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.
Vice President, AWS Global Infrastructure and Customer Support
Peter DeSantis is the Vice President of AWS Global Infrastructure and Customer Support. In this role, he leads the AWS teams responsible for designing the datacenters, servers and network that underpin our AWS services and deploying and operating this infrastructure worldwide as well as the customer facing organizations providing support for our AWS products.
Peter joined Amazon in 1998. Prior to joining Amazon Web Services, Peter worked in various other groups within Amazon including leading the distributed systems engineering group. In March 2006, Peter joined Amazon Web Services as the General Manager of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Peter led the EC2 team through the 2006 initial launch of the service and went on to lead a number of AWS products focused on compute and networking until he accepted the role of Vice President, AWS Global Infrastructure in October 2016. In January of 2018, Peter expanded his role to include AWS Customer Support.
Peter earned a bachelor of arts with a dual major in Economics and Computer Science from Dartmouth College.
Amazon Professor of Machine Learning, UW
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sen. 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, Expedia Worldwide Engineering
Tony is Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President for the Technology team at Brand Expedia and leads a global team responsible for all technology—customer and supplier facing platforms—across Expedia’s travel related products.
The Brand Expedia technology team is at the heart of the company’s mission to “Re-invent travel through the power of technology”. Donohoe holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Dublin City University and has been with Expedia for 6 years.
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.
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.
IBM Fellow, Next Generation Cloud and DevOps at IBM Research
Dr. Tamar Eilam is an IBM Fellow working in the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York. Tamar is leading a world wide research team developing innovative technology in the area of Cloud, DevOps and Microservice management.
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.
Director Of Operations at xnor.ai
Sophie Lebrecht is the Director of Operations at Xnor.ai. She received her PhD in Cognitive Science at Brown University. She continued to pursue her work on the neural basis of visual preference for everyday objects at Carnegie Mellon University and CMU Silicon Valley, eventually transitioning her research into the foundation of Neon Open, an open source AI platform that recommends images that drive emotion. Sophie’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, venture capital, and federal grants. Sophie’s work has been recognized for innovation, winning the World Economic Forum’s Tech Pioneers Award, the Edison Award for Innovation, Fast Company’s Most Creative in Business, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, The White House blog, Forbes, Dow Jones, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others.
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.
EVP of Product Development, Tableau
Mark Nelson is Executive Vice President of Product Development at Tableau where he is responsible for leading the global engineering team at Tableau, helping the company continue to broaden and deepen its industry leading analytics platform to support customers globally. Mark has more than 25 years of experience in software development, engineering, and SasS infrastructures at AT&T, Informix, Oracle and most recently at Concur, where he served as Chief Technology Officer. At Concur, Mark was responsible for all aspects of product development as well as hosting operations for their SaaS services and Concur’s internal IT function. Previously, he spent more than 16 years as Vice President and Architect at Oracle, where his last role was responsibility for much of Oracle’s cloud infrastructure. Nelson’s extensive cloud computing expertise also affords him a role as an Advisory Board Member for SkyTap, a cloud provider focused on transforming traditional eneterprise applications. He holds a B.S. in General Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sr. Manager of Software Development. Smartsheet
Susan Galbraith is a Senior Manager of Software Development at Smartsheet. Throughout her 20 year career, Susan has worked in a variety of different fields ranging from government to tech companies both large and small. Susan has been in management roles for the last 5 years—helping companies build teams and solve challenging problems on large-scale systems. She has hired dozens of software engineers and is passionate about mentoring others.
Co-founder and CTO of Stackery.io
Chase Douglas is the co-founder and CTO of Stackery.io, an operations console for organizations building serverless applications and services. His experience spans the gamut of technical and managerial, specifically focused on how teams of developers build products collaboratively. In prior roles he has been a VP of engineering at a web application security company, technical architect of the New Relic Browser product, and an architect of the multitouch implementation for the Linux desktop.
Founder of 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
Tim has been investing in startups at Madrona for more than a decade. He focuses on B2B software companies providing cloud native infrastructure and automation, ML and data analytics and security. In the DevOpps and cloud world, Tim serves on the boards of Algorithmia, Highspot, Heptio, Jama Software, and Shippable.
In addition to his work at Madrona, Tim is a member of the Investment Committee for the Alliance of Angels Seed Fund I, and is also on the boards of the Washington Technology Industry Alliance and the Technology Alliance. Tim received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
VP of Engineering, SkyKick
Bob Karaban is VP of Engineering at SkyKick. He is responsible for executing the product roadmap and building a high-performance platform that scales to 20,000 Microsoft partners and hundreds of thousands of SMB end users. Prior to SkyKick he was an Enterprise Architect designing public sector software for police and fire departments for over 9 years. Karaban grew up in Michigan and moved to the Seattle area 6 years ago, and is married with two children.
Sr. Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft
Paige Bailey is a senior Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft specializing in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Microsoft, Paige was a data scientist and machine learning engineer in the energy industry (drilling and completions optimization, subsurface characterization).
Paige has over a decade of experience doing data analysis with Python, and 5 years of experience with R and distributed data processing using Apache Spark. She is on the core committee for JupyterCon and SciPy; is a Python instructor for EdX; and is currently writing an introductory children’s book on machine learning, as well as a technical cookbook for machine learning at scale.
Chief Architect, Cloud Platform, Huawei
Dr. Ying Xiong is currently responsible for leading an US R&D team and building PaaS on open source technologies for Huawei. Dr. Xiong has been involved in Kubernetes/container technologies and communities for over 3 years, ICT technologies for over 20 years. Prior to Huawei, he was a Cloud Platform Architect/Sr. Dev manager for Centrify, Principal dev manager and principal architect at Microsoft, principal technical architect and sr. dev manager at AT&T