UP 2012 Speakers
Rob CraftSenior Director of Cloud Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
Rob has been at Microsoft since the dot com bubble, initially focused on scalable application design in Windows. As an architect, Rob concentrated on helping customers and partners modernize and re-architect their applications on the latest technologies. Rob led the technology work and deal negotiations with the top global ISVs worldwide—including the key Cloud pure play companies. Recently, Rob has returned to Redmond from Paris where he led the business operations for Microsoft International—all countries except US and Canada. This provided him the perspective and customer voice for his current role focused on delivering the best cloud platform in the world. He attended the United States Military Academy, and is a graduate of the Microsoft MBA program from the Kelly School of Business.
Ken CopasCTO, Glasshouse
As the Cloud Computing and IT Services Lead for GlassHouse Technologies, Ken Copas helps clients understand the concepts that drive Cloud Computing and Service Provider Models. Ken’s experience includes serving as a Business Development Executive with IBM and as an IT executive for NetJets.
Deni ConnorFounding Analyst, Storage Strategies NOW
Deni Connor founded SSG-NOW in 2007. She is a well-known storage expert, who was previously a reporter for IDG’s Network World. In addition, she worked in marketing and editorial positions for Novell, IBM, Control Data, Radix International, Thomas-Conrad and LAN Times and Networking Solutions magazine. While she has written for Data Communications, Byte, Datamation, the Computer Shoppper and Storage Magazine, now she writes primarily for Network World — the Storage Alert Newsletter. She has also written four books on computer networking and data communications. Deni holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts and Biology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Sunil MurthyCompetitive Software and Cloud Leader, IBM
Sunil Murthy directs the IBM Software Strategy including Cloud Computing. He brings in a rich diversified experience of over 15 years in Software industry. His professional experience spans software development, Product Management, Sales leadership with his Subject Matter expertise in Enterprise Application Integration, middleware solutions including Application Servers, Business Process Management, SOA, Enterprise Architecture, Best practices and Cloud computing. His 10+ years at IBM involves various roles including Leader for Technical Evangelists driving Cloud computing and Elastic caching initiatives as well as WebSphere Product Management and Strategy responsible for the growth of the business by 240% YtY with over 600 customers in the first year. His focus is squarely driven and aligned with the customers intentions of being prudent with their IT spend helping to prioritize technology spend to solve critical business needs. Sunil tweets @sunilbayarea
Efrat KasznikPresident, Foresight Valuation Group
Efrat Kasznik is an intellectual property (IP) and valuation expert, with close to 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on assisting clients with the management and commercialization of their innovation. She specializes in analyzing and valuing IP portfolios and emerging technologies for clients across industries, including some of the largest telecom IP holders. Efrat has worked with corporate clients that range in size from Fortune 100 to start-ups, law firms, universities, research institutions, inventors, IP brokers and patent funds. She is the founder and president of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based IP valuation, strategy and start-up advisory firm. She teaches a class on IP Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a frequent speaker and author on IP valuation and strategy issues. Throughout her career, Efrat also served as a co-founder, CFO and adviser to several Silicon Valley start ups. She is Chair of the Nanotechnology Committee of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and a member of the leadership committee of the LES High Tech Sector. She serves as a mentor to several start up incubators in the US and in Europe, where she routinely advises start ups on topics related to business strategy, financial modeling andIP portfolio management. Efrat received an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Mike DonaldsonVice President, Marketing, Hosting.com
Mike is responsible for planning and executing Hosting.com’s marketing strategy and leading the marketing team. He brings over 20 years of experience creating and implementing successful marketing and branding strategies at technology companies ranging from small startups to large multinationals. Prior to joining Hosting.com, Mike spent five years at Ping Identity Corporation as vice president of marketing. There, he implemented an agile marketing management model that helped the company grow its annual bookings run rate from under $1 million to over $50 million. Before Ping, Mike served as chief marketing officer at Clear Technology. Previously, he worked at New Era of Networks (NEON) as senior vice president of worldwide marketing. At NEON, Mike’s efforts to reposition the company as an e-business integration provider helped double annual revenues in two years.
Chris KeeneVP, Big Data Fast Data Initiative, VMware
Chris Keene is Vice President for the Big Data Fast Data initiative at VMware, a cloud platform combining 9 products that was launched at the VMworld Keynote in front of 20,000 customers. Keene is responsible for driving the adoption of VMware's cloud application platform adoption with SI, ISV and OEM partners. His preious company, WaveMaker Software, was acquired by VMware in 2011. WaveMaker is the most popular visual development platform for building cloud applications, backed by a 30,000-strong developer community. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of NASDAQ-listed Persistence Software, the company that pioneered real-time, distributed data management. He has also held management positions at McKinsey & Company and Hewlett Packard.
Eric FrenkielCEO and co-founder , MemSQL and Nikita Shamgunov, CTO and co-founder of MemSQL
Eric Frenkiel is the CEO and co-founder of MemSQL, the world’s fastest in-memory database. He is a database expert, and if frequently quoted in the media about his experiences at Facebook, Y Combinator and why faster databases matter. Eric is recognized on the conference circuit and recently spoke to packed audiences at GigaOM Structure and STAC. <p> Nikita Shamgunov is the CTO and co-founder of MemSQL. He spent six years as a senior database engineer at Microsoft SQL Server. Nikita holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in computer science, has been awarded several patents and is a world medal holder in ACM programming. That’s right, he won a gold medal for database programming!
Antonio PirainoCTO, ScienceLogic
Antonio Piraino is the CTO of ScienceLogic, Inc. Previously, Piraino was vice president and research director at Tier1Research, a division of The 451 Group, focused on managed services and cloud computing sectors. He spent a decade in the telecommunications, CDN and software development areas. During this time, Piraino was director of IP and data services for China Telecom, Telecom Italia and Teleglobe's e-Business division. His creation of a video streaming distribution network while at Teleglobe achieved success as a 'Top 10 Broadband Streaming Implementation for 2001’ by the Aberdeen Group. Piraino followed this success up by managing technical business developmentwith Akamai. He started his career in the satellite space, for industry giant INTELSAT, driving developments in the TDMA access technology segment. Originally from South Africa, Piraino has a BSc from the University of Natal, and holds an International MBA from Georgetown University. Antonio Piraino has published articles and collaborated on several reports on cloud computing management, virtualization and trends in the space throughout his career. He is also a regular speaker at managed hosting, virtualization and cloud computing conferences.
Simone BrunozziSenior Technology Evangelist, Amazon Web Services
Simone Brunozzi is a truly passionate technologist, and currently serves as a Technology Evangelist for Amazon Web Services, focused on the Bay Area (San Francisco and Silicon Valley). After being an entrepreneur, a professor, a CTO, and after writing two technical books and two novels, he joined Amazon.com in March 2008 in the role of Amazon Web Services Technology Evangelist for Europe (EMEA), to raise awareness about Cloud Computing and help developers build applications. In January 2010 he relocated to Singapore, becoming the first AWS Technology Evangelist for the APAC region. In 2010 he received the “2010 Cloud Evangelist of the Year” award. In July 2012, Simone relocated to San Francisco, where he maintains the same role, Technology Evangelist, focusing on events, companies and startups in California, mainly in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Khazret SapenovCTO, Cloudcor
A 20-year veteran of ICT, Khazret Sapenov is chairman and chief technology officer of Cloudcor, which serves hundreds of enterprise clients and works closely with a set of managed partners and independent software vendors. In this role, Sapenov is responsible for leading Cloudcor's overall strategy and technology direction across the United States and Canada, including employees in IT, partner, marketing, operations and vertical industry teams. <p>Sapenov serves as advisor and technology editor to a number of publishing houses and had been featured in global printed editions such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, PMI Network Magazine, PCWeek, Open Systems, PCWorld, CIO Magazine. <p>Sapenov previously served as the corporate director of research and development at Enomaly, where he was responsible for growing the company virtualization solutions business, including development and service delivery. <p>Prior to working with Enomaly, Sapenov held the positions in technology solutions development in various Fortune 500 companies. In that role he was responsible for global network, data centers, information security, core IT services and enterprise line-of-business applications. <p>Cloudcor organizations under Sapenov's leadership have developed into one market leaders and gained wide recognition as thought leader in cloud computing. Before Cloudcor, he was at corporate and academic research roles, covering oil and gas resources prospecting and development. Sapenov is a graduate of the University of Karaganda, where he received B. Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics.
Ashvin KamarajuVP Product Development, Vormetric Inc.
Ashvin Kamaraju is VP of Product Development for Vormetric. He is an expert on security, encryption, file systems, volume managers, storage, clustering and replication. He has held executive technology management positions with Symantec and Sun Microsystems where he contributed to the Solaris operating system. Mr. Kamaraju has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Mathematics & Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati.
Kurt MilneManaging Director, IT Process Institute
Managing Director of IT Process Institute Kurt Milne is the managing director of the IT Process Institute, he oversees research, benchmarking, and the development of prescriptive guidance for IT decision makers. He has more than 20 years of experience in various executive management, marketing, and engineering positions at leading technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard and BMC Software. He released a book in April 2011 Visible Ops Private Cloud: from virtualization to private cloud in 4 practical steps. He was primary investigator and author of 5 major research studies from IT Process Institute on IT controls, Change config release, strategic alignment, IT governance, and production server virtualization. He has written dozens of white papers and articles on topics as diverse as semiconductor design and manufacturing, manufacture shop-floor automation, supply chain integration, IT controls, IT service management, datacenter operations, virtualization, and private cloud. He is a professional presenter and frequent speaker at conferences.
Chris CouchChief Operations Officer, Transverse
Chris has spent 17 years as a professional focused on telecommunications software solutions. Most recently, Chris served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at ACE*COMM Corp. (NASD:ACEC), a leading provider of wireless OSS, BSS, and value-add services platforms. Prior to ACE*COMM, Chris was the Chief Technology Officer at RateIntegration, Inc., a Virginia-based software company that develops, distributes, and installs value-add services software for wireless service providers. Chris also led consulting practices at American Management Systems and Logica, where he oversaw or participated in the ground-up launch of several wireless carriers around the world. Chris has also designed and built wireless software products for Evolving Systems (NASD: EVOL), which was sold through Lucent Technologies. The products he developed included Over-the-Air activation, CDPD, and MSC to BTS mediation (IS-634).
Todd McKinnonCEO, Okta
Todd McKinnon is the CEO and co-founder of Okta, the first cloud-based identity management platform. Founded in 2009, Okta helps companies of all sizes secure their users, applications and data — both in the cloud and behind the firewall — so work gets done, from any device, anywhere. Under Todd’s leadership, Okta has grown into the leading identity solution with hundreds of enterprise customers. From 2003 to 2009, Todd was overall head of engineering at Salesforce.com, where he helped grow the team from 15 people to more than 250, and the service from 2 million daily transactions to more than 150 million with industry-leading performance and reliability. Todd’s team developed and launched Force.com, the industry’s first platform-as-a-service product, and AppExchange, the first online marketplace for cloud computing applications. Prior to Salesforce.com, Todd spent nearly a decade working in various engineering and leadership roles at PeopleSoft. Todd currently serves on the Board of Directors for Family House, a not-for-profit organization that provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital. Todd is a regular contributor to industry publications, including Forbes, Fast Company and Fortune. He earned a BS in Business from BYU and a MS in Computer Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Mark HarrisVice President of Marketing and Data Center Strategy, Nlyte Software
Mark Harris is the Vice President of Marketing and Data Center Strategy at Nlyte Software with over thirty years experience in product and channel marketing, sales, and corporate strategy. At Nlyte, Mark is responsible for all outbound marketing, strategic offering alignment regarding industry and customer requirements, plus overall customer advocacy. Mr. Harris joins Nlyte Software from Server Technology Inc., a data center power equipment manufacturer, where he was vice president of Marketing. Previously, he directed all sales and marketing efforts for DCIM software at Raritan Inc. Mr. Harris also spent a total of seven years combined at Avocent and Cyclades (now part of Emerson) as the vice president of Marketing Strategy of Data Center Management where helped create their initial DCIM offerings. Mr. Harris contributes to such publications as Data Center Post, Data Center Knowledge and Datacenter Dynamics. He’s also written for Mission Critical Magazine, DCD Focus and Processor.com. In addition, he writes his own weekly blog, DCIMExpert.com. Mark has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.
Jean-Paul SmetsCEO, Nexedi SA and VIFIB
Founder of Nexedi and initial author of ERP5, Jean-Paul is currently in charge of Nexedi international development, investment relations and technology partnerships. Jean-Paul graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure with a PhD in computer science and from Ecole des Mines de Paris with a Master in Public Administration. He gained industrial experience in Apparel Industry, Oil industry, Non Profit Organizations and Lorraine Region Public Administration. He is an active member of Free Software associations and has played in key role in the Eurolinux campaign which succeeded in protecting innovation from software patents. Associate Speakers: Cédric de Saint Martin (VIFIB SARL) and Stéphane Konan (Ministry of the Interior)
Alex DanylukSenior Director of ISV and SaaS Alliances, Parallels
Alex Danyluk is a veteran of the global communications service provider and managed services markets. At Parallels, he is responsible for building the ISV and SaaS partner ecosystem, including recruiting ISVs and Sis for the Application Packaging Standard (APS) program. In this role, Alex drives the enablement of a vast catalogue of cloud and hosted applications via 9,000 Parallels-enabled service providers, who in turn deliver services to over 10 million small and medium businesses (SMBs). Alex has over twenty-five years of experience in service provider, hosted and managed business services, with a diverse skill set including Sales, Marketing, Channel Development, Product Management and Engineering. Prior to joining Parallels, Alex was Industry Director for Microsoft’s Communications Sector, where he was responsible for managing Microsoft’s Go To Market Partner Programs for Microsoft Online and Partner Hosted applications (including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync and Microsoft SharePoint). He held previous positions with AT&T’s Business Services; managed AT&T’s Data Center Hosting and Internet Services offerings; developed products for AT&T’s Business Equipment Unit (now split between Alcatel/Lucent and Avaya); drove the business voice services unit at Qwest (now CenturyLink); and also led marketing at Dantis, a managed hosting provider.
Carlos EscapaCEO, VirtualSharp Software
Carlos Escapa is the co-founder and CEO of VirtualSharp Software where he works closely with customers on next generation Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery solutions for private and public clouds. He has extensive expertise in virtualization following a successful career at VMware where he was a senior executive in Europe. Under his leadership, VMware’s customer base grew to 4,500 customers and VMware’s channel base reached more than 300 certified companies, including partnerships with IBM, HP, Dell and Accenture. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Channels EMEA at CA Technologies and Senior Director of Marketing in Japan at Sterling Software. He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Illinois State University, and a Masters degree from Virginia Tech.
Jason BloombergPresident, ZapThink, A Dovel Technologies Company
Jason Bloomberg is President of ZapThink, a Dovel Technologies Company. He is a thought leader in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture, and Cloud Computing, and helps organizations around the world better leverage their IT resources to meet changing business needs. He is a frequent speaker and prolific writer, and a regular columnist on US Government IT for CIO Magazine. Mr. Bloomberg is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011. His book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. His newest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution: How Cloud Computing, REST-based SOA, and Mobile Computing are Changing Enterprise IT (John Wiley & Sons), is due in the spring of 2013. Mr. Bloomberg has a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting). He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).
Adam SternFounder and CEO, Infinitely Virtual
Adam Stern, founder and CEO of Infinitely Virtual, is a young entrepreneur who saw the value of virtualization and cloud computing more than five years ago. Stern’s company helps businesses move from obsolete hardware investments to an IaaS [Infrastructure as a Service] cloud platform, providing them the flexibility and scalability to transition select data operations from in-house to the cloud. Stern founded Infinitely Virtual in 2007, to provide virtual dedicated server solutions to growing enterprises, offering what was essentially a cloud computing platform before the term existed Infinitely Virtual is a subsidiary of Santa Monica-based Altay Corporation, which Stern founded in 2003 to provide Windows, VMware and other service solutions to small and medium-size businesses. Since 2007, Infinitely Virtual has grown exponentially through its offering affordable, customized cloud-based solutions, using the most sophisticated technology available. Host Review named the company to its list of “Top Ten Fastest Growing” enterprises in 2011. Stern is a firm believer in corporate responsibility. The company’s products and services feature low-power consumption and fit squarely within the green IT movement. As a provider -- and consumer - of cloud based services, Infinitely Virtual is committed to sustainability. Prior to founding Altay and Infinitely Virtual, Stern worked for CallOne, Inc., a value-added reseller of computer equipment and professional services. From 1997 to 2000, Stern led CallOne as the Vice President of Operations. He then worked for 3Com in 2000 as a network consultant. Stern holds a B.S. degree in business administration and management from Cal State, Northridge.
Chris PickChief Marketing Officer, Apptio
Chris is CMO at Apptio, where he brings 17 years of technology experience, and holds responsibility for all corporate marketing initiatives including demand generation, online operations, inside sales, communications, and analyst relations. Prior to Apptio, Chris served at Austin Ventures and NetIQ.
Daniel ChalefCEO, KnowledgeTree
Daniel is CEO and co-founder of KnowledgeTree, the first company to get ‘insight out’ of business content. As CTO of a South African systems integrator, he worked with Global 2,000 customers to unlock the value of companies' business content. He co-launched KnowledgeTree, his second start-up, to directly meet this challenge. He envisioned KnowledgeTree as a content management and business intelligence platform that surfaces companies’ most valuable sales, marketing, and corporate content. Daniel is recognized internationally for his opinions on technology and business, and has been quoted in TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Business Insider, eWeek, and The Guardian (UK). He is also an active supporter of the local technology community, where he frequently guest speaks and advocates for start-ups.
Isaac GarciaCEO and co-founder, Central Desktop
Isaac Garcia is the co-founder and CEO of Central Desktop, a leading cloud-based collaboration platform for marketers and brands to deliver a flexible solution to appeal to teams and companies of all sizes, where he oversees strategy and business execution. Isaac has a proven record in both early-stage technology companies and enterprise sales/marketing. As a founding partner at Upgradebase, Isaac served as VP of sales and marketing, overseeing business development and sales. During his three-year tenure at CNET, Isaac was responsible for sales, execution and management of global partnerships with Microsoft, Google, eBay, Yahoo and Best Buy. Isaac led and managed CNET's global partnership with Microsoft to launch Windows Marketplace in 14 countries, Microsoft's largest sales/marketing campaign at the time. Isaac received a BA in English from Ambassador University and attended the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School where he studied English Literature for a Master of Arts.
Dante MalagrinoCEO, president and co-founder, Embrane
Born and raised in Italy, Dante is the co-founder and CEO of Embrane, where he leads and inspires the team to turn the company’s vision into execution, drives the values and the culture that define the company, and sometimes stocks the break-room. His professional life before that is pretty simple: a little over 10 years at Cisco. He was part of one of the most successful teams at Cisco, building the Catalyst 6500 family of switches. He later became part of the founding team of Andiamo, a spin-off that Cisco created to enter and disrupt the storage networking market. More recently, he led the worldwide marketing campaign for Cisco’s Data Center 3.0 strategy. While at Cisco he wore several hats: engineer, product manager, marketing manager and sales manager. He even spent three years in Europe, evangelizing Cisco’s Data Center story to the market. Dante holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and several patents in the areas of networking, storage and data center infrastructure. He also has experience as spokesperson with press, analysts and investors and he represented Cisco in several official industry organizations, such as SNIA Europe. When he is not thinking about how to power the agile network, Dante enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and cooking homemade pizza from scratch.
Danny AllanCTO, Desktone
As Chief Technology Officer, Danny Allan is responsible for developing Desktone’s technical and service delivery strategy. Allan educates IT organizations and solution providers on how to design and deploy hosted virtual desktops and is responsible for the service delivery operations. He joined Desktone from IBM where, as Director of Security Research and a member of the Security Architecture Board, he co-authored the IBM Secure Engineering Framework and helped define the software security strategy. Earlier, Allan held several senior customer facing and technical strategy positions with Watchfire. With 10+ years of technology and security experience, Allan has published several whitepapers and articles, participates in industry working groups, and has spoken at more than 60 industry conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University.
Jay MigliaccioDirector of cloud services, Aspera
Jay is responsible for Aspera's On Demand product line, providing high-speed transport to, from and across cloud infrastructure and object storage to enable big data applications in the cloud. In his previous role as Director of Sales Engineering, Jay spearheaded the architecture and deployment for numerous Aspera installations in support of complex end-to-end file-based media workflows. Jay brings over 11 years of experience providing OEM Sales, Sales Engineering, and Business Development services to technology companies with a focus on Open Source platforms. Prior to joining Aspera, Jay held business development and partner management roles at Novell and SUSE Linux. Jay holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Massachussets.
Lou GuerciaPresident and CEO, Scribe
As President and CEO for Scribe Software, Lou is responsible for Scribe’s direction, continued growth as a leader in mid-market and enterprise integration as well as the company’s entry into the cloud through integration-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings. He is a member of the SIIA Software Board of Directors and the MassTLC Cloud cluster. An experienced entrepreneur, Lou has helped build several startups into successful brands and companies. He joined Scribe from Lotus Software where he served as Director of Operations and Strategy for Online Collaboration Services, IBM’s first public cloud service. Lou came to IBM as CEO of WebDialogs, a leading provider of SaaS web conferencing services to channel partners, upon its acquisition by IBM in August 2007. Prior to WebDialogs Lou was Vice President of Business Development at Tessera Enterprise Systems, a pioneer in the field of customer relationship management. At Tessera he was responsible for strategic alliances and helped oversee the company’s acquisition by iXL Enterprises in 1999. Prior to Tessera, Lou co-founded Workgroup Solutions, a regional systems integrator for client/server technology, where he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Lou was involved in all facets of the spin-off of Workgroup Technology Corporation, including its venture capital investment and Initial Public Offering. He began his career at Xerox, where he held various sales positions and gained early exposure to the internet. Lou graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire.
Ditlev BredahlCEO, OnApp
Ditlev Bredahl is an Internet and hosting industry veteran, with more than 15 years’ experience leading hosting and technology companies. Before founding OnApp, Ditlev led UK2 Group’s hosting companies as MD and CEO, and spearheaded the launch of VPS.NET, which now operates one of the world’s top 5 public clouds. He has founded numerous successful web hosting brands and, earlier in his career, had a number of roles working for the European Parliament. Ditlev is Danish, lives in the UK but travels frequently to visit clients and speak at events around the world. An entrepreneur and a specialist in startup and turnaround scenarios, Ditlev was listed in the Top 100 most influential technology investors in Europe by The Telegraph.
Louis TetuCEO, Coveo
Louis Tetu is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coveo. Prior to Coveo, Mr. Tetu co-founded Taleo Corporation [NASDAQ: TLEO], the leading international provider of on-demand Internet software for talent and human capital management, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors from the company's inception in 1999 through 2007. In 2004, Taleo was recognized the 11th fastest growing technology company in the United States within the Deloitte Technology Fast 500. Prior to Taleo, Mr. Tetu was President of Baan SCS, the supply-chain management solutions group of Baan, a global enterprise software company with more than 5,000 employees. This followed Baan's acquisition of Berclain Group Inc., which Mr. Tetu co-founded in 1989 and where he served as president until 1996. Mr. Tetu is an Engineering graduate from Laval University of Canada in 1985 and in 1997 was honored by Laval for his outstanding social contributions and business achievements. He also received the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award in the Technology and Communication category. Outside of his professional career, Mr. Tetu is a private equity investor involved in technology and infrastructure projects within emerging countries, as well as a commercially licensed helicopter pilot. He lives in Quebec with his wife and their three children.
David FowlerCOO, Courion Corporation
Dave Fowler is a veteran of the software industry with over 35 years of industry and senior management experience in product management and development, marketing, business development and sales. As Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for engineering, marketing, product management and strategic alliances. He is also chairman of the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA), a global consortium formed to bring standards to the Physical Security industry. Prior to Courion, Fowler was the senior vice president of marketing and product development for VidSys. He has held numerous senior executive roles at leading technology companies including Pragmatech Software, Groove Networks, Kana Software, Sun Microsystems, FTP Software, Chipcom, Wang Labs and Gradient Technologies. While at these organizations, he was instrumental in acquisition, merger and IPO activities. Fowler is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on a variety of technology topics (PSIM, physical and logical security convergence, CRM, networking and collaboration) and has recently spoken at GovSec, ISC West, RSA and TechSec. He is recognized as a leading authority on enterprise security and access risk management, and has been published and often quoted in respected business and technology publications. An advisor and board member to a number of early stage companies, Fowler currently serves on the board of Azorus, a leading provider of creative CRM solutions for higher education. Fowler earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from New York University.
Nati ShalomCTO, GigaSpaces Technologies
Nati is the CTO and Founder of GigaSpaces. He is responsible for defining the technology roadmap and the direction of GigaSpaces' products. Nati is also a thought leader in Cloud computing and is the founder of the Israeli cloud.org consortium. He has 15 years of experience with distributed computing and known as an industry expert in building large scale deployments. As a software visionary and industry leader, Mr. Shalom is a frequent presenter at industry conferences.
Wally MacDermidHead of US Operations, Centrix Software, Centrix Software
Wally MacDermid has over 20 years of experience growing enterprise software and hardware companies. After starting his career as a database developer, Wally moved into technical marketing and systems engineering roles for Remedy (now part of BMC) and Motive (now part of Alcatel-Lucent). He later directed marketing for NetApp and business development for companies such as Onaro (now part of NetApp) and VKernel (now part of Quest/Dell). Wally currently heads US operations for Centrix Software, the leader in next-generation workspace solutions, with emphasis on business development and technical alliances that will drive customer adoption and revenue. Wally has presented at numerous industry events, trade shows, and webinars on topics ranging from cloud solutions and virtualization management to enterprise systems management and storage management.
Moshe ShadmonFounder, CTO, ScaleDB Inc.
Moshe Shadmon is the founder and CTO of ScaleDB. Moshe has more than 20 years of experience in both technical and management roles. Moshe’s technical experience has been in the areas of database clustering, high performance indexing solutions as well as the development of a unified solution for structured and semi-structured data. Since 2006, Moshe has become increasingly interested in the opportunity presented by the open source databases and founded ScaleDB to develop a database engine for MySQL targeting performance, efficiency and scalability with the largest data sets.
David LucasChief Strategy Officer, GCE
David Lucas is responsible for the relationship management of GCE’s clients and potential clients. He has led every significant capture effort for GCE since 2005, and has been instrumental in championing the introduction of Service Oriented Architecture to the federal government. With two decades of experience in corporate management, sales, business development, corporate strategy, marketing, and federal IT program management, Lucas has a proven track record for winning large contracts and delivering enterprise solutions for federal agencies. Mr. Lucas is a noted speaker on cloud and Big Data topics, and has been a featured speaker at several key conferences including FOSE 2012, BigDataExpo 2012, Gov 2.0 Expo 2010, and Cloud Expo 2012. David holds significant expertise with government-focused cloud computing implementations, Big Data initiatives, cloud-based financial management implementation and integration strategies, federal enterprise architecture, federal IT program management, open source technology applications for federal government, and ‘big data’ requirements.
Jack NorrisVice President of Marketing, MapR Technologies
Jack has over 20 years of enterprise software marketing experience. He has demonstrated success from defining new markets for small companies to increasing sales of new products for large public companies. Jack’s broad experience includes launching and establishing analytic, virtualization, and storage companies and leading marketing and business development for an early-stage cloud storage software provider. Jack has also held senior executive roles with EMC, Rainfinity, Brio Technology, SQRIBE, and Bain and Company. Jack earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA in economics with honors and distinction from Stanford University.
Todd GreeneCEO and Co-Founder, PubNub
Todd is the co-founder and CEO of PubNub. As an entrepreneur who has founded and successfully sold companies across the software spectrum, Todd helps shape the PubNub vision of revolutionizing the way people interact online. Todd most recently was CEO of Loyalize, an Audience Participation company successfully sold to Function(x) (FNCX), a Robert F.X. Sillerman company, where he designed the first-ever massively multi-user Social TV mobile and web applications licensed to companies like Viacom and Yahoo. Todd previously was founder and CTO/VP Products of CascadeWorks, a company providing Services Procument solutions to Texas Instruments, Charles Schwab, and ABN Amro, and acquired by Elance. After working with companies like GE, SGI, and Quantum while a consultant at Price Waterhouse, Todd joined NetDynamics (sold to Sun Microsystems in 1998) to help create a truly game-changing product: the first application server built for the Internet.
Solomon HykesCEO, dotCloud
Solomon Hykes is the founder of dotCloud, the first polyglot platform-as-a-service. A Forbes 30 under 30, he is a recognized thought leader in the fields of infrastructure automation, software architecture and application development practices, and a champion of service-driven development, a game-changing trend that is transforming the way software is created and consumed. Solomon has presented to both technical and non-technical audiences at conference including GigaOM Structure (Judge's choice & People's choice), Cloudbeat, loud expo, JSConf, Realtimeconf, cloudcamp, Archcamp, Upcon, cloud mafia and developer week. Solomon has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the European Institute of Technology in Paris.
Helmuth ZimmermannCEO, TSG AG
Helmuth Zimmermann is the Founder and CEO of TSG the sourcing group. The company, founded in 1998, is known throughout Europe for its pioneering design of the most comprehensive Service & Sourcing Lifecycle Management Platform. In order to ease the pain of a client’s cloud transformation process, the platform enables transparency and reduces complexity while reducing cost. With the Configuration Tool, clients can configure even highly complex services and the unique Service Catalog, with over 10’000 predefined items, enables benchmarking of individually selected services. The Monitoring Tool allows for comprehensive analytics and management reporting. Also, automatically generating and forwarding SLA’s to potential service providers has finally become reality. Implementation of the platform started in 2009 with several global fortune 500 companies, such as Credit Suisse, BCX, Volkswagen and UBS. Besides offices in Europe, South Africa and Asia, TSG opened its first USA office in Palo Alto, CA in 2012. Thanks to decades of IT Service experience and a unique technology and design approach, the company was able to generate more than $2.2B in service contracts in only 36 months. Before founding TSG the sourcing group, Helmuth was the Strategic Sourcing Executive of EDS Switzerland where he was awarded five times for inner circle outstanding sales performance/strategic ICT Outsourcing Contracts (pinnacle and gold). He also has a proven record in implementing successful go-to-market models for companies such as EDS Switzerland, Siemens, Swisscom IT Services and many more. He initially started his career with Siemens in Sales and Systems Engineering. Helmuth earned his post graduate MBA from the prestigious Swiss Univesity ETH/Zurich and his Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Applied Sciences, Zurich.
Tony GaudaCo-Founder and CEO, Bitcasa
Tony Gauda is the co-founder and CEO of Bitcasa. Before Bitcasa, Gauda worked at MasterCard, where he designed high-availability fraud detection systems for the credit card and debit industries. Gauda started programming when he was eight years old, and his passion for security and storage is now reflected in the Bitcasa Infinite Storage solution, which has been adopted by users in 122 countries.
Jim McDonnellPresident, Americas & Chief Product Officer, SolveDirect
In his roles as entrepreneur and technology executive, Jim McDonnell is a recognized industry leader in software for services management, big data analytics, and CRM. He launched his career with four successful start-ups, and went on to lead the creation of new Cloud business units at Cisco and Avaya. Today, Jim serves as President of the Americas and Chief Product Officer for SolveDirect. SolveDirect is a 2012 Gartner Cloud Services Brokerage "Cool Vendor" and the leading cloud-based business process network for multi-sourced IT Services. Jim is responsible for expanding the Americas market through key account aquisition and developing strategic partnerships. He leads development of the product strategy and roadmap, and engagements with industry analysts and press. While at Cisco, Jim consolidated all software teams within the $10B Cisco Services function to form the new Smart Services Technology Group, growing the business to $500M over three years and forming an architecturally unified portfolio of Cloud products. He grew the team from 30 into a globally distributed team of 1,000, and scaled the architecture to support 1M daily transactions. In addition, he led the formation of the services software patent portfolio, and the acquisition of Pari Networks. Before joining Cisco, Jim held senior IT positions at Avaya and Openwave. As Avaya’s first CIO for eBusiness, he drove the eBusiness strategy, business planning, and services portfolio implementation. He created the eBusiness organization and implemented an end-to-end solution encompassing commerce, services, and content for customers, partners and employees – positioning the company as a competitive leader in online business, and scaling the architecture to support 5M hits a month. Jim's early start-ups in systems integration, media distribution, and technology consulting services provided a strong foundation for driving viable market-ready businesses.
Debu PandaProduct Management Leader, BMC Software
Debu Panda is technologist based in the San Francisco bay area. He has authored multiple books (EJB 3 In Action, Middleware Management) and 40+ on Java, middleware and cloud computing technologies. He is recognized as an Oracle ACE. He is speaker at leading technology conferences such as JavaOne, OracleWorld, Serveside Symposium, JUGs, etc
Arshad NoorCTO, StrongAuth, Inc.
Arshad is the CTO of StrongAuth, Inc. a Silicon Valley company focusing on encryption and key-management. He is the architect and lead-developer of StrongKey, the industry's first open-source symmetric key-management system, of the CryptoEngine - an open-source library to encrypt files for public/private clouds and other FOSS tools. He has spoken at many conferences around the world on the subject of enterprise key-management.
David JilkCEO, Standing Cloud
David Jilk is CEO and co-founder of Standing Cloud. An experienced software and Internet entrepreneur, Dave previously co-founded Wideforce Systems, a pioneering developer of Internet crowdsourcing systems, and eCortex, a University of Colorado licensee that builds neural network brain models for defense and intelligence research programs. He also served as CEO of Xaffire, a provider of application performance management systems that was acquired by Quest Software. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Glenn DonovanRegional Director, Cordys
20+ years experience in sales, marketing and management in the software industry. Glenn's focus has been working with emerging and start-up companies, helping them penetrate new markets. He has a background in CRM, Customer Experience Management (am a certified Net Promoter Consultant), advanced analytics such as Monte Carlo Simulation, Agent Based Modeling and Predictive Models. Glenn also has experience working with technologies such as BPMS, Middleware, Systems Integration and Real Time Data. He has worked with clients in financial services, hi-tec, cloud service companies and media.
Ben CherianChief Strategy Officer, Midokura
Ben Cherian is a serial entrepreneur who loves playing in the intersection of business and technology. Prior to Midokura, his last role was as GM of Emerging Technologies at DreamHost, where he ran the cloud business unit. Prior to that, Ben ran a cloud-focused managed services company.
Margaret DawsonVP of Product Management, Symform
Margaret Dawson is Vice President of Product Management. She brings to this role more than 20 years of experience in global marketing leadership for both startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and Amazon.com. Prior to joining Symform, she ran product management and marketing for Hubspan, a leading B2B cloud integration provider. Margaret has worked and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America, including 10 years in the Greater China region, consulting with many of Taiwan’s leading IT companies and governmental agencies and serving as a foreign correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine. An avid speaker and technologist, Margaret is a frequent author and presenter on cloud computing, network security, integration, and other business and technology issues. Margaret holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Philip CoxDirector of Security & Compliance, RightScale
Philip Cox, is Director of Security and Compliance for RightScale, where he focuses on cloud computing security. Prior to that he was a director at SystemExperts, a security and compliance consulting firm. He is a well-known authority in the areas of systems integration and security, and is an active contributor to multiple Cloud Security Alliance initiatives, as well as to Payment Card Industry (PCI) cloud and risk groups. He frequently writes and lectures on information security and compliance issues faced by organizations. He has written several books in the area of Windows and network security, and was technical editor of two "Hacking Exposed" editions and "Building Internet Firewalls."
Eshwar BelaniVP of Products & Biz Dev, Rocket Fuel
Eshwar Belani is VP of products and business development at Rocket Fuel. He defines the vision and leads the development of Rocket Fuel’s novel direct response, brand, social, and vertical product families. Prior to Rocket Fuel, Eshwar was the founder and CEO of Sensact Applications. Previously, he was part of Epiphany’s product management team and worked on product strategy for Epiphany’s marketing and analytics products. Eshwar was also co-founder and CTO of iLeverage, a company that built advertising and collaborative selling solutions for online retailers. Eshwar also worked as a software development engineer in the Application Server Group at Oracle. Eshwar holds a MS in Computer Science and a degree is Management of Technology from UC Berkeley, and a B.Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. He has spoken at SMX West, SMX East, SES, Ad:tech, Digiday Target, Digital Publishing and Advertising Conference, Online Marketing Summit, MarketingProfs, Interactive Insights Summit, Digital World Expo, and many other conferences.
Glenn Solomonpartner, GGV Capital
Glenn Solomon, Partner, GGV Capital Since joining GGV Capital as a Partner in 2006, Glenn has led GGV’s investments in Pandora (NYSE: P), Successfactors (NYSE: SFSF/Acq by SAP), Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN/Acq by EMC), Quinstreet (NASDAQ: QNST), Square, Conviva, and Zendesk, helping the first four successfully navigate the initial public offering process. He is also actively involved with GGV’s investments in Appirio, BlueKai, Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce.com) and China Talent Group (CTG). Glenn focuses on enterprise software-as-a-service (Saas), cloud infrastructure and mobile. Prior to GGV, Glenn was a General Partner with Partech International, where he led successful investments in Broadbase Software (acquired by Kana), Datacenter Technologies (acquired by Veritas/Symantec), Digital Island (acquired by Cable & Wireless), Pentasafe (acquired by NetIQ) and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). Earlier in his career, Glenn worked with Goldman Sachs and also with SPO Partners, a San Francisco-based private investment partnership. Glenn graduated from Stanford University, where he started on three NCAA championship tennis teams, and also earned an M.B.A from Stanford where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He co-founded and remains active with The Spotlight Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding social entrepreneurs focused on education. Glenn is a well-known speaker about cloud and venture topics, and has spoken at UP two years running, as well as GigaOM Structure, GigaOM Net:Work, SaaSCon, OnDemand, CloudConnect, SVASE Launch Silicon Valley, on the cloud panel, All About the Cloud, and Venture Summit Silicon Valley.
Renat KhasanshynCEO, Altoros
Renat Khasanshyn is CEO of Altoros Systems and Venture Partner at Runa Capital. Renat is a subject matter expert on open source database infrastructure software. Most recently Renat scaled an idea called "Altoros" into a global software services organization with 200+ engineers in Belarus, US, UK, Denmark, and Norway. In the past, Mr. Khasanshyn was selected as a finalist for the 2007 Emerging Executive of the Year award by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. In 2006, Mr. Khasanshyn founded Apatar, the world's first on-demand, open source data mashup software project and won the 2007 IBM Business Mashup Challenge. Prior to founding Altoros in 2001, Renat was VP of Engineering for Tampa-based insurance company PriMed, Inc. Mr. Khasanshyn is a founder of Silicon Valley NewSQL User Group, and co-founder of Belarusian Java User Group. Renat studied Engineering at the Belarusian National Technical University.
Bill PeerPrincipal Technical Architect, Infosys
Bill Peer is a dynamic and engaging speaker, known to free flow with the audience while conveying critical information in a fun way. He speaks before audience sizes in the thousands and has been asked to give talks not only in the US, but in Europe and Asia. Examples of his lively style can be found on YouTube and references to his presentations can be found in tweets. In 2010, Bill was named the IT Executive of the Year by the American Business Association, while serving as the Vice President of Architecture and Strategy for Intercontinental Hotels Group (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, et. all). Bill is currently a Principal Technology Architect doing value creation innovation within the Infy Labs group of Infosys, focused on client centric co-creation activities. He has been there and done that, as evidenced by his lack of hair.
Joshua McKentyCEO, Piston Cloud Computing
Prior to co-founding Piston Cloud Computing, Joshua McKenty was the Technical Architect of NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Platform and the OpenStack compute components. As a member of OpenStack's Project Policy Board, Joshua plays an instrumental role in the OpenStack community. Joshua has over two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, management and software engineering and architecture. He was the team lead for the development of the Netscape Browser (vs. 8) as well as AOL's IE AIM toolbar, and a senior engineer at Flock.com. He also led the successful first release of OpenQuake, an open source software application allowing users to compute seismic hazard, seismic risk and the socio-economic impact of earthquakes.
Bala KamallakharanCEO, GreenQloud
Bala is the CEO of GreenQloud and an investments expert who mentors startups on business strategy, raising capital and global growth. He is the Founder of Startup Iceland, an initiative to build a sustainable startup ecosystem in Iceland then replicated throughout the world. Bala is also a founding partner at Auro Investment Partners LLC, a venture investment company invested in a portfolio of companies in the Technology and Hospitality sectors. Before founding AIP and Startup Iceland, Bala Kamallakharan served as the Head of India for Iceland-based Glitnir bank. He was part of the Strategic Growth team, which included mergers & acquisitions, business development and strategy formulation. Bala was previously with Cap Gemini in the US, formerly Ernst & Young Management Consulting. Bala has a management degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. He also holds a Masters degree in Economics and a second Masters degree in Information Systems & Decision Science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA. Bala is on the Board of Directors for several companies and organizations including Iceland-based CLARA. He is also the Treasurer of the Reykjavik International Rotary Club and an avid marathon runner.