CTO, Microsoft Azure
Mark Russinovich is Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s global enterprise-grade cloud platform. A widely recognized expert in distributed systems and operating systems, Mark earned a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He later co-founded Winternals Software, joining Microsoft in 2006 when the company was acquired. Today he remains the primary author of the Sysinternals tools and website, which include dozens of popular Windows administration and diagnostic utilities. Mark is a popular speaker at industry conferences such as IPExpo, Microsoft Ignite and Build, and RSA Conference. He has also authored several nonfiction and fiction books, including the Microsoft Press Windows Internals book series, as well as fictional cyber security thrillers Zero Day, Trojan Horse and Rogue Code.
Senior Engineering Manager, Slack
Milena Talavera is a Senior Engineering Manager at Slack. Milena leads the backend infrastructure team that is responsible for building scalable and reusable systems and components that lay the foundation that Slack is built on top of. Prior to Slack, Milenawas Director of Engineering at Talkdesk, VP of Engineering at Twelvefold Media, and began her career as a software engineer for the US government. She studied at The John Hopkins University and MIT.
Co-founder & CEO, Cloudflare
Matthew Prince is co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. Cloudflare’s mission is to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks: powering more than 10 trillion requests per month, nearly 10% of all Internet requests, for more than 2.5 billion people worldwide. Matthew is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, winner of the 2011 Tech Fellow Award, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law. Matthew holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, and earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago and B.A. in English Literature and Computer Science from Trinity College. He’s also the co-creator of Project Honey Pot, the largest community of webmasters tracking online fraud and abuse.
Amazon Professor of Machine Learning, University of Washington
Emily Fox is an Associate Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and Department of Statistics at the University of Washington, and is the Amazon Professor of Machine Learning. She received her Ph.D. in EECS from MIT, with her dissertation being awarded the Leonard J. Savage Thesis Award in Applied Methodology and MIT EECS Jin-Au Kong Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Prize. She has also been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2017), Sloan Research Fellowship (2015), ONR Young Investigator award (2015), NSF CAREER award (2014), Her research interests are in large-scale dynamic modeling and computations, with a focus on Bayesian methods.
Product Management Lead, Google
Aparna Sinha leads the product team at Google for Kubernetes OSS and Kubernetes Engine. She started and co-leads the Product Management SIG to maintain an open backlog for the Kubernetes project on Github. Aparna is currently a secondary member of the CNCF Governing Board. She has worked in enterprise software for 15+ years, and was formerly Director of Product at NetApp. Aparna holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and has co-authored several technical papers during her research.
Senior Director of AI and Machine Learning, Apple and Amazon Professor of Machine Learning, University of Washington
Carlos Guestrin is the senior director of machine learning at Apple and the Amazon Professor of Machine Learning in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Carlos was the cofounder and CEO of Turi (formerly Dato and GraphLab), a machine-learning company acquired by Apple. A world-recognized leader in the field of machine learning, Carlos was named one of the 2008 brilliant 10 by Popular Science. He received the 2009 IJCAI Computers and Thought Award for his contributions to artificial intelligence and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
SVP & GM of ADC, F5 Networks
Kara Sprague is Senior Vice President and General Manager of F5’s Application Delivery Controller (ADC) business unit, responsible for the company’s ADC product portfolio management, product and solutions.
Sprague joined F5 in 2017 from McKinsey and Company, where in her thirteen-year tenure she held various leadership positions across their technology practice. Most recently she led the Technology, Media, and Telecom Practice for the Western Region. Prior to McKinsey, Sprague was on the engineering staff of Oracle, Agilent Technologies, and Hewlett-Packard.
A trained computer scientist and electrical engineer, she holds two masters degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves on the board of Girls Who Code.
Chief Research Officer, VMware
David Tennenhouse is VMware’s Chief Research Officer. He leads the research & innovation activities that are accelerating and extending VMware’s technology leadership. These include: formation of a new VMware research group focused on networks and distributed systems; a portfolio of advanced development and incubation activities that are hosted in the product teams; in-house hackathons; experimental prototypes that are released to customers; joint research projects with VMware’s technology partners, customers and relevant startups; and the VMware academic program of engagements with university researchers.
David has a strong track record of driving innovation, both in academia and industry. He joined VMware from Microsoft, where he was a Corporate Vice President and led their Technology Policy group. David was previously a Partner at New Venture Partners, where he focused on the creation of spin-outs from corporate R&D teams. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Platform Strategy at Amazon and CEO of its A9.com subsidiary. Before Amazon/A9, David was Vice President and Director of Research at Intel Corporation where he pioneered an “open collaborative” approach to corporate research. This was, in part, based on his earlier work as DARPA’s Chief Scientist and Director of its Information Technology Office.
At both DARPA and Intel, Dr. Tennenhouse was involved in the strategic planning and execution of programs related to a wide range of technologies, including distributed/cloud computing, networking, computer architecture, wireless communications, machine learning, search/data mining, image processing, robotics, MEMs, healthcare, and nano/bio-technology. As a faculty member at MIT, he led research on high-speed networking, active networks, software radio and telecommunications policy.
David holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the FCC’s Technology Advisory Board.
Senior Director of Product Operations, Puppet
As senior director of product operations, Padmashree is responsible for enabling Puppet’s customers on their journey to pervasive automation. After starting out as an engineer building enterprise application software, her career evolved into include engineering management, product management, and most recently, product operations at Puppet, where she helps drive the execution of product design, development and go-to-market strategy, while evolving a vibrant engineering culture. Her approach and experience stem from a deep rooted fascination for the intersections – be it the handoff among disciplines, or the confluence of people, process and technology – to drive great business outcomes. Padmashree is passionate about using customer-centric practices to build high performing teams that deliver great software. She is a strong advocate of the agile mindset and has championed the agile transformations at several organizations in her career.
CTO, Madrona Venture Labs
Jay is a technologist, serial entrepreneur and machine-learning and computer vision enthusiast whose startup career spans over 20 years and includes co-founding a number of venture-backed data/analytics companies which were acquired by companies such as Microsoft, Nielsen/NetRatings and Hulu. Jay enjoys playing music, collecting instruments and electronics gear and tinkering with his 3D printer.
CEO and Cofounder at LaunchDarkly
Edith Harbaugh is CEO & co-founder of LaunchDarkly, the leading feature management platform. She has more than 15 years of experience in software engineering with both consumer and enterprise startups. She is cohost of “To Be Continuous”, a podcast on software trends. She holds two patents in deployment. Edith earned a BS, Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Associate Director of Products, PitchBook
Alex Legault is the Associate Director of Products at PitchBook, where he oversees a team of product managers and analysts that focus on the customer-facing side of the PitchBook Platform and related features like search, security, direct data, plugins and workflow tools. Legault is responsible for driving PitchBook’s dynamic product and data roadmap strategy that helped the company roll out 120 new feature updates and 500,000 new datasets in 2017 alone. Through his leadership, he plays an instrumental role in leading the strategic direction of PitchBook’s internal IT, developer and data integration initiatives. Prior to joining the company, he worked on marketing, user acquisition and business development initiatives at Social27 and ActivityPal. Alex graduated from the University of Washington in 2011.
Product and Community Manager, Pulumi
Donna Malayeri is a product and community manager at Pulumi, a startup that is enabling the vision of cloud infrastructure as software. Previously, she was a product manager on the Azure Functions team at Microsoft, guiding the developer experience from its beta through the first year of general availability. She is passionate about creating products that developers love, and previously worked on programming languages such as F# and Scala. In a past life, she was an academic, but now vastly prefers the experience of shipping software.
Before joining Atlassian, Sri served as CTO and senior vice president of engineering at Groupon, Inc. Prior to Groupon, he was the vice president of research and development for mobile computing at VMware, a provider of cloud and virtualization software and services. Sri also served as senior vice president of engineering at Ning Inc. and managed the application development, platform engineering, and operations teams responsible for innovating and scaling the Ning Platform. He was instrumental in Ning’s acquisition by Glam. Previous to Ning, Sri led development of a number of very successful open-source and business-to-business products at Sun Microsystems.
Sri holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Clemson and a management degree from Stanford University.
Program Director, IBM Cloud Foundation Services
Briana directs the Design, Offering Management and Incubation teams for Foundation Services within IBM Cloud. Together these teams validate the technical strategy, design experiences and bring those offerings to market. This includes prototyping new solutions, comparing technical alternatives, identifying market opportunity, creating differentiated experiences, evaluating competitor solutions and developing the go to market strategy. Additionally Briana develops and executes a strategy around establishing thought leaders in the cloud industry.
Founder and CEO, Upbound
Bassam Tabbara is the founder and CEO of Upbound, a new stealth-stage startup in the cloud-native computing space. He created the Rook project which is hosted by the CNCF and provides Storage Orchestration for Kubernetes. Prior to Upbound Bassam was the CTO @ Quantum, co-founder and CTO @ Symform (a P2P storage startup acquired by Quantum), and Partner Architect @ Microsoft.