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Velocity New York 2014 Keynote Speakers

John Allspaw

John Allspaw, EtsyCTO

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

9:00am Tuesday, 09/16/2014
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, Courtney Nash and John Allspaw, open the first day of keynotes. Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon.
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9:00am Wednesday, 09/17/2014
Program Chairs, Courtney Nash, John Allspaw and Steve Souders open the second day of keynotes. Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon.
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Justin  Arbuckle

Justin Arbuckle, ChefVP - EMEA / Chief Enterprise Architect

Justin has been working in financial services for over 20 years. He is a passionate proponent of the value of architectural thinking generally and the transformative role of architects in particular. In addition to his experience as a banking chief architect on three continents he has also had roles ranging from product development, venture capital investment, consulting and mobile banking. His current area of focus is DevOps, cloud API architectures and applying agile and lean startup practices to large enterprises.

9:45am Tuesday, 09/16/2014
Everyday, companies are attempting to manage the delivery of software to their customers. Whereas this used to be a fairly deterministic process with clear boundaries between functions and processes, we have all learned that a less silo'd and more iterative approach yields better design and better performance in the wild. But how to control this kind of approach--or more importantly, should you?
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bethanye McKinney Blount

bethanye McKinney Blount, FacebookManager, Production Engineering

bethanye McKinney Blount leads infrastructure teams managing some of the most complex systems at Facebook. Those teams build and manage the underlying systems infrastructure that allows all the engineering teams to build scalable, reliable services. She is passionate about developing women in tech, from participating in diversity initiatives at Facebook to mentoring female startup founders.

Previously, she was Engineering Director at Linden Lab (makers of Second Life) where her teams were responsible for all customer-facing products. After Linden Lab, she served as Vice President of Software Engineering for EMI Group. In 2010, she co-founded MailRank, where the team developed a new approach to email productivity. MailRank was acquired by Facebook in 2011.

10:05am Wednesday, 09/17/2014
Scaling systems is hard. Scaling operations teams to manage those systems? Even harder. How do you find the ideal production-savvy engineer to support your systems end to end? Direct experience, technical skills, perfect culture fit - companies look for so many qualities in one person, it borders on myth. It's time to build a better unicorn and learn how to scale your teams for the real world.
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Brian Bulkowski

Brian Bulkowski, Aerospikeco-founder, CTO & Product

Brian has 20-plus years experience designing, developing and tuning networking systems and high-performance Web-scale infrastructures. His career includes pioneering technical roles at Novell, Liberate and Aggregate Knowledge (now Neustar). He founded Aerospike after learning first hand, the scaling limitations of sharded MySQL systems and saw the need for a high performance database that would empower all developers, not just those at Internet giants that could afford to build their own. Brian has a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Brown University.

10:05am Tuesday, 09/16/2014
10 reasons why in-Memory and a new generation of distributed databases - NoSQL Key Value Stores - are the next big thing and the key to Velocity for every enterprise.
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Mehdi Daoudi

Mehdi Daoudi, CatchpointCEO

Mehdi is the founder and CEO of Catchpoint, the fastest-growing Web Performance Monitoring Solution. The Catchpoint vision is to provide the best IT analytics & intelligence to help companies improve their end user performance and keep an eye on their infrastructure and vendors.

Before Catchpoint, Mehdi spent 10+ years at DoubleClick and Google, where he was responsible for Quality of Services, buying, building, deploying and using various internal and external monitoring solutions to keep an eye on the DART infrastructure delivering billions of transactions a day using thousands of servers, routers, and various other web performance systems.

10:20am Wednesday, 09/17/2014
When it comes to the internet, preparation is the key to avoiding total destruction. Join Mehdi Daoudi, CEO and Co-founder of Catchpoint Systems, to learn how you can build a company culture that is ready for the inevitable IT disaster and how to emerge from the rubble stronger than ever.​
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Mikey Dickerson

Mikey Dickerson, Federal Government | United States Digital Services TeamDeputy CIO | Administrator

In 2013, Mikey Dickerson joined what became known as the “ad hoc” team, tasked with rescuing Healthcare.gov after its failed launch on October 1. In August 2014, President Obama established the United States Digital Service to see if the strategy that succeeded at pulling Healthcare.gov out of the fire could be applied to other government problems and appointed Mikey to serve as the administrator. Now two years old and employing about 150 people spanning a network of federal agencies, the US Digital Service has taken on immigration, education, veterans benefits, and health data interoperability and helped agencies build effective government services and improve IT procurements by focusing on industry best practices and agile methodology, ultimately driving change in the largest institution in history. Prior to... Read More.

9:10am Tuesday, 09/16/2014
What is the legacy of last year's bungled launch of healthcare.gov? Has the government learned anything? Have we?
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Shane Evans

Shane Evans, Hewlett-PackardProduct Manager

Shane Evans (@ShaneEvansLR) is a career performance engineer, ScrumMaster, and current product manager for the industry-leading HP LoadRunner performance testing tool. With twelve years of hands-on experience in Enterprise IT, ranging from technical support and quality assurance to performance management and engineering, Shane has helped build CoEs and deliver high-performing business applications. Since joining HP in 2009, he has helped hundreds of customers worldwide meet their application performance objectives. Shane is an advocate for education and mentoring over tools and process. He moved from Vancouver, BC, Canada, to California in 2012—and does not miss the rain. 

9:35am Wednesday, 09/17/2014
Application performance isn’t just about the front-end, but the optimization of the front-end and the back-end. Developing one without the other is a sure fire way to fail and users won’t always wait for version 2.0. Hear about methods for developing, testing and optimizing application performance when many of the components that contribute to poor performance are outside of our control.
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Camille Fournier

Camille Fournier, IndependentFormer Head of Engineering at Rent the Runway

Camille Fournier is the former head of engineering at Rent the Runway. She was previously a vice president at Goldman Sachs. Camille is an Apache ZooKeeper committer and PMC member and a Dropwizard framework PMC member.

10:15am Tuesday, 09/16/2014
We're all drawn to the fable of the 10X engineer, but engineers most commonly increase their effectiveness 10X by amplifying the effectiveness of those around them. In this talk we'll explore ways to make your value multiplicative, no cloning required.
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Hossein Lotfi

Hossein Lotfi, GoogleTechnical Program Manager

Hossein Lotfi is Director of Performance Engineering at Verizon EdgeCast. He leads engineering teams that are focused on finding ways to make CDN infrastructure faster.

9:35am Tuesday, 09/16/2014
In this session we will talk about TCP optimization and how to measure its impact in a large scale network. we explore some useful tools and methodologies for transport optimization.
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Courtney W. Nash

Courtney W. Nash, O'ReillyEditor

Courtney manages all Velocity-related content for O’Reilly Media. An erstwhile academic neuroscientist, she is still fascinated by the brain and how people learn just about anything. She’s been known to teach people how to salsa dance, conduct psychology experiments, or even get air on a mountain bike. When not working on books, Courtney can be found biking, hiking, skiing, and photographing the Cascade mountains near her home in Bellingham, Washington.

9:00am Tuesday, 09/16/2014
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, Courtney Nash and John Allspaw, open the first day of keynotes. Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
9:00am Wednesday, 09/17/2014
Program Chairs, Courtney Nash, John Allspaw and Steve Souders open the second day of keynotes. Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media, Inc.Founder and CEO

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand... Read More.

10:30am Wednesday, 09/17/2014
The failure of healthcare.gov was a textbook DevOps (or rather, lack of DevOps) case study. But it's part of a wider pattern that reminds us that people should be at the heart of everything we build. In fact, getting the "people" part right is the key both to DevOps and great user experience design.
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Zoran Perkov

Zoran Perkov, IEX GroupHead of Tech Ops

Zoran is currently the Head of Technology Operations at IEX Group where he helps in ensuring that the trading system does not blow up in the middle of the day. He was previously Global Head of Technical Operations at NASDAQ OMX where his teams were responsible for all trading, clearing, settlement and exchange technology systems. Prior to this role, Zoran was part of the INET team and led the US NASDAQ Operations Center through many system implementations including the transition to the NASDAQ Stock Market. He has also previously held various technical positions ranging from system administration to networking.

9:45am Wednesday, 09/17/2014
The last decade has seen an investment by all market participants in technology at an unprecedented pace as evidenced by the ability to interact with thousands of order type combinations at speeds and capacity volumes enabled by the latest technology innovations. This is a testament to our ability to be able to adapt to change and implement solutions that amplify intentions of market participants.
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Alois Reitbauer

Alois Reitbauer, DynatraceChief Evangelist

Alois is Chief Evangelist of ruxit. He is fanatic about monitoring, DevOps and application performance. He spent most of his professional career in building monitoring tools and speeding up applications. He is a regular conference speaker, blogger, book author and Sushi maniak

10:00am Wednesday, 09/17/2014
Let’s face it. Alerting is broken. We are all still alerting the same way is we did in the early days of software based on metrics violations. We have all started to accept that we get too many alerts and the hard work of making sense is still left to us. This talk will introduce you to the concept of contextual alerting and show the difference hands on using a real world example.
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Steve Souders

Steve Souders, SpeedCurveChief Curver

Steve is Chief Performance Officer at Fastly developing web performance services. He previously served as Google’s Head Performance Engineer and Chief Performance Yahoo!. Prior to that Steve worked at General Magic, WhoWhere?, and Lycos, and co-founded Helix Systems and CoolSync.

Steve is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites.
He is the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow,the HTTP Archive,Cuzillion, Jdrop, ControlJS, and Browserscope.

He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford.

9:00am Tuesday, 09/16/2014
Program Chairs, Steve Souders, Courtney Nash and John Allspaw, open the first day of keynotes. Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
9:00am Wednesday, 09/17/2014
Program Chairs, Courtney Nash, John Allspaw and Steve Souders open the second day of keynotes. Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon.
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Location: Grand Ballroom
David Woods

David Woods, Ohio State University SNAFUcatchersProfessor

David Woods is a professor at the Ohio State University, where he is the lead for the Initiative on Complexity in Natural, Social, and Engineered Systems and the codirector of Ohio State University’s Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory. David is a former president of both the Resilience Engineering Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

9:05am Wednesday, 09/17/2014
You have some, you don’t know where it comes from, you don’t know how much you will need, you’re not sure you will have what you need then (well none of us do, either).
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John Yippe

John Yippe, RackspaceCloud Solutions Architect

I started in the IT Automation space working for Opsware and became fascinated with the automation of infrastructure. When Opsware was acquired by HP, I found a home with the good folks at WebMD and worked on automating their infrastructure. Their I learned some of the ideas of DevOps and the clever ways this has been used to create products and services faster in IT. Cloud being a great tool to facilitate automation led me to Openstack and Rackspace.

10:35am Tuesday, 09/16/2014
Can IT organizations learn something from the world of soccer? In this talk I'll briefly describe some ideas about why the US Men's soccer team doesn't dominate and how they are changing this. We'll quickly explore how IT organizations can learn from what the USMNT are doing to change this.
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