Velocity 2009 Keynotes

John Adams

John Adams, TwitterOperations Engineer

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.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Dion Almaer

Dion Almaer, Set DirectionFounder

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 working to set the direction of the software industry as a whole.

Dion has been a technologist and a developer writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog at almaer.com/blog.

He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter @dalmaer.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Jeremy Bingham

Jeremy Bingham, Dailykos.comCTO

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 while back, because otherwise he wouldn’t be doing this.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Jake Brutlag

Jake Brutlag, GoogleDesign Support Engineering Analyst

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 engine latency.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
John Busch

John Busch, Schooner Information TechnologyCEO/President

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 chip-multi-processing, advanced multi-tier clustered systems for deployment of internet based services, and advanced HPC systems. Dr. Busch received the top President’s Award for Innovation at Sun, and oversaw many division technology transfers. Prior to Sun, Dr. Busch was VP of Engineering and Business Partnerships with Diba Inc, and was general manager of the Diba Division after Sun acquired Diba in 1997. From 1989 to 1994, Dr. Busch was co-founder and CTO/VP of Engineering of Clarity Software, and led creation of advanced multi-media composition... 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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Vik Chaudhary

Vik Chaudhary, KeynoteVP Product Management & Corporate Development

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.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Philip Dixon

Philip Dixon, ShopzillaVP Engineering

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 network.

Prior to Shopzilla, Phil was co-founder, director and CTO of Project.net — a premier provider of Enterprise Project Management software. From its inception in 1999 to over 200,000 seats deployed worldwide, Phil was a driving force behind the company’s launch, its technology innovation, its sales success and its eventual sale.

A serial entrepreneur, Phil also founded or had senior leadership roles with numerous other high-technology companies including NetProfit Investment Technologies, Rockwell Semiconductor systems, Sourcefinder where he served as Chief Technology Officer; and Internet... 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?
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Ben Galbraith

Ben Galbraith, Walmart.comVP, Mobile Engineering

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 Walmart.com after being acquired along with their start-up team in early 2011. Ben’s been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he’s written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold three companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and Software Architect positions in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and six children.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Umang Gupta

Umang Gupta, KeynoteChairman and Chief Executive Officer

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 Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Umang began his career in 1973 with IBM. Umang joined Oracle Corporation in 1981 where he wrote the first business plan for the company, and served as Vice President and General Manager of the Microcomputer Products Division through 1984. He left Oracle to become Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Gupta Corporation, which he took public in 1993 (NASDAQ: GPTA). Gupta Corporation was responsible for ushering in the era of enterprise client/server computing by introducing many seminal innovations, including the... 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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Jonathan Heiliger

Jonathan Heiliger, FacebookVP of Technical Operations

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. He formerly led the engineering team at Walmart.com, where he was responsible for infrastructure and building scalable systems. Jonathan also spent several years at Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP) as the Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in his career, Jonathan was the CTO of Frontier GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s corporate venture capital group.

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

Justin Huff, Google, IncSoftware Engineer

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 Software Engineer in Google’s Seattle office.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer, GoogleVice President, Search Products and User Experience

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 the site to over 100 languages, and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. Google’s first female engineer, Marissa joined in 1999 and led the user interface and web server teams at that time.

Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford University, where she earned both her B.S. in Symbolic Systems and her M.S. in Computer Science. Stanford has recognized... Read More.

8:40am Wednesday, 06/24/2009
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Presentation: Keynote Presentation 2 [PDF]
Bryan McQuade

Bryan McQuade, GoogleSenior Software Engineer

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. Prior to working on web performance, Bryan was the first full time engineer on the Google TV Ads team, where he helped to build some of Google’s TV ad auction and video management systems.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Presentation: Page Speed Presentation [PPT]
Richard Rabbat

Richard Rabbat, Google, Inc.Product Manager

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 projects that power Google’s infrastructure including latency measurements for Google apps. Previously, Richard worked on data center technologies.

Richard was VP of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Club of Northern California where he helped incubate the green energy and clean technologies program.

Richard is a Senior Member of IEEE and holds a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Presentation: Page Speed Presentation [PPT]
Jesse Robbins

Jesse Robbins, OnBeep, Inc.Founder & CEO

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.

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

Ed Robinson, RiverbedGeneral Manager

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, Ed moved to San Francisco to be general manager of web content optimization for Riverbed. Prior to all of this, Ed worked in program management for Microsoft in Visual Studio, Content Management Server, and SharePoint.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Eric Schurman

Eric Schurman, AmazonPrincipal Engineer

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.

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.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Steve Souders

Steve Souders, GoogleHead Performance Engineer

Steve works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. He previously served as Chief Performance Yahoo!. Steve is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He is the creator of YSlow, one of the top 25 of 2 billion Firefox add-ons. He’s created many other performance tools and services including Cuzillion, Jdrop, ControlJS, and Browserscope. He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford University.

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

Matt Tanase, SlicehostFounder

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 matters into his own hands and co-founded Slicehost, with college friend Jason Seats, in the summer of 2006. Known for its passionate customer service, the company currently has over 11,000 customers and 15,000 virtual servers located in downtown St. Louis. Along with his various entrepreneurial successes, Matt has received several recognitions. He was a regular security columnist for Security Focus, the Product Picks monthly columnist for Linux Magazine, and in 2002 he won the 30 under 30 Award for the St. Louis Business Journal. Matt... 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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