Eric Colson is Chief Analytics Officer at a Stitch Fix. For more than 18 years, he has led data-oriented teams that span algorithms & machine learning, Big Data & data warehousing, and analytics & business intelligence. Prior to Stitch Fix Colson was Vice President of Data Science & Engineering at Netflix. He holds degrees in Information Systems and Economics.
Rajat Taneja is Chief Technology Officer of Electronic Arts, the world’s leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment.
Mr. Taneja joined EA in October 2011 as CTO to drive critical technology decisions and investments for EA on a global basis. Before joining EA, Mr. Taneja spent 15 years at Microsoft where he most recently lead the division responsible for development and deployment of all commerce and transaction technologies across Microsoft’s connected services, including Xbox Live®, Windows Phone®, Windows Azure™, Microsoft® Office 365, Microsoft adCenter® and MSN®. In previous roles at Microsoft, Mr. Taneja was responsible for leading the company’s online digital advertising platforms and its first business online service offering.
Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Taneja held roles at Digital Equipment Corporation and Wipro Information... Read More.
Yael Garten is a Senior Data Scientist at LinkedIn, where she leads the mobile data analytics team that focuses on understanding and increasing Mobile engagement of LinkedIn’s 200 million members. Yael’s team is focused on converting LinkedIn’s rich data into actionable product and business insights that optimize the LinkedIn mobile experience and create powerful data-driven products that help members be productive and successful. Her team also focuses on understanding the impact of mobile usage on the rich LinkedIn ecosystem.
Before joining LinkedIn, Yael was at Stanford University, where she completed her PhD in Biomedical Informatics, focusing on information extraction via natural language processing to understand how human genetic variations impacts drug response. Yael advises biomedical companies on informatics methodologies to transform high throughput data into... Read More.
Cecilia Stewart is Vice President, Global Business Intelligence, Market & Customer Insights at The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services.
Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. Western Union services are offered through a combined network of more than 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2011, Western Union completed 226 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving US$73 billion of principal between consumers.
As leader of the global business intelligence function at Western Union, Cecilia is responsible for the design and delivery of market and competitive intelligence, leveraging big data capabilities. She leads the charge in how... Read More.
James Hendler is the Tetherless World Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, and the Head of the Computer Science Department at Rensselaer. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Experimental Multimedia Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), serves as a Director of the UK’s charitable Web Science Trust and is a visiting Professor at DeMontfort University in Leicester, UK. Hendler is the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. In 2010, Hendler was named one of the 20 most innovative professors in America by Playboy magazine and was selected as an “Internet Web Expert” by the US government.
Nathan Marz is the lead engineer on Twitter’s Publisher Analytics team. He was previously the lead engineer at BackType before being acquired by Twitter in July of 2011.
Nathan is the author of numerous open-source projects relied upon by companies all around the world. These include Cascalog, ElephantDB, and Storm.
He has spoken about his work at conferences such as the Hadoop Summit, Strange Loop, Gluecon, Clojure/conj, and POSSCON. He writes a blog at http://nathanmarz.com.
Edd Dumbill is a technology analyst, writer and entrepreneur based in California. He’s helping drive businesses with data as VP Strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science.
A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system, and a co-founder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual property exchange.
An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various projects, such as Debian and GNOME, and created the DOAP Vocabulary for describing software projects.
Edd has written four books, including O’Reilly’s “Learning Rails”. He writes... Read More.
Alistair has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time. In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011), and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, the Bitnorth conference, the International Startup Festival and several other early-stage companies.
Alistair is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata conference; Techweb’s Cloud Connect; and the International Startup Festival. He’s written four books on analytics, technology, and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics which is being translated into eight languages. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing... Read More.
David Campbell is a Microsoft Technical Fellow whose present role is Vice President of Product Development for the SQL Server product suite.
David graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from Clarkson University in 1984 and began working on robotic workcells for Sanders Associates – later a division of Lockheed Corporation. In 1990 he joined Digital Equipment Corporation where he worked on their Codasyl database product DEC DBMS as well as their relational database product; Rdb.
Upon joining Microsoft in 1994, David was a developer and architect on the SQL Server Storage Engine team that was principally responsible for rewriting the core engine of SQL Server for SQL Server Version 7.0.
At Microsoft, he has held numerous... Read More.
For ten years, Kate Crawford has published widely on the social, political and cultural practices that surround and inform media technologies. She has conducted large-scale studies of mobile and social media use at sites around the world, including India, the US and Australia. Her book on technology, culture and generational critique, ‘Adult Themes’, won the Manning Clark Cultural Award. Her current projects include the politics of big data,... Read More.
Kenneth Neil Cukier the data editor of the The Economist, and
co-author of “Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work,
Live and Think” to appear in early 2013. Previously, he was the
paper’s Tokyo correspondent and before that, its technology
correspondent in London. From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Cukier was a research
fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he worked on
the Internet and international relations. Additionally, Mr. Cukier
serves on the board of directors of International Bridges to Justice,
a Geneva-based NGO promoting legal rights in developing countries.
In his role as SVP, Products, Scott is responsible for the Greenplum’s overall product development and go-to-market efforts, including engineering, product management, and marketing. Scott is a co-founder of Greenplum and was President of the company until Greenplum’s acquisition by EMC. Prior to Greenplum, Scott served as vice president for Digital Island, a publicly traded Internet infrastructure services company that was acquired by Cable & Wireless in 2001. Before Digital Island, Scott served as vice president for Sandpiper Networks, an Internet content delivery services company that merged with Digital Island in 1999. At Sandpiper, Scott helped to create the industry’s first content delivery network (CDN), a globally distributed computing infrastructure comprised of several thousand servers, and used by many of the industry’s... Read More.
John Schroeder founded MapR to address core limitations that were limiting the adoption of Hadoop and expand Hadoop capabilities to serve new business critical and real-time applications.
John has led companies creating innovative and disruptive business intelligence, database management, storage and virtualization technologies at early stage ventures through success as large public companies. John was previously CEO of Calista Technologies (Microsoft), CEO of Rainfinity (EMC) and Senior Vice President of products and marketing at Brio Technologies (BRYO).
Prasad Ram (aka Pram) is the Founder and CEO of Gooru. While working at Google, Pram devised a prototype of a search engine for learning. What began as a “20% effort” evolved into a year-long pilot in India that included 1,000 students across 25 classrooms. Pram subsequently left Google to pursue Gooru as a non-profit education technology start-up in Silicon Valley with a mission to honor the human right to education.
Prior to founding Gooru, Pram worked as the head of Google R&D in India, CTO for Yahoo! India and research scientist at Xerox Research. He has led the development of many products such as Google Maps, News and Translate as well as many technologies in search, ad targeting, and digital rights management.... Read More.
Joydeep has worked in the enterprise software industry for over 20 years in leadership roles in engineering and product management. As an engineer, he led several R&D projects building enterprise DBMS products at Sybase and Informix. In his product management role, he currently leads and manages SAP’s HANA In-memory DBMS and Sybase branded data management portfolio with a focus on big data analytics and transaction processing segments. Joydeep is a frequent speaker at tradeshows, user conferences, customer presentations, and webcasts. Joydeep has also authored several articles in leading publications.
Girish Juneja is CTO of Datacenter Software Division and General Manager of the Big data and Expressway software businesses. Girish has over 21 year experience in building software businesses, at Intel, as an entrepreneur and earlier at Verizon Telecommunications.
Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Application Security & Identity Products in the Software Services Division in SSG. In this role he was responsible for conceptualization, product development, sales & marketing of Intel Expressway software product line for Service Providers, ISVs, OEMs and select end-users. Girish also led the development of Identity software strategy for SSG that led to acquisition of Nordic Edge, development & launch of McAfee Identity Manager & Intel CloudSSO Identity-as-a-Service offering in collaboration with Salesforce.com.... Read More.
Sasha Issenberg is the author of “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns.” He is columnist for Slate and the Washington correspondent for Monocle, where he covers politics, business, diplomacy, and culture. He covered the 2008 election as a national political reporter in the Washington bureau of The Boston Globe, and his work has also appeared in New York, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Monthly, Inc., The Atlantic, Boston, Philadelphia, and George, where he served as a contributing editor. His first book, The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy, was published by Gotham in 2007.
Jeanne Harris is the Global Managing Director of Information Technology Research and Executive Research Fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance in Chicago. Jeanne leads the Institute’s global research agenda, which currently includes data monetization strategies, embedding Big Data analytics, and understanding and exploiting digital experiences. She is co-author of “Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning” and “Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results” from Harvard Business School Press. She is on the faculty of Columbia University and is the recipient of Consulting Magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009.
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for
America, which is dedicated to the idea that government can work for
the people, by the people, in the 21st century. She is an Ashoka
fellow, and received the Internet and Society Award from the Oxford
Internet Institute in 2012. Government Technology named her one of
2011’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation and the
Huffington Post named her the top Game Changer in Business and
Technology the same year. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a
Better Government, and is a frequent speaker. Previously, she ran the
Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly
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