Velocity New York 2013 Speakers

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Brad Abrams
Brad Abrams (Google)

Brad Abrams is a Lead Product Manager on the Google Cloud Platform team where he is currently responsible for the developer, admin and mobile experiences. Software development is one of the last areas of modern life not deeply enhanced by the cloud – Brad’s mission is to bring the power, scale and availability of the modern cloud to art of software development.
Brad has been at Google since 2011 and has lead platform efforts in Chrome, Google+ and now on the Cloud Platform team. Prior to Google, Brad lead many developer efforts at Microsoft on products including the .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Silverlight and Visual Studio. Brad published several books include the bestselling Framework Design Guidelines. Brad has spoken at developer... Read More.

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.

Jake Archibald

Jake works in Google Chrome’s developer relations team, working on specs, testing implementations, and ensuring developers have tools to make their jobs less painful. He’s a big fan of time-to-render optimisations, progressive enhancement, and all of that responsive stuff.

Prior to Google, Jake worked at Lanyrd on their mobile web site (, and for the BBC working on JavaScript libraries and standards.

Outside of the web, Jake likes F1 and nice beer.

Kiran  Badam
Kiran Badam (Bing)

Kiran Badam is a Senior Technical Lead at Microsoft who runs part of the Bing Performance team. Kiran has spent the last 8 years building high-performance web applications. When not coding, you can find him reading a book or playing with his two little daughters.

George Beech
George Beech (Stack Exchange, Inc.), @GABeech

I’m currently working as a systems administrator at Stack Exchange, making the internet better. I have about 11 years of experience running all sizes of networks from 1 man shops, to giant networks that span countries. I enjoy working with Windows, and *nix systems equally.

Colin Bendell

Colin Bendell

Colin has been designing large scale web applications for 15 years and in the last 3 years has been leading the Infrastructure and Operations teams for global enterprises. He is currently an Enterprise Architect with Akamai where he combines both his expertise in software development and operations to help customers tune their development processes and optimize websites.

Artur Bergman

Artur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the Founder and CEO of Fastly the world’s only real-time content delivery network. Prior to Fastly he was CTO of Engineering and Operations at Wikia where he provided the technical backbone necessary for Wikia’s mission to compile and index the world’s knowledge. In past lives, he has been a committer to Varnish, built high volume financial trading systems, re-implemented Perl 5’s threading system, wrote djabberd, managed LiveJournal’s engineering team, and served as operations architect at Six Apart.

Laine Campbell

Owner of PalominoDB database consulting. Oracle, MySQL and Cassandra DBA, Architect and Designer for 11 years with such companies as Travelocity, Zappos, Chegg, LiveJournal, Disney Mobile and Technorati.

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

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

Richard Cook
Richard Cook (Ohio State University SNAFUcatchers), @ri_cook

Dr. Richard Cook is the Professor of Healthcare Systems Safety at the Kungliga Techniska Hogskolan (the Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a practicing physician, researcher and educator. Dr Cook received his BA degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin shortly after the invention of the telephone. After a misspent career in the computer industry he went to medical school at the University of Cincinnati and, much to the surprise of the faculty there, was awarded the MD degree in 1986. He wasted a lot of time and effort in various residency and fellowship programs but was finally able to complete training as an anesthesiologist. Between 1994 and 2012 he gave anesthesia to patients, tried to teach medical students and residents, and... Read More.

Nick Craver
Nick Craver (Stack Exchange), @Nick_Craver

Nick Craver (@Nick_Craver) is a Software Developer and Systems Administrator for Stack Exchange (home of Stack Overflow, Super User and Server Fault) and author of OpServer.

He has been programming for over 14 years and currently specializes in performance and optimization, mainly in the C# and SQL space. At Stack Exchange he maintains the search and database systems, keeps page load times low, and architects systems with performance, stability, monitoring and maintainability in mind.

Norberth Danson (Intuit)

Norberth is a full-stack, senior software engineer with a passion for technologies that make a developer’s life easier. An integral part of the performance team at Intuit, Norberth focuses primarily on frontend performance, architecture and application logic. As a huge fan of client side MVC frameworks, he uses and abuses Backbone.js and Ember.js. Norberth first gained credibility and notoriety when he created a Facebook clone as a sole developer, which evolved into a company building social widgets for the web. Hailing from Romania, Norberth believes in lifelong learning, and lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two kids.

Andy Davies
Andy Davies (NCC Group), @andydavies

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

Phil Dibowitz
Phil Dibowitz (Facebook)

Phil Dibowitz has been working in systems engineering for 12 years and is currently a production engineer at Facebook. Initially, he worked on the traffic infrastructure team automating load balancer configuration management as well as designing and building the production IPv6 infrastructure. Phil now leads the team responsible for rebuilding the configuration management system from the ground up. Prior to Facebook, he worked at Google managing the large GMail environment, and at Ticketmaster, where he co-authored and open sourced a configuration management tool called Spine ( Phil also contributes to and maintains various open source projects ( and has spoken around the community at conferences and LUGs on a variety of topics from Path MTU Discovery to X509.

Cuong Do
Cuong Do (Dropbox)

Cuong is a software engineer on the Dropbox server infrastructure team, focusing on writing scalable storage infrastructure software. Prior to Dropbox, Cuong led the YouTube feature development team and was one of its founding engineers, helping to scale the YouTube site. He previously held various engineering positions at eBay, PayPal, and Inktomi.

Jeremy Edberg

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

Bethany Erskine
Bethany Erskine (Paperless Post), @skymob

Bethany has over 12 years of experience with web operations and Linux systems administration. She is currently a member of the Ops team at Paperless Post where she cares for the infrastructure that help Paperless Post’s customers create beautiful, custom online and paper stationery.

Chao (Ray) Feng
Chao (Ray) Feng (Microsoft)

I have been working for Microsoft as a performance engineer since 2006 and mainly focus on web performance on more than 14 different projects including,,,, etc.

Please Try (or on devices) for the patent I filed for the new PLT measurement methodology based on user perceived experience, which is now being used by MSDN and TFS and under consideration by several other internal teams within Microsoft.

On the personal side, I love basketball, squash, swimming (being a professional swimming athlete for 8 years). My wife and I enjoy playing with my 22-month-old daughter, and that is the majority of time we spend over leisure time.

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.

Sarah Forst
Sarah Forst (Roundarch Isobar), @quoo

As a self professed nerd, I’ve been playing around with computers since I was a little kid, starting with writing simple scripts for my Apple IIgs, to where I am now, building rich internet applications., I’ve followed a somewhat non-traditional path to becoming a front-end web developer. I’ve worked as an art director, taught at SVA, worked as a tech editor, and come a long way from my first geocities website with animated gifs. I also hold an English Degree from Cornell University, am an avid reader, and love biking. I’m happiest implementing beautiful UI’s, regardless of language. I love developing standards compliant HTML, but have also developed for Flex, dabbled in iOS, and easily pick up other languages. Follow her on twitter... Read More.

Ilya Grigorik

Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer and developer advocate on the Make The Web Fast team at Google, where he spends his days and nights on making the web fast and driving adoption of performance best practices.

Jason Grigsby
Jason Grigsby (Cloud Four), @grigs

Jason Grigsby was one of the project leads on the Obama iPhone Application and helped design the user inferface for the Wall Street Journal’s Blackberry application. He founded and organizes Mobile Portland, a local mobile group.

Jason is a co-founder of Cloud Four, a small start-up focused on mobile and web development. He blogs at and provides a frequent updates about mobile on Twitter.

Paul Gross (Braintree Payments), @pgr0ss

Paul Gross is a software developer who works for Braintree. He is a polyglot programmer who spends most of his time in Ruby and Rails these days. His blog can be found at

Chris Hansen
Chris Hansen (New Relic)

Chris manages the Java Agent team at New Relic. He has developed and managed distributed software systems for over twenty years. His interests include performance optimization, scalable systems, software development methods, and robotics.

Joshua Hoffman
Joshua Hoffman (LeaseWeb), @oshu

An accomplished engineer and technical leader, Joshua Hoffman has trained Ops staff from San Francisco to Hong Kong in practical and efficient high scale system management and automation. Hoffman created Red Hat’s acclaimed Virtual Training platform and Virtualization certification exams. Prior to joining LeaseWeb, Hoffman served as Technical Director at SoundCloud and Tumblr, helping both companies build stable, scalable infrastructure to handle their explosive growth.

Jay Hung
Jay Hung (WebMocha), @jayhung

Jay Hung first learned about FEO (front-end optimization) in 2006 as an engineer at Yahoo!. His team was among the first to implement Steve Souders’ principles and techniques in Yahoo! products, and Jay cites Steve’s “14 rules for faster-loading web sites” as among his most valuable takeaways. Since then, Jay has gone on to optimize numerous web properties from startups to top Alexa sites, and remains hugely passionate about frontend performance.

Mark Imbriaco

Mark has spent the last 17 years working for companies like Bank of America, America Online, Heroku, 37signals, LivingSocial, and a number of smaller startups doing operations, system architecture, and software development. He currently works for GitHub.

Tim Kadlec
Tim Kadlec (Independent), @tkadlec

Tim Kadlec is a performance consultant and trainer focused on building a web everyone can use. He is the author of High Performance Images and Implementing Responsive Design: Building Sites for an Anywhere, Everywhere Web and was a contributing author for Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design and the Web Performance Daybook: Volume 2. He writes about all things web at

Dan Kaminsky
Dan Kaminsky (White Ops), @dakami

Dan Kaminsky is cofounder and chief scientist of White Ops, a cybersecurity firm. Dan is an internationally respected technologist who has spent almost two decades protecting the Internet. He is is one of the seven key shareholders able to restore the Internet’s Domain Name System if necessary. An invited expert to the W3C, the guiding organization for the Web, Dan is known for his work in finding a core flaw in the Internet and then leading the charge to repair it.

Venkatesh Katari
Venkatesh Katari (

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

sajal kayan
sajal kayan (Turbobytes), @sajal

Web geek and an experienced software engineer with 10+ years experience in web application development, cloud computing and performance optimization.

Jonathan Klein

Jonathan is a software engineer at Etsy, where he focuses on solving web performance and scalability challenges. Prior to working at Etsy he spent almost four years at Wayfair, where he led the team that converted the primary tech stack to PHP/Lighttpd/FreeBSD. He started and organizes the Boston Web Performance Meetup Group, and he contributes to a few open source projects, including the HTTPArchive and CSSLint. Jonathan blogs regularly at and can be found on Twitter at @jonathanklein.

Dan Kuebrich

Dan Kuebrich is a web performance geek, currently working on application performance at AppNeta. He was previously a founder of Tracelytics (acquired by AppNeta). AppNeta is the Full Stack Application Performance Management (APM) technology leader, providing integrated performance visibility into the application code, through the network, to the end user.

Manish Lachwani

Manish is CTO and co-founder at Appurify. As the brains behind Appurify’s technology, Manish holds the secret sauce to the company’s platform. Manish has a unique blend of expertise. 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 30 patents in areas such as USB, Power Management, Chargers, System Debugging and Validation. Most recently, he was a CTO at Zynga.

Zane Lackey
Zane Lackey (Signal Sciences), @zanelackey

Zane Lackey is the cofounder and CSO at Signal Sciences and serves on the advisory boards of the Internet Bug Bounty Program and the US State Department-backed Open Technology Fund. Prior to Signal Sciences, Zane was the director of security engineering at Etsy and a senior security consultant at iSEC Partners. He has been featured in notable media outlets such as the BBC, Associated Press, Forbes, Wired, CNET, Network World, and SC Magazine. A frequent speaker at top industry conferences, Zane has presented at BlackHat, RSA, USENIX, Velocity, Microsoft BlueHat, SANS, OWASP, and QCon and has given invited lectures at Facebook, Goldman Sachs, New York University, and Reykjavík University. Zane is a contributing author of Mobile Application Security... Read More.

Will Law (Akamai)

Will Law is a Principal Architect within the Media Engineering group at Akamai. He has been involved with streaming media on the web for the last decade with a strong focus on client-side development and helped write many of the early connection frameworks that still drive much of the traffic flowing over Akamai today, including OVP, HDCore and OSMF. He has a current focus on MPEG-DASH and HTTP delivery, mobile media, connected devices and security. Law is a founding board member of DASH Industry Forum, holds Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA and has worked previously for Adobe, VitalStream and a series of five engineering and media-related startups.

Philippe Le Hegaret

Philippe Le Hegaret heads the W3C Interaction Domain, which produces
frontend web technologies including HTML5, CSS3, SVG, WOFF, and web APIs. Philippe is currently a participant in the Web Performance Working Group and organized the W3C workshop on video on the Web in 2007. Until July 2008, Philippe led the W3C Architecture Domain, which produced W3C core technologies in the area of XML, web services, and internationalization. He is a former chair of the Document Object Model (DOM) Working Group and coedited some of the DOM specifications.

Alexis Le-Quoc
Alexis Le-Quoc (Datadog)

Alexis Lê-Quôc is the CTO of Datadog, an infrastructure monitoring service. He’s spoken at various tech conferences (including Velocity) on operations, architecture and customer support.

Sean Leach

Sean Leach is vice president of technology for Verisign’s network intelligence and availability (NIA) business. He is responsible for the group’s short-and long-term technical and product strategy.

Leach was previously chief technology officer of, a top 15 domain registration and hosting company, where he was responsible for product and technical strategy and engineering and operations management. He has also served as senior director of technology for NeuStar’s internet and infrastructure services group (IISG), director of product engineering for UltraDNS, director of engineering for NetLojix/Impulse Internet Services and director of engineering for Warp 9 Inc., one of the pioneering e-commerce application service providers.

Leach holds a Bachelors of Science in computer science from the University of Delaware. He is a sought-after subject matter... Read More.

Brian LeRoux
Brian LeRoux (Adobe Systems), @brianleroux

Former lead of development at Nitobi Software and current hacker of PhoneGap at Adobe. Chair of Native Web Apps Community Group at the W3C. Incubating at Apache. Hacking mobile JavaScript since it wasn’t cool to do so.

Jan-Willem Maessen

Has been working on the PageSpeed optimization libraries and mod_pagespeed since the early days of the project. He built the first PageSpeed image optimizer and the library identification mechanism, and lately has been working on improving mobile web performance using mod_pagespeed. Back before joining Google, Jan helped design and implement the Fortress programming language.

Ziga Mahkovec
Ziga Mahkovec (Dropbox)

Ziga leads the Dropbox performance team, focusing on instrumentation, profiling and performance improvements across infrastructure, mobile, web, and desktop client. Before Dropbox, he worked at Google on web search, including Instant Search and prerendering in Chrome.

Ashray Mathur
Ashray Mathur ( Inc), @ashraymathur

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

Colton McAnlis

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

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

Patrick Meenan

Patrick Meenan has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 12 years and is currently working at Google to make the web faster. 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. He also helped found the WPO foundation which is a non-profit organization focused on Web Performance Optimization.

Tyler Mike

Mike is a long-time systems engineer, building a variety of platforms with all technologies.
Currently the Director of Technicals Operations at Datadog, he focuses on delivering scalable platforms with short turnaround times via automation.
He contributes to Chef, Ops School, Vagrant, Veewee, and many other open source projects.
Sometimes he writes a few of his own.

When he’s not working, he’s a roller derby referee and licensed skydiver.

Dan Milstein
Dan Milstein (Wayfair), @danmil

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

Gene Morris
Gene Morris (Keynote Systems, Inc.)

Gene Morris is a Lead Solutions Consultant at Keynote Systems, Inc., helping Keynote customers to find the right Keynote services to fit their needs, and making sure they get full value from those services. He’s been with Keynote for over 9 years, which has afforded him ample opportunity to observe those practices which work and those which do not work so well in the world of web and mobile performance.

Michael Mullany

Michael is the CEO of Sencha, a company that makes design, runtime and deployment tools for HTML5 apps. He’s an enthusiastic web technologist. He ran product management at VMware during its breakout into server computing and then ran all of VMware marketing. He has a wide base of experience in infrastructure and cloud startups, including Loudcloud, PeakStream (sold to Google) and Engine Yard.

Steven Murawski
Steven Murawski (Stack Exchange), @stevenmurawski

Steven is a SysAdmin on the technical staff for Stack Exchange (operators of great Q&A sites like Server Fault and Stack Overflow) and a Microsoft MVP in PowerShell.

Steven also leads two local user groups, the Greater Milwaukee IT Pro User Community and the Greater Milwaukee Script Club. He speaks regularly to local user groups and can be found at various conferences.

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.

Mike O'Dea
Mike O'Dea (Major League Baseball Advanced Media), @mikeodea

Mike O’Dea is the Senior Director, Technical Operations on the Systems team at MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. He bootstrapped the 24×7×365 Operations team responsible for monitoring & administration of MLBAM’s content delivery infrastructure. Mike joined MLBAM in 2011, having previously worked as a consultant in the mobile/social/advertising world and as GM/CTO of Upoc Networks, the first mobile community & cross-carrier messaging platform in the U.S. Prior to Upoc, he held Sr. UNIX System Administrator positions in the finance, digital advertising & ISP industries. When he is not in the Systems NOC at MLBAM’s Chelsea Market headquarters, Mike can be found tinkering with various HF/VHF radios (he is a licensed... Read More.

Simon  Perkins
Simon Perkins (Simtec Limited)

Simon Perkins is the CEO and Founder of Simtec Limited

Aaron Peters
Aaron Peters (TurboBytes), @aaronpeters

Aaron has worked with the Web since 1997 in the areas of Product, Business Development, UI and Tech. In the past 3 years, Aaron worked as an independent web performance consultant and he spent the last 6 months building Turbobytes, an innovative multi-CDN service.

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.

Mike Petrovich
Mike Petrovich (SNAP Interactive), @mikepetrovich

A former engineer on the new platform, Mike Petrovich (@mikepetrovich) leads front-end engineering of where he implements strategies for accelerating development and end-user performance. He is also a contributor to jQuery, jQuery UI, and Handlebars.js.

Guy Podjarny

Guy Podjarny is Snyk’s co-founder and CEO, focusing on using open source and staying secure. Guy was previously CTO at Akamai following their acquisition of his startup,, and worked on the first web app firewall & security code analyzer. Guy is a frequent conference speaker & the author of O’Reilly “Securing Open Source Libraries”, "Responsive & Fast” and “High Performance Images”.

Eric Redmond

Eric’s a programmer. He’s also a longtime advocate of alternative storage mechanisms (especially the distributed kind), and loves to write and talk about them. He’s co-author of Seven Databases in Seven Weeks and recently A Little Riak Book. Eric is a Riak Engineer at Basho, and runs the largest technical web group in Portland.

George Reese
George Reese (Dell Software)

George is the author of several books on cloud computing and enterprise technologies. His most recent books are The REST API Design Handbook and O’Reilly’s Cloud Application Architectures. Professionally, he founded and served as CTO of Enstratius prior to its acquisition by Dell. George has also led a number of Open Source projects including the Dasein Cloud abstraction API for Java. George holds a BA from Bates College in Maine and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Alois Reitbauer

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

Alexei Rodriguez (Evernote Corporation)

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Carolyn Rowland
Carolyn Rowland (Independent), @unpixie

Carolyn Rowland began working with UNIX in 1986; her professional career as a UNIX system administrator took off in 1991. Carolyn chaired the USENIX LISA ‘12 conference in San Diego in December 2012. Carolyn’s two industry passions continue to be finding new ways to encourage and educate people to enter the operations professions and helping advance women in tech through strong community and sharing of best practices for dealing with existing gender issues in the computing professions.

Joe Rustad
Joe Rustad (Dell)

Joe Rustad is a senior software engineer with more than 15 years of professional experience developing APM products. Specializing in application performance and scalability analysis, with experience in automated network performance analysis, response time prediction, run time application performance profiling, and wireless web performance optimization, he is a primary architect for Foglight and Senior Manager for the Foglight APM effort. Joe is passionate about simplifying and automating APM while at the same time giving experts great tools and visibility into the emerging big-data world of performance analysis. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from San Diego State University.

Dany Rybnikov
Dany Rybnikov (Qualcomm)

Dany Rybnikov serves as a senior engineer for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), where he develops the network stack optimization within the Web Technologies group. Dany works on mobile web browser benchmarking, profiling and optimizations.

Baron Schwartz
Baron Schwartz (VividCortex), @xaprb

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

Andrew Clay Shafer

Some people are born to web operations and some people have it thrust upon them. Andrew Co-founded Reductive Labs and worked to help organizations build better systems with better tools. He brings with him a background in high performance computing, computational science, embedded Linux development, web frameworks and Agile methods.

Andrew really likes to help teams navigate the technology Renaissance triple point between people, process and tools.

Andrew is interested in conversation about almost anything. His two sons and wife think he is pretty cool. He is definitely a villager.

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.

Philip Tellis

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

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

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

Jonathan Thurman

Jonathan is a Site Reliability Engineer at New Relic where he applies his systems, networking, and coding skills to automate their infrastructure. For over the last 15 years he has worked on a variety of projects including unified communications, performance testing, automation, and scaling for the web.

Avleen Vig

Avleen is a Staff Operations Engineer at Etsy, where he spends much of his time growing the infrastructure for selling knitted gloves and cross-stitch periodic tables. Before joining Etsy he worked at several large tech companies, including EarthLink and Google, as well as a number of small successful startups.

Seth Walker

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

Mandi Walls

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

Dan White (CafeMom)

Dan White is the Senior Vice President of Technology at He has a special knack for building great databases and making things work.

Fred Wilson
Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures ), @fredwilson

Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.

Susie Xia
Susie Xia (LinkedIn)

Susie Xia is a senior software engineer at LinkedIn, where she focuses on scalability and capacity analysis. Previously, she worked on mobile applications and automation.

Mike Zaic (Wild Sky Media), @focustrate

Mike Zaic is the Vice President of Engineering at CafeMom, the largest social network dedicated to moms. Prior to CafeMom, he worked for small to medium sized startups, helping them to grow from inception to millions of users.

William Zurat
William Zurat (Major League Baseball Advanced Media), @mlbdotcom

Bill Zurat is the Director of Multimedia Infrastructure on the Systems team at MLBAM, the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. He is responsible for building scalable, live/vod, backend video streaming architecture for every MLB game, targeting over 350 devices. He joined MLBAM in 2007, having previously been at WFMU, a freeform radio station based in Jersey City, NJ. For five years at WFMU, Bill was the Senior Systems Administrator (and a DJ) responsible for designing, building and supporting a live 24/7/365 audio streaming solution for their broadcast content and specialty DJ programs, while managing the digital archives for every show since 2001. Bill is a graduate of Fordham University where he studied English Literature and Philosophy... Read More.

Dave Zwieback
Dave Zwieback (Next Big Sound), @mindweather

Dave Zwieback has been working with large-scale mission-critical infrastructure and teams for almost two decades. Dave is the VP of engineering at Next Big Sound (acquired by Pandora Media, Inc.) and CTO of Lotus Outreach. He has previously worked with the adaptive learning startup Knewton, the quantitative investment management firm D.E. Shaw & Co., and the financial services behemoth Morgan Stanley. He also ran an infrastructure architecture consultancy for seven years. Dave is the author of Beyond Blame: Learning from Failure and Success from O’Reilly Media. He blogs at


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