Speakers

New speakers are being confirmed daily. Please check back often to see the latest additions to the Velocity program.

John Allspaw

John has worked in systems operations for over fourteen years in biotech, government and online media. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster, and Flickr. He is now VP of Tech Operations at Etsy, and is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning published by O’Reilly.

Jeff Barr
Jeff Barr (Amazon Web Services), @jeffbarr

Jeff Barr makes frequent conference and user group appearances, contributes to the AWS Blog, and also meets with individual developers. Jeff has operated his own consulting practice and also spent time at Microsoft. Jeff holds a BS Degree from The American University and did graduate studies at George Washington University.

Luiz Barroso (Google)

Luiz André Barroso is a Distinguished Engineer at Google, where he has worked across several engineering areas, ranging from applications and software infrastructure to hardware design. Prior to Google he was a member of the Research Staff at Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporations, where his group did some of the pioneering work on computer architectures for commercial workloads. That work included the design of Piranha, a system based on an aggressive chip-multiprocessing, which helped inspire many of the multi-core CPUs that are now in the mainstream.

Luiz has a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro.

Adam Bechtel
Adam Bechtel (Yahoo!)

Adam Bechtel is the chief architect covering network, storage and systems infrastructure at Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, Adam was the network architect at Inktomi. Prior to Inktomi, Adam was like everyone else working 100 hour weeks at a start-up.

Ruslan Belkin
Ruslan Belkin (LinkedIn)

Ruslan Belkin is Director of Engineering responsible for Content Distribution and Networks.

Ruslan was principal architect of LinkedIn Communication platform. Prior to LinkedIn Ruslan worked for a number of companies as a principal engineer and an architect, including Netscape, AOL and Sun Microsystems. Ruslan presented at Java One conferences during his tenure at Netscape.

Ruslan’s profile can be found on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rbelkin

Artur Bergman
Artur Bergman (Wikia/Fastly), @crucially

Artur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the VP of Engineering and Operations at Wikia. He provides the technical backbone necessary for Wikia’s mission to compile and index the world’s knowledge. He is also an enthusiastic apologist for federated identity and a board member of the OpenID Foundation. In past lives, he’s built high volume financial trading systems, re-implemented Perl 5’s threading system, wrote djabberd, managed LiveJournal’s engineering team, and served as operations architect at Six Apart. His current interests extend to encompass semantic search, large scale infrastructure, open source development, federated instant messaging, neurotransmitters, and the future of cyborgs.

Goranka Bjedov (Google)

Goranka Bjedov is a senior QA engineer at Google. Her primary responsibility is performance testing. Prior to Google, she worked for Network Appliance, AT&T Labs and Purdue University.

Ryan Breen
Ryan Breen (Gomez Inc. )

Ryan Breen is the vice president of technology at Gomez, a provider of Internet application performance information. After graduating from Duke University with degrees in computer science and economics in 2000, he led a team creating a suite of Web performance management technologies, including a Java-based, Web browser emulation platform. Using these tools, Ryan has worked with hundreds of top Internet companies to measure and manage the performance of their Web applications. As more customers have moved to Ajax technologies, Ryan has helped them define performance best practices applicable to the new development style.

Jonathan Bryce (Mosso, a division of Rackspace)

Jonathan Bryce started his career off working as a web developer for the managed hosting giant, Rackspace. During his tenure at Rackspace, Bryce teamed up with co-worker Todd Morey and created a vision to build a sophisticated web hosting environment where users and businesses alike could turn to design, develop and deploy their ideal web site—all without being responsible for procuring the technology, installing it or making sure it is built to be always available. This vision, along with help from former employer Rackspace, was turned into Mosso. Currently, Bryce oversees all operations for over 30,000 managed websites served by Mosso.

Brent Chapman
Brent Chapman (Great Circle Associates, Inc.)

Brent Chapman is the founder, owner, and technical lead of Great Circle Associates. His professional interests include information technology infrastructure design, deployment, and management; enterprise networking; system administration; startup companies; professional education and training; Internet security; and incident response. He is the coauthor (along with Elizabeth D. Zwicky and Simon Cooper) of the highly regarded O’Reilly & Associates book Building Internet Firewalls. He is also the founder of the Firewalls and List-Managers Internet mailing lists, and the creator of the Majordomo mailing list management package. In 2004, Brent was honored with the annual SAGE Outstanding Achievement Award “for outstanding sustained contributions to the community of system administrators”.

Brent has over 20 years of information technology experience. He... Read More.

Vik Chaudhary

Mr. Chaudhary is responsible for leading Keynote’s product management team and has extended the company into new markets via 15 acquisitions. He has spent over 20 years in chief executive, marketing and engineering positions in Silicon Valley, previously having served as VP Marketing and Corporate Development at Keynote, CEO of a cloud startup Bizmetric, and has held leadership roles at public software companies Gupta Technologies and Oracle Corporation. Mr. Chaudhary is a frequent speaker at industry events on Internet software, cloud computing, and business development, and has been featured in the New York Times and on the ABC News Nightline program. Mr. Chaudhary holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bill Coleman (Cassatt Corporation)

Bill Coleman has more than 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial leadership experience. Prior to Cassatt, he founded and was the first chairman and CEO of BEA Systems, the world’s leading infrastructure software company. Under his leadership, BEA became the fastest software firm ever to exceed $1 billion in annual revenue. Before BEA, he served as vice president of system software at Sun Microsystems, where his team transformed SunOS into the commercially successful Solaris operating system. While at Sun he also founded Sun’s Professional Services Division and co-founded Sun’s Federal Division. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from Stanford University. He also has an honorary... Read More.

Paul Colton
Paul Colton (Aptana, Inc.)

Paul Colton founded Aptana in 2005 with a vision for streamlining Ajax applications from development through deployment. Prior to starting Aptana, Paul founded several technology companies including Live Software. At Live Software, Paul helped define the Servlet API specification and also created JRun, the leading commercial Servlet and JSP engine. After Live Software was acquired by Allaire Corporation (and subsequently by Macromedia and Adobe), Paul took time to explore Ajax and rich internet application development. Aptana, now with over 2,000,000 downloads of its open source Ajax product suite, is the result of that exploration.

Mike Connor (Mozilla Corporation)

Mike directs the Firefox development team and is responsible for release management for the product. He previously worked at IBM and has been an active and valuable contributor to the Mozilla Project for many years. Mike briefly attended university before leaving to pursue his interest in technology, a decision he never regrets. His wife, Majken, is also active in the Mozilla community, and they have two children and three cats, none of whom are involved in Mozilla as of now.

Sean Dawson (LinkedIn)

Sean Dawson is Sr. Software Engineer leading the Communication Platform Group.

Sean’s profile can be found on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/seandawson

John Fowler
John Fowler (Sun Microsystems)

Fowler has been with Sun for more than 14 years with experience in systems and software development and corporate strategy. As Executive Vice President of Sun’s Systems Group, John Fowler is responsible for the delivery of all systems products including SPARC and x64-based servers as well as networking and disk and tape storage products. Prior to becoming the head of Sun’s Systems Group, Fowler was EVP of Sun’s x64 Systems Group focused on delivering industry standard network computing systems for Solaris, Linux and Windows.

Before leading Sun’s x64 initiative, Fowler was the Chief Technology Officer for Sun Microsystems’ Software organization. In his role as CTO for software, Fowler was responsible for overall technical strategy and alignment in addition to managing an advanced... Read More.

Eric Goldsmith

Eric Goldsmith, Operations Architect at AOL, has more than 18 years of experience in the areas of product development, engineering and operations. At AOL he has led efforts to deliver the highest levels of performance and availability for top Web sites, including: AOL.com; AIM.com; and AOL Video; among others. His areas of expertise are Performance Analysis, Capacity Planning, Statistical Analysis, Network Engineering, Network Security, Software Engineering, Project Management and Product Development.

Michael Gordon (Limelight Networks)

Mike Gordon is chief strategy officer for Limelight Networks, Inc. In this role he ensures that the company supports the emerging digital media strategies and business models of today’s media companies.

Jason Grigsby
Jason Grigsby (Cloud Four), @grigs

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

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

Michael Halligan
Michael Halligan (DatacenterJunkie)

Michael T. Halligan is a serial entrepreneur with over 5 years of experience in IT architecture and operations. His primary role is chief technical officer of BitPusher, LLC, a managed application hosting firm based out of San Francisco and Seattle. He is currently starting up a new Web application providing semantic search services to the convention industry. He previously held architectural and management positions at start-ups including Kontiki, Napster, and Register.com.

Kai Hansen (Google Ireland Ltd.)

Kai is helping to develop and launch new products for European users, specifically in the advertising product line. Recent examples include Google Analytics, AdWords Editor, Website Optimizer and different Ad Quality features, such as Landing Page Quality. He is a core member of the group at Google that tries to optimize which ads are being shown on any given results page. He is based in Dublin, Ireland and holds a business degree from the University of Oldenburg in Germany.

Patrick Harr
Patrick Harr (Nirvanix)

Patrick Harr joins Nirvanix from Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, where he served as entrepreneur-in-residence focusing on content, storage, and media services investments. His prior leadership roles include president and CEO of Preventsys Inc., a security risk and compliance management firm that was acquired by McAfee in 2006, and Vice President of the $300M Enterprise Products Group at McDATA Corp., an enterprise storage networking solutions company. Harr joined McDATA through the acquisition of Sanera Systems, a storage networking startup, where he ran marketing, business development and sales. Prior to Sanera, Harr ran worldwide marketing at CacheFlow and was the GM of Novell’s Internet and Security Services Group. Mr. Harr received a Masters in Business Administration degree in marketing and entrepreneurial studies from the University of... Read More.

Jason Hoffman
Jason Hoffman (Joyent, Inc.), @jasonh

Jason is the Founder and Chief Scientist at Joyent, and served as it’s CTO for the company’s first 6 years. Having moved on from direct management of our product, engineering, operations and support groups, Jason’s group is responsible for research and advanced development, technical outreach, evangelism, consultative efforts for partners and business units, and manages Joyent’s intellectual property portfolio including involvement in open source projects, licensing, technology transfer, assessments of potential partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. He was once referred to as a “Renaissance engineer” by ZFS creator Jeff Bonwick, and has always used “computers” to solve real problems: Starting with ab initio molecular orbital calculations using VAX/VMS machines, and moving on to small molecule design and protein docking while earning a BS... Read More.

John J. Barton is the manager of Interaction Science, an IBM Almaden Research group specializing in fundamentals of human-computer interaction (HCI) technologies, especially multi-device interaction. Interaction Science studies users, invents new techniques and technology, then validates progress by scientific tests with real users. Current projects in my group include text input on handheld devices, integration of information across devices via instant messaging, adapting web pages for mobile devices, and extending web debugging to support more dynamic applications and environments.

John has 21 years of experience in industrial research with over 60 publications in the diverse fields of ubiquitious and mobile computing, compiler technology and programming languages, physics of electron scattering, and chemistry on surfaces. After early work in quantum chemistry at NASA’s Jet... Read More.

Adam Jacob

A twelve year system operations veteran, Adam is a founding partner at HJK Solutions. HJK helps startups build automated, scaleable, and repeatable infrastructures using open-source tools.

Luke Kanies
Luke Kanies (Puppet Labs)

Luke has been publishing and speaking on his work in Unix administration since 1997. He has focused on tool development since 2001, developing and publishing multiple simple sysadmin tools and contributing to established products like Cfengine. He founded Reductive Labs in 2005 as a response to the stagnation in sysadmin tools, to be a vehicle for changing the way we interact with and manage our computers. He is currently focused on Puppet, an open-source automation framework written in Ruby, and he is always researching and developing new ways to make it easier to talk to computers on your terms. He has presented on Puppet and other tools around the world, including at OSCON, LISA, Linux.Conf.au, and FOSS.in.

Eric Lawrence
Eric Lawrence (Microsoft)

Eric Lawrence is a Program Manager on the Internet Explorer team, and developer of the Fiddler Web Debugger.

Julien Lecomte
Julien Lecomte (Yahoo!)

I am currently an engineer on Yahoo!’s DHTML Evangelist team, a group that provides architectural assistance to Yahoo! developers on the design and implementation of rich interactions in the browser, working alongside the famous Douglas Crockford and Iain Lamb (co-founder of OddPost) Among other things, I have worked extensively on Yahoo!’s new Mail application, and I am the author of the YUI Browser History Manager and the YUI Compressor. I have also contributed to many different projects including Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! Calendar.

Prior to working at Yahoo, I was a Senior Software Engineer at Scalix (now part of Xandros), where I spent a couple of years developing their web client. Prior to joining Scalix, I was a software engineer at easyplanet... Read More.

Wei-Hsin  Lee
Wei-Hsin Lee (Google, Inc. )

Wei-Hsin Lee is a Tech Lead in the infrastructure team at Google. He is actively working on projects that improve latency for Google services. Prior to Google, he worked on WAN optimization and database areas.

Ben Livshits
Ben Livshits (Microsoft Research)

Ben Livshits is a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1999, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Livshits’ research interests include application of sophisticated static and dynamic analysis techniques to finding errors in programs. He is known for his work on software reliability and especially tools to improve software security, with a primary focus on approaches to finding buffer overruns in C programs and a variety of security vulnerabilities (cross-site scripting, SQL injections, etc.) in Web-based applications. Lately he has been focused on how Web 2.0 application reliability, performance, and security can be improved through a combination of static and runtime techniques.

Don MacAskill
Don MacAskill (SmugMug)

Don MacAskill is the co-founder, CEO, and Chief Geek at SmugMug. Back in the mists of time, Don built the network that powered eBay, Hotmail, and fatbrain. He lost his mind and spent an exhilarating few years making video games, but found it again with SmugMug. With no outside investment, he bootstrapped SmugMug into a business that’s profitable and growing – but most of all, fun!

Frank Mashraqi
Frank Mashraqi (Opportunities), @mashraqi

Frank Mashraqi is a renowned speaker and scalability advisor to several startups. He has nearly a decade of scalability, engineering management and monetization experience. Prior to Opportunities, Frank was Co-founder and VP Technology of XGraph, an advertising company using social graph data to scale highly targeted campaigns. Prior to that, Frank was Director of Business Operations and Technical Strategy for Fotolog where he played a pivotal role in helping Fotolog scale to become the 13th largest website on the Internet (Alexa: based on traffic) and the third most actively used social network in the world (ComScore). He also led the disaster recovery efforts at Fotolog after a SAN crash threatened to put $100M acquisition offer in jeopardy. Frank holds a BBA in Accounting... Read More.

Domas Mituzas
Domas Mituzas (Facebook)

Domas Mituzas is database engineer at Facebook and volunteer Wikipedia performance and data engineer.

He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Wikimedia Foundation, and has been member of Board of Trustees for it in the past.

Brian Moon
Brian Moon (dealnews.com)

Brian Moon has been working with the LAMP platform since before it was called LAMP. He is the Senior Web Engineer for dealnews.com. He has made a few small contributions to the PHP project and been a casual participant in discussions on the PHP internals list. He is the founder and lead developer of the Phorum project, the first PHP/MySQL message board ever created.

Ernest Mueller

Ernest manages the DevOps Platform team and software releases for the SaaS company Bazaarvoice. He’s been a sysadmin, architect, manager, and programmer in turns for more than 15 years, and is now a cloud computing and DevOps practitioner and evangelist.

Aladdin Nassar
Aladdin Nassar (Microsoft - Outlook.com)

Aladdin Nassar is the Client Performance Champion for Hotmail. His prime job is to make sure Hotmail’s 500+ Million users get their best, most performant user experience from around the world. He received his Masters & Ph.D. from Stanford. He is an authority on large-scale Client-Side Performance Tuning, Instrumentation & Monitoring. He also specializes in Location Based Services and Risk Management. He prides himself on versatility and multi-disciplinary subject matter expertise. Prior to joining Microsoft, he consulted for Senior Executives at Verizon, Chase Manhattan and leading Financial Institutions.

Peter Nickolov
Peter Nickolov (3TERA)

Peter is a recognized expert in scalable infrastructure technologies including operating systems, networks and storage. He has unique experience in delivering successfully new types of products in a fast-paced startup environment. Peter is the architect of the core technology behind 3Tera’s AppLogic grid operating system that enables utility computing for SaaS and Web 2.0 services. He is a serial entrepreneur who has founded four technology companies. Prior to 3Tera (the NetworkWorld’s Category Breaker Award winner for 2007), he founded Z-force, a storage networking company that pioneered file switching and NAS aggregation and was named one of Network World’s “Top 10 Startups to Watch”; and Object Dynamics, a software company providing network infrastructure software. In the last 20 years Peter has authored 24 patents and... Read More.

Keith Oslakovic (Akamai Technologies)

Keith Oslakovic is Senior Director of Service Performance at Akamai. His team is responsible for the end-to-end performance and availability of Akamai’s full suite of products. During Keith’s 9 years at Akamai, he’s led performance engineering initiatives on many different types of online content including, dynamic business-to-business portals, online retail sites, and next generation social networks. Keith holds Engineering degrees from Caltech and Northwestern University.

Simon  Perkins
Simon Perkins (Simtec Limited)

Simon Perkins is the CEO and Founder of Simtec Limited

Laird Popkin (Pando Networks)

Laird is the co-chair of the P4P Working Group. As the Director of Digital Technology for Warner Music Group he was responsible for P2P and wireless technology, and as CTO of 3Path, Laird helped establish one of the first digital document delivery services online. Previously, Laird was the CTO at Sotheby’s Holdings, and the Internet division of News Corporation, which launched and operated hundreds of web sites including TVGuide.com, FOXNews.com, MLB.com. Before that, Laird was the Multimedia Specialist for Thinking Machines, where he had a teraflop before most of his friends.

Harald Prokop
Harald Prokop (Akamai Technologies)

Harald Prokop is Senior VP of Engineering at Akamai. He manages Akamai’s engineering efforts and is responsible for building the services that run on Akamai’s globally distributed computing platform. He helps to define and is responsible for executing Akamai’s technology strategy with a focus on innovative, market-leading services based on customer requirements.

Sean Quinlan (Google, Inc.)

Sean Quinlan is a principal engineer at Google, where he has worked on a number of large-scale systems infrastructure projects, including the Sawmill logs system and the Google Files System (GFS). Prior to Google, Sean was a member of technical staff at Bell Labs.

Tony Ralph
Tony Ralph (Yahoo!)

An 8 year Yahoo! veteran, I have worked directly with display ad delivery for the last 4. One aspect of this work is the monitoring and analysis of 3rd Party ad quality and performance. This work has helped lead to the formation of an IAB Working Group with other major publishers on ad performance.

John Rauser
John Rauser (Amazon), @jrauser

John has been extracting value from large datasets for over 15 years at companies ranging from hedge funds to small data-driven startups to amazon.com. He has deep experience in machine learning, data visualization, website performance and real-time fault analysis. An empiricist at heart, John’s optimism and can-do attitude make “Just do the experiment!” his favorite call to arms.

Jesse Robbins
Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), @jesserobbins

Jesse Robbins is a technology founder & innovator with a unique background as a firefighter and emergency manager. Robbins is widely recognized for transforming the way companies like Facebook & Yahoo manage complex internet systems, and for his work helping governments and humanitarian organizations embrace new technologies.

He is now Founder & CEO of OnBeep, a stealthy wearable hardware startup which will launch later this year.

Prior to OnBeep, Robbins founded Chef which makes software used by companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo to automates servers & infrastructure. He also founded the Velocity Conference and is credited as helping to start the DevOps movement.

Before founding Chef, Robbins served as Amazon’s “Master of Disaster” where he was responsible for website... Read More.

Skye Rogers (UTi)

Skye Rogers is passionate about taking the pain out of Operations and specifically compliance. Skye has worked in Systems & Operations in various roles for the last 10 years and focused on SOX for the last 4. Skye is currently working as an IT Operations Analyst with TransCore.

Jacob Rosenberg

Jacob Rosenberg is the Chief Architect for AOL’s Systems Operations organization, which is responsible for operating AOL’s products and services including the AOL Service, AIM, AOL Mail, the AOL.com Portal and other web properties. Previously, he has been involved with the operational design of products such as AOL.com, Netscape.com, AOL Search, Mapquest, and AOL Video. His primary areas of interest are massively scaled web technology and open Internet services, and the underlying operational infrastructure which enables global application delivery. Before AOL, Jacob worked for start-up companies in the Web and Telecommunications markets. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University in New York.

Scott Ruthfield
Scott Ruthfield (Rooster Park Consulting), @scottru

Scott Ruthfield is founder of Rooster Park Consulting, a Seattle-based engineering leadership and custom software development consultancy, and is the acting VP of Engineering at Virtuoso, the industry’s leading leisure travel network. He was the previous VP of Engineering at WhitePages.com, and ran various technology + business teams at Amazon.com. He very occasionally blogs at scottru.com.

Eric Schurman
Eric Schurman (Amazon)

Eric Schurman has been working with the web since the early versions of NCSA Mosaic. He’s currently at Amazon.com as a Principal Engineer working on latency. Prior to that he worked at Microsoft on projects ranging from Bing.com’s search to the Microsoft.com home page and Download Center. His experiences writing books on web development, working with disabled users, and teaching classes in computer use have given him a passion for doing the right thing for the customer.

Bill Scott

Bill Scott recently joined Netflix, the world’s largest online movie rental service, as the Director of UI Engineering.

Previously, Bill led engineering for Yahoo! Teachers, a web 2.0 community allowing teachers to gather, organize & share web resources and lesson planning. In addition, as an Ajax Evangelist at Yahoo! he focused on spreading the goodness of “rich and sane” Ajax design & development. Bill is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops discussing the nuances of good design and the challenges of great engineering. At Yahoo! Bill was also the Design Pattern curator where he launched the public Yahoo! Design Pattern Library (http://developer.yahoo.com/ypatterns).

Before Yahoo! Bill led User Experience at Sabre Airline Solutions and co-founded Rico (an open source Ajax framework, openrico.org.) For 20 years... Read More.

Peter Sevcik
Peter Sevcik (NetForecast, Inc.)

Peter Sevcik, President of NetForecast and founder of the Apdex Alliance, is a leading authority on Internet performance and technology. NetForecast helps enterprises assess and improve voice, video, and data application performance. NetForecast has provided advice to more than 100 leading companies. Apdex is an open standard that numerically measures user satisfaction with enterprise application performance, enabling IT to better support business goals. The Apdex Alliance has more than 700 members worldwide. Mr. Sevcik has helped design more than 100 networks, including the Internet. He directly contributed to the development of international data communications standards, and holds the patent on application response time prediction. A member of the IEEE, ACM, and CMG organizations, he frequently lectures on application and network performance.

Javier Soltero (Hyperic, Inc.)

Javier Soltero is co-founder and CEO of Hyperic, the leader in multi-platform, open source IT management. Prior to co-founding Hyperic, he was chief architect at Covalent Technologies, where he led the design and implementation of multiple enterprise products, including the configuration management product for Apache and the Covalent Application Manager—now Hyperic’s flagship product Hyperic HQ. Prior to Covalent, Soltero was a senior software engineer at Backflip, where he met Hyperic co-founders Charles Lee and Doug MacEachern. At Backflip, he was actively involved in the design, implementation, and operational aspects of the site. Soltero also held senior engineering positions at Netscape, where he participated in the design development of e-commerce and Internet infrastructure suites. Over the last 10 years, Soltero has been actively involved in... Read More.

Steve Souders

Steve works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His book High Performance Web Sites explains his best practices for performance along with the research and real-world results behind them. Steve is the creator of YSlow, the performance analysis extension to Firebug. He is also co-chair of Velocity, the first web performance conference sponsored by O’Reilly. He frequently speaks at such conferences as OSCON, Rich Web Experience, Web 2.0 Expo, and The Ajax Experience.

Stoyan Stefanov

I work for Yahoo!’s Exceptional Performance team. My daily tasks include research, experiments and building tools to improve the performance of the Yahoo! properties worldwide. I’m also a contributor to several open source projects and author of a few books and numerous online articles.

Christian  Stockwell
Christian Stockwell (Microsoft Corporation)

Christian Stockwell is a Program Manager and works every day to improve Internet Explorer performance.

Shanti Subramanyam
Shanti Subramanyam (Orzota, Inc.), @shantiS

Shanti Subramanyam is a Senior Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems Inc. She is currently leading a project to analyze and improve the performance of web2.0 applications using open source technologies on Solaris. She is the Project Lead of Cool Stack (Sun’s open source web stack) and has previously been instrumental in the development of several industry-standard and proprietary benchmarks for database and Java technologies.

Akara Sucharitakul
Akara Sucharitakul (Sun Microsystems Inc.)

Akara Sucharitakul has several years of experience in development of benchmarks and servers using a variety of technologies like JavaEE and other web technologies. He was a key contributor to industry standard benchmarks that are widely used to evaluate the performance of JavaEE technology-based application servers. He is also a key contributor of project Faban, an open-source benchmarking and benchmark management framework that utilizes stochastic models allowing rapid development of new benchmarks as well as management of older benchmarks.

Lately, Akara has been focusing on describing architectures and load characteristics of Web 2.0 systems. He also leads the benchmark development effort for technologies and components surrounding the Web 2.0 umbrella.

David Ulevitch
David Ulevitch (OpenDNS)

David Ulevitch is the founder and CEO of OpenDNS, the world’s largest and fastest-growing free recursive DNS service. Previously, he founded the EveryDNS authoritative DNS service, today boasting more than 100,000 users. A longtime participant in the anti-phishing, anti-botnet and DNS communities, Ulevitch has been described as “one of the top DNS experts in the world” and was honored by Shadowserver – the public group that works to eliminate Botnets – by being inducted into its Hall of Fame. In addition to his commercial endeavors, he helped start the California Community Collocation Project, a non-profit that provides free, unencumbered Internet services to non-commercial entities. David holds a B.S. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mandi Walls
Mandi Walls (Opscode), @lnxchk

Mandi Walls has been administering Linux systems of various sizes and scopes for more than 10 years. A native of central Pennsylvania, she now lives and works in the DC metro area. Mandi has worked at AOL, running various large-scale web sites, for four years.

Rich Wolski
Rich Wolski (University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB))

Having received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Davis (while he held a full-time research position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) he has also held positions at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Tennessee. He is currently also a strategic advisor to the San Diego Supercomputer Center and an adjunct faculty member at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Shayan Zadeh
Shayan Zadeh (Zoosk, Inc. )

Shayan is CEO of Zoosk, the largest social dating destination, where he is busy revolutionizing online dating by leveraging social media. Prior to Zoosk, Shayan spent five years at Microsoft working on a variety of products. He holds an MS in CS from University of Maryland, and an MBA from University of Washington.

Peter Zaitsev
Peter Zaitsev (Percona Inc)

Peter helped many companies ranging from one man startups to Fortune 500 companies with their Performance and Scaling problems on various stages starting from architecture design and down to queries and schema optimization.

Over cause of the years Peter has spoken on many International conferences focused on MySQL, Open Source, Databases or High Performance Web applications.

Before co-founding Percona Peter worked for MySQL AB as head of High Performance Group being involved in Support, Consulting, Development and working with vendors helping to optimize their software or hardware to perform well with MySQL.

Peter also was involved in number of Web Startups in the roles ranging from CTO to Consultant and has a lot of experience in MySQL and Web Applications Operations, Deployment, Quality Assurance... Read More.

Ezra Zygmuntowicz
Ezra Zygmuntowicz (EngineYard)

Ezra Zygmuntowicz is a founder and Director of Software Engineering for Engine Yard, a scalable Ruby hosting platform. He has been active in the ruby community for over 4 years with contributions to many open source projects such as Rails, Merb, Rack and Rubinius. He is the author of Deploying Rails Application for the pragmatic programmers and is an active speaker at many ruby and Cloud computing based events.

  • Akamai
  • Google
  • Hyperic
  • Sun Microsystems
  • 3Tera, Inc
  • Coradiant
  • Keynote Systems
  • Limelight Networks, Inc.
  • OpSource
  • TechRepublic

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