EVP, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group
As executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, Scott Guthrie is responsible for the company’s cloud infrastructure, server, database, CRM, ERP, management and development tools businesses. His engineering team builds Microsoft Azure, SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Active Directory, System Center, Visual Studio and .NET.
Prior to leading the Cloud and Enterprise Group, Guthrie helped lead Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform. Since joining the company in 1997, he has made critical contributions to many of Microsoft’s key cloud, server and development technologies and was one of the original founders of the .NET project. Guthrie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
Steve Singh is the newly-appointed chairman and CEO of Docker. Prior to Docker, Singh served as CEO of Concur, the travel and entertainment expense management company that sold to SAP for $8.3 billion in 2014.
Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation
Abby is a true tech veteran, with an 18 year career spanning product marketing, product management and consulting at a mix of Fortune 500 and startup companies. As the first fellow at Cloud Foundry Foundation and VP of Strategy, Abby was responsible for structuring and executing operational and strategic initiatives, as well as leading the User Advisory Board and Industry Special Interest Groups. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was part of the Product Management team at Pivotal, focusing on Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Previously, Abby led a Product Management and Product Marketing team at Verizon focused on cloud services. In her free time, Abby enjoys posting up at her local coffee shop, indulging in food and wine, and spending time with her husband and son.
Vice President, Amazon AI
Swami Sivasubramanian is Vice President, Amazon AI and leads all AI and Machine Learning initiatives within Amazon Web Services including Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, and Amazon Rekognition. Prior to this, he was GM for NoSQL Database Services and Analytics at AWS where he built large scale cloud computing platforms and is one of the main authors of the Amazon Dynamo paper (along with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels) that was published in Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP) 2007 and became the foundation of several other NoSQL stores. He holds more than 150 patents and has more than 20 pending patent applications and has authored more than 40 referred scientific papers and journals.
In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Scott is responsible for the company’s strategic initiatives to ensure there are healthy, sustainable, and coordinated efforts across all user communities – both open source and commercial. Previously, Scott was SVP of Product Management, where he responsible for the strategy of Docker’s products and technologies.
With over 25 years industry experience from software development and product marketing to IT operations and venture capital, Scott previously served as VP of marketing, product management, and strategy at Puppet Labs. Prior to Puppet Labs, Scott served in leadership and operational roles in product management, engineering, business development, and marketing for some of the most disruptive companies in the industry, including Netscape, Loudcloud (parent of Opsware), Cisco, and Sun Microsystems.
VP Product Management, Google Cloud Platform
A 20+ year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji is VP Product Management for Google Cloud Platform (GCP). He was the founding CEO of Cloud Foundry Foundation, was Chief Strategy Officer for Apigee, designed and led Microsoft’s open source strategy, founded the Outercurve Foundation, and drove product strategy for BEA WebLogic Integration. Previously he built distributed systems and client software at firms including Broderbund, Fair Isaac, and Ofoto. He is an advisor to multiple companies including Accenture, Insight Engines, and the Linux Foundation, and served on the World Economic Forum’s Industrial Internet Working Group. He received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from UCSD in 1994.
CTO, Heptio and Co-founder, Kubernetes
Joe has a wide variety of skills and experience. Most recently, Joe helped start the Kubernetes project (http://kubernetes.io) to manage clusters of compute containers. Before that, Joe founded Google Compute Engine and was the lead engineer for the project. Previous, Joe worked on the Google ads system to build tools to help advertisers pick the right keywords and bids, connect Google services to the public telephone network (PSTN) and defining and launching Google Talk.
Joe’s experience at Microsoft included playing a key role in designing the next generation graphics system for Windows (graphics and media APIs for WPF). Prior to that he worked on MSHTML/Trident, the rendering engine for Internet Explorer for IE 4, IE 5, IE 5.5 and IE 6. He worked with the core data structures, parsing and drove performance across the product.
Joe’s education includes a BS in CS with High Distinction and Departmental Honors from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. During college Joe worked with a local start up and did internships at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois and at Microsoft in Redmond. The Microsoft internships included working with the Project team and the Windows NT OpenGL team.
Joe lives in Seattle with his wife, a doctor, and his son and daughter. His hobbies include landscape photography, specializing in digital panoramics.
Senior Writer, Fortune
Barb Darrow, now a senior writer for Fortune, has covered technology and high-tech companies for longer than she’d care to admit. She starting out as a reporter for InfoWorld, covering Boston-area software companies before moving to CRN where she managed the news staff and covered the business both in terms of technology and how technology is sold. She was also news editor for TechWeb and senior news director at TechTarget before joining GigaOM as senior writer. Barb enjoys seeing how old-school IT companies are (mis)managing their transition into the cloud computing era.
Co-founder & CEO, Apptio
Sunny Gupta is the Co-founder, and CEO of Apptio and serves on the company’s board of directors. He is a product visionary and innovator whose customer obsession led him to conversations with CIOs where he uncovered the market demand for creating an analytics based business management system for IT. Since founding Apptio in late 2007, he both pioneered Apptio’s market category, Technology Business Management (TBM), and drove the company to become the market leader in this disruptive category with significant scale.
Prior to founding Apptio, Sunny was EVP Products at Opsware, responsible for all of Opsware product businesses up to its acquisition by HP. He was also the co-founder and CEO of iConclude, which pioneered the IT runbook automation market and drove its acquisition by Opsware. Previously Sunny held senior leadership roles in Products, Business Development and Engineering at Mercury Interactive, Rational Software, and IBM. Sunny earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina, was selected as a Top 40 CEO’s under 40, and was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year finalist in 2011.
Co-founder & CEO, Shippable
Avi Cavale is the co-founder and CEO of Shippable, a venture-backed hosted continuous delivery platform built on containers. Previously, Avi spent over a decade at Microsoft building highly scalable Internet services and working on products like Xbox 360, Office365, Azure and Kinect. His most recent role was as director of product development at a Seattle startup. He has also presented at Apachecon, Interop, Gluecon, Defrag, Red Hat Summit among others. In his free time, Avi likes perfecting his bird photography or sipping Scotch from Islay.
Founder & CEO, Algorithmia
Diego Oppenheimer, founder and CEO of Algorithmia, is an entrepreneur and product developer with extensive background in all things data. Prior to founding Algorithmia he designed, managed and shipped some of Microsoft’s most used data analysis products including Excel, Power Pivot, SQL Server and Power BI.
Diego holds a Bachelors degree in Information Systems and a Masters degree in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Founder & CEO, Distelli
Rahul is the Founder & CEO of Distelli, a company he founded in 2013 to help software teams ship better software faster across multiple clouds. Prior to Distelli, Rahul spent 8 years at Amazon as one of the first engineers on the Amazon Web Services Team. Rahul holds an MS in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
Brian Nowak joined Morgan Stanley in January 2015 to lead the department’s US Internet research team and was named a Runner Up in the 2016 Institutional Investor poll. Previously, he worked at Susquehanna Financial Group and Nomura Securities, also covering US Internet stocks, and during that time was voted II “Rising Star” in US Internet. Prior to Nomura, Brian worked at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. as part of a four-time II No. 1-ranked US Media research team. Brian began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s in Accounting. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Sr. Software Development Engineer, Chef
Nell Shamrell-Harrington is a Software Development Engineer at Chef and core maintainer of the Habitat and Supermarket open source projects. She also sits on the advisory board for the University of Washington Certificates in Ruby Programming and DevOps. She specializes in Chef, Ruby, Rails, Rust Regular Expressions, and Test Driven Development and has traveled the world speaking on these topics. Prior to entering the world of software development, she studied and worked in the field of theatre.
Managing Partner, Ignition Partners
Frank Artale is a managing partner at Ignition Partners, joining the firm in 2011. His career in the software industry began in 1984. He most recently served as group vice president, business development at Citrix Systems, where he was responsible for all aspects of Citrix’s business development with software and hardware technology partners.
Frank joined Citrix from XenSource, where he was responsible for strategic operations and business development. Prior to XenSource, Artale was a founder and CEO of Consera Software, a management-software company, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2004. Before founding Consera, Frank was vice president of the Windows Solutions Group for VERITAS Software, where he oversaw overall product strategy for Windows targeted solutions.
He also was a general manager in the Windows 2000 group at Microsoft, one of the many product-management and sales positions he held during his nine-year career with the company. Before joining Microsoft, he held positions as a software engineer and engineering manager building trader workstation and retail-brokerage delivery systems, first at an IBM/Merrill Lynch joint venture (IMNET), then at FD Consulting.
Frank led Ignition’s investments in Appfog, Couchbase, Cloudera, Docker, and ScaleXtreme. He is currently a member of the board of directors for Apprenda, BlueStacks Systems, Bromium, Coho Data, SkyTap, SnapLogic, and Trifacta. In 2012 Frank was named to GigaOm’s list of top cloud VCs and, in 2013, to both the Forbes Midas “Hot Prospects” list and AlwaysOn’s “Power Players in the Cloud” list.
Frank attended Polytechnic Institute of New York as a Board of Trustees Scholar where he studied electrical engineering and computer science.
Founder, Tola Capital
Ms. Gulati is the Founder of Tola Capital, an enterprise software focused venture capital firm. As a seasoned software expert, Sheila 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. She also 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.
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Soma is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group. Prior to joining Madrona in 2015, Soma had a successful twenty-seven year career at Microsoft Corporation. His last role at Microsoft was Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division. Soma has also long been an angel investor with investments across a wide range of technology areas both in the U.S. and internationally. At Madrona, he is focusing on Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Applications, Developer centric platforms and tools, and the emergence of new technologies such as VR/AR. He has authored several pieces outlining Madrona’s thinking about how these technologies will evolve.
Soma serves on the boards of several Madrona companies including Snowflake, Icebrg, Pixvana, Shyft and CloudCoreo. He also serves as advisor to many of Madrona’s companies in the DevOpps and Cloud industries.
Under Soma’s leadership, the Microsoft Developer Division, which supports over six million .NET developers worldwide, expanded its mission to deliver developer tools and services for mobile development and cloud development across a variety of platforms and programming technologies through the Visual Studio and .NET family of products.
CTO - Cloud Native Computing Team (Samsung SDS)
Bob opened the Seattle office for Samsung SDS to build the SDS Cloud Native Computing Team, and serves as the CNCT CTO. Previously he was the CIO at MTN Satellite Communications, where he was responsible for new product and infrastructure strategy and development. Prior to MTN, Bob was a VP Engineering in HP’s public cloud effort, and led HP Cloud’s transition to open source using Openstack. He made his way to HP via the acquisition of Seattle startup Melodeo, an early adopter and innovator in cloud computing. Bob serves on the governing board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
Derrick Harris is the founder (and everything else) of ARCHITECHT, home of the biggest news, best analysis and most insightful interviews in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, big data and more. Derrick has been a technology journalist for more than a decade, most notably at Gigaom, and prior to ARCHITECHT was an early member of the marketing team at software startup Mesosphere.
Co-founder and CEO, Honeycomb
Charity Majors is cofounder and CEO of Honeycomb
, a startup making debugging complex systems tractable for every engineer. (“It’s like strace for systems!”) Previously, Charity ran infrastructure at Parse and was an engineering manager at Facebook. She also worked with the RocksDB team to build and deploy the world’s first Mongo + Rocks in production. She likes single malt scotch.
EVP Software and Services, Axon
Marcus is responsible for leading product management, engineering, security and design for the Axon software platform. He is also the General Manager for Axon’s Seattle office. Marcus joined Axon in 2013 after his company Familiar, where he was CEO and co-founder, was acquired by Axon. Prior to that, Marcus was VP and General Manager at iLike Events & Ticketing from 2009 to 2011. From 2007 to 2009 he was Director of Product Management at iLike and from 2005 to 2007 was the Lead Program Manager for Microsoft Xbox Live. Marcus holds a B.A. degree from Pacific Lutheran University.
Solutions Architect, F5 Networks
Nathan Pearce is a Solutions Architect within the Programmability & Orchestration Product Development team at F5 Networks. He’s held positions across 3 continents in multi-national organizations, consulting practices, and start-ups. Nathan is focused on CI/CD pipeline integrations, ChatOps, and making everything into a declarative interface.
VP of data science and engineering, Zillow
Jasjeet Thind is the vice president of data science and engineering at Zillow. His group focuses on machine-learned prediction models and big data systems that power use cases such as Zestimates, personalization, housing indices, search, content recommendations, and user segmentation.
Prior to Zillow, Jasjeet served as director of engineering at Yahoo, overseeing the company’s recommendation services team. Before that, he worked in senior engineering roles at Microsoft and Siebel Systems. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Cornell University.
Tom Hull has more than 25 years of management experience in the technology industry spanning cloud computing, RFID, green tech, networking, mobile imaging, desktop applications, communications software, and semiconductors. Currently Hull is CEO of CloudCoreo, a startup focused on DevOps security and automation for public clouds. Previously Hull was co-founder and CEO of Union Bay Networks, a next generation cloud networking and security company, which was acquired by a fortune 100 corporation. He served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at F5 Networks, leading sixteen quarters of sequential growth and annual revenues from $120M to over $600M. Hull held several senior management positions at Visio (now part of Microsoft), including Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. He was instrumental in Visio’s growth from startup to successful public company, playing a key role in its $1.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft. Other prior companies include, Impinj, 3Tier, and PictureIQ. Hull also currently holds a board seat at NGINX. He is a graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Charles Fitzgerald is a Seattle-area angel investor whose primary focus is software platforms and the dynamics of building and cultivating ecosystems around them. He has brought this perspective to a diverse range of startup investments, including cloud computing, AI, VR/AR, enterprise SaaS and fintech. Previously, he held senior strategy, product management and marketing roles at Microsoft, Mozy and VMware. At Microsoft, he played a catalytic role in rebuilding Microsoft’s developer franchise from scratch with .NET. He was responsible for product management of Mozy’s nearly 100 petabyte cloud storage service. And at VMware, he helped launch Cloud Foundry. Charles currently serves on the boards of Against Gravity and Shippable.
Denise Muyco is co-founder and CEO of StratusCore, a content creation software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, offering a marketplace of cloud-based creative tools and services, a community connecting artists and producers, and data analytics for the media and entertainment industry. Denise has nearly 20 years of experience in the film industry as a serial entrepreneur. She launched StratusCore out of stealth mode in early 2017 to help content creators take advantage of cloud technologies, which offer financial flexibility, geographic liberation and fluid scalability.
Previously, Denise founded OneView Technologies (acquired by HP Enterprise), which offered software to manage rights for films played on airplanes, cable networks and on-demand hotel services. In the late ’90’s, she was the head of product management for AtomFilms (acquired by Viacom), where she helped produce some of the first internet-exclusive films and animations. Denise is a Board Member of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and collaborates directly with industry guilds and associations.
Bryan is President at resin.io
, where he leads the company’s customer and partner-facing initiatives. Resin.io helps organizations build, deploy, and manage production software that runs in drones, 3D Printers, smart building gateways, tidal turbines, and more. In working with resin.io
, customers can ensure that the software running on remote devices is secure, up to date, and delivering as much operational value as possible. Resin.io’s investors include GE Ventures, DFJ, Ericsson and Aspect Venture Partners.
Bryan’s career includes experience across a variety of roles within the startup ecosystem. These include M&A advisory, Corporate Development, Venture Capital and startup operations. Prior to resin.io
he was an early employee at CHEF and served in a variety of roles on the management team, ranging from sales, business development, finance, and product. He also spent time at DFJ as an early stage venture capital investor and at salesforce.com
as a member of the original Corporate Development and Strategy team.
Jensen is the CTO and Co-Founder of Textio, where he leads engineering, product, and design. A graduate of Yale University and Interlochen Arts Academy, Jensen led the creation of some of the most widely used and influential software in the world: the innovative Ribbon user interface of Microsoft Office; the widely emulated email user interface of Microsoft Outlook; and the pioneering touch user interface built for Microsoft Surface. Jensen is known for designing beautiful, powerful, and forward-thinking products that are used every day by a billion people.