Velocity 2009 Keynote Speakers

John Adams

John Adams
Operations Engineer, Twitter

John Adams (Twitter Operations) has worked in web security, operations, and systems engineering for over 15 years. Prior to Twitter, he has worked at Apple, Inktomi, c|net, and a major video-on-demand site, improving security, performance, and reliability at large scale.

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10:55am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
In this session we will discuss improvements made to Twitter over the last year to increase scalability. Changes made through internal process, development methodologies, queuing strategies, and operations will also be discussed. Full Details
Dion Almaer

Dion Almaer
Founder, Set Direction

Dion Almaer is the founder of a brand new company named Set Direction where he has the pleasure of working with Ben Galbraith. The pair co-founded Ajaxian.com together and they are now focused on helping developers deliver fantastic experiences and... Read More.

11:25am Wednesday, 06/24/2009
Ben and Dion share thoughts on the role responsiveness plays in crafting compelling user experiences, including a discussion of how HTML 5 and modern browsers change the game. Full Details
Jeremy Bingham

Jeremy Bingham
CTO, Dailykos.com

Jeremy Bingham is the CTO and man-behind-the-curtain for DailyKos.com, a progressive Democratic weblog that is one of the largest sites in the political blogosphere. He considers himself lucky that a gig with the State of Washington fell through a... Read More.

8:40am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
Learn about how Daily Kos survived what was essentially an eleven month long Slashdotting, while reducing hardware costs and ultimately the amount of work needed to keep the site running. Full Details
Jake Brutlag

Jake Brutlag
Design Support Engineering Analyst, Google

Jake Brutlag is a data analyst with 10 years of industry experience,
first at Microsoft, then at Google. He has published papers on
distinct value estimation, email classification, aberrant behavior
detection for network time series, and search... Read More.

9:30am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
We applied several types of page slowdowns to very small percentages of our users for short periods of time and measured the impact in terms of metrics like clicks, time to click, repeat site usage, queries per visit, revenue, etc. This talk is to share the results. Full Details
John Busch

John Busch
CEO/President, Schooner Information Technology

Dr. John Busch is a co-founder of Schooner Information Technology. Prior to Schooner, Dr. Busch was Research Director of Computer System Architecture and Analysis at Sun Microsystems laboratories from 1999 through 2006. In this role, he led research explorations in... Read More.

10:45am Wednesday, 06/24/2009
Today’s data-intensive Web 2.0 and cloud computing data centers face soaring costs and data growth. But advances in flash memory, multi-core processors, and low-latency interconnect have failed to address these mounting challenges. Learn how next-generation data access appliances integrate these new technologies to enable growth and cut costs. Full Details
Vik Chaudhary

Vik Chaudhary
VP Product Management & Corporate Development, Keynote

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... Read More.

10:40am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
The ‘Next Web’ is defined by vastly expanded levels of interactivity driven by technologies such as Flash and Silverlight. The ‘Next Web’ brings consumers a new level of rich online experiences including composite e-business transactions that seamlessly integrate interactive video and voice, and social media and Web-to-mobile transactions. Full Details
Philip Dixon

Philip Dixon
VP Engineering, Shopzilla

Phil Dixon is the VP of Engineering for Shopzilla.com one of the largest and most comprehensive shopping networks on the planet. Each day millions of consumers shop for virtually anything via our websites Shopzilla.com, Bizrate.com and Beso.com and our publisher... Read More.

10:55am Wednesday, 06/24/2009
In 2007, Shopzilla, a leading comparison shopping service, realized that our sites were far too slow for our users and had become difficult to change and more difficult still to support. We were presented with a classic dilemma for an established internet market player: Could we really afford the costs and the risks of re-engineering a site platform responsible for all our revenue? Full Details
Ben Galbraith

Ben Galbraith
VP, Mobile Engineering, Walmart.com

Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic “Ben and Dion” duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now running mobile architecture and engineering at... Read More.

11:25am Wednesday, 06/24/2009
Ben and Dion share thoughts on the role responsiveness plays in crafting compelling user experiences, including a discussion of how HTML 5 and modern browsers change the game. Full Details
Umang Gupta

Umang Gupta
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Keynote

Umang Gupta has served since 1997 as chairman and chief executive officer of Keynote Systems (NASDAQ: KEYN), the global leader in test and measurement solutions that improve mobile communications and online business performance. A well-known technology visionary and... Read More.

10:40am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
The ‘Next Web’ is defined by vastly expanded levels of interactivity driven by technologies such as Flash and Silverlight. The ‘Next Web’ brings consumers a new level of rich online experiences including composite e-business transactions that seamlessly integrate interactive video and voice, and social media and Web-to-mobile transactions. Full Details
Jonathan Heiliger

Jonathan Heiliger
VP of Technical Operations, Facebook

Jonathan Heiliger is the Vice President of Technical Operations at Facebook, where he oversees global infrastructure, site architecture and IT. Prior to Facebook, he was a technology advisor to several early-stage companies in connection with Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital.... Read More.

9:00am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
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Justin Huff

Justin Huff
Software Engineer, Google, Inc

Small company veteran Justin started his career doing building embedded
systems ranging from imaging sonar to home automation. Then, he jumped head
first into web operations by building the backend infrastructure for Picnik.com.
He is currently a... Read More.

11:30am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
Picnik has been using Amazon Web Services for two years. We love it. And we hate it. It also made us lazy. We'll explain what we mean, and how you can benefit. Full Details
Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer
Vice President, Search Products and User Experience, Google

Marissa leads Google’s efforts on search products – web search, images, news, books, products, maps, – and other consumer-facing initiatives such as iGoogle, Google Earth, Google Chrome, and more. Her contributions have included designing and developing Google’s search interface, internationalizing... Read More.

8:40am Wednesday, 06/24/2009
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Bryan McQuade

Bryan McQuade
Senior Software Engineer, Google

During Bryan’s time at Google, he has contributed to various projects that make the web faster, including Shared Dictionary Compression over HTTP, optimizing web servers to better utilize HTTP, and most recently, the Page Speed web performance tool.... Read More.

11:45am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
Page Speed is an open source Firebug add-on that gives suggestions on how to improve web page performance. In this talk, we describe the open development model that we have adopted for Page Speed and the importance of decreasing latency to make web applications more responsive. Full Details
Richard Rabbat

Richard Rabbat
Product Manager, Google, Inc.

Richard Rabbat is a product manager at Google. He recently released Page Speed, a Firefox add-on that analyzes web pages and gives suggestions on how to improve them in addition to doing some of the optimizations itself. He works on... Read More.

11:45am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
Page Speed is an open source Firebug add-on that gives suggestions on how to improve web page performance. In this talk, we describe the open development model that we have adopted for Page Speed and the importance of decreasing latency to make web applications more responsive. Full Details
Jesse Robbins

Jesse Robbins
Founder & CEO, OnBeep, Inc.

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... Read More.

8:30am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders welcome you to Velocity 2009! Full Details
8:30am Wednesday, 06/24/2009
Morning welcome and program notes from Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders. Full Details
Ed Robinson

Ed Robinson
General Manager, Riverbed

Ed Robinson has a long history in development tools and web performance. He was CEO and co-founder of Aptimize – the New Zealand-based pioneer in automated website performance tuning.
After Riverbed Technology acquired Aptimize in July 2011,... Read More.

10:40am Wednesday, 06/24/2009
Aptimize Software presents the world’s simplest latency simulator. An open-source browser add-in that simulates the effects of network latency. Simple and easy to use – designed for “non-experts”, developers, operations and business people to quickly see how fast or slow their website will be over the internet or across the WAN. Full Details
Eric Schurman

Eric Schurman
Principal Engineer, 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... Read More.

9:30am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
We applied several types of page slowdowns to very small percentages of our users for short periods of time and measured the impact in terms of metrics like clicks, time to click, repeat site usage, queries per visit, revenue, etc. This talk is to share the results. Full Details
Steve Souders

Steve Souders
Chief Curver, SpeedCurve

Steve works at SpeedCurve on the interplay between performance and design. He previously served as Google’s Head Performance Engineer, Chief Performance Yahoo!, and Chief Performance Officer at Fastly. Steve has pioneered much of the work in the world... Read More.

8:30am Tuesday, 06/23/2009
Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders welcome you to Velocity 2009! Full Details
8:30am Wednesday, 06/24/2009
Morning welcome and program notes from Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders. Full Details
Matt Tanase

Matt Tanase
Founder, Slicehost

Matt Tanase has always had the entrepreneurial spirit. Immediately following college, Matt started Qaddisin, a company focused on network security services and application development. After working on software consulting projects and being disappointed with the state of webhosting, he took... Read More.

11:45am Wednesday, 06/24/2009
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  • Keynote Systems
  • Google
  • Shopzilla
  • Aptimize
  • Facebook
  • NeuStar
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • SoftLayer
  • SpringSource
  • Sun Microsystems

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