Interfaces with HTML5 from Peachpit Press. He has been developing user interfaces for the web since the end of the last century. He has worked at Yahoo! since 2006. Before Flickr he developed JavaScript platforms that supported the Yahoo! Home page and worked on the UI team at Yahoo! Personals. He’s an expert with the full web stack, but his primary interest is making responsive user interfaces with web technologies. Stephen was a solo panelist at SXSW 2012, a speaker at HTML5DevConf about touch interfaces, and been published in .net magazine.

Susie Xia
Susie Xia (Salesforce)

Susie Xia is a performance engineer in mobile at Salesforce. She works on stability/performance testing for mobile applications and automations.

Bryce Yan
Bryce Yan (Twitter), @bryce_yan

@bryce_yan is currently a Staff Capacity Engineer at Twitter where he works on various techniques to improve the accuracy of our capacity models and demand forecasts. Prior to joining Twitter, @bryce_yan managed or worked in development, performance, QA, databases, and ops in many companies large and small including Marketo,, and Siebel Systems.

@bryce_yan received his Bachelor’s degree in physics at Berkeley and did his PhD work in quantum field theories at UCLA.

Nicholas Zakas

Nicholas C. Zakas is a staff software engineer at Box, author, and speaker. He worked at Yahoo! for almost five years, where he was front-end tech lead for the Yahoo! homepage and a contributor to the YUI library. He is the author of Maintainable JavaScript (O’Reilly, 2012), Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (Wrox, 2012), High Performance JavaScript
(O’Reilly, 2010), and Professional Ajax (Wrox, 2007). Nicholas is a strong advocate for development best practices including progressive enhancement, accessibility, performance, scalability, and maintainability. He blogs regularly at and can be found on Twitter via @slicknet.


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