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Velocity 2014 Keynote Speakers

Cheryl Ainoa

Cheryl Ainoa, Intuit Inc.Chief of Product Development Operations

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.

10:30am Wednesday, 06/25/2014
Every consecutive four-year interval since 1984 has produced a new disruption, but few companies survive beyond their four-year pinnacle of existence. Cheryl Ainoa, senior vice president, platform development for Intuit, will discuss how to recognize the signs leading up to major disruption and how you and your company can adapt to embrace innovation for the future.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
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Hala Al-Adwan

Hala Al-Adwan, Verizon EdgeCastVP of Engineering

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

9:35am Thursday, 06/26/2014
We all know web performance is important, but the larger business and social community often see it as esoteric. In this brief presentation, Hala Al-Adwan will talk about why optimizing web performance matters -- often critically -- to the entire world.
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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 Thursday, 06/26/2014
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, Courtney Nash, and John Allspaw, open the second day of keynotes. More Keynotes to come.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
9:00am Wednesday, 06/25/2014
Program Chairs, John Allspaw, Courtney Nash, and Steve Souders open the first day of keynotes. More Keynotes to come.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
Kent Alstad

Kent Alstad, Radware CanadaV.P. Acceleration

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.

10:00am Thursday, 06/26/2014
Join us for a snappy series of seven-minute talks on the main stage.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
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Saurabh Bajaj, NeustarProduct Manager

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).

9:45am Wednesday, 06/25/2014
In this session, you will hear insights and strategies to employing multi-cloud, multi-region load testing analysis that can help you employ greater testing capacity, add essential flexibility, and deliver high-fidelity results that protect your site – and your customer’s digital experience.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
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James Colgan, RackspaceProduct Manager

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.

10:30am Thursday, 06/26/2014
This lightening talk will show you how to build a self-adaptive autonomous infrastructure to get out of DevOps fire drills and focus on the business value you deliver to customers. You will learn the high-level architectural components you need to make your infrastructure resilient in an increasingly unpredictable age.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
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Jeff Dean

Jeff Dean, GoogleGoogle Senior Fellow

Jeff joined Google in 1999 and is currently a Google Senior Fellow in Google’s Knowledge Group. He has co-designed/implemented five generations of Google’s crawling, indexing, and query serving systems, and co-designed/implemented major pieces of Google’s initial advertising and AdSense for Content systems. He is also a co-designer and co-implementor of 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. He is currently working on large-scale distributed systems for training deep neural models for speech, vision, and text understanding. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the AAAS, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of... Read More.

9:05am Wednesday, 06/25/2014
Today’s large-scale web services provide rapid responses to interactive requests by applying large amounts of computational resources to massive datasets. They typically operate in warehouse-sized datacenters and run on clusters of machines that are shared across many kinds of interactive and batch jobs.
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Pamela Fox

Pamela Fox, Khan AcademyCurriculum Engineer

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.

9:55am Wednesday, 06/25/2014
As the web gets bigger and more ubiquitous, we will need more programmers and more people understanding programming. How can we do that? I'll share what I've learned from teaching programming to newbies, online at Khan Academy and in-person for women in San Francisco.
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Scott Hanselman

Scott Hanselman, MicrosoftPrincipal Architect

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

9:05am Thursday, 06/26/2014
How does the pervasiveness of JavaScript on the client change how we architect applications? We can create hundreds virtual machines in the cloud, but we are using the millions of visual machines that visit our sites every day?
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Peter Hedenskog

Peter Hedenskog, Wikimedia FoundationEngineer

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.

10:00am Thursday, 06/26/2014
Join us for a snappy series of seven-minute talks on the main stage.
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Lara Hogan

Lara Hogan, EtsySenior Engineering Manager

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.

9:40am Thursday, 06/26/2014
We will walk through the growing importance of building for mobile web as users may be on any device, platform or connection. This talk will cover Etsy's evolution of the mobile web team from its inception in 2011 to its changing role today and how we shifted Etsy's engineering culture to empower and incentivize others to care about mobile web in their daily work.
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Eric Lawrence

Eric Lawrence, GoogleSenior Software Engineer

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.

10:00am Thursday, 06/26/2014
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Patrick Lightbody

Patrick Lightbody, New RelicVP, Product Management

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.

10:25am Thursday, 06/26/2014
Performance tuning is hard, if only because it never truly ends. So after you’ve tackled the obvious stuff like asset compression and SQL tuning, where do you focus next? See how you can use New Relic’s new Software Analytics suite of products to help you identify the long tail of optimization work that brings the most value to your bottom line.
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Joshua Marantz

Joshua Marantz, GoogleMember Technical Staff

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.

9:30am Thursday, 06/26/2014
Making the web fast feels like boiling an ocean, but that hasn't stopped us from trying.
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Ernest Mueller

Ernest Mueller, CoppereggProduct Manager

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 theagileadmin.com.

10:35am Thursday, 06/26/2014
Are you prepared for the rapid evolution of the application ecosystem? Join this session to learn what you need to know when monitoring production, business critical applications that leverage today's multi-cloud technologies.
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Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen, Almost SkateboardsProfessional Skateboarder

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.

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10:05am Wednesday, 06/25/2014
This talk will focus on open source metaphors from skateboarding, along with Rodney's own perspectives on risk and failure.
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Courtney W. Nash

Courtney W. Nash, O'ReillyEditor

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.

9:00am Thursday, 06/26/2014
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, Courtney Nash, and John Allspaw, open the second day of keynotes. More Keynotes to come.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
9:00am Wednesday, 06/25/2014
Program Chairs, John Allspaw, Courtney Nash, and Steve Souders open the first day of keynotes. More Keynotes to come.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
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

10:20am Thursday, 06/26/2014
While URLs were intended to consistently identify a resource location, this simple definition simply doesn’t cut it anymore. Between the complexity of device properties, different browser capabilities, failover needs, and geo-based content changes, we often need the same URL to be handled differently, based on the situation.
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Ben Rushlo

Ben Rushlo, Keynote Systems Inc.Vice President - Analytics

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.

9:35am Wednesday, 06/25/2014
What does a high performing site look like? When we talk about page load time, is that really applicable to modern sites and pages – that scroll endlessly or lazy load? We’ll talk about what tools, approaches, and frameworks can be used to think about site performance in the context of both the customer’s expectations, the limitation of metrics available, and the competition.
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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 Thursday, 06/26/2014
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, Courtney Nash, and John Allspaw, open the second day of keynotes. More Keynotes to come.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
9:00am Wednesday, 06/25/2014
Program Chairs, John Allspaw, Courtney Nash, and Steve Souders open the first day of keynotes. More Keynotes to come.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom
Jonah Stiennon

Jonah Stiennon, Sauce LabsSoftware Developer

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.

9:25am Thursday, 06/26/2014
Thursday Lightning Demo
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Mark Zeman

Mark Zeman, SpeedCurveFounder

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.

10:15am Wednesday, 06/25/2014
Join us for a snappy series of seven-minute talks on the main stage.
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Location: Mission City Ballroom