Velocity New York 2013 Keynote Speakers

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Richard Cook

Richard Cook, Ohio State University SNAFUcatchersPhysician, Educator, and Researcher

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.

9:35am Tuesday, 10/15/2013
This talk will introduce resilience and a model of system dynamics useful in analyzing failed and successful event management and offer an explanation for why our systems run at the edge of failure.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
Cuong Do

Cuong Do, DropboxSoftware Engineer

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.

10:15am Wednesday, 10/16/2013
Dropbox is used by over 200 million people to store their valuable data. Achieving such scale inevitably comes with unexpected challenges, tough decisions, and valuable lessons. In this talk, we'll discuss why and how we started by being hosted on AWS and colocation services to our current hybrid model that combines the unique strengths of AWS and dedicated hardware.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
Dan Kaminsky

Dan Kaminsky, White OpsCofounder and Chief Scientist

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.

9:10am Wednesday, 10/16/2013
Oftentimes security seems like a daunting challenge which many organizations aren't sure how to get started on. However, the engineering principles inherent to devops and continuous deployment lay the groundwork for a number effective security mechanisms.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
Dan Kuebrich

Dan Kuebrich, AppNetaCTO

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.

9:55am Tuesday, 10/15/2013
When raw data becomes overwhelming, we turn to abstraction to understand our world. In our systems, the data is always overwhelming. Solutions like summary statistics have come to our rescue, and they are good -- up to a point. In order to truly understand our systems, we need to know when and how to sidestep those abstractions, to get deep, detailed performance insight.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
Zane Lackey

Zane Lackey, Signal SciencesCofounder and CSO

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.

9:10am Wednesday, 10/16/2013
Oftentimes security seems like a daunting challenge which many organizations aren't sure how to get started on. However, the engineering principles inherent to devops and continuous deployment lay the groundwork for a number effective security mechanisms.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
Philippe Le Hegaret

Philippe Le Hegaret, W3CInteraction Domain Leader

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.

10:00am Tuesday, 10/15/2013
The mission of the Web Performance Working Group is to create standards to enhance aspects of Web application performance of user agent features and APIs. Some of them are already deployed in today's major browsers, like Navigation Timing or Page Visibility. This update presents the latest proposals on improving Web performance.
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Sean Leach

Sean Leach, FastlyChief Security Officer

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 name.com, 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.

10:20am Tuesday, 10/15/2013
So much time is spent on the operational and performance attributes of Internet infrastructure, that security is often overlooked. Simple things like DNS hijacking and DDOS attacks can take your site down long before you need to worry about scaling your existing applications.
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Colt McAnlis

Colt McAnlis, GoogleDeveloper Advocate

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.

10:15am Tuesday, 10/15/2013
For many high-performance web applications, badly managed memory can create a slew of performance problems, especially for mobile! Join Colt for a quick lightning demo where he'll be showing off some very quick, powerful techniques in Chrome DevTools to help you track down and fix your memory problems.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
Patrick Meenan

Patrick Meenan, GoogleSoftware Engineer

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 www.webpagetest.org 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.

9:45am Wednesday, 10/16/2013
Pat will be demonstrating some of the latest test comparison features in WebPagetest.
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Gene Morris

Gene Morris, Keynote Systems, Inc.Lead Solutions Consultant

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.

9:25am Tuesday, 10/15/2013
This lightning demo will show you how to complement your favorite page performance tools like Page Speed, YSlow and Web Page Test with Keynote KITE by analyzing dynamic transactions spanning multiple pages and user interactions. We’ll also show how Keynote MITE can help you understand mobile web page performance on virtually any mobile device—including tablets.
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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.

10:30am Tuesday, 10/15/2013
Keynote by Courtney Nash, Editor at O'Reilly Media.
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Mike O'Dea

Mike O'Dea, Major League Baseball Advanced MediaSenior Director, Technical Operations

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.

9:55am Wednesday, 10/16/2013
Mike O'Dea and Bill Zurat will discuss how MLBAM used AWS, automation and other off-the-shelf technologies to deliver a product (Minor League Streaming) that customers would enjoy, and was consistent with how MLBAM delivered media in their MLB products.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
Simon  Perkins

Simon Perkins, Simtec LimitedCEO and Founder

Simon Perkins is the CEO and Founder of Simtec Limited

10:10am Tuesday, 10/15/2013
A demonstration of how to use the HttpWatch mobile app to record mobile performance data.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
Rob Peters

Rob Peters, EdgeCast NetworksChief Architect

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.

10:30am Wednesday, 10/16/2013
In this session, learn how to measure and monitor a content delivery network that's operating at a very large scale. We’ll review best practices on how to measure and eliminate bottlenecks to significantly improve global purge-from-edge time, track outliers during core cache/proxy engine deployments, and identify and find our way around quirks in the TCP stack.
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Guy Podjarny

Guy Podjarny, SnykFounder and CEO

Guy Podjarny is a cofounder and CEO at Snyk.io focusing on securing open source code. He was previously CTO at Akamai and founder of Blaze.io. He also worked on the first web app firewall and security code analyzer. Guy is a frequent conference speaker, the author of Responsive & Fast, High Performance Images, and the upcoming Securing Third Party Code, and the creator of Mobitest. He also writes on Guypo.com and Medium.

9:35am Wednesday, 10/16/2013
In this demo, Guy will demonstrate the integration between WebPageTest and the Appurify platform. With this integration, you'll be able to easily run mobile web performance tests straight from WebPageTest without buying a single device, by leveraging short term, on-demand access to a wide set of Appurify-managed phones.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
Dany Rybnikov

Dany Rybnikov, QualcommSoftware Engeneer

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.

9:40am Wednesday, 10/16/2013
At Qualcomm we decided to create a benchmark tool that should answer exactly that question. This demo will show the benchmark in action, review its components and get a glance into differences in browsers performance that it can uncover.
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Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures Managing Partner

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.

William Zurat

William Zurat, Major League Baseball Advanced MediaDirector, Multimedia Systems

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.

9:55am Wednesday, 10/16/2013
Mike O'Dea and Bill Zurat will discuss how MLBAM used AWS, automation and other off-the-shelf technologies to deliver a product (Minor League Streaming) that customers would enjoy, and was consistent with how MLBAM delivered media in their MLB products.
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Location: Grand Ballroom

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