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Brad Abrams is a Lead Product Manager on the Google Cloud Platform team where he is currently responsible for the developer, admin and mobile experiences. Software development is one of the last areas of modern life not deeply enhanced by the cloud – Brad’s mission is to bring the power, scale and availability of the modern cloud to art of software development.
Brad has been at Google since 2011 and has lead platform efforts in Chrome, Google+ and now on the Cloud Platform team. Prior to Google, Brad lead many developer efforts at Microsoft on products including the .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Silverlight and Visual Studio. Brad published several books include the bestselling Framework Design Guidelines. Brad has spoken at developer... Read More.
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.
Jake works in Google Chrome’s developer relations team, working on specs, testing implementations, and ensuring developers have tools to make their jobs less painful. He’s a big fan of time-to-render optimisations, progressive enhancement, and all of that responsive stuff.
Outside of the web, Jake likes F1 and nice beer.
Kiran Badam is a Senior Technical Lead at Microsoft who runs part of the Bing Performance team. Kiran has spent the last 8 years building high-performance web applications. When not coding, you can find him reading a book or playing with his two little daughters.
I’m currently working as a systems administrator at Stack Exchange, making the internet better. I have about 11 years of experience running all sizes of networks from 1 man shops, to giant networks that span countries. I enjoy working with Windows, and *nix systems equally.
Colin has been designing large scale web applications for 15 years and in the last 3 years has been leading the Infrastructure and Operations teams for global enterprises. He is currently an Enterprise Architect with Akamai where he combines both his expertise in software development and operations to help customers tune their development processes and optimize websites.
Artur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the Founder and CEO of Fastly the world’s only real-time content delivery network. Prior to Fastly he was CTO of Engineering and Operations at Wikia where he provided the technical backbone necessary for Wikia’s mission to compile and index the world’s knowledge. In past lives, he has been a committer to Varnish, 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.
AVP of Pythian’s open-source database practice, former CEO and Co Founder of Blackbird, former Founder of PalominoDB. Oracle, MySQL and Cassandra DBA, Architect and Designer for 11 years with such companies as Obama for America, Travelocity, Zappos, Chegg, LiveJournal, Disney Mobile and Adobe. She is also an open-source proponent, and advocate for bringing technology, job opportunities and privileges to underserved populations.
Sergey Chernyshev (@sergeyche) works at truTV (Turner) and responsible for web technology for their highly trafficked web site (trutv.com). He has more then 17 years of web technology experience and active open source developer and web technology enthusiast.
Sergey is an organizer of New York Web Performance Meetup, first local Web Performance group that meets monthly to discuss performance-related topics.
He’s creator and primary developer of ShowSlow, an open source tool that helps monitor YSlow grades, Page Speed scores and various other website performance metrics over time.
Dr. Richard Cook is the Professor of Healthcare Systems Safety at the Kungliga Techniska Hogskolan (the Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a practicing physician, researcher and educator. Dr Cook received his BA degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin shortly after the invention of the telephone. After a misspent career in the computer industry he went to medical school at the University of Cincinnati and, much to the surprise of the faculty there, was awarded the MD degree in 1986. He wasted a lot of time and effort in various residency and fellowship programs but was finally able to complete training as an anesthesiologist. Between 1994 and 2012 he gave anesthesia to patients, tried to teach medical students and residents, and... Read More.
He has been programming for over 14 years and currently specializes in performance and optimization, mainly in the C# and SQL space. At Stack Exchange he maintains the search and database systems, keeps page load times low, and architects systems with performance, stability, monitoring and maintainability in mind.
Norberth is a full-stack, senior software engineer with a passion for technologies that make a developer’s life easier. An integral part of the performance team at Intuit, Norberth focuses primarily on frontend performance, architecture and application logic. As a huge fan of client side MVC frameworks, he uses and abuses Backbone.js and Ember.js. Norberth first gained credibility and notoriety when he created a Facebook clone as a sole developer, which evolved into a company building social widgets for the web. Hailing from Romania, Norberth believes in lifelong learning, and lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two kids.
Andy is UK-based freelance performance consultant. He focuses on helping ecommerce sites to measure and improve their performance.
Phil Dibowitz has been working in systems engineering for 12 years and is currently a production engineer at Facebook. Initially, he worked on the traffic infrastructure team automating load balancer configuration management as well as designing and building the production IPv6 infrastructure. Phil now leads the team responsible for rebuilding the configuration management system from the ground up. Prior to Facebook, he worked at Google managing the large GMail environment, and at Ticketmaster, where he co-authored and open sourced a configuration management tool called Spine (https://github.com/ticketmaster/spine). Phil also contributes to and maintains various open source projects (http://www.phildev.net/) and has spoken around the community at conferences and LUGs on a variety of topics from Path MTU Discovery to X509.
Cuong is a software engineer on the Dropbox server infrastructure team, focusing on writing scalable storage infrastructure software. Prior to Dropbox, Cuong led the YouTube feature development team and was one of its founding engineers, helping to scale the YouTube site. He previously held various engineering positions at eBay, PayPal, and Inktomi.
Jeremy is currently the Reliability
Architect for Netflix, the largest video streaming service in the world.
Before that he ran reddit, an online community for sharing and discussing
interesting things on the internet that does more than a billion pageviews
a month. Both run their entire operations on Amazon’s EC2. Jeremy’s expertise is in distributed computing, EC2, rapid scaling and social media.
Bethany Erskine has over 12 years of experience with web operations and Linux systems administration. She is currently a member of the Ops team at Paperless Post where she cares for the infrastructure that help Paperless Post’s customers create beautiful, custom online and paper stationery.
I have been working for Microsoft as a performance engineer since 2006 and mainly focus on web performance on more than 14 different projects including http://www.msdn.com, http://www.technet.com, http://connect.microsoft.com, http://support.microsoft.com, etc.
Please Try http://www.PagePhaseTime.com (or http://www.PagePhaseTime.com/MOBILE/ on devices) for the patent I filed for the new PLT measurement methodology based on user perceived experience, which is now being used by MSDN and TFS and under consideration by several other internal teams within Microsoft.
On the personal side, I love basketball, squash, swimming (being a professional swimming athlete for 8 years). My wife and I enjoy playing with my 22-month-old daughter, and that is the majority of time we spend over leisure time.
Mike is a long-time systems engineer, building a variety of platforms with all technologies.
Currently the Director of Technicals Operations at Datadog, he focuses on delivering scalable platforms with short turnaround times via automation.
He contributes to Chef, Ops School, Vagrant, Veewee, and many other open source projects.
Sometimes he writes a few of his own.
When he’s not working, he’s a roller derby referee and licensed skydiver.
Andrew manages the Dropbox SRE team focusing on service management, machine management and monitoring across Dropbox datacenters and EC2. Before Dropbox, he worked at YouTube helping to scale their infrastructure. He previously was at AOL running proxy/cache and video search infrastructure.
As a self professed nerd, I’ve been playing around with computers since I was a little kid, starting with writing simple scripts for my Apple IIgs, to where I am now, building rich internet applications., I’ve followed a somewhat non-traditional path to becoming a front-end web developer. I’ve worked as an art director, taught at SVA, worked as a tech editor, and come a long way from my first geocities website with animated gifs. I also hold an English Degree from Cornell University, am an avid reader, and love biking. I’m happiest implementing beautiful UI’s, regardless of language. I love developing standards compliant HTML, but have also developed for Flex, dabbled in iOS, and easily pick up other languages. Follow her on twitter... Read More.
Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer and developer advocate on the Make The Web Fast team at Google, where he spends his days and nights on making the web fast and driving adoption of performance best practices.
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.
Chris manages the Java Agent team at New Relic. He has developed and managed distributed software systems for over twenty years. His interests include performance optimization, scalable systems, software development methods, and robotics.
A security focused system administrator and technical instructor, Joshua Hoffman has trained ops staff from the west coast to the far east in practical, efficient, and effective system management and automation. Hoffman created major portions of Red Hat’s acclaimed System Administration training program and certification exams.
Jay Hung first learned about FEO (front-end optimization) in 2006 as an engineer at Yahoo!. His team was among the first to implement Steve Souders’ principles and techniques in Yahoo! products, and Jay cites Steve’s “14 rules for faster-loading web sites” as among his most valuable takeaways. Since then, Jay has gone on to optimize numerous web properties from startups to top Alexa sites, and remains hugely passionate about frontend performance.
Mark has spent the last 17 years working for companies like Bank of America, America Online, Heroku, 37signals, LivingSocial, and a number of smaller startups doing operations, system architecture, and software development. He currently works for GitHub.
Tim Kadlec is a developer advocate pushing for a faster web at Akamai. He is the author of Implementing Responsive Design: Building Sites for an Anywhere, Everywhere Web (New Riders, 2012), and was a contributing author for Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design and Web Performance Daybook Volume 2 (O’Reilly, 2012). Along with Katie Kovalcin, Tim co-hosts The Path to Performance Podcast. He writes sporadically at timkadlec.com.
Dan Kaminsky has been a noted security researcher for over a decade, and has spent his career advising Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco, Avaya, and Microsoft. Dan spent three years working with Microsoft on their Vista, Server 2008, and Windows 7 releases.
Dan is best known for his work finding a critical flaw in the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), and for leading what became the largest synchronized fix to the Internet’s infrastructure of all time. Of the seven Recovery Key Shareholders who possess the ability to restore the DNS root keys, Dan is the American representative. Dan is presently developing systems to reduce the cost and complexity of securing critical infrastructure.
Venkatesh Katari is a Mobile performance engineer at salesforce.com . Venkatesh has been building tools on iOS and Android to measure the front end performance on the mobile stack. He believes that the mobile performance measurement tools have to be on par with web browser based tools as of yesterday, and has been devoting his time to make mobile performance a better experience.
Web geek and an experienced software engineer with 10+ years experience in web application development, cloud computing and performance optimization.
Jonathan is a software engineer at Etsy, where he focuses on solving web performance and scalability challenges. Prior to working at Etsy he spent almost four years at Wayfair, where he led the team that converted the primary tech stack to PHP/Lighttpd/FreeBSD. He started and organizes the Boston Web Performance Meetup Group, and he contributes to a few open source projects, including the HTTPArchive and CSSLint. Jonathan blogs regularly at http://www.jonathanklein.net and can be found on Twitter at @jonathanklein.
Dan Kuebrich is a web performance geek, currently working on application performance at AppNeta. He was previously a founder of Tracelytics (acquired by AppNeta). AppNeta is the Full Stack Application Performance Management (APM) technology leader, providing integrated performance visibility into the application code, through the network, to the end user.
Manish is CTO and co-founder at Appurify. As the brains behind Appurify’s technology, Manish holds the secret sauce to the company’s platform. Manish has a unique blend of expertise. As a systems architect at Amazon Kindle, he designed the operating system for the Kindle line of products. At MontaVista, he was among a select group of MIPS/ARM architects that worked on the first multicore real time Linux OS, Linux 2.4 and 2.6 versions. Manish holds 30 patents in areas such as USB, Power Management, Chargers, System Debugging and Validation. Most recently, he was a CTO at Zynga.
Zane Lackey is the Director of Security Engineering at Etsy and a member of the Advisory Council to the US State Department-backed Open Technology Fund. Prior to Etsy, Zane was a Senior Security Consultant at iSEC Partners.
He has been featured in notable media outlets such as the BBC, Associated Press, Forbes, Wired, CNET, Network World, and SC Magazine. A frequent speaker at top industry conferences, he has presented at BlackHat, RSA, Microsoft BlueHat, Toorcon, SANS, OWASP, QCon, and has given invited lectures at NYU, UC Davis, and Reykjavik University.
He is a contributing author of Mobile Application Security (McGraw-Hill), a co-author of Hacking Exposed: Web 2.0 (McGraw-Hill), and a contributing author/technical editor of Hacking VoIP (No Starch Press).... Read More.
Will Law is a Principal Architect within the Media Engineering group at Akamai. He has been involved with streaming media on the web for the last decade with a strong focus on client-side development and helped write many of the early connection frameworks that still drive much of the traffic flowing over Akamai today, including OVP, HDCore and OSMF. He has a current focus on MPEG-DASH and HTTP delivery, mobile media, connected devices and security. Law is a founding board member of DASH Industry Forum, holds Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA and has worked previously for Adobe, VitalStream and a series of five engineering and media-related startups.
Philippe Le Hegaret heads the W3C Interaction Domain which produces
frontend Web technologies including HTML5, CSS3, SVG, WOFF, or Web APIs.
He is currently a participant in the Web Performance Working Group and
organized the W3C workshop on Video on the Web in 2007. Until July 2008,
Philippe lead the W3C Architecture Domain, which produced the W3C Core
technologies in the area of XML, Web Services, and Internationalization.
He is a former Chair of the Document Object Model (DOM) Working Group
and co-edited some of the DOM specifications.
Alexis Lê-Quôc is the CTO of Datadog, an infrastructure monitoring service. He’s spoken at various tech conferences (including Velocity) on operations, architecture and customer support.
Sean Leach is vice president of technology for Verisign’s network intelligence and availability (NIA) business. He is responsible for the group’s short-and long-term technical and product strategy.
Leach was previously chief technology officer of name.com, a top 15 domain registration and hosting company, where he was responsible for product and technical strategy and engineering and operations management. He has also served as senior director of technology for NeuStar’s internet and infrastructure services group (IISG), director of product engineering for UltraDNS, director of engineering for NetLojix/Impulse Internet Services and director of engineering for Warp 9 Inc., one of the pioneering e-commerce application service providers.
Leach holds a Bachelors of Science in computer science from the University of Delaware. He is a sought-after subject matter... Read More.
Has been working on the PageSpeed optimization libraries and mod_pagespeed since the early days of the project. He built the first PageSpeed image optimizer and the library identification mechanism, and lately has been working on improving mobile web performance using mod_pagespeed. Back before joining Google, Jan helped design and implement the Fortress programming language.
Ziga leads the Dropbox performance team, focusing on instrumentation, profiling and performance improvements across infrastructure, mobile, web, and desktop client. Before Dropbox, he worked at Google on web search, including Instant Search and prerendering in Chrome.
Ashray Mathur is an engineer working on making mobile applications faster at Salesforce.com. During his time at Salesforce, he has been instrumental in evangelizing, defining and driving mobile performance initiatives for several mobile enterprise applications. He is primarily interested in performance measurement, modeling and tuning applications.
Colt McAnlis is a Developer Advocate at Google focusing on Chrome Games and Performance; Before that, he was a systems & graphics programmer in the games industry working at Blizzard, Microsoft (Ensemble), and Petroglyph. He’s a UDACITY course professor for HTML5 games, and also spent 4 years as an Adjunct Professor at SMU Guildhall’s school for game development. When he’s not working with developers, Colt spends his time preparing for an invasion of giant ants from outer space. You can follow him on G+ , Twitter, or his Blog
Patrick Meenan has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 12 years and is currently working at Google to make the web faster. He created the popular open-source WebPagetest web performance measurement tool, runs the free instance of it at www.webpagetest.org and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance. He also helped found the WPO foundation which is a non-profit organization focused on Web Performance Optimization.
Dan Milstein is a co-founder at Hut 8 Labs, a (tiny, new) software consulting shop in Boston. He’s worked as a programmer, architect, team lead and product owner at a variety of startups over the last 15 years. He is fascinated by the interactions between complex systems and the humans who build and maintain those systems. Some recent writing includes: How To Survive a Ground-Up Rewrite Without Losing Your Sanity, and Coding, Fast and Slow: Developers and the Psychology of Overconfidence.
Gene Morris is a Lead Solutions Consultant at Keynote Systems, Inc., helping Keynote customers to find the right Keynote services to fit their needs, and making sure they get full value from those services. He’s been with Keynote for over 9 years, which has afforded him ample opportunity to observe those practices which work and those which do not work so well in the world of web and mobile performance.
Michael is the CEO of Sencha, a company that makes design, runtime and deployment tools for HTML5 apps. He’s an enthusiastic web technologist. He ran product management at VMware during its breakout into server computing and then ran all of VMware marketing. He has a wide base of experience in infrastructure and cloud startups, including Loudcloud, PeakStream (sold to Google) and Engine Yard.
Steven is a SysAdmin on the technical staff for Stack Exchange (operators of great Q&A sites like Server Fault and Stack Overflow) and a Microsoft MVP in PowerShell.
Steven also leads two local user groups, the Greater Milwaukee IT Pro User Community and the Greater Milwaukee Script Club. He speaks regularly to local user groups and can be found at various conferences.
Courtney Nash manages all Velocity-related content for O’Reilly Media. An erstwhile academic neuroscientist, she is still fascinated by the brain and how people learn just about anything. She’s been known to teach people how to Salsa dance, conduct psychology experiments, or even get air on a mountain bike. When not working on books, Courtney can be found biking, hiking, skiing, and photographing the Cascade Mountains near her home in Bellingham, Washington.
Mike O’Dea is the Senior Director, Technical Operations on the Systems team at MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. He bootstrapped the 24×7×365 Operations team responsible for monitoring & administration of MLBAM’s content delivery infrastructure. Mike joined MLBAM in 2011, having previously worked as a consultant in the mobile/social/advertising world and as GM/CTO of Upoc Networks, the first mobile community & cross-carrier messaging platform in the U.S. Prior to Upoc, he held Sr. UNIX System Administrator positions in the finance, digital advertising & ISP industries. When he is not in the Systems NOC at MLBAM’s Chelsea Market headquarters, Mike can be found tinkering with various HF/VHF radios (he is a licensed... Read More.
Simon Perkins is the CEO and Founder of Simtec Limited
Aaron has worked with the Web since 1997 in the areas of Product, Business Development, UI and Tech. In the past 3 years, Aaron worked as an independent web performance consultant and he spent the last 6 months building Turbobytes, an innovative multi-CDN service.
Rob Peters is Chief Architect at EdgeCast Networks, where he was one of the early members of the engineering group. Peters currently leads core teams that work with EdgeCast’s core http cache/proxy engine and its surrounding infrastructure ecosystem of software and hardware. He enjoys thinking about deployment methodologies and looking at graphs and grids full of colorful numbers, and is often mistaken for a subversion and perl fanboy.
Prior to joining EdgeCast in 2008, Rob completed a Ph.D. in Computation & Neural Systems from the California Institute of Technology and spent several years in post-doctoral work at the University of Southern California building biologically-inspired computer vision software. He will be happy to show you a live demo of these algorithms that still manage to run... Read More.
Guy Podjarny (Guypo) the founder of Snyk.io, building Web Security tools for developers. Guy was previously CTO at Akamai and founder of Blaze.io. Guy’s research and writing focuses on Web Security and Performance, often running large tests to reach data-driven conclusions.
Guy is a frequent conference speaker, writes at guypo.com and Medium, the author of “Responsive & Fast” (by O’Reilly) and the creator of Mobitest.
Eric’s a programmer. He’s also a longtime advocate of alternative storage mechanisms (especially the distributed kind), and loves to write and talk about them. He’s co-author of Seven Databases in Seven Weeks and recently A Little Riak Book. Eric is a Riak Engineer at Basho, and runs the largest technical web group in Portland.
George is the author of several books on cloud computing and enterprise technologies. His most recent books are The REST API Design Handbook and O’Reilly’s Cloud Application Architectures. Professionally, he founded and served as CTO of Enstratius prior to its acquisition by Dell. George has also led a number of Open Source projects including the Dasein Cloud abstraction API for Java. George holds a BA from Bates College in Maine and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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
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Carolyn Rowland began working with UNIX in 1986; her professional career as a UNIX system administrator took off in 1991. Carolyn chaired the USENIX LISA ‘12 conference in San Diego in December 2012. Carolyn’s two industry passions continue to be finding new ways to encourage and educate people to enter the operations professions and helping advance women in tech through strong community and sharing of best practices for dealing with existing gender issues in the computing professions.
Joe Rustad is a senior software engineer with more than 15 years of professional experience developing APM products. Specializing in application performance and scalability analysis, with experience in automated network performance analysis, response time prediction, run time application performance profiling, and wireless web performance optimization, he is a primary architect for Foglight and Senior Manager for the Foglight APM effort. Joe is passionate about simplifying and automating APM while at the same time giving experts great tools and visibility into the emerging big-data world of performance analysis. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from San Diego State University.
Dany Rybnikov serves as a senior engineer for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), where he develops the network stack optimization within the Web Technologies group. Dany works on mobile web browser benchmarking, profiling and optimizations.
Baron is co-founder and CTO of VividCortex, a provider of SaaS database administration tools. He is the lead author of High Performance MySQL and continues to research and publish under the O’Reilly imprint. He has created several open-source software tools, including Maatkit, and has authored features for MySQL and InnoDB. He is an Oracle ACE, and the founder of the worldwide OpenSQL Camp conference series. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. Baron lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his family.
Some people are born to web operations and some people have it thrust upon them. Andrew Co-founded Reductive Labs and worked to help organizations build better systems with better tools. He brings with him a background in high performance computing, computational science, embedded Linux development, web frameworks and Agile methods.
Andrew really likes to help teams navigate the technology Renaissance triple point between people, process and tools.
Andrew is interested in conversation about almost anything. His two sons and wife think he is pretty cool. He is definitely a villager.
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.
Jonathan is a Site Reliability Engineer at New Relic where he applies his systems, networking, and coding skills to automate their infrastructure. For over the last 15 years he has worked on a variety of projects including unified communications, performance testing, automation, and scaling for the web.
Avleen is a Staff Operations Engineer at Etsy, where he spends much of his time growing the infrastructure for selling knitted gloves and cross-stitch periodic tables. Before joining Etsy he worked at several large tech companies, including EarthLink and Google, as well as a number of small successful startups.
Seth Walker is handcrafting tools and encouraging a culture of performance at Etsy
Mandi Walls is a New York City-based Senior Technical Evangelist with Opscode, Inc. For Opscode, she travels the world helping organizations increase their effectiveness using configuration management. Her prior experiences include running large websites for AOL, including www.aol.com, moviefone.com, and games.com, and managing scientific computing resources at NIH.
Dan White is the Senior Vice President of Technology at CafeMom.com. He has a special knack for building great databases and making things work.
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.
Susie is a performance engineer in mobile at Salesforce. She works on stability/performance testing for mobile applications and automations.
Mike Zaic is the Vice President of Engineering at CafeMom, the largest social network dedicated to moms. Prior to CafeMom, he worked for small to medium sized startups, helping them to grow from inception to millions of users.
Bill Zurat is the Director of Multimedia Infrastructure on the Systems team at MLBAM, the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. He is responsible for building scalable, live/vod, backend video streaming architecture for every MLB game, targeting over 350 devices. He joined MLBAM in 2007, having previously been at WFMU, a freeform radio station based in Jersey City, NJ. For five years at WFMU, Bill was the Senior Systems Administrator (and a DJ) responsible for designing, building and supporting a live 24/7/365 audio streaming solution for their broadcast content and specialty DJ programs, while managing the digital archives for every show since 2001. Bill is a graduate of Fordham University where he studied English Literature and Philosophy... Read More.
Dave Zwieback has been managing engineers for close to 20 years. He’s a VP-engineering at Next Big Sound in New York City. He has previously worked with the adaptive learning startup Knewton, the quantitative investment management firm D.E. Shaw & Co., and Morgan Stanley. He also ran a consultancy for seven years. Dave is the author of Beyond Blameless: The Art of Learning from Failure (and Success), coming in 2015 from O’Reilly Media.
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