Velocity 2013 Keynote Speakers

John Allspaw

John Allspaw, EtsyCTO

John Allspaw is Etsy’s chief technology officer, leading the Product Engineering, Infrastructure, and Operations teams. Previously, he was the SVP of infrastructure and operations at Etsy. For over 17 years, John has worked in system operations in the biotech, government, and online media industries. John began his career running vehicle crash simulations for the US government. In 1997, he made the leap to the web, building the technical infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster, and Flickr. John is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning and Web Operations: Keeping the Data on Time, both by O’Reilly. He holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MSC from Lund University.

9:00am Wednesday, 06/19/2013
Program Chairs, Steve Souders and John Allspaw, open the first day of keynotes.
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9:00am Thursday, 06/20/2013
Program Chairs, Steve Souders and John Allspaw, open the second day of keynotes.
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Johan Bergström

Johan Bergström, Lund UniversityAssociate Professor

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.

9:10am Wednesday, 06/19/2013
Johan Bergström, Associate Professor at Lund University, Sweden, will introduce the notion of risk in system design.
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Vik Chaudhary

Vik Chaudhary, KeynoteVP Product Management & Corporate Development

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.

Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik, GoogleInternet Plumber

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.

10:15am Thursday, 06/20/2013
Join us for a snappy series of five-minute talks on the main stage.
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Arvind Jain

Arvind Jain, GoogleEngineering Director

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.

10:35am Wednesday, 06/19/2013
The core infrastructure powering the web has seen significant performance improvements over the last few years. The browsers, devices, and networks are all much faster than they used to be, but has that resulted in a faster user experience? In this talk, I will try to answer that question using real user measurement data from Google Analytics and Youtube.
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9:30am Thursday, 06/20/2013
The W3C Web Performance working group creates standards for improving web application performance including Web Timing, Page Visibility, & High Resolution Timer. These standards are implemented in many of today's major browsers and are used by web developers to measure and improve the performance of their web apps. This talk presents the latest proposals for advancing the world of web performance.
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Manish Lachwani

Manish Lachwani, AppurifyCTO, Co-founder

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.

10:15am Wednesday, 06/19/2013
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Jonathan LeBlanc

Jonathan LeBlanc, PayPal / BraintreeHead of Global Developer Advocacy

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.

10:40am Thursday, 06/20/2013
Building an efficient and scalable API design can mean the life or death of your developer community. While technical efficiency is a key factor in proper optimization, following a pragmatist approach to specification implementation and security can lead your API design down a path to certain doom.
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Patrick Lightbody

Patrick Lightbody, New RelicVP, Product Management

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.

10:30am Thursday, 06/20/2013
Life used to be so simple: a little Perl, a dash of mod_cgi and presto: you've got a web app all within your control. But with HTML5, SOA, fancy new browsers and native mobile apps you now have Objective C, JavaScript, remote APIs, web app code, and who-knows-what running all over the place. How do you manage performance and functionality? Learn how to keep tabs on your code no matter where it is.
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Joseph Loveless

Joseph Loveless, NeustarMarket Manager

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.

9:40am Thursday, 06/20/2013
The days of complete control are over. Today, the website is your organization's most important online asset and it is more exposed than ever before. Customers are measuring you, competitors are benchmarking you, and things outside of your control are robbing your site of performance.
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Stephen Ludin

Stephen Ludin, Akamai, Board Member ISRGChief Architect

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.

9:50am Thursday, 06/20/2013
Delivering truly great Web performance has never been easy. In today’s world, the challenge has grown exponentially. Akamai’s Chief Architect, Stephen Ludin, will highlight ways to identify the end users’ situation, determine the best optimizations to employ and how those optimizations directly impact performance – with the end goal of providing an answer to the situational performance challenge.
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Kate Matsudaira

Kate Matsudaira, popformsVP Engineering

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.

9:55am Thursday, 06/20/2013
Being great at operations means much more than being technically competent. To be truly successful you have to understand people. Every one of your teammates and everyone one of your customers is a person. And to get what you want, you have to build trust and meaning with those people.
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Patrick Meenan

Patrick Meenan, GoogleSoftware Engineer

Patrick Meenan has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 15 years and is currently working at 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 WebPagetest.org, and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance.

10:15am Thursday, 06/20/2013
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Guy Podjarny

Guy Podjarny, SnykFounder and CEO

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 Blaze.io, 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

10:15am Wednesday, 06/19/2013
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Alois Reitbauer

Alois Reitbauer, DynatraceChief Evangelist

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 blog.dynatrace.com

9:50am Wednesday, 06/19/2013
There is great progress on making web pages fast. Performance Management for native mobile applications is still in it's infancy. What if there was a free technology to help you solve the performance problems in your mobile applications?
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Dylan Richard

Dylan Richard, Modest, Inc - formerly Obama for Americanerd

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 threadless.com) 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.

9:10am Thursday, 06/20/2013
How gamedays at the Obama campaign led to an uneventful Election Day.
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Steve Riley

Steve Riley, Riverbed TechnologyTechnical Director

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.

10:35am Thursday, 06/20/2013
A nearly infinite array of variables can affect performance. Gaining control over these variables allows providers and enterprises to introduce a greater degree of consistency and high performance into any environment. How can this be done? As infrastructure morphs into code, what was once secret becomes revealed.
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Kyle Rush

Kyle Rush, Obama for AmericaDeputy Director of Frontend Development

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.

9:55am Wednesday, 06/19/2013
The Obama engineering team created a new fundraising platform from the ground up with performance as a primary goal. It was 60% faster than the previous platform. When tested against each other the new platform converted 14% better, a more than $34.7 million difference during the life of the platform.
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Doug Sillars

Doug Sillars, AT&TMobile Application Optimization Outreach Lead

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.

10:15am Wednesday, 06/19/2013
Join us for a snappy series of five-minute talks on the main stage.
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Steve Souders

Steve Souders, SpeedCurveChief Curver

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.

9:00am Wednesday, 06/19/2013
Program Chairs, Steve Souders and John Allspaw, open the first day of keynotes.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
9:00am Thursday, 06/20/2013
Program Chairs, Steve Souders and John Allspaw, open the second day of keynotes.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom

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