Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft
As Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft, Kevin Scott is an innovative leader who drives the technical vision forward in achieving Microsoft’s mission. Kevin is passionate about creating technologies that benefit everyone. He focuses on helping make the company an exceptional place for engineers, developers and researchers to work and learn.
Scott’s 20-year career in technology spans both academia and industry as researcher, engineer and leader.
Prior to joining Microsoft, he was senior vice president of engineering and operations at LinkedIn, where he helped build the technology and engineering team and led the company through an IPO and 6 years of rapid growth.
Earlier in his career history, Scott oversaw mobile ads engineering at Google, including the integration of Google’s $750 million acquisition of AdMob. At AdMob, Scott was responsible for engineering and operations, the world’s leading platform for mobile monetization.
Before joining AdMob, Scott held numerous leadership positions at Google in search and ads engineering and helped with the company’s early efforts establishing remote engineering centers.
Scott is co-inventor on several patents around search and information extraction and is also the author or co-author of several publications on dynamic binary rewriting that collectively have been cited hundreds of times in other scholarly research.
A recipient of a Google Founder’s Award, Scott has also received an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship, and an ACM Recognition of Service award. Scott was a founding member of the ACM Professions Board, a member of the startup Magic’s board of directors, and a trustee of The Scott Foundation. He is an adviser to several Silicon Valley startups, an active angel investor, the founder of the non-profit organization Behind the Tech, and is an emeritus trustee of the Anita Borg Institute.
Scott holds an M.S. in computer science from Wake Forest University, a B.S. in computer science from Lynchburg College, and completed most of his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Virginia.
Co-Founder & CEO, Icertis
Samir began his career as a software engineer at National Instruments, followed by several years in management roles at Microsoft Corporation after receiving his MBA. He was appointed CEO of Disha Technologies in 2003, where he grew the business five-fold and managed its acquisition by Aztecsoft in 2005. In early 2007, he was appointed CEO of Aztecsoft and successfully guided the company to become the fastest-growing publicly traded mid-cap IT services company. In 2009, he helped finalize Aztecsoft’s acquisition by MindTree.
Samir received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Samir is a golf addict to the annoyance of his family. When not playing golf, he reads books about golf. And when not reading about golf, he contributes to the local community as a Board Member of the Seattle Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and as a trustee of Lakeside School.
Partner, Ignition Partners
Preeti Rathi is a partner at Ignition Partners, an early stage business software venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley and Seattle. She is passionate about working with and helping companies grow from seed or Series A startups to scalable businesses with significant traction. She is focused on investing in ML/AI companies that solve real customer problems. At Ignition, she is working with Tractable, The Studio, CrowdAI, Aviatrix and a startup in stealth mode.
Before joining Ignition, Preeti was at Opus Capital, where she invested in ML focused company Turi (f.k.a Graphlab, acquired by Apple) and Edunav. Prior to Opus, during her tenure at Juniper Ventures, Preeti invested in companies like Vectra Networks (advanced threat detection) and Wickr.
Preeti has a strong operating background and has held various roles in product management and development in the areas of Enterprise Edge, SDN, and Mobility. This included defining product strategy and roadmaps for $1B revenue products like the ASR 9000 Series.
Preeti holds a Masters in Computer Science from the Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.
Founder & CEO, Solo.io
Idit Levine is the founder and CEO of Solo.io, a company that develops tools to help enterprises adopt and extend innovative cloud technologies alongside modernizing their existing IT investments. The Solo.io portfolio of open source and commercial products includes Gloo (community and enterprise), a next generation API gateway, SuperGloo for service mesh orchestration, Squash for microservices debugging and Unik for unikernel orchestration. Prior to Solo.io, she was the CTO of the EMC Cloud Management Division and a member of the global CTO office. She has spent her career building all areas of cloud infrastructure and open source software in both startup and large enterprise companies including Dynamic Ops, VMware, CloudSwitch and Verizon.
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, T-Mobile
Cody Sanford is T-Mobile’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, leading the company’s digital transformation strategy fueling the Un-carrier revolution. He is responsible for spearheading the development of a product-centric technology organization that leverages the power of people, process and technology to bring to life T-Mobile’s innovative experiences for customers and frontline employees. Under Cody’s leadership, the Product & Technology organization is driving T-Mobile’s digital transformation, with an industry-leading software dev shop, expansion into adjacent products and services categories, and a leadership role in delivering open source innovations that solve large customer pain points.
Managing Director, Tola Capital
Ms. Gulati is a seasoned software expert with a wide range of industry experiences. She blends her financial and strategic acumen with her deep knowledge and passion for software businesses. Prior to founding Tola Capital, Ms. Gulati was the business and marketing leader for the Enterprise Application Platform for Microsoft. This responsibility included the company’s Database and Developer Platform and Tools businesses, contributing $5 billion in annual global revenue.
She co-owned the Enterprise IT strategy for Microsoft to drive a successful major business shift to capture more revenue share and seize new computing trends, including the shift to cloud computing. Ms. Gulati spent over a decade at Microsoft in other roles, including Developer and Platform Evangelism, Business Management, Corporate M&A, and Strategy. Prior to Microsoft, Ms. Gulati was an investment banker for Robertson Stephens, where she closely partnered with her clients to drive financing, acquisitions, investments, and joint ventures. Early in her career, she spent time as a web developer for public and private sector organizations. Ms. Gulati is a second-generation software entrepreneur, and she grew up alongside her family’s software company in New York.
Chief Technology Officer, Twilio-SendGrid
J.R. Jasperson, CTO, Twilio-SendGrid, has 20+ years of experience working at Internet Services and SaaS companies. He is a senior technology leader and strategist with a focus on architecture and engineering. In addition to Twilio-SendGrid, J.R. has Fortune 50 experience leading, designing, developing, and supporting enterprise level, mission critical infrastructure, OLTP, data warehouse/DSS, finance/reporting, marketing, CRM, and human resources systems. He has diverse expertise in all facets of architecture, infrastructure, engineering, database, and web development.
VP of Technology, Zulily
As Zulily’s VP of Technology, Bindu leads a team of 60 engineers and product managers responsible for building the innovative solutions needed to launch over 100 sales and 9,000 new products each day. From driving product strategy around Zulily’s self-service Big Data platform to developing a proprietary internal software for Zulily’s 500-person merchandising team to manage product and predict sales performance, Bindu and her team are focused on building high-scale technology products that power the merchandising, pricing and vendor platforms at Zulily.
Bindu has been in the technology industry for 20 years. She previously was the Vice President of Engineering at Koollearning, an ed-tech startup, and before that worked for several years at Microsoft as an engineering and product leader. She is passionate about building seamless customer experiences, mentoring women in technology and has worked extensively in Media, Consumer, Server and Services spaces. Bindu has a M.S. in chemical engineering from Colorado State University and a B.Tech in chemical engineering from Andhra University, India. When not at Zulily, Bindu enjoys spending time travelling the world with her family and capturing diverse cultures and experiences through her photography.
Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Element Data
Mr. Davis is regarded as a pioneer in the area of behavioral biometrics, online measurement and computational behavioral modeling. He is an outspoken proponent on the ethical implications and socially responsible applications of AI/ML.
Mr. Davis is the holder of several key patents in the behavioral biometric field, including the ability to positively establish individual identity from keystroke patterns alone and the development of the first quantitative model to determine emotional content in digital communications.
Mr. Davis started his career at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in the technology division of the Corporate Banking, eventually moving to the Credit Card Division and risk modeling, where he served as Executive Vice President of the then newly formed Behavioral Sciences Division, becoming the youngest EVP in the history of Wells Fargo Bank N.A.
Mr. Davis later founded Pacific Entertainment and Interactive (PEI), which was acquired by Maxis, makers of popular games such as SimCity and The Sims. Mr. Davis was named Director of Maxis Studios and was responsible for all external development and localization. Mr. Davis remained with Maxis through its acquisition by Electronic Arts, the world’s largest distributor of video games.
Mr. Davis then formed a consultancy firm which was acquired by Millward-Brown International, a division of WPP. Mr. Davis served as Chief Technology Officer of the new firm, MB Interactive, a division of Millward-Brown where he led the development of novel market research techniques to digitally quantify and assess internet behavior. MB Interactive was later acquired by Intelliquest.
Mr. Davis went on to co-found Arista Knowledge Systems, serving as the technology visionary and Chief Technology Officer, developing the world’s first open e-learning platform, Accredix. Mr. Davis continued his leadership role though acquisition by DigitialThink (now Convergys).
Mr. Davis has served as Chief Technology Officer for BarPoint, a reverse search engine that pioneered the use of UPC codes to quickly link consumers to products on the internet. And as Chief Technology Officer of Nuvotec, a technology incubator and development partner of Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.
Mr. Davis has worked with numerous government agencies in the development of behavioral measurement, response protocols, and standards which cumulated in his appointment as Director of the Strategic Technologies and Emerging Products Laboratory (STEPLAB), which was later integrated into the Department of Homeland Security.
As the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Element Data, Mr. Davis and his team are leveraging AI/ML to deliver innovative solutions in the decision intelligence and CDP markets.
Co-Founder & CTO, Slack
Cal Henderson is the co-founder and CTO of Slack. He is an experienced technology leader, having previously built and led the engineering team at Flickr, through its acquisition by Yahoo.
As a popular speaker on engineering scalability, he authored the best-selling O’Reilly Media book “Building Scalable Websites”. He was a pioneer in the use of web APIs, and created the basis for oAuth and oEmbed, now used by YouTube, Twitter, and many others.
Cal has a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Central England, and was involved in London’s early online community through his work with the early digital community B3ta and his personal blog iamcal.com, which he has run for over 15 years. Cal now resides in San Francisco.