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Time Structure:Data Conference

Speakers for the Time Structure:Data conference with short biographies


Peter Burgess


Katie Fehrenbacher Senior Writer, GigaOM

Usama Fayyad Chairman and CTO, ChoozOn

Staffan Truve CTO and Co-Founder, Recorded Future

Andreas Sundquist CEO and Co-Founder, DNAnexus

Erik Swan CTO and Co-Founder, Splunk

James Woolsey Woolsey Partners

Elizabeth Charnock CEO, Cataphora

Mok Oh Chief Scientist, PayPal

Arnab Gupta CEO and Founder, Opera Solutions

Rachel Delacour CEO and Co-Founder, We Are Cloud

Mark Lewis President and CSO, EMC Corporation

James Markarian EVP and CTO, Informatica

Dwight Merriman CEO and Co-Founder,10gen

Robert Lefkowitz Director of Web Development, 1010data

Garth Gibson Co-Founder and CTO, Panasas

Eric Baldeschwieler Founder and CEO, Hortonworks

Jeff Jonas Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics, IBM

Mike Brown CTO, comScore

Aaron Kimball CTO, Odiago

Tony Tam VP of Engineering and Technical Co-Founder, Wordnik

Gary Grider Deputy Division Leader, HPC Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Cameran Evans Data Scientist, Socialcast by VMware

Todd Papaioannou Founder and CEO, Continuuity

Currie Boyle Distinguished Engineer, IBM

Armando Escalante CTO, HPCC Systems from LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Raj Aggarwal CEO and Co-Founder, Localytics

Ryan Kim Staff Writer, GigaOM

Mark Cusack Chief Architect, RainStor

Seth Grimes Principal Consultant, Alta Plana

Dr. Bill Simmons CTO and Co-Founder, DataXu

Damian Black CEO and Founder, SQLstream

Eric Huls VP, Allstate Insurance Company

George Slessman CEO, IO

Phil Hendrix Founder and Director, immr and Analyst, GigaOM Pro

Sultan Meghji VP of Cloud Applications, Appistry

Usman Haque Founder and CEO, Pachube

Gary Orenstein VP Products, Fusion-io

Om Malik Founder, GigaOM

Ju-Kay Kwek Product Manager, Google

Jeremy Howard President and Chief Scientist, Kaggle

Sean Gourley Co-Founder and CTO, Quid

Amarnath Thombre VP, Strategy and Analytics,

Alexander Gray CTO, Skytree

Stacey Higginbotham Senior Writer, GigaOM

George John CEO, Rocket Fuel

John Lucker Principal, Deloitte

Mike Olson CEO, Cloudera

Derrick Harris Structure Editor and Staff Writer, GigaOM

Rich Brueckner President, inside-BigData

Edward Newman Senior Director, Consulting, EMC Corporation

Michael Driscoll CEO and Co-Founder, Metamarkets

Ron Avnur CTO, MarkLogic

Dave Asprey VP Cloud Security, Trend Micro

David Gutelius Chief Social Scientist, Jive Software

Vipul Sharma Principal Software Engineer and Engineering Manager, Eventbrite

Lane Patterson CTO, Equinix

Zubin Dowlaty VP and Head of Innovation and Development, Mu Sigma

Ashlie Beringer Partner, Gibson Dunn

Jed Kolko Chief Economist and Head of Analytics, Trulia

George Gilbert Principal, TechAlpha and Analyst, GigaOM Pro

Geva Perry Cloud Strategy and Marketing Advisor, Blogger, Thinking Out Cloud

Paul Speciale VP, Products, Amplidata

Don Basile CEO, Violin Memory

Justin Borgman CEO and Co-Founder, Hadapt

Jim Smith CTO, Digital Realty


At this Time Structure:Data is no longer able to accept new speaker proposals. Please contact to secure one of the few remaining workshop opportunities. We also invite you to look at our flagship Structure conference taking place on June 20 and 21 in San Francisco for possible speaking opportunities.

Robert Lefkowitz Director of Web Development, 1010data Robert (a/k/a r0ml) Lefkowitz is a computer professional and amateur philosopher. He has worked primarily in large IT organizations where he facilitates information flows. His interests include semasiology and medieval history. He also juggles clubs. Connect with:Robert

Dwight Merriman CEO and Co-Founder, 10gen Dwight is CEO and co-founder of 10gen, and one of the original authors of MongoDB. In 1995, Dwight co-founded DoubleClick and served as its CTO for ten years. Dwight was the architect of the DoubleClick ad serving infrastructure, DART, which serves tens of billions of ads per day. Dwight is co-founder, Chairman, and the original architect of Panther Express (now part of CDNetworks), a content distribution network (CDN) technology which serves hundreds of thousands of objects per second. Dwight is also a co-founder and investor in and Gilt Groupe. Connect with:Dwight

Eric Huls VP, Allstate Insurance Company Eric is Vice President of Predictive Modeling in Allstate's Quantitative Research & Analytics Department. In this role he is responsible for rating plan design, price optimization, and data analytics. Connect with:Eric

Seth Grimes Principal Consultant, Alta Plana Seth Grimes is an analytics strategy consultant with Alta Plana Corporation, located near Washington DC, and a leading industry observer, focusing on business intelligence, text analytics, and decision support. He is a long-time InformationWeek contributing editor and founding chair of the Sentiment Analysis Symposium and the Text Analytics Summit. Connect with:Seth

Paul Speciale VP, Products, Amplidata Paul has over two decades of technology industry experience, in cloud computing, enterprise data storage and database management. He is currently responsible for product management & marketing for Amplidata’s AmpliStor object storage system. Paul has previously run cloud product marketing for the Savvis Symphony VPDC cloud service, and he was Vice President of product management at Q-layer, a cloud computing pioneer which was acquired by Sun Microsystems. Paul was an early member of two startup companies in the distributed data storage space. For ten years Paul held senior positions in systems engineering and product management in the database industry with Object Design, IBM and Oracle. Paul holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Applied Mathematics from UCLA. Connect with:Paul

Sultan Meghji VP of Cloud Applications, Appistry Sultan Meghji is an accomplished technical leader and entrepreneur. He began his career nearly twenty years ago at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), where he developed artificial intelligence systems and first generation Internet technologies. He is a recognized leader in Enterprise Architecture, Innovation and Strategy and has served in leadership positions in IT and Enterprise Architecture at ABN AMRO, American Express, Monsanto and United Airlines. He has held numerous CIO roles in academia and the private sector in areas as diverse as IT services, financial services and biotech. In addition, Sultan is an active volunteer for IT Entrepreneurial Network (ITEN) and other St. Louis-centric groups. Sultan holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Connect with:Sultan

Elizabeth Charnock CEO, Cataphora Elizabeth founded Cataphora and has led it from concept to successful profitability and to a successful pre-IPO divestiture unprecedented in the history of bootstrapped Silicon Valley software startups. To do this, she has drawn on her prior experience as a CEO and her extensive knowledge of information retrieval technology and business. She was CEO and founder of Troba, an industry leading CRM software company which she sold in 2001. Elizabeth has significant experience in engineering management, management consulting, and restart management at such companies as Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. Elizabeth holds a BS in Theoretical Mathematics from the University of Michigan Honors Program. Elizabeth is the author of 'E-Habits: What You Must Do to Optimize Your Professional Digital Presence.'

Usama Fayyad Chairman and CTO, ChoozOn Dr. Usama Fayyad has worked on the science and business of Big Data for over 20 years. He is the chairman and CTO of ChoozOn, a platform for personalized deal discovery that helps consumers navigate the chaos of deals. Previously, he served as Yahoo!’s Chief Data Officer and EVP, building ad targeting systems that processed more that 25Tb of data per day. Fayyad held leadership roles at Microsoft, founding the data mining server products, and NASA-JPL, leading the analysis of Big Data. He was the CEO/co-founder of Audience Science. He has published more than 100 articles, two influential books on data mining, and is the elected Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). Connect with:Usama

Mike Olson CEO, Cloudera Mike is founder and CEO of Cloudera. He was formerly CEO of Sleepycat Software. Mike spent two years at Oracle Corporation as Vice President for Embedded Technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat in 2006. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies and Informix Software. Mike has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Connect with:Mike

Mike Brown CTO, comScore Michael Brown was a founding member of comScore, Inc. in 1999. He leads the technology efforts of the company to measure Internet and Digital behaviors. In this position, he helped the company build the world’s largest Decision Support Systems on the Windows platform. This system currently has over one year of data online and captures over 120 billion rows of new data every week to measure the Internet in over 45 countries. He also has been responsible for over seventeen patent applications at comScore. In 1993, Mike cofounded Pragmatic Image Technologies with several associates from IBM. This consulting group focused on the implementation of IBM’s ImagePlus technologies at several different firms. Connect with:Mike

Todd Papaioannou Founder and CEO, Continuuity Todd Papaioannou is Founder and CEO of Continuuity, a stealth BigData startup. Todd has over 15 years of Internet and Enterprise software experience covering a variety of senior leadership roles in R&D, product and corporate strategy, marketing and professional services. Prior to Continuuity, Todd was an EIR at Battery Ventures where he focused on the Cloud, BigData and Digital Media markets. Prior to Battery, Todd was the Chief Cloud Architect at Yahoo! and held senior leadership positions at both Teradata and Greenplum. Todd likes to think he was doing BigData before the term became popular! Before that, Todd was Co-Founder and CEO of DALi, Inc, a distributed social gaming company. Todd holds a PhD in AI and Distributed Systems. Connect with:Todd

Dr. Bill Simmons CTO and Co-Founder, DataXu Willard (Bill) Simmons developed the company’s core technology while earning his PhD at MIT. He came to DataXu with true rocket science credentials: he developed and tested real-time flight software for guidance, navigation, and control of the Atlas family of space launch vehicles. Simmons, a co-founder of DataXu, holds a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and is an expert in optimal system design and developing reliable real-time software. Connect with:Dr. Bill

John Lucker Principal, Deloitte John Lucker, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, is a senior leader within Deloitte Analytics and Deloitte’s Global Advanced Analytics & Modeling Market leader. John has broad experience in the pragmatic development, implementation and operation of business solutions using advanced analytics, predictive modeling, data mining, scoring/rules engines for clients across multiple industries including insurance, banking, retail, consumer products, telecomm, life sciences, media and hospitality. John has developed unique analytic business solutions as well as the technical implementation tools to help his U.S. and global clients realize the value and business impact of advanced analytics. John holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Rochester and has three pending patents and one confirmed patent for his business analytics solutions.

Jim Smith CTO, Digital Realty Jim Smith oversees data center development, the company's efficiency & green strategy, and power procurement & energy management for Digital Realty. Digital Realty is a global provider of data centre solutions with nearly 100 major datacenter properties around the world. In the past four years, Jim and the Digital Realty team have delivered more than 300MW of UPS capacity on over 60 data center projects in North America and Europe. This portfolio includes the industry's first LEED Gold certified data center and the UK’s first BREEAM certified Excellent data center. Jim has a BSc in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College and an MBA from London Business School. He was named an InfoWorld top 25 CTO of 2008.

Andreas Sundquist CEO and Co-Founder, DNAnexus Andreas Sundquist, Ph.D., is the CEO and Co-Founder of DNAnexus, a DNA data management and analysis platform. Andreas is an expert on the analysis of ultra high-throughput DNA sequence data, as well as on cloud computing and building scalable software systems. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. Connect with:Andreas

Mark Lewis President and CSO, EMC Corporation As EMC’s Chief Strategy Officer for Information Infrastructure Products, Mark Lewis is responsible for maintaining a focused and differentiated strategy across all EMC product lines and businesses. Mark is also President of EMC Ventures, which was recently formed to accelerate EMC’s innovation capabilities though focused, thematic investing in disruptive technologies. Previously, he was President of EMC’s Information Intelligence Group. Mark holds eight U.S. patents in storage technology. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado, Boulder, an MBA from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and attended the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. Mark also serves on the boards of Riverbed Systems and Business Mindshare. Connect with:Mark

Edward Newman Senior Director, Consulting, EMC Corporation Edward 'Ted' Newman is the Senior Director of EMC Consulting's Cloud and Virtual Data Center service line. Ted leads a team of consulting professionals who are helping clients around the world to define and implement hybrid cloud and next generation data center strategies, including virtualization, infrastructure convergence, and service design and management. He has 20 years' experience with managerial, consulting, and systems engineering expertise in the areas of cloud computing, enterprise storage, systems architecture, IT service management, and program management. Prior to this, Ted was CTO for EMC Consulting and a key contributor to the development of the VCE Vblock. He has worked with clients in a range of industries, including telecommunications, insurance and financial, manufacturing and defense. Connect with:Edward

Vipul Sharma Principal Software Engineer and Engineering Manager, Eventbrite Vipul Sharma is leading the Data Discovery group at Eventbrite, a self-service ticketing platform, where he and his team work on big data problems like platform, recommendation systems, search, and social graph mining. Throughout his career, he has spent many years fighting spam using machine learning and big data. Connect with:Vipul

Gary Orenstein VP Products, Fusion-io Gary has served in leadership roles at numerous data center infrastructure companies. Prior to Fusion-io he was the vice president of marketing at MaxiScale, a technical leader in web scale file systems acquired by Overland Storage. Prior to MaxiScale, he was the vice president of marketing and business development at Gear6, a caching and file acceleration pioneer. He also served as vice president of marketing at Compellent which went public and 2007, and was a co-founder at Nishan Systems, acquired by McDATA/Brocade. Gary is host of The Cloud Computing Show, a contributor to GigaOM, and the author of IP Storage Networking: Straight to the Core. Connect with:Gary

Katie Fehrenbacher Senior Writer, GigaOM Katie Fehrenbacher has been covering cutting-edge technology, startups and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley for more than 7 years. She is the founding Editor of Earth2Tech, which she launched in July 2007. Prior to starting Earth2Tech she was a Staff Writer for GigaOM where she covered wireless and broadband technology. She has been a reporter at Red Herring, an editor at Engadget and began her career as a reporter in the Silicon Valley bureau of the largest Japanese daily newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun.

Derrick Harris Structure Editor and Staff Writer, GigaOM Derrick Harris has been covering the distributed computing space since 2003, when he began reporting on grid computing for a publication called GRIDtoday (later renamed On-Demand Enterprise). Derrick joined GigaOM as a contributing writer in 2009 and was one of the original curators for GigaOM Pro, where he continues to serve as a Senior Curator and analyst. Derrick holds a juris doctor degree, cum laude, from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Stacey Higginbotham Senior Writer, GigaOM Stacey Higginbotham is happy when immersed in SEC filings, tech specs or poking through a data center. She has spent the last ten years covering technology and finance for publications such as The Deal, the Austin Business Journal, The Bond Buyer and BusinessWeek, and works remotely from Austin, Texas.

Mathew Ingram Senior Writer, GigaOM Mathew Ingram is a senior writer with GigaOM. Prior to that he was an award-winning journalist with the Globe and Mail who spent the past 15 years writing about business, technology and new media as a reporter, columnist and blogger. Until January 2010 he was the Globe’s first online Communities Editor, helping the paper and its staff understand and appreciate the benefits of social-media tools such as blogs, comments and Twitter. He also launched the Globe’s ground-breaking Public Policy Wiki, writes for the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University and is one of the founders of Mesh, Canada’s leading Web conference.

Ryan Kim Staff Writer, GigaOM Ryan has covered personal technology and wireless for the San Francisco Chronicle before joining GigaOM. He is based in New York and covers a number of topics including mobile development, app economies and East Coast start-ups. Om Malik

Founder, GigaOM Om Malik has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist covering technology and business news. He was part of the founding team of as a Senior Editor. He then went on to become a senior writer at Red Herring during its glory days before joining Business 2.0 in March 2003, covering telecom, innovation and broadband stories. His contributions have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and MIT Technology Review. Additionally, Om is the author of “Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist.” He is also the recipient of many industry awards, including Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2001 and the Gold Award from American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2001.

Phil Hendrix Founder and Director, immr and Analyst, GigaOM Pro Dr. Phil Hendrix is the director of immr (, a research and consulting firm he founded to help clients bring innovative new products and services to market. Phil works with clients to uncover customer needs, optimize product/service features, achieve competitive differentiation and accelerate market acceptance. He is also an analyst in GigaOm's analyst network, focusing on mobile and location-based services, in particular. Before founding immr, Phil was a partner with DiamondCluster and a principal with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). Previously, he was a professor at Emory University and the University of Michigan, where he taught courses in research, buyer behavior and marketing strategy. Phil received his PhD in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan.

Justin Borgman CEO and Co-Founder, Hadapt Justin Borgman is Co-Founder and CEO of Hadapt. Prior to Hadapt, he led product development for COVECTRA, an anti-counterfeit technology firm. Before that, Borgman founded an online social media company and spent the first six years of his career as a software developer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Raytheon. Borgman has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar, and attended graduate school at the Yale School of Management. Connect with:Justin

Eric Baldeschwieler Founder and CEO, Hortonworks Prior to co-founding Hortonworks, Eric served as VP Hadoop Software Engineering for Yahoo!, where he led the evolution of Apache Hadoop from a 20 node prototype to a 42,000 node service that is behind every click at Yahoo!. Eric also served as a technology leader for Inktomi’s web service engine, which Yahoo! acquired in 2003. Prior to Inktomi, Eric developed software for video games, video post production systems and 3D modeling systems. Eric has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Connect with:Eric

Armando Escalante CTO, HPCC Systems from LexisNexis Risk Solutions Armando Escalante is Senior Vice President and CTO of LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, and head of HPCC Systems, an open source Big Data analytics processing platform. Mr. Escalante is responsible for technology development, R&D, information systems, security and operations, and general management of HPCC Systems. Prior, Mr. Escalante served as Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Diveo Broadband Networks, where he led world-class data centers located in the U.S. and Latin America. Prior, he was worked for Vignette Corporation, an eBusiness software leader, Unisys Corporation, EPSON America and Bell Labs. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from West Coast University.

Currie Boyle Distinguished Engineer, IBM Currie Boyle, IBM Distinguished Engineer (DE), is currently leading IBM's North American services offering for deep question and answer (Watson) type natural language and unstructured information processing systems. For the last three years, he has led IBM's global initiatives for electronic support, including an advanced interactive Q&A system. Boyle was elected the America's group vice president of IBM's Global Academy of Technology and has 14 patents issued on CRM innovations. In addition, Currie is an engagement and design leader who has been professionally certified in five different technical specialist roles. During his 25+ years at IBM, he has led client solutions and engagements and has spent several successful years as one of four complex opportunity business managers in IBM Canada. Connect with:Currie

Jeff Jonas Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics, IBM Jeff Jonas is Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group and an IBM Distinguished Engineer. The IBM Entity Analytics Group was formed based on technologies developed by Systems Research & Development (SRD), founded by Jonas in 1984, and acquired by IBM in January, 2005. Jonas designs next generation technology that helps organizations better leverage their enterprise-wide information assets. With particular interest in real-time “sensemaking” these innovative systems fundamentally improve enterprise intelligence which makes organizations smarter, more efficient and highly competitive. He is a member of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security, on the EPIC Board of Advisors, a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a board member of the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. Connect with:Jeff

James Markarian EVP and CTO, Informatica James Markarian serves as executive vice president and chief technology officer at Informatica, with responsibility for the strategic direction of Informatica products, including the delivery of the Informatica Platform as well as leading Corporate Development. Previously, Markarian held the role of general manager of the Data Integration Business Unit, where he led the delivery of both the flagship PowerCenter product and the Informatica Platform. Prior to joining Informatica, Markarian spent 10 years at Oracle where he was architect for the Oracle Tools Division including responsibility for cross-product architectural planning and integration decisions. He also served on Oracle's Architecture Review Board. Markarian earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics and a master's degree in economics from Boston University. Connect with:James

Rich Brueckner President, inside-BigData Rich Brueckner acquired in August, 2010 and has since expanded his online publications to include inside-BigData, inside-Cloud, and inside-Startups. Rich has over 25 years of marketing and communications experience in High Performance Computing. Known to many in the industry as “the guy in the red hat,” Rich has been a fixture at the Supercomputing conferences since 1991 with HPC marketing lead roles at Cray Research, SGI, and Sun Microsystems. When he’s not working, Rich keeps busy writing fiction, cartoons, and parody films. You can check out his latest works at Rich lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Connect with:Rich

George Slessman CEO, IO George Slessman has been an executive in the data center industry for the past nine years and a technology leader and entrepreneur for more than 14 years. In this brief period of time, he has founded and exited several technology businesses, inventing and delivering disruptive technologies for the benefit of enterprise customers and creating over a billion dollars of value for his investors. He has directly overseen the development of over 100 megawatts of data center capacity, and is the named inventor of several patented and patent-pending technologies. Connect with:George

David Gutelius Chief Social Scientist, Jive Software As Jive’s Chief Social Scientist, David Gutelius is responsible for driving the enterprise social graph strategy. He was previously the CEO of Proximal Labs, a startup leveraging 'big data' for enterprise social networks that was acquired by Jive earlier this year. Prior to Proximal Labs, David was the co-founder and CTO at Social Kinetics. He additionally co-founded the Social Computing Group at SRI International's Aritificial Intelligence Center, and he served as the Product Manager on the DARPA CALO project -- the largest machine-learning project ever funded. David's background is in behavioral economics with a focus on social network theory. He was previously a visiting professor at Stanford University, and holds a Masters and PhD in economic history from Johns Hopkins. Connect with:David

Jeremy Howard President and Chief Scientist, Kaggle Jeremy is President and Chief Scientist at Kaggle. Previously, he founded FastMail (sold to Opera Software) and Optimal Decisions (sold to ChoicePoint). Previously he worked in management consulting, at McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearney. Jeremy's passion is applying algorithms to data. At FastMail he used algorithms to automate nearly every part of the business . Optimal Decisions was a business entirely built to commercialise a new algorithm he designed for the optimal pricing of insurance. Jeremy competes regularly in data mining competitions, which he uses to test himself and stay on the leading edge of machine learning and predictive modelling technology. He is currently ranked #1 on Kaggle's overall competitor rankings, out of over 16,000 data scientists. Connect with:Jeremy

Raj Aggarwal CEO and Co-Founder, Localytics Raj is CEO of Localytics ( Localytics offers a powerful, real-time analytics platform that helps thousands of leading smartphone & tablet app publishers make more successful and more profitable apps. Raj previously spent 5 years in management consulting, most recently with Bain & Company. His primary focus was the wireless sector and in this capacity he helped build some of the world’s most successful mobile companies. Prior to consulting, Raj completed his MBA with Honors from the Ivey School of Business and London Business School. Before this he managed Pre-Sales Engineering for Requisite Technology, an enterprise software provider in Colorado. Raj’s career began in robotics, where he eventually led the sales and marketing department for a Toronto-based manufacturer. Connect with:Raj

Gary Grider Deputy Division Leader, HPC Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory Gary Grider is responsible for all aspects of High Performance Computing technologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He is one of the top experts in the country on high performance storage and high performance networks for use in large supercomputing sites. Grider was a founder of the Petascale Data Storage Institute, a SciDAC2 Institute award-winning project. Before working for Los Alamos, he spent ten years with IBM at Los Alamos working on advanced product development and test and 5 years with Sandia National Laboratories working on HPC storage systems. Gary's received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. with emphasis in Management Information Systems, Statistics, Physics, and Mathematics also from Oklahoma State University. Connect with:Gary

Ron Avnur CTO, MarkLogic Ron Avnur is CTO of MarkLogic. As CTO, Avnur is responsible for establishing the technical vision for MarkLogic and leading all aspects of technology development, including strategic direction, growth objectives, and examining trends in the market where MarkLogic can capitalize. Prior to MarkLogic, Avnur held engineering, consulting and pre-sales positions at Cohera, a distributed database startup that was acquired by PeopleSoft. He also helped lead business development at Business Layers, a security software startup acquired by Netegrity, and served as a programmer at Informix Software, which was purchased by IBM in 2001. Avnur holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science and a master's degree in computer science from University of California, Berkeley.

Amarnath Thombre VP, Strategy and Analytics, In his current role, he is responsible for overall business strategy with major emphasis on driving growth through effective marketing and product innovation. He also oversees market research, pricing and analytics functions at, which includes developing industry leading search and matching algorithms for the core business. Amarnath is a strong advocate of the voice of the customer and believes that the best measure of success for is the number of customers that choose to leave – because they met someone special on the site. Prior to joining, Amarnath played various general management and strategy roles at i2 technologies, where he worked closely with multiple consumer businesses to help drive growth through supply chain innovation. Connect with:Amarnath

Michael Driscoll CEO and Co-Founder, Metamarkets Michael has spent the last decade building data platforms across life sciences, retail, and media firms. He worked as a software engineer for the Human Genome Project, later founded the online retailer and most recently founded & led the analytics firm Dataspora. Michael holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Boston University. Connect with:Michael

Zubin Dowlaty VP and Head of Innovation and Development, Mu Sigma Zubin Dowlaty is currently focusing his efforts at Mu Sigma Inc managing the consumption of innovative analytics technology and statistical techniques into Fortune 500 organizations. In his recent past he served as vice president Emerging Technology and vice president Decision Sciences for InterContinental Hotels Group. Responsibilities included management of the data warehouse, applied business intelligence, advanced analytics, and market research functions worldwide. Prior to IHG, he served as statistical modeling manager at United Parcel Service, primarily applying statistical models to enhance shareholder value at the world’s largest transportation company. He spans 18 years of direct experience in applying quantitative methods to extract value from corporate data assets. Current passions are in high performance computing, data visualization, and intelligent systems research. Connect with:Zubin

Aaron Kimball CTO, Odiago Aaron is the CTO of Odiago, Inc., a software company that engineers solutions for the large-scale user-centric data challenges that face today’s enterprises. He is a committer on the Apache Hadoop project and has been working with Hadoop since 2007. Aaron previously worked at Cloudera, a company which provides an enterprise platform, support and services built around Hadoop. Aaron founded the open source Sqoop data import tool and MRUnit Hadoop testing library projects. Aaron holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington. Connect with:Aaron

Arnab Gupta CEO and Founder, Opera Solutions Arnab discerned that the information explosion created an unprecedented opportunity for value creation. He knew that by combining superior talent with advanced analytics technology, a firm could distill insights from Big Data and deliver dramatic performance improvement. Accordingly, he founded Opera Solutions in 2004 and has since guided the company in providing rapid, significant, and sustained profit improvement to leading global organizations. Prior to Opera, Arnab founded and sold a number of other companies, including Mitchell Madison Group and Zeborg. He began his career at McKinsey & Co., where he was a partner; he also served as a partner at A.T. Kearney. Arnab earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Connect with:Arnab

Usman Haque Founder and CEO, Pachube Usman Haque is the founder of, a realtime data infrastructure for the Internet of Things used by thousands of people around the world to design, build, prototype and deploy connected devices (acquired by LogMeIn Inc in 2011). Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives. He received the 2008 Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum, UK, a 2009 World Technology Award (art), a Wellcome Trust Sciart Award, a grant from the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology, the Swiss Creation Prize, Belluard Bollwerk International, the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence prize and the Asia Digital Art Award Grand Prize. Connect with:Usman

Garth Gibson Co-Founder and CTO, Panasas Dr. Garth Gibson received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. While at Berkeley, he co-wrote the seminal “Berkeley RAID paper” which is the foundation of data reliability in the storage industry. He joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in 1991 and founded the Parallel Data Laboratory, one of the country’s premier academic research labs for high performance compute. Gibson was the original proponent of Parallel NFS (pNFS) the newest parallel protocol in the Linux distribution. He has received several awards including InfoWorld’s CTO 25 Award for driving the development and adoption of pNFS and most recently received an award from the Special Interest Group on Operating Systems for the RAID paper. Connect with:Garth

Mok Oh Chief Scientist, PayPal As Chief Scientist, Mok Oh contributes to PayPal’s ongoing product innovation through the collection and analysis of a range of customer insights. For well over a decade, he has been involved in researching and building technologies, products and businesses that help connect the offline and online worlds. Mok comes to PayPal from WHERE, Inc., which was acquired by eBay, Inc. in April 2011. As WHERE’s Chief Innovation Officer, Mok oversaw the development of the “Atlas Project,” which aims to better digitize the real (offline) world, better connecting it to the online world, and ultimately making the commerce ecosystem better as a result. Prior to WHERE, Mok founded, a data visualization company called Everyscape that generated revenue streams from various markets: travel, local search, mobile. He’s played a multitude of roles throughout his career ranging from including data architecture and product management to intellectual property strategies and business development. Prior to founding EveryScape, he worked for Accenture as an Information Systems Analyst. Mok holds a Ph.D. in Computer Graphics from MIT, a M.S. in Computer Science from University of Pennsylvania, and Computer Science, Art History and Studio Art degrees fromOberlin College. Mok is a seasoned speaker who has appeared at the MIT Lecture Series, Harvard School of Architecture, O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, Web 2.0 Summit, DEMO Conference (DEMOgod Winner). Connect with:Mok

Sean Gourley Co-Founder and CTO, Quid Sean Gourley, Quid co-founder and CTO, did research into the mathematics of war for his PhD thesis at Balliol College, Oxford. His findings appeared as the featured article in 'Nature' (December 2009) and were the subject of a popular TED talk (2009). His work on statistical analysis, probability, and algorithm development applied to complex systems and large datasets inspired the creation of Quid. Sean is a Rhodes Scholar PhD in Physics (Complexity) from the University of Oxford; his is undergraduate degree in Physics is from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Connect with:Sean

Mark Cusack Chief Architect, RainStor Mark is a founding developer and Chief Architect at RainStor. He was formerly a team leader at QinetiQ in the UK, where he led several government and industry projects in the areas of grid and pervasive computing. Prior to joining QinetiQ, Mark was a senior scientist at the UK Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, where he researched parallel and distributed simulation techniques. Mark holds a Masters in Computing and a PhD in Computational Physics from Newcastle University. He recently led the engineering effort to port RainStor’s big-data database to run natively on the Hadoop platform. Mark is located at RainStor’s HQ in San Francisco, CA. Connect with:Mark

Staffan Truve CTO and Co-Founder, Recorded Future Staffan has spent the last 20 years working in the borderland between research and industry, with a focus on creating companies based on cutting edge research results. During these years, he has been instrumental in the launch of more than 15 companies, including Spotfire, Appgate, Axiomatics, Peerialism, Makewave, and Recorded Future. Previusly, he was CEO of SICS, the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, and of Interactive Institute. Before that, he was CEO of CR&T, a Swedish technology incubator. Staffan has a PhD in Computer Science from Chalmers University of Technology. He has been a visiting Fulbright Scholar at MIT, and he also has an MBA from Göteborg University. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

George John CEO, Rocket Fuel George John is CEO of Rocket Fuel. Prior to co-founding Rocket Fuel, George led teams building high-tech systems to optimize marketing at Yahoo!,, Epiphany, and IBM in roles spanning engineering, marketing, sales, and executive management. He served as senior director for behavioral targeting and personalization at Yahoo!, and t led product initiatives in dashboards and analytics. As employee number thirteen at Epiphany, George created a suite of data mining tools that helped the company grow from $0 to $127M in revenue and an IPO in three years. Previously, he was the first senior data mining analyst in the Global Business Intelligence Solutions division of IBM. He holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees in computer science from Stanford University. Connect with:George

Alexander Gray CTO, Skytree Dr. Gray obtained degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Berkeley and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon, and is an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech. His lab works to scale up all of the major practical methods of machine learning (ML) to massive datasets. He began working on this problem at NASA in 1993 (long before the current fashionable talk of “big data”). His large-scale algorithms helped enable the Top Scientific Breakthrough of 2003, and have won a number of research awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Analysis of Massive Data and frequently gives invited tutorial lectures on massive-scale ML at top research conferences and agencies. Connect with:Alexander

Cameran Evans Data Scientist, Socialcast by VMware Combining advanced analytics with business acumen, Cameran leads the Socialcast by VMware Data Science team. Cameran is responsible for leading all data efforts on the Socialcast product, using big data to inform and create new products as well as mining customers’ community data to help them optimize their investment. A veteran of the business intelligence community, Cameran was previously with Disney Parks and Resorts where she drove significant revenue growth through pricing and product optimization. She holds a degree in Economics/Mathematics from UC Santa Barbara and graduated at the top of her MBA class at UC Irvine. Connect with:Cameran

Erik Swan CTO and Co-Founder, Splunk Erik is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Splunk. He is responsible for driving innovative product development and technical strategy. Eric believes in a 'by the people, for the people' approach--he and his team build software that works as promised and delivers immediate value and ROI. His product development method is to trust autonomous teams of really smart people to deliver amazing innovations in an iterative, open environment. Erik served as vice president of engineering and operations for Disney's Internet properties. Erik has co-founded several successful start-ups and has held executive engineering and operations roles at companies including Apple Computer, Taligent and InfoSeek. Erik studied computer science at California Polytechnic University and holds inventor credits on seven US patents.

Damian Black CEO and Founder, SQLstream Damian started his career at HP in their European research labs, eventually running a European-wide middleware solutions business. At HP he led the team that pioneered IP Mediation - a real-time technology for analytics and billing in Telecomm, becoming market leader. He moved to XACCT as VP Product Management, acquired by Amdocs to power its real-time data mediation. Damian was also VP Sales and Business Development for Followap, a Sequoia funded company, market leader in mobile Instant Messaging and Presence until acquired by NeuStar, powering Vodafone's IM service, continuing Damian's career in real-time middleware. Damian is the author of ten patents and founder of SQLstream, a parallel engine executing continuous SQL queries against streaming big data in a cloud-based architecture. Connect with:Damian

Dave Asprey VP Cloud Security, Trend Micro As Vice President of Cloud Security at Trend Micro, Asprey shapes the company’s cloud strategy by expanding a Cloud Security Alliance partner ecosystem, participating in cloud security organizations, and cultivating Trend Micro partnerships. Prior to Trend Micro, Asprey was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Trinity Ventures, focused on opportunities with companies in the cloud and virtualization markets. Previously, he served as Vice President of Technology and Business and Corporate Development at Blue Coat Systems. Other professional roles have included positions in NetScaler, Citrix, Speedera Networks (now Akamai); Exodus Communications (now Savvis); and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Connect with:Dave

Jed Kolko Chief Economist and Head of Analytics, Trulia Jed Kolko, Chief Economist and Head of Analytics, oversees Trulia's research programs. Applying a background in economic development and research methods, he transforms real estate data, economic trends, and public policy debate into digestible insights for home buyers, sellers and renters. In Jed’s prior role as Associate Director and Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, he led research projects and advised policymakers and business leaders on economic, housing and technology policies. Before his work at PPIC, Jed directed Forrester Research's consumer-technology market research, advising corporate executives on technology adoption and demand. Jed earned his A.B. in social studies and his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University. Connect with:Jed

Don Basile CEO, Violin Memory Since joining Violin Memory in 2009, CEO Dr. Don Basile aggressively secured hundreds of millions in funding through an unconventional capital route backed by strategic investors Juniper Networks, Toshiba and others. In 2011, Violin was named the Always On Company of the Year. Prior to his role at Violin Memory, Basile was Chairman and CEO of Fusion-io and pioneered the use of PCIe flash cards for servers and workstations. In his first year as Fusion-io’s CEO, the company achieved over $10 million in sales. Basile has also held executive positions at United Health Group, Lenfest (acquired by Comcast), Remarq and Raza Foundries. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.

Rachel Delacour CEO and Co-Founder, We Are Cloud Rachel Delacour is CEO and co-founder of We Are Cloud, a bootstrapped European startup that empowers businesses of any size to profit from the coming age of big data. As a young, female controller she realized that BI was just too hard to use, manage, buy, and get right. Seeing a real business need for BI tools in the age of cloud computing led her to found We Are Cloud in 2009. Prior to We Are Cloud, Rachel held finance positions at Bata, Carrefour and FM Logistics Russia. She holds a Masterʼs finance degree from the Euromed business school in Marseille. She resides in Montpellier, a city recognized as a leading R&D cluster in France, with her husband and son. Connect with:Rachel

Tony Tam VP of Engineering and Technical Co-Founder, Wordnik Tony Tam is the vice president of engineering and technical co-founder of Wordnik, where he leads development efforts of the site's innovative word navigation system. Prior to joining Wordnik, he was the founding engineer and SVP of Engineering at Think Passenger, a provider of customer collaboration software. Before that, he was lead engineer at Composite Software, where he helped developed the company's first- and second-generation query processing engines and led the research and implementation of their patented cost-based federated query optimizer. He also led software development in the bioinformatics group at Galileo Labs, a drug-discovery company based in the Silicon Valley. Tony received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and his MBA from Santa Clara University. Connect with:Tony

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George Gilbert Principal, TechAlpha and Analyst, GigaOM Pro George is Principal and co-founder of TechAlpha, a consultancy focused on the evolution of traditional enterprise software to data-centric applications on hybrid clouds. TechAlpha includes financial, business model, and product strategy perspectives in its approach. Previously, George was lead equity research analyst for enterprise software at Credit Suisse. George started his career at Lotus Development (when it was still bigger than Microsoft!). There he was the second product manager on Lotus Notes. Connect with:George

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Geva Perry Cloud Strategy and Marketing Advisor, Blogger, Thinking Out Cloud Geva Perry has 15 years of experience as an executive in the technology industry. His blog on cloud computing and SaaS, Thinking Out Cloud, is widely read and he is a frequent speaker on the topic at corporations and industry events. He has been an advisor to a number of companies, small and large, on strategy and marketing, including startups Heroku, New Relic, Twilio, Sauce Labs, Xeround, Cloudsoft and others, as well as large publicly-traded telcos and hosting providers, such Deutsche Telekom and NEC. Geva has been named one of the Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing by the Cloud Computing Journal. Previously, he was CMO at GigaSpaces Technologies and held executive roles in other startups. Connect with:Geva

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