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Cheryl Ainoa
Cheryl Ainoa (Intuit Inc.), @IntuitInc

Cheryl Ainoa is the Chief of Product Development Operations for Intuit where she focuses on maximizing the agility and productivity of Intuit’s product development teams and the development of platforms and central technology. Previous to her current role, Cheryl spent 8 years at Yahoo! in roles of increasing scope and impact. As the VP of Engineering for Yahoo!‘s Media group, she led the teams that developed and managed the #1 Media products reaching over 70 million people worldwide. These include Yahoo’s Finance, Sports, News and Entertainment products. As the SVP of Global Service Engineering for Yahoo!, she led the teams that managed all Yahoo! applications in production worldwide. Prior to Yahoo!, Cheryl spent 15 years in positions of technical leadership at companies such as... Read More.

Anand Akela
Anand Akela (CA Technologies)

Anand Akela is the Sr. Director of Product Marketing for DevOps and Cloud Solutions at CA Technologies. Prior to his current role, Anand was Sr. Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management (APM) and Infrastructure Visibility Solutions at AppDynamics. Earlier Anand worked at CA Technologies, Oracle and HP in various product marketing, product management, and engineering roles in the systems management, servers, data center energy efficiency and enterprise software areas.

Anand has more than 20 years of experience in product marketing, product management, strategic planning and software development. Anand received his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Pune University in India.

You can follow Anand on twitter at

Hala Al-Adwan
Hala Al-Adwan (Verizon EdgeCast), @haladwan

Hala Al-Adwan is the Vice President of Engineering at Verizon EdgeCast.

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.

Kent Alstad
Kent Alstad (Radware Canada), @kentalstad

Kent Alstad is the VP Acceleration technologies at Radware in Vancouver, Canada. Before working at Radware Kent was instrumental in authoring all of Strangeloop’s issued and pending patents. Before helping create Strangeloop, he served as CTO at IronPoint Technology. Kent also founded Eclipse Software, a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider, which he sold to Discovery Software in 2001. In more than 20 years of professional development experience, Kent has served as architect and lead developer for successful production solutions with The Active Network, ADP, Lucent, Microsoft, and NCS. “Port View,” an application Kent architected for the Port of Vancouver, was honoured as “Best Administrative System” at the 1996 Windows World Open Competition.

Kurt Andersen
Kurt Andersen (LinkedIn), @drkurta

Kurt has been actively involved with open source for over 20 years. One of my earliest involvements was instigating the PERL DBI/DBD specification in the early ‘90s. Since then I’ve been active in the email community, working on standards (such as SPF and DMARC) and I am currently a senior member of LinkedIn’s site reliability engineering organization.

Saurabh Bajaj (Neustar), @Neustar

Saurabh Bajaj is web performance management product manager with Neustar with a focus on incorporating innovative technologies and strategies into Neustar’s Web Performance Management Monitoring and Load Testing services. Prior to joining Neustar, Mr, Bajaj served with Atos, Cybernetics, HP, and is an active member of the technology entrepreneur community. He holds a B.E. in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University, an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from University of California, San Diego, is a winner of the Rady Fellowship, and is an Oracle Certified Professional Programmer in Java SE 6/SE 5 (OCPJP).

Chris Baker

Chris currently holds the title Doomsayer As A Service at Dyn. The goal of this role is to perform data analysis/experimentation related to network traffic, system performance and stress testing. The focus being the identification and communication of potential risks and thresholds to business and technical stakeholders. Previously, Chris worked at Fidelity Investments as a Senior Data Analyst. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Masters in System Dynamics and a Bachelor’s in Management of Information Systems and Philosophy.

Tobias Baldauf
Tobias Baldauf (Akamai Technologies), @tbaldauf

Tobias Baldauf is a web-performance consultant with a passion for full stack web development. He created vital interfaces for European train-operations, tools for the world’s largest peering exchange and gives talks and workshops on web performance.

Hooman Beheshti
Hooman Beheshti (Fastly)

Hooman Beheshti is VP of Technology at Fastly, where he develops web performance services for the world’s smartest CDN platform. A pioneer in the application acceleration space, Hooman helped design one of the original load balancers while at Radware and has held senior technology positions with Strangeloop Networks and Crescendo Networks. He has worked on the core technologies that make the Internet work faster for nearly 20 years and is an expert and frequent speaker on the subjects of load balancing, application performance, and content delivery networks.

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. 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. Peter has a BA in Political Science with a minor in Computer Science from UCSD.

Toufic Boubez
Toufic Boubez (Metafor Software), @tboubez

Toufic has been passionate about machine learning for over 20 years. Prior to Metafor, he was the founder and CTO of Layer 7 Technologies, a leader in API security and management and recently acquired by CA. Prior to Layer 7, Toufic was the founding CTO of Saffron Technology, a big data analytics company specializing in associative memory technology. Toufic is also a well-known SOA and Web Services pioneer and was Chief Architect for Web Services at IBM’s Software Group, where he founded the first SOA team and drove IBM’s early XML and Web Services strategies. He was the co-editor of the W3C WS-Policy specification, and the co-author of the OASIS WS-Trust, WS-SecureConversation, and WS-Federation submissions. He has also... Read More.

Buddy Brewer

Buddy Brewer likes things that go fast. He works at SOASTA where he’s responsible for mPulse, a high volume real-time real user measurement service. Prior to SOASTA, Buddy co-founded a Real User Measurement company called LogNormal which was acquired by SOASTA in 2012. Before becoming a RUM addict, Buddy spent ten years in the web performance industry building synthetic monitoring tools helping the world’s largest web sites solve their performance challenges.

Brian Bulkowski

Brian Bulkowski, founder and CTO of Aerospike Inc. (formerly Citrusleaf), has 20-plus years experience designing, developing and tuning networking systems and high-performance Webscale infrastructures. He founded Aerospike after learning first hand, the scaling limitations of sharded MySQL systems at Aggregate Knowledge. As director of performance at this media intelligence SaaS company, Brian led the team in building and operating a clustered recommendation engine. Prior to Aggregate Knowledge, Brian was a founding member of the digital TV team at Navio Communications and chief architect of Cable Solutions at Liberate Technologies where he built the high-performance embedded networking stack and the Internetscale broadcast server infrastructure. Before Liberate, Brian was a lead engineer at Novell, where he was responsible for the AppleTalk stack for Netware 3 and... Read More.

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.

Greg Burton
Greg Burton (Orbitz Worldwide)

Greg Burton began his career as a digital hardware application designer, but later shifted into his current role as a back-end software developer at Orbitz Worldwide. His current focus is site stability, scalability, and performance, and he leverages his previous experience in a wide variety of engineering organizations to find fruitful collaborations that further these goals.

Ian Campbell (Neustar)

Ian Campbell is director of product for the Neustar’s Data Management Platform (DMP) in the fast growing ad technology space. The DMP manages 1st and 3rd party data used to target and analyze display, social and mobile advertising.

Prior to joining Neustar, Ian worked in the Networking and Telecommunications sectors in Product Management and Engineering building advanced IP routing software (BGP) and call routing applications for traffic optimization for Arbinet and Band-X Ltd.

Eddie Canales

I’ve been a software engineer at for 10 years and I’m recently focusing on front-end web development in Node/Angular/Bootstrap. I’m a web speed enthusiast and so my desire in life is to build, as my 5 year old once said, “something as cool as a cheetah wearing a rocket pack and roller skates.”

Bryan Cantrill

Bryan Cantrill is CTO 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 Technology... Read More.

John is Tech Lead at BBC News and currently migrating the News site to a dynamic platform. Concentrating on building features mobile first using responsive web design all the way up to desktop.

BBC News has a truly global audience, delivering some of the only unbiased journalism available in some parts of the world. This has reinforced his passion for device support and producing sites that absolutely fly.

Loves canoeing, ale and Radiohead – preferably all at the same time :) Find him at @jcleveley.

James Colgan (Rackspace), @JamesColgan

James has 20 years experience working in high tech as a product management and product marketing executive. His experience spans many fields of the digital landscape, including embedded systems at Panasonic, processors at National Semiconductor, enterprise software startups, and for the last six years cloud computing. Most recently, James joined Rackspace as a senior product manager. Graduating top of his class with a degree in electronic engineering in England, James subsequently worked for six years in Japan as an engineer and business unit manager. Fluent in Japanese, James holds two patents in embedded processor architectures.

Cliff Crocker

Cliff Crocker is VP of Product for SOASTA, Inc. where he focuses on performance monitoring of web and mobile applications. Prior to joining SOASTA, Cliff led the performance, reliability and site analytics initiatives for @WalmartLabs. Cliff is an active participant in the web performance community, evangelizing the importance of correlating performance metrics with business intelligence to drive development efforts within Ecommerce.

Ryn Daniels
Ryn Daniels (HashiCorp), @rynchantress

Katherine is an operations engineer at, where she focuses on automation and monitoring while occasionally dabbling in beer-driven development. Before escaping to the world of operations at NYC-based startups, she spent a few years doing QA and systems engineering in the corporate world. She lives in Brooklyn with a perfectly reasonable number of cats, and in her spare time can often be found rock climbing or making hot sauce.

Andy Davies
Andy Davies (NCC Group), @andydavies

Andy is Associate Director for Web Performance at NCC Group, working with clients to measure and improve the performance of their web sites.

He recently wrote the “The Pocket Guide to Responsive Web Performance” for Five Simple Steps.

Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Davis (Microsoft), @sigje

Jennifer is an Automation Consulting Engineer at Chef. She has worked in education, startup, and large scale environments which has contributed to a diverse set of experiences.

Jeff Dean
Jeff Dean (Google)

Jeff Dean is a Google senior fellow in Google’s Research Group, where he cofounded and leads the Google Brain team, Google’s deep learning and artificial intelligence research team. He and his collaborators are working on systems for speech recognition, computer vision, language understanding, and various other machine learning tasks. During his time at Google, Jeff has codesigned and implemented many generations of Google’s crawling, indexing, and query serving systems, major pieces of Google’s initial advertising and AdSense for content systems, and Google’s distributed computing infrastructure, including the MapReduce, BigTable, and Spanner systems, protocol buffers, LevelDB, systems infrastructure for statistical machine translation, and a variety of internal and external libraries and developer tools. Jeff is a fellow of the ACM and the AAAS, a... Read More.

Laurie Denness
Laurie Denness (Bloomberg LP), @lozzd

Operations all day and night. Previously at, now at

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.

Tammy Everts
Tammy Everts (SpeedCurve), @tameverts

Tammy Everts is chief experience officer at SpeedCurve, where she helps companies understand how visitors use their websites, and a cochair of O’Reilly Fluent. Tammy has spent the past two decades studying how people use the web. Since 2009, she’s focused on the intersection between web performance, user experience, and business metrics. Her book, Time Is Money: The Business Value of Web Performance, from O’Reilly, is a distillation of much of this research. She also cocurates (with Tim Kadlec) WPO Stats, a collection of performance case studies.

Julia Ferraioli

Julia Ferraioli is a Developer Advocate working on Google Cloud Platform. She helps developers harness the power of Google’s infrastructure to tackle their computationally intensive processes and jobs. She comes from an industrial background in software engineering, and an academic background in machine learning and assistive technology.

Diego Ferreiro
Diego Ferreiro (Salesforce), @diervo

Diego Ferreiro is a Lead Front end and Web UI performance engineer at Salesforce. He was previously at Yahoo!, working in the Search Platform Team migrating the architecture to use NodeJS and Mojito.

Diego spend his days worrying about web performance, 60fps animations, and making the UI faster.

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

Max Firtman @firt is a mobile+web developer, trainer, speaker and writer. He wrote many books, including “Programming the Mobile Web” (available in second edition) and “jQuery Mobile: Up and Running” published by O’Reilly Media.

He is a well-known professional in the mobile web community blogging about mobile web platforms on and keeping updated the compatibility tables at

He is a frequent speaker at conferences, including QCon, Mobilism, OSCON, Velocity Conference, Fluent, Google Developer Day, JSConf, GOTO, AdobeCamp and many other events around the world.

He has received different recognitions, including Adobe Community Professional, Microsoft IE User Agent, Nokia Developer Champion and BlackBerry Elite for this work in the mobile web community.

He also teaches mobile HTML5 and performance trainings for top... Read More.

Stephen Fishman

Stephen Fishman has been working with enterprises both as an employee and a consultant for 25 years. Stephen has studied with and practiced alongside many industry leading technologists, business strategists and user experience professionals. Stephen is currently a Principal Customer Success Architect for MuleSoft and contributes feature articles on, and Medium. Stephen is devoted to helping IT professionals to learn how to create large change in medium to large enterprises.

Specialties: Program director, innovation and change evangelist, platform management, writer, software architect, information architect, site developer, creative concept generation, product management, development team lead, project management, jad facilitation, user research, usability assessments, gathering needs assessments, high level technical designs, generating technical and business specifications, designing work-plans, resource allocation and direction, quality assurance, estimation

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Nick Fitzgerald (Mozilla)

Nick Fitzgerald works at Mozilla where he hacks on the Firefox Developer Tools
and the SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine. He is an avid hip-hop head and fan of
the color “charcoal”.

Andrew Fong
Andrew Fong (Dropbox)

Andrew leads the Dropbox SRE team focusing on service management, machine management and monitoring across Dropbox datacenters and EC2. Before Dropbox, he worked at YouTube helping to scale their infrastructure. He previously was at AOL running proxy/cache and video search infrastructure.

Nicole Forsgren

Nicole Forsgren Velasquez is professor at Utah State University, with a background in IT impacts, knowledge management, user experience, enterprise storage, and system administration. Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Arizona. Her public work includes technical white papers, a patent, and research papers. She is also involved in initiatives to support women in tech.

Pamela Fox
Pamela Fox (Khan Academy), @pamelafox

Pamela Fox loves to learn, teach, create, and every combination of those. During the day, she creates the programming curriculum for Khan Academy, to teach the next generation of programmers. She also teaches web development classes for the GirlDevelopIt San Francisco chapter. Before that, she was a frontend engineer at Coursera, a developer advocate at Google, and a graduate from USC’s Computer Science Department.

Steve Fox
Steve Fox (DELL)

Steve is Product Manager for Dell Foglight. His responsibilities at Dell are identifying key customer requirements and direction for Foglight, with specific focus on end user monitoring, mobile, and analytics. Steve has more than 20 years of industry experience across aerospace, telecommunications, search, natural language, and intelligent monitoring technology spaces, holding positions as a software engineer, system consultant, entrepreneur, and product manager. Steve holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Ryan Frantz

Ryan is a Senior Operations Engineer at Etsy. He loves to solve puzzles, play with his kids’ Legos, and learn new things. Like the harmonica.

Marc Gaffan
Marc Gaffan (Incapsula)

Prior to founding Incapsula, Marc was Director of Product Marketing at RSA, EMC’s security division, Responsible for strategy and go to market activities of a $500M IT Security product portfolio.

Before that, Marc was the Director of Marketing for the Consumer Solutions Business Unit at RSA. While at RSA, Marc presented at the US Congress, FDIC and Federal Trade Commission on cyber security and identity theft topics.

Marc Holds a double major B.A. in Computer Science and Economics from Tel Aviv University and an M.B.A. from Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration.

Lyza Gardner
Lyza Gardner (Cloud Four), @lyzadanger

Lyza Danger Gardner is a dev. She has built, broken and hacked web things since 1996. Curiously, Lyza was actually born and raised in Portland, Ore., the town where everyone wants to be but no one seems to be from.

Apparently too cool for (high) school, Lyza started college early and cobbled together a motley education: a BA in Arts and Letters from Portland State University, followed by a master’s program in computer science at the University of Birmingham (UK).

Lyza has written a lot of web applications (server-side devs, represent!), defeated wily content management systems, optimized mobile web sites, pounded on various APIs, and worried a lot about databases. Fascinated by the way mobile technology has changed things, she now spends a lot of... Read More.

Vibhav Garg

I have 14 years of experience developing and working with distributed systems. In the last 4 years I have focused on working on performance problems on large scale distributed systems at,, and now @twitter. My current interests include solving capacity related problems using statistical techniques and performance of distributed systems.

Abelardo  Gonzalez
Abelardo Gonzalez (Keynote Systems)

Abelardo Gonzalez is the Director of Product Management for Monitoring at Keynote focusing on identifying disruptive trends and innovative product initiatives in the enterprise. His primary responsibilities include leading Keynote’s Web and Mobile Web Active monitoring as well as the Real User Monitoring products.

Abelardo is a leading expert in web and mobile performance with over 13 years of industry experience. He holds a masters degree from Governors State University, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edward’s University. Abelardo regularly contributes to technology publications such as Internet Retailer & Hospitality Technology Magazine. Follow him on Twitter:@abelg78

Desiree Gosby
Desiree Gosby (Intuit)

Desirée Gosby is the Chief Architect for Mobile at Intuit. Her responsibilities include providing technical oversight to mobile development teams, and designing and delivering shared mobile components and services that accelerate the delivery of the company’s 20+ mobile offerings. Before Intuit, she was the Personalization Architect at SavaJe Technologies, developing the first context-aware and predictive mobile platform, and also held positions in IBM’s Knowledge Management Division, creating software to automatically categorize unstructured documents. Desirée has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Math and Computer Science from M.I.T.

Benjamin Greenberg
Benjamin Greenberg (Comcast Interactive Media)

Ben has been writing software since he was in short pants. After obtaining his degree in Computer Engineering and beginning to wear long pants, he became an experienced full-stack web developer working with a variety of open source technologies. He has since become focused on backend development and especially APIs.

He currently works at Comcast where he develops APIs that drive video streaming across set top boxes, mobile devices, and web sites for millions of customers. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife and too many cats.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene (Nationwide), @brianwgreene

Brian Greene has worked at Nationwide for over 5 years in the User Experience group. As a Discipline Lead, Brian oversees a team of Creative Technologists responsible for creating prototypes for user testing and delivering visual design requirements to IT. Brian graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Graphics.

Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer and developer advocate at Google, where his focus is on making the web fast and driving adoption of performance best practices.

Dale Hamel
Dale Hamel (Shopify), @dalehamel

Dale Hamel is a Linux and Open Source Software advocate with a background in system operations, administration, and development.

Well known for creating the Open Source media centre “RasPlex” for Raspberry Pi, Dale believe strongly in the open source community and has experience managing Open Source projects.

At his day job, he helps take care of Shopify, a growing eCommerce platform based out of Ottawa, Canada.

Scott Hanselman

Scott is a web developer who has been blogging at for over a decade. He works on Azure and ASP.NET for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland. Scott has three podcasts, for tech talk, on developers’ lives and loves, and for pop culture and tech media. He’s written a number of books and spoken in person to almost a half million developers worldwide.

Nicole Harris
Nicole Harris (Nationwide)

Nicole is an Interaction Design Consultant at Nationwide, responsible for overseeing large projects and uniting disparate departments within the organization. Her expertise lies in establishing repeatable frameworks that can be carried out across IT and User Experience teams. With a focus on forward-thinking scalable solutions, Nicole spends her time designing interface solutions and creating defined digital strategies. She has a masters in Human Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech.

Nathen Harvey
Nathen Harvey (Chef)

Nathen Harvey is Community Director at Chef where he helps people create delightful experiences with web-scale IT. Before joining Chef, Nathen spent a number of years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps. He participates in many different meetup groups and organizes the DevOpsDC Meetup Group. When not working or discussing the latest ideas in IT Operations, Nathen enjoys going to closed-loop farms, drinking craft beer, and over sharing on sites like twitter, untappd, and foursquare.

Peter Hedenskog
Peter Hedenskog (Wikimedia Foundation), @soulislove

Peter doesn’t like when your web site is slow! He’s been tech lead at Sony Mobile and now works as a web performance consultant, helping people to understand why & how you make your site faster.

Peter has been in the internet business since 1999, loves the full stack and open source.

Alec Heller
Alec Heller (Akamai Technologies Inc)

Alec Heller implemented Akamai’s device characterization capability. He likes programming languages, and has several other interests which demonstrate that he’s a well rounded person. He did a brief stint in industry, a less brief stint in academia, and has been coding for Akamai for the last three years.

Ariya Hidayat
Ariya Hidayat (Shape Security), @ariyahidayat

Ariya Hidayat is an engineer/technical lead/FOSS fan/blogger/speaker. These days, his activities are mostly on software craftsmanship around HTML5, JavaScript, and other web technologies.

Lara Hogan
Lara Hogan (Wherewithall), @lara_hogan

Lara Swanson is the Engineering Manager of Mobile Web at Etsy. She champions page load time, experiment-driven design, and delivering a consistent experience to screens of all sizes. She curates (and contributes to) CSS3 Geometry.

Mark Holland
Mark Holland (Akamai Technologies Inc)

Lead a team of Performance Engineers at Akamai, focusing on new product lines for whole-site delivery. Prior to that, spent many years in the data storage industry. Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004.

Jie Hui
Jie Hui (T-Mobile/QoE Lab)

Jie Hui is a Principal Engineer and leads device QoE lab at T-Mobile. She addresses herself as mobile QoE passionist, and works with cross organization teams (including service provider, network vendor and OEM) to improve customer experience for mobile web applications. Before T-Mobile, she spent five years working on QoS for multimedia applications over WiMAX networks in Wireless Communications Lab of Intel Labs. And she holds Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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), and the forthcoming Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries’ Lean series. He has worked with a variety of platforms and technologies, consulting for nonprofits, 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.

Doug Ireton
Doug Ireton (Nordstrom), @dougireton

Doug Ireton is an Infrastructure Engineer at Nordstrom, working on automating all the things with Chef and Ruby. In his spare time he teaches his kids programming and electronics.

Jane Ireton
Jane Ireton (Ireton)

Jane Ireton is 7 years old. She loves learning to program, Arduino, and devouring books. She is also a big fan of the Illiad and the Odyssey.

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.

Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson (SoftLayer)

As Development Community Advocate, Phil helps customers and partners integrate with the SoftLayer’s API. He also architects the company’s Drupal websites, writes API documentation, and maintains the developer blog. Formerly, Phil was a Sales Engineer that built internal tools and provided technical consultation for potential and existing customers. Phil started his career in web hosting at Ev1Servers where he led the training department. With a passion for technology that started at a young age, Phil has developed skills in a variety of scripting and programming languages and enjoys sharing his knowledge with the tech community.

Adam Jacob

A twelve year system operations veteran, Adam is the CTO of Chef, whose mission is to help companies the world over build amazing infrastructure.

Ankur Jain
Ankur Jain (Google)

Ankur Jain is an engineering lead of Google’s Content Delivery Network (CDN) efforts including Google Global Cache (GGC, a CDN platform embedded in operator networks). Over the past few years, he has overseen the CDN grow its scale several orders of magnitude into one of the largest in the world. The CDN serves all Google properties including instant random access to one of the largest corpuses in existence, YouTube. His responsibilities include setting the long-term roadmap for the platform, providing oversight over all design and development and running day-to-day operations and production troubleshooting.

Ankur joined Google in 2005. In 2007, he designed and implemented the first GGC deployment. Today, GGC is deployed by several hundreds of carriers globally.... Read More.

Arun Kejariwal

@arun_kejariwal is currently a Staff Capacity Engineer at Twitter where he works on research and development of novel techniques to improve the accuracy of capacity models and demand forecasts. Prior to joining Twitter, @arun_kejariwal worked on research and development of practical and statistically rigorous methodologies to deliver high performance, availability and scalability in large scale distributed clusters. Some of the techniques developed have been published in peer-reviewed international conferences/journals.

@arun_kejariwal received his Bachelor’s degree in EE from IIT Delhi and doctorate in CS from UCI.

Nigel Kersten
Nigel Kersten (Puppet Labs), @nigelkersten
Nigel came to Puppet Labs from Google HQ in Mountain View, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of one of the largest Puppet deployments in the world. He’s been a sysadmin for Linux and Mac deployments since before Mac OS became a UNIX, and was voted one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Mac Technical Community in 2006.
Amir Khakpour
Amir Khakpour (Verizon EdgeCast), @fantamiracle

Amir R. Khakpour is a Senior Research Scientist at Verizon Digital Media Services, where he is working closely with dev and engineering group on a wide range of R&D projects. He enjoys data-driven research on optimization and scalability problems.

Prior joining EdgeCast (later acquired by Verizon), Amir received his PhD in Computer Science from Michigan State University. His dissertation was on computational methods for qualifying network reachability in enterprise networks. As a part of his PhD and his work in Verizon/EdgeCast, he spent a lot of time on collecting and crunching data and help to find the best solution for complex problems.

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

Gene Kim is a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher and author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years, and has researched high performing IT organizations for almost as long. He has written three books, including “The Visible Ops Handbook” and “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win."

Jonathan Klein

Jonathan is the Director of Engineering at Attend, a Boston startup building event management software. He was formerly a senior software engineer at Etsy, where he focused on solving web performance and scalability challenges. Jonathan started the Boston Web Performance Meetup Group, and is the co-creator of Hound, an extremely fast code search tool. Jonathan blogs regularly at

Mike Krieger
Mike Krieger (Instagram), @mikeyk

Co-founder and technical lead at Instagram

Rob Kwok
Rob Kwok (Crittercism), @crittercism

Since graduating from MIT with a full scholarship in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a minor in Comparative Media Studies, Rob Kwok has become a database and mAPM guru. Whether it’s diagnosing performance, monitoring databases, discovering which cloud services lag, or pinpointing specific lines of bad code, Rob can identify how to leverage data to make strategic decisions that ensure an entire user base experiences top-notch app performance regardless of the customers’ device, carrier, or location. Under Rob’s guidance, Crittercism powers performance monitoring for mobile apps of nearly 1B active users 30B app loads per month and 3B events per day sessions — for customers like Netflix, LinkedIn, and Disney and AT&T.

Kevin Lau
Kevin Lau (T-Mobile)

Kevin Lau is the Director of Device Development at T-Mobile USA. He is passionate about building products and services that appeal to everyday mobile users. At T-Mobile, he is responsible for device and application development as well as system and architecture design. Prior to T-Mobile, Kevin worked at AT&T Wireless Services, Microsoft and Voicestream. He has a BSEE and MSEE degree from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Washington with research interests in multimedia QoE over heterogeneous wireless networks.

Eric Lawrence

Eric Lawrence is a senior software engineer on the Google Chrome Security team, working on the #moarTLS effort. Eric is passionate about building tools to help developers and testers build better web applications. He built the Fiddler Web Debugger and spent a dozen years at Microsoft working on the Office Online and Internet Explorer engineering teams. You can find him on Twitter as @ericlaw and on his blog, Textslashplain.

Sean Leach

Sean is Chief Security Officer at Fastly, where he is responsible for platform and product security as well as strategic product and technology direction and evangelism. He was previously VP, Technology for Verisign, where he provided strategic direction along with product and technical architecture and was a primary company spokesperson. Sean was previously CTO of, a top 15 domain registration and web hosting company as well as a Sr. Director at Neustar. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Delaware. His current research focus is on DNS, DDOS, Web / network performance, Internet infrastructure and combating the massive Internet security epidemic.

Greg Leffler
Greg Leffler (LinkedIn)

Greg Leffler is Manager of Site Reliability at LinkedIn and architected revisions to LinkedIn’s SRE hiring process, including the development of real ‘on the job’-like troubleshooting and triage exercises. Greg also holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology from Old Dominion University. He currently leads the New York City division of the Core/Security/Traffic SRE team.

Jennifer Leong

Jen has been a member of the AT&T Developer Program for the last 5 years. She has led efforts in HTML5 adoption and standardization, and recently joined the performance and optimization outreach team.

Matt LeRay
Matt LeRay (CA Technologies)

Matt LeRay is Vice President of Product Management, Application Performance Management (APM) at CA Technologies. In his current role, he is responsible for driving CA APM production direction and roadmap. Prior to his current role, Matt was responsible for Presales in the Service Assurance business unit at CA Technologies for North America. He is a longtime APM practitioner and thought leader.

Patrick Lightbody

Patrick came to New Relic after founding several startups, most recently BrowserMob (acquired by Neustar), a cloud load testing and monitoring service. Previously he’s held management and engineering roles at Jive Software, Gomez (acquired by Compuware) and Cisco Systems.

Patrick is an avid open source contributor, most notably helping launch the Selenium browser automation project and Apache Struts 2.0. He’s also published two books on open source development. Patrick holds a BS in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego.

J Mac
J Mac (CDNetworks)

John McIlwain is the director of products for CDNetworks, focusing on new and existing products for the US and EMEA markets.

Jan-Willem Maessen

Jan has been working on the PageSpeed optimization libraries and mod_pagespeed since the early days of the project, and leads the team building new optimizations. Back before joining Google, Jan helped design and implement the Fortress programming language, and figured out how to implement Haskell without using lazy evaluation.

Geir Magnusson Jr (AppNexus)

With a diverse background as both a technical executive and an internationally known leader in open source software, Geir comes to us from Joost, where he led software development and had responsibility for platform architecture, implementation and delivery. Prior to Joost, he held positions as Director of Middleware Architecture and Open Source Technology at Intel, and Vice President of Products and Strategy at Gluecode, an open source application server startup that was acquired by IBM. He was VP, Engineering and Chief Architect of Adeptra, an innovating communications service provider, and as CTO, guided technology FitLinxx during it’s rapid growth years. Geir began his commercial career as an architectural and product lead at Bloomberg Financial Markets where he developed the company’s real-time, multi-platform financial... 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 (New Context), @tekBuddha

John is a 15-year veteran of the tech industry with an extensive background in systems administration and automation. He now focuses that experience on crafting the tools and culture which aide technology teams to deploy quickly and reliably to production.

Michael McCall
Michael McCall (Akamai Technologies Inc)

Product Architect in the Web Experience division at Akamai. Previously worked as a Senior Performance Engineer working on Real User Monitoring and data analysis.

Doug McCausland
Doug McCausland (AT&T Global Business Services)

Doug McCausland, Lead Product Marketing Manager, AT&T Global Business Services, is responsible for leading the product marketing activities for AT&T Content Delivery Network and Web Security Services. In this role, Doug has helped build a major new business for AT&T, and continues to help the company take a leading role in expanding the definition of what a CDN should offer. During his tenure, Doug has developed a new focus and new messaging to the roles AT&T CDN can play in web security, hosting, cloud, digital media, and application services.

Before joining AT&T in 2012, Doug served as Director of Technology and Global IT for multiple Omnicom digital advertising agencies, including and Signal to Noise, and Director of Digital Services for TBWA... Read More.

Patrick Meenan

Patrick Meenan has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 14 years and is currently working on Chrome performance at Google. He 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.

Troy Miles
Troy Miles (Kelley Blue Book), @therockncoder

Troy Miles currently has fun writing full stack code with ASP.NET MVC or Node.js on the backend and web or mobile up front. He started coding over 30 years ago, cutting his teeth writing games for C64, Apple II, and IBM PCs. After burning out he moved on to Windows system programming before catching Internet fever just before the dot net bubble burst. After realizing that mobile devices were the perfect window into backend data, he added mobile programming to his repertoire. He randomly posts interesting code nuggets on his blog.

Destiny Montague

Destiny Montague is an Engineer in the IT Department at Etsy. When not solving problems at Etsy, she plays several musical projects including Feathers and her own solo project, Carl Sagan.

Ernest Mueller

Ernest has worked in tech for 20 years on an ever-changing mix of system administration, Web operations, e-commerce, cloud, DevOps, Agile, SaaS, and engineering management in shops like FedEx, National Instruments, Bazaarvoice, and others. Currently he is a product manager at Copperegg, helping to deliver easy and affordable monitoring to all. He writes about all these topics at

Rodney Mullen
Rodney Mullen (Almost Skateboards)

Rodney Mullen is widely considered the most influential skateboarder in the history of the skateboarding. The majority of ollie and flip tricks he invented throughout the 1980’s, including the flatground ollie, the Kickflip, the Heelflip, and the 360 flip are regularly done in modern vertical and street skateboarding.
Despite Alan Gelfand’s justifiable fame for inventing the ollie air (Gelfand’s maneuver being primarily a vert or pool oriented trick) Mullen is responsible for the invention and development of the street ollie. The ability to pop the board off of the ground and land back on the board while moving has quite likely been the most significant development in modern skateboarding. This invention alone would rank Mullen the most important skateboarder of all time.

John Rodney... Read More.

Parashuram Narasimhan

Parashuram is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Open Technologies Inc and a front end developer. He loves to work on open source projects both as a part of his day job and as his hobby projects. He is a front end developer and like experimenting with making web applications do what they could not.

Courtney Nash

Courtney Nash chairs multiple conferences for O’Reilly Media and is the strategic content director focused on areas of modern web operations, high-performance applications, and security. An erstwhile academic neuroscientist, she is still fascinated by the brain and how it informs our interactions with and expectations of technology. She’s spent 17 years working in the technology industry in a wide variety of roles, ever since moving to Seattle to work at a burgeoning online bookstore. Outside work, Courtney can be found biking, hiking, skiing, and photographing the Cascade Mountains near her home in Bellingham, Washington.

Alex Nicksay
Alex Nicksay (YouTube)

Alex Nicksay is a senior engineer at Google, currently leading the front-end performance team at YouTube. Prior to focusing on making YouTube fast, Alex was the lead developer of the YouTube video page, and he has designed much of YouTube’s front-end architecture.

Sarah Novotny

Sarah Novotny is a technical evangelist and community manager for NGINX. Novotny has run large scale technology infrastructures as a Systems Engineer and a Database administrator for and the ill fated In 2001, she founded Blue Gecko, a remote database administration company with two peers from Amazon. Blue Gecko, was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She’s also curated teams and been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery for Meteor Entertainment and Chef.

Novotny regularly talks about technology infrastructure and geek lifestyle. She is additionally a program chair for O’Reilly Media’s OSCON. Her technology writing and adventures as well as her more esoteric musings are found at

Tony Parisi

Tony Parisi is an entrepreneur and career CTO/software architect. Tony is currently VP of web and open technologies at WEVR, a virtual-reality community and VR media player for aspiring and professional creatives. Over his career, he has developed international standards and protocols, created noteworthy software products, and started and sold technology companies. Tony’s passion for innovating is exceeded only by his desire to build great products.

Tony is a pioneer in virtual reality, as well as the cocreator of the VRML and X3D ISO standards for networked 3D graphics, and he continues to innovate in 3D technology. Tony is the co-organizer of the San Francisco WebGL Meetup and the San Francisco WebVR Meetup and a member of the Khronos... Read More.

Rob Peters
Rob Peters (EdgeCast Networks), @rjpcal

Rob Peters is Chief Architect at EdgeCast Networks, where he was one of the early members of the engineering group. Peters currently leads core teams that work with EdgeCast’s core http cache/proxy engine and its surrounding infrastructure ecosystem of software and hardware. He enjoys thinking about deployment methodologies and looking at graphs and grids full of colorful numbers, and is often mistaken for a subversion and perl fanboy.

Prior to joining EdgeCast in 2008, Rob completed a Ph.D. in Computation & Neural Systems from the California Institute of Technology and spent several years in post-doctoral work at the University of Southern California building biologically-inspired computer vision software. He will be happy to show you a live demo of these algorithms that still manage to run... Read More.

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

Daniel Rabinovich
Daniel Rabinovich (MercadoLibre (NASDAQ: MELI)), @drabinovich

Daniel Rabinovich is CTO and SVP Product of MercadoLibre (NASDAQ: MELI), the largest e-commerce platform in Latin America.

Ori Rawlings
Ori Rawlings (Orbitz Worldwide), @orirawlings

Ori Rawlings is a Senior Software Engineer in the Hotel Infrastructure and Platform team at Orbitz Worldwide. His current focus is site stability, scalability, and performance.

Kyle Redinger
Kyle Redinger (VividCortex, Inc.), @kyleredinger

Following a tenure at Microsoft, Kyle has started, managed, grown, and sold businesses across a wide range of verticals including consulting, media, fitness, and event management. In addition, Kyle has extensive experience helping consulting clients sell their businesses, including exits to Fortune 500 buyers. Entrepreneurial by nature, Kyle is skilled in fundraising, sales and marketing, and business development. He holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business and the co-founder of VividCortex.

Kyle has lead fundraising for VividCortex and raised over $2.7 million (on very good terms) from investors such as Battery Ventures, founders from IPOed tech startups, and hedge fund wizards.

J. Paul Reed
J. Paul Reed (Release Engineering Approaches), @jpaulreed

Build/release engineering and DevOps consultant with over a decade of experience shipping bits; O’Reilly Programming blog author; host of The Ship Show.

Mehrdad Reshadi
Mehrdad Reshadi (Instart Logic)

Mehrdad is a lead architect on the HTML5 technologies team at Instart Logic helping to improve web performance using HTML5 technologies. Previously he was a Senior Staff Engineer at Qualcomm working on a parallel JavaScript engine and mobile browser performance. He holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Matt Rodriguez
Matt Rodriguez (Neustar)

Matt Rodriguez has a Masters in Computer Science from UCSD with a focus in Machine Learning. He has been working on Web Performance Management at Neustar since 2011. Previously he worked at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and hyperactive cat.

Gareth Rushgrove

I’m a professional and experienced software developer based in
Cambridge, UK. By day I work for the UK Government fixing the internet. By night I curate the devops weekly email newsletter, hack on various open source projects, organise local meetups in London and write tutorials or articles about software development and web

Ben Rushlo
Ben Rushlo (Keynote Systems Inc.)

Ben Rushlo, Vice President of Analytics, leads a team of web and mobile performance experts working with some of the most recognized brands in the world to improve their site quality. Fortune 100, Retail, Automotive, and Financial Services companies depend on Keynote Analytics to better visualize their web and mobile site performance data, understand it within a competitive context, and take the action needed to continuously improve their user experience.

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

With more than 18 years of experience in performance management and measurement technologies, Ben has expertise in web and mobile technologies and performance... Read More.

Pushkar Sachdeva
Pushkar Sachdeva (Yahoo!)

Pushkar Sachdeva is a Senior Software Engineer at Yahoo!. His interests are Computer Networks, HTTP Proxy and Caching.

Theo Schlossnagle

Theo Schlossnagle is a Founder and CEO at Circonus where he leads a group of engineers solving the scalability problems that arise in monitoring at a global scale.

Theo founded OmniTI where he provided 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.

Andrew Clay Shafer

Some people are born to web operations and some people have it thrust upon them. Andrew Co-founded Puppet Labs to help organizations build better systems with better tools, then went on to have many adventures in the cloud.

He’s currently only working on passion projects and hopes to keep it that way.

Adele Shakal
Adele Shakal (Metacloud, Inc.), @naturedance

Adele Shakal currently heads up project and knowledge management at Metacloud, Inc., a cloud solutions company providing Metacloud OpenStack, non-stop private cloud based on OpenStack. In her prior work in technical project management at USC ITS, she designed IT emergency operations and the ITS Great Shakeout 2011. She has more than two decades of experience in IT project management, business process design and continuity, knowledge management, emergency operations and drill planning, service management and system administration, with Bachelor of Science in geochemistry from California Institute of Technology. She has presented at CENIC, EDUCAUSE, APRU, USENIX LISA and CascadiaIT conferences.

Mark Sigler
Mark Sigler (CA Technologies), @markbsigler

Mark Sigler is CA Technologies Senior Director of Product Management creating Cloud and DevOps mindshare and marketshare.

Prior to CA, Mark was a consultant for a innovative cloud computing initiative for one of the largest financial services firms in Australia. Previously, Mark lead Opalis solution capabilities to become the leading IT Process Automation provider prior to it being acquired by Microsoft.

Mark has over three decades of crafting innovative solutions and leading technology operations, development, sales and marketing.

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.

Dan Slimmon

Dan is in charge of ops for the Minneapolis-based machine-to-machine engineering firm Exosite. He’s responsible for developing the infrastructure that drives Exosite’s data platform toward ever-greater performance and reliability.

Before moving to the Midwest, Dan managed the operations team at Blue State Digital, whose SaaS online marketing platform is leveraged by hundreds of political campaigns and nonprofits.

Making frequent use of statistical methods and data visualization, Dan evangelizes for ubiquitous measurement in software development, infrastructure design, and really everything a business does.

Jeff Smith (T-Mobile)

Jeff is Principal Engineer at T-Mobile network performance team. He drives major core network optimizations for video performances improvements. He has a B.S. in Engineering.

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.

Srini Srinivasan
Srini Srinivasan (Aerospike)

Srini V. Srinivasan, Aerospike founder and vice president of engineering & operations brings 20-plus years of experience in designing, developing and operating Web-scale infrastructures, and he holds over a dozen patents in database, Internet, mobile, and distributed system technologies. Srini co-founded Aerospike to solve the scaling problems he experienced with Oracle databases at Yahoo! where, as senior director of engineering, he had global responsibility for the development, deployment and 24×7 operations of Yahoo!’s mobile products, in use by tens of millions of users. Srini joined Yahoo! as part of the Verdisoft acquisition, where as vice president of engineering, he oversaw the development of high-performance data synchronization products for mobile users. Srini also was chief architect of IBM’s DB2 Internet products, and he served as senior... Read More.

Stoyan Stefanov

Stoyan Stefanov ( is a Facebook engineer focusing on performance of social plugins (e.g. Like button). Speaker, author (JavaScript Patterns, Object-Oriented JavaScript, contributor to Even Faster Web Sites and High-Performance JavaScript) and blogger. Previous projects include YSlow 2.0 and image optimizer. Curator of’s yearly calendar.

Jonah Stiennon
Jonah Stiennon (Sauce Labs)

Jonah Stiennon is a software developer on the Ecosystems and Integrations team at Sauce Labs, and a contributor to Appium . As far as he knows, he is the only Node.js developer who was paid in Bitcoin and issued invoices as JSON documents.

Philip Tellis

Philip Tellis is a geek who likes to make the computer do his work for him. As Chief Architect at SOASTA, 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.

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.

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

Andreas Terzis

Andreas Terzis is a software engineer in the content delivery network team at Google. Prior to joining Google, he was a professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, working in the broad area of computer networks. He did his PhD at UCLA.

Laura Thomson
Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)

Laura Thomson is an Engineering Manager of Web and Release Engineering at Mozilla Corporation, after spending much of the previous decade as a consultant and trainer on various Open Source technologies.

Laura is the co-author of “PHP and MySQL Web Development” and “MySQL Tutorial”. She is a veteran speaker at Open Source conferences world wide.

Tobin Titus
Tobin Titus (Microsoft)

Tobin Titus is a performance program manager on the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. Tobin has worked at Microsoft for 8 years on both sides of the HTTP conversation—spending the first part of his term on Internet Information Server and the latter on Internet Explorer. Before working at Microsoft Tobin was a consultant, helping to design and develop scalable internet applications for financial institutions and state government entities. Tobin has authored books on programming with Microsoft tools and technologies and holds patents on 3D virtual-world innovations.

James Turnbull

James Turnbull is the author of seven technical books about open source software and a long-time member of the open source community. James authored the The Logstash Book and The Docker Book. He also wrote two books about Puppet (Pro Puppet and the earlier book about Puppet as well as Pro Linux System Administration, Pro Nagios 2.0, and Hardening Linux.

For a real job, James is VP of Services for Docker. He likes food, wine, books, photography and cats. He is not overly keen on long walks on the beach and holding hands.

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.

Rick Viscomi

Rick Viscomi is a front end engineer focused on web performance, currently working at Google on the YouTube team.

Vladimir Vuksan

Vladimir Vuksan (Fastly Operations) has worked in technical operations, systems engineering and software development for over 15 years. Prior to Fastly, he has worked at Broadcom, Mocospace, Rave Mobile Safety, Demandware, University of New Mexico implementing high availability solutions and building tools to make managing and running infrastructure easier. He is also one of the developers on Ganglia, an incredible useful performance tracking and trending solution.

Seth Walker

Seth Walker is handcrafting tools and encouraging a culture of performance at Etsy

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.
Joe Wells
Joe Wells (Intuit Inc.)

Joe Wells is a VP Fellow at Intuit, working on the next generation of worldwide small business solutions. Joe loves the grand challenge of solving for such a complex space as small business accounting, while at the same time trying to bring consumer ease and delight into the space.

Dustin Whittle

Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics focused on helping organizations manage their 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 up. When Dustin isn’t working he enjoys flying, sailing, diving, golfing, and traveling around the world. Find out more at

James Wickett

James is involved in the DevOps and InfoSec communities and has a passion for helping big companies work like startups to deliver products in the cloud. He got his start in technology when he ran a Web startup company as a student at University of Oklahoma and since then has worked in environments ranging from large, web-scale enterprises to small, rapid-growth startups. From his work at Mentor Graphics, James helped launch four cloud based-products for the Embedded Software Division.

James is a dynamic speaker on topics in cloud computing, cloud security and Rugged DevOps. He is the creator and founder of the Lonestar Application Security Conference which is the largest annual security conference in Austin, TX. He holds the following security certifications: CISSP, Read More.

Gamaiel Zavala (Yahoo!)

Gamaiel Zavala is a Frontend Engineer at Yahoo!. He enjoys all types of code and strives to understand the big picture, from protocols and packets to the myriad of technologies that power web applications. He also enjoys playing guitar, wood working, and hobbyist electronics. Gamaiel currently resides in Ventura, California with his wife and two children.

Mark Zeman
Mark Zeman (SpeedCurve), @markzeman

Mark Zeman is the founder of SpeedCurve, a frontend performance monitoring service that gives you continuous feedback on how your frontend code is affecting the performance of your website. Mark comes from a design background but has always been just as passionate about the code. He is based by the ocean in beautiful New Zealand and has spent 20 years crafting websites and mobile apps.