Leading Trends in Information Technology

 

SUMMER 2017

Our distinguished guest speakers are an intricate part of this class. They are successful and articulate thought leaders who will be presenting their views. Students are encouraged to participate in the class and interact with our guests.

Chris Cruz(6/30/2017)

Deputy State Chief Information Officer, State of California

picture not available Chris Cruz serves in a dual position as Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Technology (CDT) and Deputy State Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prior to his appointment at the CDT, Chris served as the CIO for the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) from 2010-2015. Prior to his role at DHCS, Chris served as the CIO for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) from 2007-2010. He successfully implemented enterprise IT reorganization efforts, developed and administered new technologies, automated IT governance policies and processes, and developed an enterprise architecture plan that lead to more efficient practices for IT projects.
In the past he was recognized as one of State Scoop’s 2016 Top 50 National State Government Leaders, received the 2015 Nation's top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers Award by Government Technology magazine, the 2013 Best of California Demonstrated Leadership in Management of IT Award, the 2011 Outstanding CIO Leader Award, the 2010 Innovation and Vision Award, and the Center for Digital Government's 2009 Outstanding CIO Leader of the Year Award. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from California State University at Sacramento and has a certification from the University of California Davis Master's Program in Leadership Excellence.

Jeff Welser(07/07/2017)

Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research

picture not available Dr. Jeff Welser oversees scientists and engineers performing exploratory and applied research at the home of the relational database and world's first hard disk drive. Today the lab specializes in areas including: Watson technologies, storage systems, data management and analytics, nanotechnology, materials science, Web 2.0 technologies and IBM Smarter Planet projects, such as healthcare informatics, water desalination and electric car batteries. In his prior position, Dr. Welser was the Director of Strategy and Program Development for the Accelerated Discovery Lab and simultaneously the Director of Almaden Services Research, managing a portfolio of research into improved business processes, software and technology to enable IBM's Global Business and Technology Services organizations. Jeff joined IBM Research in 1995, working on novel silicon devices at the T.J. Watson Research Center, and served as adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching semiconductor device physics at the same time.
Dr. Welser received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Jeff holds 21 US Patents and has published over 75 technical papers and presentations. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the American Physical Society, and has served on numerous Federal agency and Congressional panels on advanced semiconductor technology.

Carl Eschenbach (07/07/2017)

Partner, Sequoia Capital and Ex-COO, VMware

picture not available Carl Eschenbach serves as a Partner at Sequoia Capital. Prior to joining Sequoia, he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer for VMware, where he grew the company from 200 to 20,000 people and was instrumental in growing the company's revenue from $31 Million to more than $6 Billion. He was responsible for VMware's global go-to-market strategy, including sales, pre/post-sales engineering, VMware's Value Added Reseller channel and VMware's technology partnerships. In total, Carl has more than 25 years of experience in the high tech industry covering all aspects of technology including infrastructure software, networking, telephony, and storage. Prior to joining VMware, Carl was Vice President of North America Sales at Inktomi. He has also held various sales management positions with 3Com, EMC and Lucent Technologies.

John Donovan(07/14/2017)

Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, AT&T Technology and Operations

picture not available John Donovan is the Chief Strategy Officer and Group President for AT&T Technology and Operations (ATO). He is responsible for the corporate strategy function, technology development, network deployment and operations, and AT&T's transition to a software-defined network. John is driving AT&T's global leadership position in the technological transition to separate hardware and software and virtualizing network elements to the cloud. His responsibilities also include oversight of the company's global information, software development, network technology, and big data strategy? AT&T Intellectual Property, Labs and Foundry innovation? IT and digital planning, engineering, implementation and operations? network planning, construction and operations including security? field operations, installation and maintenance? global supply chain? and corporate fleet operations.
Prior to his current role, John has served in capacities of Chief Technology Officer for AT&T, EVP of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign Inc, CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc. and a partner with Deloitte Consulting.

Nick Colsey(07/14/2017)

VP Business Development, Sony Electronics

picture not available Nick Colsey is vice president of Business Development at Sony Electronics. In this role, he works with multiple Sony product categories and divisions to bring the connected user experience to consumers worldwide. A Sony veteran for close to 25 years, Colsey is an integral member of the team responsible for Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video, the world's first smart TV platform, which includes Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and hundreds of other apps and is available worldwide. More recently, Colsey was part of the team which introduced the world's first consumer 4K media player and Video Unlimited 4k, the world's first 4K video store with feature films and TV shows.

JB Straubel(07/14/2017)

Co-founder and CTO, Tesla Inc.

picture not available JB Straubel is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Co-founder of Tesla, Inc. At Tesla, JB manages the technical direction and engineering design of the Tesla products including battery technology, power electronics, motors, software, firmware and controls. JB also creates and manages many important Tesla´s initiatives, including Tesla Energy business providing grid storage for commercial utilities and residential consumers, the worldwide Tesla Supercharger network of fast DC chargers and the Tesla Gigafactory which is leading the way toward increasing worldwide battery production and lowering the cost per kWh. In addition to his work at Tesla, JB has also served on the Board of Directors for Solar City, the leading US residential solar company, since their founding. Furthermore, he is a lecturer at Stanford, where he teaches an engineering class and lab focused on energy storage integration (CEE 176C) in the Engineering Department. In 2017, JB has also co-founded Redwood Materials, a startup focusing on advanced technology and process development for materials recycling, remanufacturing, and reuse.
JB received a BS in Energy Systems Engineering and also an MS in Energy Engineering, emphasis on energy conversion, both from Stanford University. Furthermore, outside of Tesla Motors, Straubel is also an active cyclist and pilot and holds private pilot, instrument, glider and multi-engine ratings.

Steve Herrod (07/21/2017)

Managing Director, General Catalyst and Ex-CTO, VMware

picture not available Dr. Steve Herrod is a Managing Director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that has managed 8 funds totaling $3.75 Billion since its inception. Prior to General Catalyst, Steve was CTO and senior vice president of R&D at VMware, joining the company in 2001. During that time, he helped built a world-class engineering team with 3,000 people, delivered numerous industry-changing products, and achieved over $4 billion in annual revenue. Steve also played a role in more than 20 acquisitions during that time.
Steve graduated with a PhD and MS degree in computer science from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Simon Chan(07/21/2017)

Senior Director of Product Management, Salesforce and Co-founder of PredictionIO

picture not available Simon Chan is a serial entrepreneur and product innovator with 12 years of tech management experience in various cities including London, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing and the Bay Area. He was the founding CEO of PredictionIO - an open source Machine Learning Server that empowers programmers and data engineers to build smart applications. Following a successful launch in 2012, PredictionIO became the most popular Spark-based machine learning project on Github.Currently , Simon serves as a Senior Director, Product Management at Salesforce, leading data science product development through the company's acquisition of PredictionIO.
Simon holds a BSE in Computer Science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a PhD in Machine Learning from University College London.

Julia Hu(07/28/2017)

Co-founder and CEO, Lark Technlologies

picture not available Julia created Lark to make healthcare more personal and caring. Knowing how hard it is to get healthier and having managed her own chronic disease, Julia brought together health experts and coaches from Stanford, Harvard and the NBA to form the Lark Health Committee.
Together with experts in artificial intelligence, they developed the Lark Chat app: a free, personal health coach that texts with people to help them get fitter, lose weight and get healthier – anytime, anywhere. A serial entrepreneur, Julia was named number one in “2015's Top 10 Women in Tech,” “30 Under 30” by Inc. Magazine, and “Top Woman Inventor” by Marie Claire Magazine. Prior to founding Lark Technologies, Julia ran global startup incubator Clean Tech Open, her own green buildings startup, and was an EIR at Stanford's StartX incubator. She received her Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Stanford, and half an MBA from MIT before leaving to start Lark Technologies, Inc.

Jure Leskovec(07/28/2017)

Associate Professor, CS Department, Stanford University and Chief Scientist, Pinterest

picture not available Dr. Jure Leskovec currently serves as the Chief Scientist at Pinterest, where he focuses on machine learning problems. Previously he co-founded a machine learning startup Kosei, which was acquired by Pinterest. Jure is also an associate professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he is also a member of the InfoLab and the AI lab. Jure joined the department in September 2009.
Prior to Stanford, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University working with Jon Kleinberg and Dan Huttenlocher. Dr. Leskovec completed his PhD in Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Christos Faloutsos in 2008. He completed his undergraduate degree in computer science at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2004.



SUMMER 2016

Steve Herrod (6/24/2016)

Managing Director, General Catalyst

picture not available Dr. Steve Herrod is a Managing Director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that has managed 8 funds totaling $3.75 Billion since its inception. Prior to General Catalyst, Steve was CTO and senior vice president of R&D at VMware, joining the company in 2001. During that time, he helped built a world-class engineering team with 3,000 people, delivered numerous industry-changing products, and achieved over $4 billion in annual revenue. Steve also played a role in more than 20 acquisitions during that time.
Steve graduated with a PhD and MS degree in computer science from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jeff Welser (7/1/2016)

Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research

picture not available Dr. Jeff Welser oversees scientists and engineers performing exploratory and applied research at the home of the relational database and world's first hard disk drive. Today the lab specializes in areas including: Watson technologies, storage systems, data management and analytics, nanotechnology, materials science, Web 2.0 technologies and IBM Smarter Planet projects, such as healthcare informatics, water desalination and electric car batteries. In his prior position, Dr. Welser was the Director of Strategy and Program Development for the Accelerated Discovery Lab and simultaneously the Director of Almaden Services Research, managing a portfolio of research into improved business processes, software and technology to enable IBM's Global Business and Technology Services organizations. Jeff joined IBM Research in 1995, working on novel silicon devices at the T.J. Watson Research Center, and served as adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching semiconductor device physics at the same time.
Dr. Welser received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Jeff holds 21 US Patents and has published over 75 technical papers and presentations. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the American Physical Society, and has served on numerous Federal agency and Congressional panels on advanced semiconductor technology.

Adrian Cockcroft (7/1/2016)

Technology Fellow, Battery Ventures

picture not available Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. At Battery, he advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence. Before joining Battery, Adrian helped lead Netflix's migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform. Prior to that at Netflix he managed a team working on personalization algorithms and service-oriented refactoring.
Adrian was a founding member of eBay Research Labs, developing advanced mobile applications and even building his own homebrew phone, years before iPhone and Android launched. As a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems he wrote the best-selling “Sun Performance and Tuning” book and was chief architect for High Performance Technical Computing.

Simon Chan (7/8/2016)

Senior Director of Product Management, Salesforce; CEO of PredictionIO

picture not available Simon Chan is a serial entrepreneur and product innovator, with 12 years of tech management experience in various cities including London, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing and the Bay Area. Recently, Simon serves as a Senior Director, Product Management at Salesforce, leading data science product development through the company's acquisition of PredictionIO. He was the founding CEO of PredictionIO - an open source Machine Learning Server that empowers programmers and data engineers to build smart applications. Following a successful launch in 2012, PredictionIO has become the most popular Spark-based machine learning project on Github. Simon holds a BSE in Computer Science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a PhD in Machine Learning from University College London.

Jure Leskovec (7/8/2016)

Assistant Professor, CS Department, Stanford University and Chief Scientist, Pinterest

picture not available Dr. Jure Leskovec currently serves as the Chief Scientist at Pinterest, where he focuses on machine learning problems. Previously he co-founded a machine learning startup Kosei, which was acquired by Pinterest. Jure is also an assistant professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he is also a member of the InfoLab and the AI lab. Jure joined the department in September 2009.
Prior to Stanford, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University working with Jon Kleinberg and Dan Huttenlocher. Dr. Leskovec completed his PhD in Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Christos Faloutsos in 2008. He completed his undergraduate degree in computer science at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2004.

Bob O'Donnell (7/15/2016)

President, Founder and Chief Analyst, TECHanalysis Research

picture not available Bob O'Donnell, the president, founder and chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research, has a lengthy, multi-faceted career in the technology business. He is widely regarded as an expert in the technology market research field and his original research and advice is used by executives in large technology firms all over the world. A little more than a year after the firm's founding, O'Donnell made it onto AR Insight's list of most influential analysts, and on several occasions, he has made it to the top 10 of that list. In addition, TECHnalysis Research was named a Best New Entrant in the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations Analyst of the Year Awards for 2015. O'Donnell was also listed as a 2016 top social media influencer on the topic of Virtual Reality by Onalytica.
Prior to founding TECHnalysis Research, Bob served as Program Vice President, Clients and Displays for industry research firm IDC. He spent 14+ years at IDC, rising from a Research Manager covering monitor and display technologies to a highly successful VP responsible for the company's worldwide mobile phone, tablet, PC and thin client research, as well as the ODM production of notebooks.
In addition, Bob is the author of "Personal Computer Secrets," originally published by IDG Books, a 936-page reference volume on all aspects of computer technology and usage. For 10 ½ years he also hosted “O'Donnell on Technology,” which was selected as the Best Computer Audio program in the country—either over the air or on the web—in the 15th Annual Computer Press Awards competition. The program was the #1-rated computer call-in talk show in Silicon Valley.

John Donovan (7/15/2016)

Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, AT&T Technology and Operations

picture not available Mr. John Donovan is the Chief Strategy Officer and Group President for AT&T Technology and Operations (ATO). He is responsible for the corporate strategy function, technology development, network deployment and operations, and AT&T's transition to a software-defined network.
John is driving AT&T's global leadership position in the technological transition to separate hardware and software and virtualizing network elements to the cloud. His responsibilities also include oversight of the company's global information, software development, network technology, and big data strategy? AT&T Intellectual Property, Labs and Foundry innovation? IT and digital planning, engineering, implementation and operations? network planning, construction and operations including security? field operations, installation and maintenance? global supply chain? and corporate fleet operations.
John previously served as Chief Technology Officer for AT&T. In this role, he oversees the company's global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations.
John previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign Inc., a technology company that provides Internet infrastructure services. At VeriSign, John was responsible for leading VeriSign's global sales organization, driving the expansion of broad solutions offerings, and integrating a global professional services capability.
Before that, he was chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., where he helped shape strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe. Previously, John was a partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he was the Americas Industry Practice director for telecom.
He is chairman of the board of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and is a director on the board of The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).
He has authored two books, The Value Enterprise, published in January 1998, and Value Creating Growth, published in 1999. Donovan received a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota.

Eli Collins (7/22/2016)

Chief Technologist, Cloudera

picture not available Mr. Eli Collins is the Chief Technologist at Cloudera, focusing on new technology introduction and strategy. From 2009 to 2013, Collins was a lead on Cloudera's Platform team. He is an active contributor to Apache Hadoop and member of its project management committee (PMC) at the Apache Software Foundation. Before that he worked on the ESX Hypervisor at VMware. Collins received a Bachelor's in Computer Science from New York University and a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Amy Tong (7/22/2016)

CIO and Director for Department of Technology, California

picture not available Amy Tong serves as acting state CIO and Director for Department of Technology for California. Tong has served as the Chief Deputy Director of the Office of Systems Integration (OSI) and the Agency Information Officer of the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) since August 2014. Previously, Amy was the Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of California State Lottery since December 2012. Ms. Tong has over 20 years of business, technology, and management experience in the public sector. Previously, she served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Board of Equalization (BOE); Assistant Division Chief of Technology and Support Division and Chief of Data Center at California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS); and was the acting CIO at the Water Resources Control Board/CalPEPA. Amy has a BS in Management Information System (MIS) and a MBA from California State University, Sacramento.

Mike Cassidy (8/5/2016)

VP and Project Leader of Project Loon, Google

picture not available Mike Cassidy is a Vice President at Google. He is currently the Project Leader on GoogleX Project Loon (balloon-powered Internet for everyone). Prior to joining Google, Mike was the Co-Founder and CEO of four start-ups: Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus Innovation. Ruba helped travelers share their favorite places and was acquired by Google. Xfire helps gamers play online with their friends and was acquired by MTV for $110 million. Direct Hit was a revolutionary search engine whose customers included MSN, Lycos, AOL, etc. and was acquired by Ask Jeeves for $500 million. Stylus Innovation's flagship product was computer telephony software Visual Voice. Artisoft acquired Stylus for $13M. Mike has a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. He graduated from Harvard Business School. He studied jazz piano at Berklee College of Music.


SUMMER 2014

Carlos Ramos (6/27/2014)

CIO, California

picture not available Throughout his career, Carlos Ramos has been a leader on many of California's key technology initiatives. Carlos has served as Director of the Office of Systems Integration - with a $4.5 billion portfolio of California's largest technology projects. Carlos also concurrently held the position of Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services and was the Agency's senior technology executive. He was the principal technology advisor to the Secretary and was responsible for the entire HHS IT portfolio. Carlos helped architect the consolidation of the state's largest data centers and the creation of California's Department of Technology Services. He served as Director of the then Teale Data Center - one of the largest public-sector data centers in the world with an annual budget of $200 million and over 200 government agency customers. Before that, Carlos was CIO for California's Department of Social Services managing a large computing infrastructure and a statewide data communications network. During his state career, Carlos has been directly involved in many of the largest enterprise IT initiatives that the State has undertaken and has held many leadership commissions throughout his career in state government. Carlos is returning to state service after three years heading up an independent consulting practice, during which he served as a member of the Human Services IT Advisory Group, as an ERP advisor to the State Controller's Office, an ERP advisor to the Department of Corrections and as a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Government.

Jerry Chen (7/11/2014)

Partner, Greylock Partners

picture not available Jerry is a Partner at Greylock and invests in new enterprise applications and in all aspects of cloud and application infrastructure.
Prior to joining Greylock, Jerry was Vice President of Cloud and Application Services at VMware where he was part of the executive team that scaled the company from 400 to over 15,000 employees and $5B in revenue. During his nine years at VMware, Jerry launched dozens of products including several "1.0" releases and started two new business units for VMware including the Cloud Application Platform and the Enterprise Desktop business units. In particular, Jerry enjoys the challenge of creating and defining new product categories. As part of the team that created Cloud Foundry, Jerry ran the product management and marketing teams responsible for all of VMware's application infrastructure products including vFabric, Spring, and its big data projects. Prior to the Cloud Application Platform, Jerry created and coined the term "VDI" for virtual desktop infrastructure as part of the creation of VMware's enterprise desktop and application virtualization businesses.
Jerry received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.

Sameer Dholakia (7/11/2014)

GM & VP, Citrix Cloud Platform

picture not available Sameer Dholakia is group vice president and general manager of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix, driving the company's product strategy for cloud infrastructure and server virtualization. He joined the company in 2010, when Citrix acquired VMLogix, where he served as CEO. Dholakia brings extensive enterprise software experience to Citrix, having held key leadership roles in sales, business development and product management at companies such as Trilogy, Inc. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

John Donovan (7/18/2014)

CTO, AT&T

Mr. Donovan is chief technology officer for AT&T. In this role, he oversees the company's global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations.
Mr. Donovan previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign Inc., a technology company that provides Internet infrastructure services. At VeriSign, Mr. Donovan was responsible for leading VeriSign's global sales organization, driving the expansion of broad solutions offerings, and integrating a global professional services capability.
Before that, he was chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., where he helped shape strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe. Previously, Mr. Donovan was a partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he was the Americas Industry Practice director for telecom.
He is chairman of the board of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and is a director on the board of The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).
He has authored two books, The Value Enterprise, published in January 1998, and Value Creating Growth, published in 1999. Donovan received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame and earned an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Minnesota.

Phil Libin (7/18/2014)

CEO, Evernote

Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world. Previously, Phil was founder and CEO of Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation in early 2000, where he went on to serve as principal architect and chief technologist for applications.
In addition to his operational expertise, Phil is a software engineer by training and started his career by building complex systems for ATG, Exchange Applications and EF. Phil is an active technology author and public speaker, having appeared in numerous industry events and publications. In 2004 Phil was named an "Innovator of the Year" by InfoWorld magazine.

Amr Awadallah (7/25/2014)

CTO, Cloudera

picture not available Before co-founding Cloudera in 2008, Amr was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners.
Prior to joining Accel he served as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo!, and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence. Amr joined Yahoo after they acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in July of 2000. Amr holds a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.




Bill Platt (7/25/2014)

GM, Amazon Web Services

picture not available Bill Platt is a General Manager for Amazon Web Services. Bill came to Amazon after being the Executive Vice President of Products at Engine Yard, a Platform as a Service startup which was a large early adopter of Amazon Web Services. Prior, he had senior leadership roles as a product executive at NComputing and Wyse Technology in the desktop virtualization market and a fifteen year career at Sun Microsystems where he led businesses including North American and Asia Pacific Services as well as Solaris and the Java Enterprise System. He has a degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a business degree from the Wharton School of Business.

Anda Gansca (7/25/2014)

Co-Founder & CEO, Knotch

picture not available Anda Gansca is the co-founder and CEO of Knotch, a company revolutionizing how emotion is expressed and captured online. Anda was born and raised in Transylvania and at 18, she moved to the US to attend Stanford University where she earned a double major in Economics and International Relations. While at Stanford, Anda developed a passion for data analysis while also starting and growing three international non-profit initiatives. In 2012, Anda combined her passions for data analysis and opinionated self-expression to start Knotch together with her co-founder & the Knotch CTO, Stephanie Volftsun.

Mike Cassidy (8/1/2014)

Project Leader, GoogleX

picture not available Mike Cassidy has co-founded, served as CEO, and led four consumer Internet companies to market leadership and successful acquisitions. He is now a Director at Google. Google acquired Mike's fourth startup, Ruba. Ruba helped people find services and products recommended by their friends. Prior to founding Ruba, Mike was an EIR at Benchmark. Prior to joining Benchmark, he was CEO of Xfire, the fastest-growing gaming community on the Internet. Xfire made it much easier to play online games with friends, pioneered in-game messaging, and spawned the market for global online gaming events. The company was purchased by Viacom’s MTV Networks in May 2006. Before founding Xfire, Mike was CEO of Direct Hit, an award-winning Internet search engine acquired by Ask Jeeves in 2000. Before that he was CEO of Stylus Innovation, a creator of computer telephony tools and applications, which was purchased by Artisoft in 1996. Early in his career Mike was an aerospace engineer and also studied jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music.

Raj Singh (8/1/2014)

CEO, Tempo AI

picture not available Raj Singh is a mobile industry veteran and blogger with over a decade of experience working in all aspects of the mobile industry. Presently, Raj is a CEO and Founder of Tempo AI, Inc. Tempo AI was incubated at SRI International (birthplace of Siri) where Raj was an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence). Most recently, Raj was the founding Vice President of Business Development for Skyfire, a mobile browser that supports full Flash rendering. Previously, Raj was consulting with Dell Mobile assisting them with their global SMS and WAP strategy. Prior to Dell, Raj co-founded venture-funded Veeker, NBC's mobile video citizen journalism service and ToneThis, CNET's top downloaded ringtone creation product. Raj has also worked in product management, engineering, strategy and consulting roles for Kodak Mobile, Cellmania, MobiTV, PlayPhone, Tellme, Samsung, Turk Telekom, IGT, Hungama Mobile, Vlingo and Antenna Software. Raj's personal projects include GameChalk, an SMS multi-player game service, Pubwalk, an LBS bar-hopping service and Wired Mashup of the Year winner in 2006 and YumYum Labs, an Android recipe voice search application and Sprint App 4G Challenge winner. Raj is also a mobile advisor to numerous companies including Movoxx, Nearverse, Buzzd, Textopoly, Knocking Video and investor via ENIAC Ventures, which does mobile seed stage investments.

Bastiaan Janmaat (8/1/2014)

CEO and Co-Founder, DataFox

picture not available Prior to launching DataFox, Bastiaan worked in private equity and venture capital for Goldman Sachs' “Special Situations Group” and for a Kleiner Perkins portfolio company. His intimate knowledge of the type of information investment and advisory firms seek played an integral role in the development of DataFox. Bastiaan was born in Japan, grew up in Singapore, went to undergraduate schools in the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Spain, and the UK, and holds an MBA from Stanford.



SUMMER 2013

Phil Libin (6/28/2013)

CEO, Evernote

Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world. Previously, Phil was founder and CEO of Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation in early 2000, where he went on to serve as principal architect and chief technologist for applications.
In addition to his operational expertise, Phil is a software engineer by training and started his career by building complex systems for ATG, Exchange Applications and EF. Phil is an active technology author and public speaker, having appeared in numerous industry events and publications. In 2004 Phil was named an "Innovator of the Year" by InfoWorld magazine.

Adrian Cockcroft (7/12/2013)

Cloud Architect, Netflix

Adrian Cockcroft is the director of architecture for the Cloud Systems team at Netflix. He is focused on availability, resilience, performance, and measurement of the Netflix cloud platform, and has presented at many conferences, including the Cassandra Summit, QCon/GOTO, Cloud Connect, Velocity, Gluecon and Structure.
Adrian is also well known as the author of several books while a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems: Sun Performance and Tuning; Resource Management; and Capacity Planning for Web Services. He was also a founding member of eBay Research Labs, where he contributed to the Skype Java API and built mobile application prototypes.


Kevin Scott (7/12/2013)

Senior Vice President Engineering, LinkedIn

Kevin Scott is responsible for software engineering at LinkedIn. His twenty-year technology career spans academia and industry as researcher, engineer and leader. Prior to joining LinkedIn in February 2011, Kevin oversaw mobile ad engineering at Google, including the integration of Google's $750M acquisition of AdMob. Before joining AdMob in 2007, Kevin held numerous leadership positions at Google in Search and Ads engineering, and was deeply involved with the company's early efforts to establish remote engineering centers, leadership development programs and faculty outreach to top CS and engineering departments.
Kevin was a founding member of the ACM Professions Board and sits on the technical advisory boards for a number of start-ups, including cloud content management company Box.

Tad Brockway (7/12/2013)

Senior Vice President Engineering, Microsoft

Tad Brockway is the Group Program Manager for the Windows Azure Fabric team. The Fabric is the distributed kernel for the Windows Azure cloud platform. Tad has a background in virtualization and real-time distributed systems. Tad joined the Remote Desktop Virtualization (RDV) team in 1998 as a Software Design Engineer and has shipped every major Remote Desktop Services release, starting with Windows 2000. He most recently ran the RemoteFX engineering team.


Carl Eschenbach (7/19/2013)

President and Chief Operating Officer, VMware

Carl Eschenbach Carl Eschenbach joined VMware in June 2002 and acts as the company's President and Chief Operating Officer. Carl Eschenbach previously led VMware's 3,000+ person worldwide field operations team. He was responsible for VMware's global go-to-market strategy, including sales, pre/post-sales engineering, VMware's Value Added Reseller channel and VMware's technology partnerships. In total, Carl has more than 24 years of experience in the high tech industry covering all aspects of technology including infrastructure software, networking, telephony, and storage. Prior to joining VMware, Carl was Vice President of North America Sales at Inktomi. He has also held various sales management positions with 3Com, EMC and Lucent Technologies.

Carlos Ramos (7/19/2013)

Secretary of California Technology, California Technology Agency

picture not available Throughout his career, Carlos Ramos has been a leader on many of California's key technology initiatives. Carlos has served as Director of the Office of Systems Integration - with a $4.5 billion portfolio of California's largest technology projects. Carlos also concurrently held the position of Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services and was the Agency's senior technology executive. He was the principal technology advisor to the Secretary and was responsible for the entire HHS IT portfolio. Carlos helped architect the consolidation of the state's largest data centers and the creation of California's Department of Technology Services. He served as Director of the then Teale Data Center - one of the largest public-sector data centers in the world with an annual budget of $200 million and over 200 government agency customers. Before that, Carlos was CIO for California's Department of Social Services managing a large computing infrastructure and a statewide data communications network. During his state career, Carlos has been directly involved in many of the largest enterprise IT initiatives that the State has undertaken and has held many leadership commissions throughout his career in state government. Carlos is returning to state service after three years heading up an independent consulting practice, during which he served as a member of the Human Services IT Advisory Group, as an ERP advisor to the State Controller's Office, an ERP advisor to the Department of Corrections and as a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Government.

Abhi Ingle (7/26/2013)

Vice President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group, AT&T Business Solutions

picture not available Abhi leads the mobility applications and industry consulting team for the Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions group within AT&T. Prior to this role, Abhi led the Business Solutions marketing and products organization, overseeing wireless data products and marketing programs for business customers. Prior to AT&T, Abhi was VP of marketing at Collation, an enterprise software company eventually purchased by IBM, where he was instrumental in formulating the business plan and launching the company. Prior to Collation, Abhi was VP, Marketing and Product Management at Covad Communications. Abhi spent several years at McKinsey and Company. He holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a BA with high honors in Computer Science and Mathematics from Oberlin College.


Jerry Chen (7/26/2013)

Partner, Greylock Partners

picture not available Jerry is a Partner at Greylock and invests in new enterprise applications and in all aspects of cloud and application infrastructure.
Prior to joining Greylock, Jerry was Vice President of Cloud and Application Services at VMware where he was part of the executive team that scaled the company from 400 to over 15,000 employees and $5B in revenue. During his nine years at VMware, Jerry launched dozens of products including several "1.0" releases and started two new business units for VMware including the Cloud Application Platform and the Enterprise Desktop business units. In particular, Jerry enjoys the challenge of creating and defining new product categories. As part of the team that created Cloud Foundry, Jerry ran the product management and marketing teams responsible for all of VMware's application infrastructure products including vFabric, Spring, and its big data projects. Prior to the Cloud Application Platform, Jerry created and coined the term "VDI" for virtual desktop infrastructure as part of the creation of VMware's enterprise desktop and application virtualization businesses.
Jerry received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.

Amr Awadallah (8/2/2013)

Chief Technology Officer, Cloudera

picture not available Before co-founding Cloudera in 2008, Amr was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners.
Prior to joining Accel he served as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo!, and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence. Amr joined Yahoo after they acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in July of 2000. Amr holds a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.




SUMMER 2012

Gordon Payne (6/29/2012)

Senior VP & General Manager, Desktop and Cloud Division, Citrix

picture not available Gordon Payne leads the Citrix Desktop and Cloud division, overseeing the company's strategy for its virtualization, networking and cloud products. These Citrix products make it easy for people to work and play from anywhere, providing IT a more efficient, secure and cost-effective way to deliver applications and data to the people in their organization. Payne engages with a wide range of customers, partners and the talented Citrix product teams building a new model for IT-as-a-service. In this new model, organizations of all sizes can deliver IT services from both private and public clouds. The people leveraging these services have the choice of working securely on any device from anywhere. Payne has held a number of product division roles at Citrix, before taking on the Desktop and Cloud division in August, 2011. He joined Citrix in 2004 with the acquisition of Net6. Prior to this, he held executive and general management roles in both start-ups and in larger corporations such as Nortel, where he spent more than a decade focused on private and public networking. He has lived and worked in Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia and the United States, now working from the Citrix development center in the heart of Silicon Valley. Payne holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and a bachelor's degree in commercial studies from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Tarkan Maner (7/6/2012)

President,CEO & Chief Customer Advocate, Wyse Technology, Dell Inc.

Tarkan ManerTarkan Maner is the President and CEO at Wyse Technology, the global leader in Cloud Client Computing. Cloud Client Computing is the ultimate client computing solution for our time, replacing the outdated computing model of the unsecure, unreliable, un-green and expensive PC. Cloud Client Computing delivers the security, reliability, scalability, flexibility, and user experience with the lowest energy usage and total cost of ownership. Cloud Client Computing simply connects all the dots: Cloud client software, hardware and services. Tarkan leads all aspects of Wyse's global business operations and organization with the best leadership team in the industry. They bring in knowledge, experience, passion and most importantly, an infectious customer and partner focus into everything we do at Wyse. Tarkan was named President and CEO of Wyse in early 2007. He joined Wyse in early 2005, as the Chief Marketing Officer. He was appointed as the President, Worldwide Field Operations in 2006, leading Wyse's global sales, marketing, channels, business development and customer service organizations and programs. Prior to joining Wyse, he led marketing, product management, business development, and strategic alliance initiatives at Computer Associates (CA). He was instrumental in developing CA's corporate vision, strategy, product roadmap, and its global brand. Earlier, at IBM, Tarkan led global product marketing and business development initiatives for the company's innovative Internet Security, Network Computing, and eCommerce divisions. Before IBM, he held senior product management and marketing roles in the eCommerce Software Group at Sterling Software and later, Sterling Commerce, after its spin-off and IPO.

Milind Gadekar (7/6/2012)

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director , CloudOn, Inc

Milind Gadekar Mr. Milind Gadekar is the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director at CloudOn, Inc. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Marketing at P-cube, Inc. Mr. Gadekar had overall responsibility for P-Cube's Service Control Platform product line and it's Service Assurance and Control application suite. Prior to P-Cube, Mr. Gadekar was a member of the executive team at Epinions, where he helped launch a successful E-commerce content service. Mr. Gadekar also worked at @Home Network where he was responsible for premium services and access products for the core @Home service, and also created the @Home Solutions company to serve small to mid-sized cable operators. Previously, Mr. Gadekar worked at Booz•Allen & Hamilton, a management consulting firm. Mr. Gadekar has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and MS and BS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Carlos Ramos (7/13/2012)

Secretary of California Technology, California Technology Agency

picture not available Throughout his career, Carlos Ramos has been a leader on many of California's key technology initiatives. Carlos has served as Director of the Office of Systems Integration - with a $4.5 billion portfolio of California's largest technology projects. Carlos also concurrently held the position of Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services and was the Agency's senior technology executive. He was the principal technology advisor to the Secretary and was responsible for the entire HHS IT portfolio. Carlos helped architect the consolidation of the state's largest data centers and the creation of California's Department of Technology Services. He served as Director of the then Teale Data Center - one of the largest public-sector data centers in the world with an annual budget of $200 million and over 200 government agency customers. Before that, Carlos was CIO for California's Department of Social Services managing a large computing infrastructure and a statewide data communications network. During his state career, Carlos has been directly involved in many of the largest enterprise IT initiatives that the State has undertaken and has held many leadership commissions throughout his career in state government. Carlos is returning to state service after three years heading up an independent consulting practice, during which he served as a member of the Human Services IT Advisory Group, as an ERP advisor to the State Controller's Office, an ERP advisor to the Department of Corrections and as a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Government.

Steve Herrod (7/13/2012)

CTO and SVP of R&D, VMware

picture not available Steve Herrod joined VMware in December 2001 and drives the company's technology strategy across its entire product portfolio, bringing 20 years of virtualization technology experience. While attending graduate school, Herrod collaborated with VMware's founders on initial innovations leading up to the company's debut. Now as head of the Office of the CTO, he continues to work with the engineering organizations toward continued delivery of innovative products that push technology limits, are easy to use and elegantly accessible, and leverage collaborative efforts with VMware's partners and customers. Named InfoWorld's CTO of the Year in 2009, Herrod was one of VMware's first engineering directors and during his tenure at VMware has led numerous teams in developing new technologies. Prior to VMware, Herrod co-led the development of a virtual CPU with "Code Morphing" technology at Transmeta Corporation. Herrod holds a Ph.D. and a master's degree in computer science from Stanford University, and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin.

Adrian Cockcroft (7/20/2012)

Cloud Architect, Netflix

Over the last three years Adrian Cockcroft has managed and architected development of personalization algorithms for the Netflix web site and TV based devices, refactoring code into middle tier services, and development of a new personalization platform optimized for the cloud. He recently moved to the Cloud Systems group, with a focus on performance monitoring and analysis tools.
Adrian is probably best known as the author of several books while a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems: Sun Performance and Tuning; Resource Management; and Capacity Planning for Web Services. He was also a founding member of eBay Research Labs, where he contributed to the Skype Java API and built mobile application prototypes.

Phil Libin (7/20/2012)

CEO, Evernote

Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world. Previously, Phil was founder and CEO of Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation in early 2000, where he went on to serve as principal architect and chief technologist for applications.
In addition to his operational expertise, Phil is a software engineer by training and started his career by building complex systems for ATG, Exchange Applications and EF. Phil is an active technology author and public speaker, having appeared in numerous industry events and publications. In 2004 Phil was named an "Innovator of the Year" by InfoWorld magazine.

Amr Awadallah (7/27/2012)

CTO, Cloudera

picture not available Amr Awadallah is Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudera where he is responsible for all engineering efforts from product development to release, for both the open source projects and Cloudera's proprietary software. Prior to Cloudera Amr served as Vice President of Engineering at Yahoo!, and led a team that used Hadoop extensively for data analysis and business intelligence across the Yahoo! online services. Amr holds a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.


David Silverman (7/27/2012)

Partner, Crosslink Capital

picture not available David joined Crosslink in 2011 and focuses on venture investments in Digital Media, Software and Financial Technologies. David brings more than 15 years of experience working with technology businesses as a venture capital investor and investment banker. Prior to joining Crosslink, David was a partner at 3i Ventures, a global venture capital fund. He also served as a senior officer in the technology practices at both Robertson Stephens and Piper Jaffray. David's previous investment experience includes BlueLithium (acquired by Yahoo!), Demand Media (DMD), Fotolog (acquired by Hi-Media), Omniture (OMTR; acquired by Adobe) and Speakeasy (acquired by Best Buy).


Peter Hill (8/3/2012)

VP of Ecosystem & Innovation, AT&T

picture not available Peter Hill and his team at Ecosystem & Innovation are primarily responsible for four things: The AT&T Innovation Centers (Foundries) and Programs in Palo Alto, Plano Texas and Ra'anana in Israel; The Developer EcoSystem technology which supports the Developers who wish to write Applications for AT&T's Handsets and Network; Forward looking work on Converged Services; “Human Factors” (a group of applied psychologists who work to ensure AT&T's products & services are easy to use). Prior to his current role Peter was responsible for the technology of AT&T's UVerse Television Service. Peter holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Bristol University in England, an MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Emory University.

Juan-Jose Juan (8/3/2012)

Global Head of Enterprise Innovation, Vodafone Global Enterprise

picture not available Juan Jose Juan heads the Enterprise Innovation programme at Vodafone Global Enterprise, the division of Vodafone which manages the communications needs for the largest multi-national companies worldwide. Juan Jose's vision is to engage with multinational customers and partners to design how the evolution of technology and mobility services will support their business strategy and growth. Prior to this position, Juan-Jose led the Customer Solutions area in Vodafone Global Enterprise and achieved marketing recognition and awards from a number of global institutions and analysts. Juan-Jose has more than ten years experience at Vodafone in different functions and locations, including roles at Vodafone Spain, Vodafone New Zealand and Vodafone Group, where he managed growth and change programmes in Sales, Marketing, Product and Business Development. Juan Jose holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering, an Executive MBA from Instituto Empresa and other qualifications from IMD.

Aaron Levie (8/10/2012)

Co-Founder & CEO, Box

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Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box was launched from Aaron's dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box's product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software. He has spoken about content and collaboration tools at events such as Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Web 2.0, Dreamforce, Accenture Global Summit, South by Southwest, and Svase. Aaron studied business at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before taking a leave of absence.



SUMMER 2011

Carl Eschenbach (6/24/2011)

Co-President, Customer Operations, VMware

Carl EschenbachCarl Eschenbach leads VMware's 3,000+ person worldwide field operations team. He is responsible for VMware's global go-to-market strategy, including sales, pre/post-sales engineering, VMware's Value Added Reseller channel and VMware's technology partnerships. He joined VMware in 2002 and has held his current position since 2005. In total, Carl has more than 23 years of experience in the high tech industry covering all aspects of technology including infrastructure software, networking, telephony, and storage. Prior to joining VMware, Carl was Vice President of North America Sales at Inktomi. He has also held various sales management positions with 3Com, EMC and Lucent Technologies.

Brian Madden (7/1/2011)

brianmadden.com

Brian MaddenBrian Madden is known throughout the world as an opinionated, super technical, fiercely-independent desktop virtualization expert. He's written several books and almost 2,000 articles about desktop and application virtualization. His blog receives millions of visitors per year and is a leading source for conversation, debate, and discourse about the application and desktop virtualization industry. Brian is also the creator of BriForum, the premier independent application delivery technical conference.


Tarkan Maner (7/1/2011)

President and CEO, Wyse Technology

Tarkan ManerTarkan Maner is the President and CEO at Wyse Technology, the global leader in Cloud Client Computing. Cloud Client Computing is the ultimate client computing solution for our time, replacing the outdated computing model of the unsecure, unreliable, un-green and expensive PC. Cloud Client Computing delivers the security, reliability, scalability, flexibility, and user experience with the lowest energy usage and total cost of ownership. Cloud Client Computing simply connects all the dots: Cloud client software, hardware and services. Tarkan leads all aspects of Wyse's global business operations and organization with the best leadership team in the industry. They bring in knowledge, experience, passion and most importantly, an infectious customer and partner focus into everything we do at Wyse. Tarkan was named President and CEO of Wyse in early 2007. He joined Wyse in early 2005, as the Chief Marketing Officer. He was appointed as the President, Worldwide Field Operations in 2006, leading Wyse's global sales, marketing, channels, business development and customer service organizations and programs. Prior to joining Wyse, he led marketing, product management, business development, and strategic alliance initiatives at Computer Associates (CA). He was instrumental in developing CA's corporate vision, strategy, product roadmap, and its global brand. Earlier, at IBM, Tarkan led global product marketing and business development initiatives for the company's innovative Internet Security, Network Computing, and eCommerce divisions. Before IBM, he held senior product management and marketing roles in the eCommerce Software Group at Sterling Software and later, Sterling Commerce, after its spin-off and IPO.


Drew Bamford (7/8/2011)

Associate VP of User Experience, HTC

Drew Bamford brings a broad background in product development, as well as deep knowledge of user experience design to his position as Associate Vice President of User Experience for HTC. Drew was recruited by HTC in 2006 to build a design team in Seattle, with the goal of bringing an industry-leading user experience to HTC's diverse mobile device lineup. Since 2006, Drew and his team have designed and produced the two core HTC experience platforms, HTC TouchFLO 3D (on Windows Mobile) and HTC Sense (which spans Windows Mobile, Android, and Brew Mobile Platform), to acclaim from industry experts and consumers alike, as well as great success in the marketplace. The design and development of HTC Sense is a key driver of HTC's successful transition from Taiwanese ODM to global consumer brand.
Prior to joining HTC, Drew founded the user experience design practice at Teague, a Seattle-based product design consultancy, where he and his team designed interactive products for such varied clients as Microsoft, Panasonic, Palm, Nike, Starbucks, and Boeing. While at Microsoft's Hardware Design Group, Drew led the hardware/software interaction design for a wide range of consumer products, from children's toys and game devices to wireless telephones. Drew's earlier experience includes pioneering intranet design work at IDEO and user interface design for a tablet device at Silicon Graphics.
Drew earned a degree in Product Design from Stanford University, where he studied Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) design under Terry Winograd.

John Donovan (7/8/2011)

CTO, AT&T

Mr. Donovan is chief technology officer for AT&T. In this role, he oversees the company's global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations.
Mr. Donovan previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at Verisign Inc., a technology company that provides Internet infrastructure services. At VeriSign, Mr. Donovan was responsible for leading VeriSign's global sales organization, driving the expansion of broad solutions offerings, and integrating a global professional services capability.
Before that, he was chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., where he helped shape strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe. Previously, Mr. Donovan was a partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he was the Americas Industry Practice director for telecom.
He is chairman of the board of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and is a director on the board of The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).
He has authored two books, The Value Enterprise, published in January 1998, and Value Creating Growth, published in 1999. Donovan received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame and earned an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Minnesota.

Bob O’Donnell (7/8/2011)

Program VP, Clients and Displays, IDC

Bob O'Donnell, IDC's Program VP, Clients and Displays, has a lengthy, multi-faceted career in the computer and high-tech industry. O'Donnell is responsible for tracking the latest and most important hardware developments that impact PCs, notebooks, tablets, thin clients and other computing devices, as well as the ODM production of notebooks. He also leads IDC's display research program, where he tracks both the sales and technology trends affecting the worldwide market for computer televisions, monitors, projectors and related technologies, as well as the market for large LCD panels and ODM production of monitors and TVs.
In addition, O'Donnell is the author of "Personal Computer Secrets," originally published by IDG Books, a 936-page reference volume on all aspects of computer technology and usage. For 10 ½ years he also hosted “O'Donnell on Technology,” which was selected as the Best Computer Audio program in the country—either over the air or on the web—in the 15th Annual Computer Press Awards competition. The program was the #1-rated computer call-in talk show in Silicon Valley.

Adrian Cockcroft (7/15/2011)

Cloud Architect, Netflix

Over the last three years Adrian Cockcroft has managed and architected development of personalization algorithms for the Netflix web site and TV based devices, refactoring code into middle tier services, and development of a new personalization platform optimized for the cloud. He recently moved to the Cloud Systems group, with a focus on performance monitoring and analysis tools.
Adrian is probably best known as the author of several books while a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems: Sun Performance and Tuning; Resource Management; and Capacity Planning for Web Services. He was also a founding member of eBay Research Labs, where he contributed to the Skype Java API and built mobile application prototypes.

Phil Libin (7/15/2011)

CEO, Evernote

Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three others through rapid growth. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations throughout the world. Previously, Phil was founder and CEO of Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation in early 2000, where he went on to serve as principal architect and chief technologist for applications.
In addition to his operational expertise, Phil is a software engineer by training and started his career by building complex systems for ATG, Exchange Applications and EF. Phil is an active technology author and public speaker, having appeared in numerous industry events and publications. In 2004 Phil was named an "Innovator of the Year" by InfoWorld magazine.

Bob Melk (7/22/2011)

Senior VP, Group Publisher

IDG Enterprise

Bob Melk brings more than 20 years of media and technology experience to his role as Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of IDG Enterprise.
In his current role, Melk oversees sales and marketing for the full IDG Enterprise portfolio, including CIO, Computerworld, CSO and Network World media product lines. These include award-winning Web sites, magazines and executive events.
He also sits on the Executive Committee for IDG Enterprise. Melk possesses in-depth knowledge of media, sales and sales training, and is recognized as a business development leader with a proven track record and extensive contacts in the technology industry. Melk has detailed knowledge of the pain points and opportunities facing today's enterprise IT organizations and how to market to IT decision makers.

Ewan Mellor (7/22/2011)

Engineering Director, OpenStack at Citrix Systems

Chris Schalk (7/22/2011)

Developer Advocate, Google

Sachin Dev Duggal (7/29/2011)

President and CEO, nivio

At 28, Sachin Dev Duggal's profile is a rich mosaic of experiences. He was an entrepreneur at 15, worked for the United Nations and wrote the declaration of youth rights before he completed his first degree from Imperial College. Sachin has also built a successful software business and was an investment banking prodigy in parallel. Sachin's dream now hinges on his attempt to redefine computing completely by introducing simple, economical & effective services.



Srinivas Krishnamurti (7/29/2011)

Senior Director, Mobile Solutions, VMware

Srinivas Krishnamurti is a Senior Director for Mobile Solutions in the CTO Office. He is responsible for defining and driving VMware's product and go to market strategy for mobile phones and emerging devices.
Previously, as part of the emerging markets group, he led VMware's Linux Strategy and was responsible for launching VMware Fusion into the consumer market. Prior to that, he led the product management team for VMware's developer products. Before joining VMware, Srinivas was responsible for product management of the software configuration management product line at Rational Software. Srinivas has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University and an MBA from Leavey School of Business.

Dr. Mendel Rosenblum (7/29/2011)

Associate Professor of EE and CS, Stanford University

Mendel Rosenblum is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments at Stanford University. Professor Rosenblum research interests include system software, distributed systems, and computer architecture. He has published research in the area of disk storage management, computer simulation techniques, scalable operating system structure, virtualization computer security, and mobility. He is also a co-founder VMware Inc. As the Chief Scientist of VMware for the company's first 10 years he helped design and build virtualization technology for commodity computing platforms. He is a 1992 recipient of the National Science Foundation's National Young Investigator award and a 1994 recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. He was a co-winner of the 1992 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award and the 2002 ACM/SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award for creativity and innovation in operating systems research. In 2009 he was a co-winner of the ACM System Software Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an ACM Fellow. He received a BA in Math from the University of Virginia (1984) and a MS (1989) and PhD (1992) in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.