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.
Dion Almaer is a technologist who loves to code and build. He and his long time partner-in-crime Ben Galbraith recently brought their team to Walmart to power the mobile engineering efforts. He enjoys sharing his passion for software production across various communities, including a new property called FunctionSource.com.
Dion has been 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.
He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter.
Mike Brittain is the Director of Engineering for infrastructure teams at Etsy in Brooklyn, NY. He manages the low-level platform teams that focus on enabling Continuous Deployment in an engineering team of over 100 people. The focus of these teams is on developer tools, testing automation, web performance, database access, caching, and site resilience. You know, the fun parts!
Mike has been involved in Internet development for over 12 years as a generalist, with interests frequently bouncing between front-end and back-end technologies and engineering. He has put his experience to work over the last seven years leading small development teams at a handful of Internet start-ups in New York City.
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.
Mike has spent the last 8 years building highly available systems for Yahoo!, from global replication of petabyte data sets, to massively distributed CDN and traffic routing mechanisms dispersed to points throughout the world. Prior to that, he spent 9 years building interactive television systems at Oracle and Thirdspace, wrestling bus sized parallel supercomputing systems and building fast lightweight DVR client applications. He particularly enjoys solving unsolvable problems.
Dr. Richard Cook is the Professor of Healthcare Systems Safety and Chairman of the Department of Patient Safety at the Kungliga Techniska Hogskolan (the Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a practicing physician, researcher and educator.
Dr. Cook graduated with honors from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where he was a Scholar of the University. He worked in the computer industry in supercomputer system design and engineering applications. He received the MD degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 where he was a General Surgery intern. Between 1987 and 1991 he was researcher on expert human performance in Anesthesiology and Industrial and Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University. He completed an Anesthesiology residency at Ohio State in 1994. From November... Read More.
Marcel Duran is the Front End Lead for Yahoo!’s Exceptional Performance Team. He has been into web performance optimization on high traffic sites in Yahoo! Front Page and Search teams where he applied and researched web performance best practices making pages even faster. He is now dedicated to YSlow and other performance tools development, researches and evangelism. His goal is to make the web even faster than it can be and believes there is no such thing as “just a few milliseconds won’t hurt”.
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.
Auguste leads Go Daddy’s Technology Team and is responsible for: Product Development, IT operations, Information Security and Research/Development. Before taking over as Go Daddy CIO, Auguste was the project “champion” for the One Click Provisioning (1CP), a program that automates server creation for Go Daddy’s hosting infrastructure which serves more than 5 million hosted websites. Auguste also led Go Daddy’s 2010 COBIT IT governance initiative.
Prior to 2010, Auguste served as the CEO of Integralis Managed Security Services in Stockholm, Sweden and CTO of Linde AG, the world’s largest natural gas company based in Munich, Germany. In his spare time, Auguste enjoys performing karaoke to ABBA songs with his colleagues.
Dominic works at Google as a Senior Software Engineer and is focused on making the Internet faster. His work over the past year has been on the Chrome browser, specifically focused on prerendering pages and finding ways to get what the user wants before they know they want it. Before working at Google, Dominic spent ten years in the game development industry, working at companies such as Electronic Arts in Vancouver BC, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in London, and Lucasfilm in both Singapore and the Bay Area.
Arvind is a Director of Engineering at Google and works on making Google and the Internet fast. He also helped establish and chairs the W3C’s Web Performance Working Group.
Patrick Lightbody, director of product management at Neustar Enterprise, is the founder of BrowserMob, a cutting edge load testing and website monitoring provider, which is now part of Neustar. Before Patrick founded BrowserMob, he was Senior Product Manager at Gomez, running the QA Solutions Product Group. Patrick also founded HostedQA, an automated web testing platform. He is an avid open source contributor, proving his passion by founding OpenQA, creating Selenium Remote Control and co-creating Struts 2. Patrick holds a computer science degree from University of California, San Diego.
Stephen Ludin is a Chief Architect for Akamai’s Site Acceleration and Security group. He joined Akamai in 2002 and works out of Akamai’s west-coast headquarter in San Mateo, California. His primary focus has been on projects related to the core proxy technology that is responsible for routing, accelerating, and securing Akamai’s traffic.
Most recently, as a technology leader in the Web Acceleration team, he has been leading the efforts behind Akamai’s next generation acceleration platform and its security and fraud prevention technology stack.
Ludin received his degree from the University of California at San Diego in Computer Music where his coding abilities were used in writing C programs to create experimental music. We are all grateful for his decision to use his technical and management... Read More.
Dallas Marlow is an engineer at Tumblr where he has spent the last year working on performance and operational problems at scale as the site has grown more than 3 times over. He specializes in measuring, monitoring and predicting datastore performance and scalability. Prior to Tumblr he has worked to improve performance and reliability of several popular websites such as ideeli.com, popularscience.com and transworld.net.
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.
Patrick Meenan created WebPagetest while at AOL and now works at Google with a team that is working to make the web faster. He has been working on optimizing low-level networking performance for various applications (among other responsibilities) over the last 15 years.
I am a Performance Architect for Intel’s web and cloud domains. My background is in DevOps, and in the current timeframe, I focus on agile performance solutions and services with a focus on Application Performance Management.
Jay Parikh is the VP of Infrastructure Engineering at Facebook, where he oversees infrastructure engineering and operations. Jay is responsible for leading software development and operations efforts focused on scaling Facebook’s infrastructure in order to support the company’s millions of users, developers and partners worldwide. Prior to Facebook, Jay was the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Ning, where he oversaw the global engineering and operations teams. While there, the teams he led created and scaled the company’s social networking platform from 50,000 social networks to over 1.5 million social networks. Before Ning, Jay was the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies where he helped build the world’s largest and most globally distributed computing platform. Over his nine years at Akamai, he... Read More.
Sunil Potti is vice president and general manager of the NetScaler Product Group at Citrix. Potti joined Citrix from F5 Networks, where he was a vice president of development and prior to that he co-founded and led all product efforts for Application-Oriented Networking at Cisco. Potti’s background includes heading products at Synchrony, a hosted eCRM solution company, and also many years at Sybase in various roles including leading the Sybase Central Architecture team.
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.
Alois Reitbauer works as a technology strategist and evangelist for Compuware’s APM Division. He specializes in architecture and performance related topics in the Java and AJAX space. As part of the product management team he drives the future of the dynaTrace product line and works closely with technology companies on implementing performance management solutions. He is a frequent speaker at technology conferences on performance and architecture related topics and regularly publishes articles blogs on blog.dynatrace.com
Opscode makes Chef , the powerful open source tool used by thousands of developers & systems administrators to automate, manage and scale infrastructure of any size and complexity. With Chef Cookbooks users can find and share recipes for over 380 infrastructure components . The Opscode Platform is the hosted configuration management service that makes Chef even more powerful and easy to use.
Lindsey Simon is a Front-End Developer at Twist, a mobile startup in San Francisco. Simon hails from Austin where he worked at startups, taught computing at the Griffin School, and was the webmaster for years at the Austin Chronicle.
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.
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