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2018 Featured Speakers
Change HealthcareAaron Symanski is CTO of Change Healthcare, where he leads the company's innovation and is responsible for IT and application architecture, and new technologies. Aaron has extensive experience in healthcare and finance, startups, and global enterprises. As a founder of a healthcare analytics startup, Aaron architected and built an innovative peer-to-peer platform that enabled leasing of analytics by authors, data by owners, and executing analytics, all while preserving each party’s intellectual property. Prior to that, as a Managing Director at Bank of America, Aaron architected, built, and ran the Rates Derivatives and Credit Derivatives global trading platforms, including back office and middle office functionality. He also architected a new enterprise Capital Management platform. Earlier, Aaron architected the Cash Pro platform at ABN Amro. This included the Cash Pro Mobile and Cash Pro Web products, where he introduced leading-edge capabilities. Previously Aaron was the founder of an equipment leasing technology provider, and one of the first hosting businesses to provide dynamic web pages. His first role was at Andersen, where he led the architecture for the International Tax Forecasting product, targeted at the world’s top 50 companies. Aaron has an MBA, MSCS, and Bachelors (Econ) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Founder & CEO, Serverless Inc.Austen Collins is a product-obsessed, software engineering leader. His focus is not on technology, but on business value, customer experience and making meaning. Austen is a primary influencer of the emerging “serverless” movement. He is the creator of the Serverless Framework, the leading open-source tool for building applications with the least possible cost and overhead on top of infrastructure with “serverless” qualities. In 2015, he founded Serverless Inc. (serverless.com), which creates developer tools and infrastructure to help organizations build and operate serverless applications. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
Home DepotDustin is a Software Engineer Senior Manager at The Home Depot responsible for enterprise application platforms and developer tools targeting a community of thousands of software engineers. Current efforts include building out platforms on hybrid cloud architecture, retirement of legacy applications and platforms, Jenkins, Sonar, and Github operation, as well as development of software supporting all of these initiatives. Dustin has served as a systems engineer, product manager, and software developer in the transportation and retail industries. Originally from Atlanta, he played football at MIT and moved back down south in search of a warmer climate.
National Oceanic & Atmospheric AdministrationDr. Ed Kearns is leading National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's Big Data Partnership activities in the Office of the CIO. Ed earned B.S. degrees in Physics & Marine Science from the University of Miami (1990) and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (1996). He has led work on ocean sensors and data systems at NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center, on calibration of sea surface temperature & ocean color satellite products and creation of ocean data systems at UMiami/RSMAS, and on coastal ecosystem restoration in Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Ed joined NOAA in 2008 to lead work on operational climate data records, data science and scientific stewardship issues. In 2012-13, he worked at the Office of Management and Budget as the program examiner for NASA’s Science and Education programs. Ed is currently leading efforts to increase the usability of all of NOAA’s products and exploring new approaches to data utilization with industrial and academic partners.
BitnamiErica Brescia is the co-founder and COO of Bitnami. With over 1 million deployments per month, Bitnami provides the largest source of applications and development environments to the world’s leading cloud service providers, such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Oracle Cloud Platform. In 2016, Erica was the recipient of the Top Women in Cloud award. In her free time, Erica serves on the board of directors of the Linux Foundation, and as an investment partner in X Factor Ventures, which empowers female- led business to succeed.
Canvas VenturesGary Little is a founding managing member of Canvas Ventures and has been a partner of Morgenthaler Ventures for 20 years. He focuses on enterprise infrastructure and application investments. Gary has twice been named to Forbes Midas List. He has helped teams such as Mule Soft, Sonatype, Jaspersoft and Platform9 build open source projects into successful public, acquired, and growth stage businesses. His most recent investment, Kinetica, is a massively parallel SQL database that runs on GPU clusters used for AI, geospacial, and real-time analytics. Gary also serves on the boards, of Evernote, ADARA, Folloze and Totango. Past investments include Netli (Akamai), Voltage Security (HP), KnowledgeNet (Thompson), Nextag (Providence Equity) and Viewics (Roche). Previously, Gary held several roles at Apple Computer, including SVP of Apple’s Power Macintosh Division, VP Sales Americas, and Sr. Dir. of Marketing for Apple’s Pacific division. Gary also spent seven years at Sun Microsystems as Director of Product Marketing, Director of Asia Pacific Marketing, and as Group Manager of Industry Marketing. Gary began his career as an IC design engineer. Gary earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles.
AccelJake Flomenberg joined Accel in 2012 and focuses on next-generation infrastructure, enterprise software, and security investments. Jake is part of the team responsible for Accel's Big Data Fund and led investments in Demisto, Origami Logic, Sumo Logic, Trifacta and Zoomdata. Prior to Accel, Jake was director of product management at Splunk, where he was responsible for the product’s user interface and big data strategy. Previously, he worked at Cloudera where he helped the founding team tackle a broad array of sales, marketing and product issues. Before Cloudera, he was a member of Lockheed Martin's Engineering Leadership Development Program. Jake is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey and graduated from Duke University. He has a Masters in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Executive Director, The Linux FoundationJim's career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. Today, as executive director of The Linux Foundation, he uses this experience to accelerate innovation in technology through the use of open source and Linux. At The Linux Foundation, Jim works with the world’s largest technology companies, including IBM, Intel, Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, and others to help define the future of computing on the server, in the cloud, and on a variety of new mobile computing devices. His work at the vendor-neutral Linux Foundation gives him a unique and aggregate perspective on the global technology industry. Jim has been recognized for his insights on the changing economics of the technology industry. His writing has appeared in Businessweek, Wired, and other top technology journals, and he is a regular keynote speaker at industry events. He advises a variety of startups, including Splashtop, and sits on the boards of the Global Economic Symposium, Open Source For America, and Chinese Open Source Promotion Union.
Zetta Venture PartnersJocelyn Goldfein is a widely recognized industry expert on product strategy, infrastructure and organizational scale. Her career as an engineering leader spans from early stage startups to high-growth years at Facebook and VMware. During Jocelyn’s tenure at Facebook, she helped convert News Feed to Machine Learning and spearheaded the transition to a ‘mobile first' product organization. As an early engineer at VMware, she built core virtualization technology and ultimately established and ran VMware’s Desktop Business Unit, a $150M line of business. Jocelyn also held engineering and leadership roles at startups Datify, MessageOne and Trilogy/pcOrder. As an angel investor, she’s backed over 20 startups with an emphasis on infrastructure and AI. She serves on several boards, including Harvey Mudd College, and is a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, where she received her BS in Computer Science.
TicketMasterJustin Dean is the Senior Vice President of Platform and Technical Operations and TicketMaster.com. Dean is passionate about building high-performance organizations and automating his beer and BBQ pipelines. (Check out PitmasterPi on GitHub!)
MicrosoftMark Russinovich is Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s global enterprise-grade cloud platform. A widely recognized expert in distributed systems and operating systems, Mark earned a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He later co-founded Winternals Software, joining Microsoft in 2006 when the company was acquired. Today he remains the primary author of the Sysinternals tools and website, which include dozens of popular Windows administration and diagnostic utilities. Mark is a popular speaker at industry conferences such as IPExpo, Microsoft Ignite and Build, and RSA Conference. He has also authored several nonfiction and fiction books, including the Microsoft Press Windows Internals book series, as well as fictional cyber security thrillers Zero Day, Trojan Horse and Rogue Code.
HackerOneMarten Mickos is the CEO of HackerOne, Inc. the #1 bug bounty and vulnerability coordination platform. Previously, Marten was the CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, acquired by Hewlett-Packard where he served as head of the cloud business. Marten served as CEO of MySQL AB from 2001 to 2008 and as a board member of Nokia from 2012 to 2015. Marten is a thought leader on leadership and disruptive business models.
HiredNidhi Gupta is Senior Vice President of Technology at Hired, a marketplace that matches tech talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Nidhi leads the company’s global engineering, developer operations and product teams. Nidhi is a skilled engineer and product executive who is passionate about building and growing thriving product and engineering organizations that deliver world-class products at scale. Prior to Hired, Nidhi was Senior Vice President of Product and Engineering at Tophatter and Upwork. Previously, she was instrumental in leading mobiTV and Ning through hyper-growth and expansion.
ClearSky SecurityPatrick Heim joined ClearSky as an Operating Partner and Chief Information Security Officer. Mr. Heim is a senior security executive with a over two decades working in security spanning Fortune 500 enterprises, cloud providers as well as early stage security companies. Prior to joining the Fund, Mr. Heim was Head of Trust and Security at Dropbox. He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Trust Officer at Salesforce.com. Patrick has also held Chief Information Security Officer roles at Kaiser Permanente and McKesson Corporation. Mr. Heim currently serves as a director for Cylance and Ticto. He also advises a number of startup companies in the security space.
fast.aiRachel Thomas has a math PhD from Duke and was selected by Forbes as one of “20 Incredible Women Advancing AI Research.” She is co-founder of fast.ai and a researcher-in-residence at the University of San Francisco Data Institute, where she teaches in the Masters in Data Science program. Her background includes working as a quant in energy trading, a data scientist + backend engineer at Uber, and a full-stack software instructor at Hackbright. Rachel’s writing has made the front page of Hacker News 6x; been translated into Chinese, Spanish, & Portuguese; and been featured in newsletters from O’Reilly, Fortune, Mattermark, Metis, & others. She was a keynote speaker at JupyterCon and a featured speaker at PyBay. She writes an ask-a-data-scientist advice column at fast.ai and is on twitter @math_rachel.
Microsoft VenturesRashmi Gopinath is a Partner with Microsoft Ventures and leads enterprise software, cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, and AI/ML investments. Her current investments include Paxata, Tact.ai, SnapRoute, CNEX Labs, Synack, Frame, CloudLanes, UnravelData, and Contrast Security. Previously, Rashmi was an Investment Director at Intel Capital focused on investing in cloud, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and big data companies. Her investments at Intel Capital included MongoDB (NASDAQ:MDB), ForeScout (NASDAQ: FSCT), Basis Science (acquired by Intel), Maginatics (acquired by EMC), Apperian (acquired by Arxan), among others. She also led global business development for high-growth startups such as Couchbase and BlueData. Prior to that, she held product development and product marketing positions at GE and Oracle. Rashmi has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai in India.
The Home DepotSheetal is an experienced Solutions Architect and has worked in multiple industries, most recently retail. She is currently a Software Engineer Manager at the Home Depot where she is helping several teams modernize the Home Depot stores systems architectures. She loves to design and implement robust solutions that reduce time to market by using XP and cloud native principles.
Platform9Sirish is co-founder and chief executive officer at Platform9. Having experienced virtualization, IaaS and cloud-native industry transitions first hand, Sirish believes that open-source represents the future of enterprise hybrid clouds. Sirish’s priorities are ensuring that customers are successful with their cloud initiatives, the Platform9 team – across employees and partners, scales to build an industry leading company, and Platform9’s product evolves to enable new possibilities with hybrid clouds. Prior to founding Platform9, Sirish was an early engineer at VMware who went on to technical and management positions. His work at VMware led to several products, features and patents. Outside Platform9, Sirish follows cricket, makes his kids laugh, and builds his collection of fast lenses and unprocessed photos. His favourite books include the Harry Potter series, Blue Ocean Strategy, Inbound Marketing and Innovator’s Dilemma.
ExpediaSubbu Allamaraju is Vice President of Technology at Expedia Inc., where he leads Expedia’s large-scale cloud migration from enterprise data centers to public cloud. Subbu built cloud platforms, enabled devops cultural practices and operations, and ran complex tech initiatives from inception to adoption. Prior to Expedia, Subbu lead private cloud efforts at eBay/PayPal, building one of the largest multi-data center cloud platform.
Deep Learning ExecutiveTarry Sighn is an industry-acknowledged Deep Learning Executive with over 17 years of experience setting up data analytics divisions for F500 multi-nationals. He is currently a mentor at Courser’a DeepLearning Specialization working with Andrew Ng, the world’s leading figure in Artificial Intelligence. Expected learners to be trained is around 1.5 million already by end 2018 via a MOOC program. This training was ranked #2 in the world out of 8000 trainings, according to the Inc. Magazine. He is also an AI and Neuroscience Researcher who works together and seeks guidance from world’s leading researchers in deep learning industry. Tarry works closely with Google’s Core TensorFlow team lead in San Francisco to deliver Deep Learning Open Source Platform TensorFlow tutorials for various enterprises across the globe. Tarry has also recently tied up with a Silicon Valley startup called Re:coded— which was featured on CNN Money, BBC, TechCrunch, Huffington Post to train deep learning enthusiasts around the world with open source technologies). He is currently also writing a practical AI / Deep Learning book which is solely aimed to bridge the gap between business and technology by introducing meaningful projects so enterprises can finally move beyond grappling with the currently exploding world of Deep Learning and AI. Book ETA July 2018. Tarry speaks, keynotes and chairs panels regularly at AI & Deep Learning Tech Conferences held in San Francisco (U.S), Toronto, Montreal (Canada), London (U.K), Finland, Sweden, Germany (Berlin), Guiyang, Beijing Hong Kong (China), Singapore, Turkey, Iraq and more. In May 2018, he & his co-author will present new research paper on breakthrough Capsules Networks ACM conference in Sweden.(https://www.icse2018.org). He is also program committee member of the conference.