Leading Edge Forum Researcher for Leading Edge Forum
Simon Wardley is a Researcher for Leading Edge Forum, a
global research and thought leadership programme dedicated
to helping large organizations reimagine their organizations
and leadership for a technology-driven future. Simon is also
lead practitioner for LEFs Wardley Maps Advisory service
which helps client anticipate market and ecosystem
developments so they know where to go and why.
Google Cloud Platform Product Manager
Donna Malayeri is a product manager on the serverless team
on Google Cloud, where she works on Knative Eventing and
Cloud Run. She's worked in the serverless space since 2016,
and is bullish on the future of serverless. Prior to joining
Google, she was the first product manager at the startup
Pulumi, which creates tools for building modern cloud
applications. She was also a product manager on the Azure
Functions team at Microsoft, guiding the developer
experience from its beta through the first year of general
availability. Donna is passionate about creating products
that developers love, and has worked on programming
languages such as F# and Scala.
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Researcher for Leading Edge Forum
Simon Wardley is a Researcher for Leading Edge Forum, a global
research and thought leadership programme dedicated to helping
large organizations reimagine their organizations and
leadership for a technology-driven future. Simon is also lead
practitioner for LEFs
Advisory service which helps client anticipate market and
ecosystem developments so they know where to go and why.
Simon’s focus is on strategic play both at an industrial and
global level. He is the author of multiple reports including
Clash of the Titans: Can China Dethrone Silicon Valley?, a pioneer in the use of topographical intelligence within
business, a former executive and an advisory board member for
several successful start-ups. He has twice been voted as one
of the UKs top 50 most influential people in technology. Simon
has spent the last 20 years defining future strategies for
companies in the FMCG, Retail and Technology industries. He is
a passionate advocate in the fields of strategic play,
organizational structure, open source and leadership and is a
regular presenter at conferences worldwide.
Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform
Donna Malayeri is a product manager on the serverless team on
Google Cloud, where she works on Knative Eventing and Cloud
Run. She's worked in the serverless space since 2016, and is
bullish on the future of serverless. Prior to joining Google,
she was the first product manager at the startup Pulumi, which
creates tools for building modern cloud applications. She was
also a product manager on the Azure Functions team at
Microsoft, guiding the developer experience from its beta
through the first year of general availability. Donna is
passionate about creating products that developers love, and
has worked on programming languages such as F# and Scala.
Staff Developer Advocate for Google
Kelsey Hightower has worn every hat possible throughout his
career in tech, and enjoys leadership roles focused on making
things happen and shipping software. Kelsey is a strong open
source advocate focused on building simple tools that make
people smile. When he is not slinging Go code, you can catch
him giving technical workshops covering everything from
programming to system administration.
Fullstack Engineer, Sightbox
I have been tinkering and experimenting with computers since I
was young. Growing up in the country the two choices I had
were to go outside or play with technology I chose the latter.
Fast forward to now I am just as excited about technology as I
was when I first started. I work at Sightbox as a full-stack
engineer that loves working in serverless.
Senior Technologist, Expedia Group
Subbu Allamaraju is a senior technologist at the Expedia
Group, where he is leading a large-scale migration of Expedia
Group’s travel platforms from enterprise data centers to a
highly available architecture in the cloud. Subbu is a
well-rounded engineer and influencer with hands-on experience
in software development, architecture, distributed systems,
services, internet protocols, operations, and the cloud. Over
the past several years, he has helped build and empower
several engineering and operations teams in these areas. He
has published several books on REST and Java, and is a
frequent speaker at conferences on cloud, operations,
resiliency, and leadership.
Ahmet Alp Balkan
Developer Advocate, Google
Ahmet Alp Balkan is a Software Engineer at Google, working on
developer experiences for open source technologies like
Kubernetes and Knative, as well as Google’s services like GKE
and Cloud Run. He is the maintainer of developer tooling like
kubectx.dev and krew.dev.
Prior to Google, he has worked at Microsoft Azure on the Linux
team on porting Docker to Windows, creating the first
container image for .NET Core, and starting the Azure
Container Registry service. In his spare time, he likes to
make fresh pasta, work on his latte art skills and go hiking.
Director, Capital One
Jonathan Altman joined Capital One three years ago as a Distinguished Engineer, and has been working on the Cloud Engineering team for the last year and a half, where his responsibilities include work on tools enabling feature teams to safely provision cloud resources, and helping define best practices on cloud infrastructure. Before Capital One he gained extensive experience building high-scale, high-availability multi-tenant SaaS applications first at Outtask and then Concur after its acquisition of Outtask. Between Concur and joining Capital One, Jonathan ran a boutique software contracting and consulting business helping build SaaS systems in the travel industry. Prior to his move to commercial software development, Jonathan first worked as the Database Administrator for an early big-data and OCR project in Humanities computing, the Dartmouth Dante Project http://dante.dartmouth.edu/ while still an undergraduate student.
Richard H. Boyd
Serverless Architect, iRobot
Richard is a Serverless Architect at The iRobot Corporation,
the number one provider of clean homes. Prior to joining
iRobot, Richard spent several years at Amazon Inc. (Robotics
and Alexa) and over a decade in the defense industry. He loves
building large distributed systems with as little code as
possible. Richard can often be found telling the same 6 jokes
over and over, speaking with his hands, and signing up for
races then never training. Richard holds a master’s degree in
statistics from Stony Brook University and is an AWS Certified
Solutions Architect - Associate, Developer - Associate, and
Senior Engineer & Coach, LEGO
Sheen Brisals is a seasoned software engineer, AWS Certified
Solutions Architect and a team coach, currently architecting
and guiding a team of engineers building serverless eCommerce
solutions at LEGO. He has previously worked in engineering and
leadership positions with leading software organizations. He
is passionate about serverless and managed services, a keen
follower of AWS cloud solutions and the architectural
Ryan Scott Brown
Lead Architect, Trek10
Ryan Scott Brown is a cloud architect and developer at Trek10,
focusing on automation and real-world uses of serverless tech.
He spends his time at Trek10 helping teams think serverless,
and teaches video courses on AppSync, Lambda, and GraphQL at A
Ecosytems Director, Stackery
After 10 years of working in healthcare management, a
serendipitous 20-minute car ride with Kara Swisher inspired
Farrah to make the jump into technology. She has worked at
multiple startups in many different capacities, eventually
working her way to being the Ecosystems Director for Stackery
in Portland, Oregon. As the Stackery Ecosystems Director,
Farrah has managed the Stackery relationship with AWS
including Stackery as an Advanced Technology Partner,
achieving the AWS DevOps Competency, a launch partner for
Lambda Layers. Farrah has cultivated the serverless community
as an organizer of Portland Serverless Days, the Portland
Serverless Meetup, along with numerous serverless workshops
and the Portland tech community events from Techfest to
bringing multiple luminaries to Portland. She has been
featured on The Cube, Faas and Furious, and in her spare time
dabbles in IoT buttons and Lambdas.
Principal Engineer, Optum
Murugappan Chetty is a Principal Engineer at Optum. Opensource
enthusiast, has been instrumental in onboarding open source
tools for Optum. Active member of the Openfaas community,
currently leads the effort at Optum to build an on premise
Paul Chin Jr.
Cloud Solutions Architect, Cloudreach
Paul Chin Jr. is a Cloud Solutions Architect at Cloudreach and
lifetime resident of Virginia Beach, VA. He is passionate
about using the right tech for the right problem. He works in
cloud native development and wants to show the world how to
use these new tools to make anything you can imagine. Feel
free to talk to him about anything related to tech, food, or
Sr. Manager, Cloud Center of Excellence, T-Mobile USA
Nicholas runs the Platform Services & Security team for
T-Mobile's Cloud CoE. He also leads the OSS Working Group,
which champions the use, contribution and creation of open
source throughout T-Mobile. His team has open-sourced projects
for serverless (Jazz), blockchain (NEXT Identity), secrets
management (T-Vault) and automated compliance and remediation
Senior Developer Advocate, AWS
Web & mobile developer, podcaster, author
Jeremy is a passionate serverless advocate, an AWS Serverless
Hero, and a senior technology leader with more than 20 years
of experience building web and mobile applications. He is an
active member of the serverless community, creating and
contributing to open source serverless projects, and
frequently consulting with companies looking to adopt
serverless. Jeremy also writes extensively about serverless on
his blog (jeremydaly.com), publishes Off-by-none, a weekly
email newsletter that focuses on all things serverless
(offbynone.io), and hosts the Serverless Chats Podcast
(serverlesschats.com). He is currently the CTO of AlertMe.
Engineering Manager, Serverless, Inc.
Alex is an Engineering Manager at Serverless, Inc. focused on
designing, building, and promoting serverless applications. He
is passionate about Lambda, DynamoDB, and many other AWS
technologies. He is the creator of DynamoDBGuide.com, a guided
walkthrough to DynamoDB. In a past life, Alex was a corporate
lawyer. For fun, Alex likes to play with his kids, watch
basketball, and spend way too much time on Twitter.
loud Software Engineer, Cloudreach
Hanna Elszasz joined Cloudreach in June 2018 as a Cloud
Software Engineer out of New York City, focused on application
development in AWS. Most recently, she has worked on creating
a data processing and ingestion application using Lambda, API
Gateway, DynamoDB, Athena, S3, and Glue. Also while at
Cloudreach, she worked on developing a recommendation engine
using Sagemaker and Python. Along with her work as software
engineer, Hanna is passionate about math and has experience in
Joe is the CTO of Branch, which provides home and auto
insurance, powered by community. Previously, Joe founded
BuildFax (acquired by DMGT), Spaceful (acquired by Xceligent),
BluePrince (acquired by Harris Computer), and EphPod (acquired
by Wind Solutions). Joe graduated with degrees in English and
Mathematics from Williams College and has a law degree from
Yale Law School.
Ian Fuller is the CTO at Freetrade. In this role, Ian leads
the development and engineering of a modern investment
platform. Before joining Freetrade, Ian worked as an
Engineering Manager at Snapchat where he provided technical
guidance and managed operational excellence to help ship
products used by millions of users. Prior to Snapchat, Ian
spent three years at Amazon as a Software Development Manager
and Software Development Engineer where he managed the design
development and delivery of Amazon Instant Video (now Amazon
Prime Video) on PS3, PS4, Samsung & LG devices.
Senior Product Manager, AWS
Meena Gowdar is a senior product manager at Amazon Web
Services. She’s responsible for strategy and product delivery
of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and Firecracker, an
open source virtualization technology. She’s a passionate
technologist who has worked in consumer electronics,
wearables, and fintech industries and helped grow businesses
worldwide. She’s an advocate and advisor for #BUILTBYGIRLS, a
nonprofit for women leaders in tech. She’s also a vehement
skier, loves cooking, and enjoys traveling.
Sander van de Graaf
Cloud Solutions Architect, Ookla / Downdetector
Sander is a cloud solutions architect, specializing in high
scale and high volume applications.
He's a co-founder of Downdetector. Downdetector has been
getting more and more traffic over the years. Most of that
traffic has been very, very spikey. This makes for interesting
issues and problems and constant iterations are required to be
ahead of the next bottleneck. Downdetector is now owned by
Ookla which is also known for Speedtest.
In his spare time, he loves to hack hardware and tinker with
home automation, and is very fond of Lego and everything space
Head of Cloud Center of Excellence, MAERSK
I'm heading up the cloud journey of the largest container
logistics company on the planet as the leader of MAERSK Cloud
Center of Excellence. We build awesome solutions in the cloud
and manage the implementation of a cloud-first strategy.
Ron leads product marketing for serverless security products
at Prisma, the cloud security suite from Palo Alto Networks.
Ron started out as a network engineer and Cisco certification
junkie before he worked his way through various engineering,
product and technical marketing roles in the cloud and DevOps
world. Ron is passionate about enabling enterprises to adopt
serverless by making it as secure as possible. He joined the
leading serverless security startup, PureSec, which was later
acquired by Palo Alto Networks to become part of Prisma Cloud.
Ron lives in Israel with his wife and his twin girls and feels
awkward writing about himself in 3rd person.
Software Engineer, Stackery
Danielle Heberling is a software engineer with a background
that includes being a musician and teaching at a K-8 public
school. She’s passionate about building things that make the
world a better place, whether that be through social change or
a good laugh. When she’s not coding, you can often find her
reaching back to her teaching roots by mentoring folks from
underrepresented groups that would like to make a career
switch into tech.
Product Manager, Azure Functions
Jeff Hollan is the product manager for Azure Functions. He is
one of the original members of the Azure serverless team. Jeff
is known for his fun and demo-filled sessions around cloud
native and serverless tech.
Burke and Cecil are developers working at Microsoft on the
Azure team. They hail from Tennessee and Florida respectively
and are all around nice guys. Cecil's forté is C#, and Burke
likes to push pixels. Together they are trying to figure out
how to do things quickly and cheaply in the cloud.
CEO and Founder, Standard Library
Keith Horwood is the founder and CEO of StdLib. An avid
programmer from a young age, he is especially passionate about
understanding and optimizing for how humans and machines
communicate via the use of APIs. His academic background,
Biochemistry, is an odd pairing with his enthusiasm for
programming but is reflective of a larger trend: a deep thirst
for knowledge and a desire to solve problems across a variety
of domains. He is happiest when he’s learning, building, and
sharing with others so those activities take up the majority
of his time.
Senior Architect, Advanced Creative Center, Dentsu Digital
I am a senior architect at an advertising agency in Japan, and
I have worked in the advertising industry for more than 12
years. I have experience in developing an automated bidding
system for digital ads, a dashboard to monitor KPIs, and ETL
architecture. I live in Tokyo, Japan.
Senior Architect, Advanced Creative Center, Dentsu Digital
I'm the captain of cloud architecture of the largest container
logistics company on the planet. We build awesome solutions in
the cloud used by millions, but we need to do it in a
scalable, secure and agile manner – that’s what we do at
MAERSK Cloud Center of Excellence.
Cloud Robotics Research Scientist at iRobot, AWS Serverless
Ben Kehoe is a Cloud Robotics Research Scientist at iRobot and
an AWS Serverless Hero. Ben focuses on developing business
value rapidly through serverless (and servicefull)
applications, and seeks to amplify voices from dev,
operations, and security to help the community shape the
evolution of serverless and event-driven designs for IoT and
Senior Technical Evangelist, AWS
Nicki brings with her 5 years of experience working in the
software industry, first as a self-taught full stack
developer, and then as a funded entrepreneur working on an
HRTech startup for developers prior to coming to AWS. She is
very passionate about helping developers succeed on AWS and
developing apps (especially serverless ones!) using any
programming language as she loves learning new languages. In
addition to her passion for development, she has a serious
matcha addiction and travels to Japan annually to restock her
quality matcha supply.
Founder, A Cloud Guru
Sam has extensive experience leading large software
engineering teams and architecting robust systems that scale.
Sam has worked for Microsoft in Seattle in the Core File
Systems team of Windows - where he developed the Disk
Defragmenter for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows 7. He also
worked for Microsoft in Oslo, Norway where he developed query
processing technology for FAST Search.
Managing Director & Master Technology Architect, Accenture
Matthew Lancaster leads Accenture’s Transformation
Architecture business, and is at the forefront of Accenture’s
work with its clients to make technology a key differentiator.
For the last nine years, he’s built software engineering and
architecture numerous practices and led the charge to
integrate emerging technologies into core business
capabilities. He has pioneered transforming legacy core
systems into realtime, event driven, agile software capable of
serving as the foundation for continuous evolution of client
business, as well as the introduction of AI into core
transactions and interactions to create truly intelligent
systems. Much of this work involved a heavy application of
serverless architecture mixed and matched with other cloud
native components. Matt has led from the front, serving as
lead architect and getting hands on with everything from
helping to write core components to stitching together
components to writing Serverless framework plugins. Matt was
previously the CTO of two software startups and has been on
multiple industry and nonprofit boards. He is sometimes known
to trade technology advice for good whiskey, and make obscure
historical analogies when talking about unrelated problems.
CTO, begin.com Maintainer, arc.codes
Brian LeRoux is currently building a continuous delivery for
modern AWS apps at begin.com on an open source foundation
arc.codes. Previously he worked at Adobe on PhoneGap and
Apache Cordova. He also created wtfjs.com and sports a
questionable tattoo. Brian believes the future is an open web,
seamlessly running on the cloud, stewarded by hackers like
Principal Architect, T-Mobile USA
Satish is an experienced enterprise architect with a
demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications &
software industries. He is skilled in public cloud
technologies (AWS), Agile & DevOps Methodologies, Serverless &
Containers, CI/CD tooling and Software Development Life Cycle
(SDLC). Satish is currently working at T-Mobile Cloud CoE and
his work focuses on building next generation cloud development
platforms using cutting edge technologies like serverless &
containers and facilitate their adoption within the
Application Architect, Gemological Institute of America
Sean Mare is a technologist with over 20 years of experience
in application design, development and integration. He spent
the majority of his career in consulting, which gave him a
broad view of the technological challenges facing large and
small organizations across multiple industries; it also gave
him experience in a wide variety of languages, methodologies
and techniques. He now puts that knowledge to use at the
Gemological Institute of America (GIA), where he is passionate
about serverless computing and he loves telling the world
about it. He is currently developing a new serverless
architecture for the business’ mission critical applications.
Sean has written about design and development for blogs
(notably a series on enterprise search for Lucidworks) and
evangelizes best practices when possible. In his free time,
Sean enjoys riding his motorcycle, cycling, gardening, and
building electronics projects (his latest is an Arduino-based
pH monitor for his fish tank.) Sean resides in the greater NYC
area with his wife and 4 adorable dogs.
Tanusree (Tanu) McCabe
Distinguished Engineer, Architecture, Capital One
Tanusree (Tanu) McCabe is currently an Architect at Capital
One. From Cloud to DevOps, Containers to Serverless, she's had
a wide array of experiences. As a passionate technologist, she
enjoys sharing experiences and lessons learned in the hopes
that others may benefit.
Developer Advocate, Google Cloud Platform
Bret is a Developer Advocate for Serverless on the Google
Cloud Platform team at Google, focusing on serverless products
like Cloud Run, Cloud Functions, App Engine, Firebase, machine
learning APIs, and more. He's currently an aspiring Node.js
developer. Prior to Google, Bret worked as a software engineer
in the cloud industry at Rackspace. Before that, he led
engineering teams at e-commerce and non-profits and tried his
hand at creating two startups. He's often on the running
trail, volleyball court or kickball field.
Bret lives in New York City and earned a bachelor’s degree in
computer science from Texas A&M University.
Principal Developer Advocate - Serverless, AWS
Chris Munns is a Principal and the lead Developer Advocate for
Serverless Applications at Amazon Web Services based in New
York City. Chris works with AWS's developer customers to
understand how serverless technologies can drastically change
the way they think about building and running applications at
potentially massive scale with minimal administration
overhead. Prior to this role, Chris was the global Business
Development Manager for DevOps at AWS, spent a few years as a
Solutions Architect at AWS, and has held senior operations
engineering posts at Etsy, Meetup, and other NYC based
startups. Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Applied
Networking and System Administration from the Rochester
Institute of Technology.
Amy Arambulo Negrette
Cloud Software Engineer Lead, Cloudreach
With ten years industry experience, Amy Arambulo Negrette has
built web applications for a variety of industries including
Yahoo! Fantasy Sports and NASA Ames Research Center. One of
her projects modernized two legacy systems impacting the
entire research center and won her a Certificate of Excellence
from the Ames Contractor Council. Currently, she builds cloud
applications for enterprise clients for Cloudreach and leads a
team of other Cloud Software Engineers. Amy has survived two
acquisitions, one round of layoffs, and balancing life with
two small children.
Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
Linda is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft. In addition
to creating software solutions, she has a passion for
community involvement and education. She is a co-founder of
Norfolk.js, NodeBots Norfolk, and RevolutionConf. She also
teaches a variety of local robotics workshops. She holds a
Bachelor of Arts from Old Dominion University and a Masters in
Information Technology from Virginia Tech. She enjoys bad
karaoke, good sushi, and all varieties of cats.
Vice President, Cloud Research, Trend Micro
Cybersecurity is hard. When viewed through a traditional lens,
security is focused on stopping bad things from happening.
That's part of the picture, but only a very narrow slice.
There is a better way.
Mark Nunnikhoven works to change this view of cybersecurity
and helps individuals, organizations, and communities explore
the impact of technology through the lens of privacy and
security. Helping everyone understand that the goal is to
ensure that our technology works as intended...and only as
As a research and educator, Mark studies risk and how it
impacts communities in the physical and digital world. He
applies this work to helping organizations around the world
use technology to transform their work.
This approach provides an opportunity to help build security
into the fabric of technologies designed with privacy in mind.
Mark is a forensic scientist and security leader who has spent
more than 20 years helping to defend private and public
systems from cybercriminals, hackers, and nation states. A
sought after speaker, writer, and technology pundit, his
message is simple: secure and private systems are a
requirements in today's world, not a luxury.
Kas (they/them/their) is a developer advocate for CloudFlare.
They’re also an author of two books about JS Robotics and a
Twitch Affiliate streamer for code and hardware. They like
serverless and all the discussions it brings, and playing with
their 2 cats.
Burke and Cecil are developers working at Microsoft on the
Azure team. They hail from Tennessee and Florida respectively
and are all around nice guys. Cecil's forté is C#, and Burke
likes to push pixels. Together they are trying to figure out
how to do things quickly and cheaply in the cloud.
Cloud Economist, The Duckbill Group
Corey is the Cloud Economist at The Duckbill Group. Corey
specializes in helping companies improve their AWS bills by
making them smaller and less horrifying; hosts the Screaming
in the Cloud and AWS Morning Brief podcasts; and curates Last
Week in AWS, a weekly newsletter summarizing the latest in AWS
news, blogs, and tools, sprinkled with snark.
Senior Associate, ForgePoint Capital
MJ is a venture capitalist with experience in transaction
advisory and principal operating roles. He is passionate about
finance, technology, and entrepreneurship. As an investor MJ
is most excited to operate at the crossroads of those
functions and derives maximum value while helping great ideas
scale. Prior to ForgePoint, MJ spent several years at
LendingClub leading cross-functional finance support for the
Personal Loans business line. He also worked at AGC Partners
where he focused on M&A and private placement transactions in
enterprise software and cybersecurity. He is an avid scuba
diver and an ardent Duke sports fan.
Startup Solutions Architect, AWS
David Roberts is a Developer, Cloud Architect, and serverless
fanboy from the Philadelphia area. He previously led a team of
developers at Chain.io to build and support an all serverless
VP of Content, A Cloud Guru
Dr. Peter Sbarski is VP of Content at A Cloud Guru, AWS
Community Hero, and one of the original organizers of
Serverlessconf, the world’s first conference dedicated
entirely to serverless architectures and technologies. His
work at A Cloud Guru allows him to work with, talk and write
about cloud computing and serverless architectures. He is the
author of Serverless Architectures on AWS (Manning
Publications, 2017). Peter is always happy to talk about cloud
computing and can be found at conferences throughout the year.
Peter’s passions include serverless technologies, event-driven
programming, back end architecture, microservices, and
orchestration of systems. Dr. Peter Sbarski holds a PhD in
Computer Science from Monash University, Australia.
Jared has been building and operating serverless technologies
in production at scale since 2015, and is laser focused on
helping companies deliver business value with a serverless
mindset. As former Head of Developer Experience and Relations
at Serverless, Inc. and currently working at Trek10, Inc.
helping folks build and operate cloud native architectures,
his day to day is all serverless all the time.
Researcher, UC Berkeley
Johann Schleier-Smith is a member of the UC Berkeley RISELab
where he focuses on the future serverless computing. He brings
to his current research an industry background in scaling
software and infrastructure, built over years as CTO of hi5
and Tagged, social networks that merged to form a user base of
over 300 million members. Johann holds an A.B. in Physics and
Mathematics from Harvard University and an M.S. in Computer
Science from UC Berkeley.
Partner / CTO, Fortium Partners
James Simmons is a product, technology, and business leader
used to tackling big problems in hard industries. He is a
Partner at Fortium Partners, where he works as a strategic
advisor and transitional CTO for startups, mature enterprises,
and institutional investors. Before Fortium he was at Everyone
Counts, a leading innovator in election technology, first as
CTO and then CEO. While there he launched the most advanced
and secure voter registration and citizen engagement platform
in the world, piloted online voting in the U.S. presidential
election, and oversaw high profile public and private voting
for the United Nations, the Oscars and Emmys, and governments
around the world. In 2018, James led the sale of Everyone
Counts to Votem Corp., creating the world’s largest blockchain
James began his career as a software engineer at Northrop
Grumman working on control algorithms for missile defense
satellites and spent almost a decade working on defense and
intelligence projects that included autonomous vehicles,
sensor data fusion, warfighter-machine interface systems, and
culminated with two years in the Middle East managing
technology integration for the U.S.’ armored vehicle fleet.
Ten years ago James jumped into tech startups. At Verify, he
led the development of a supply chain management SaaS platform
that had 50 of the Fortune 500 using it within six months of
launch. Next was Head of Product Engineering for LegalZoom,
where he drove the company's pivot from transactional to
subscription-based relationships and launched their mobile
In addition to his day-to-day leadership, James is a
recognized expert in technology thought leadership and policy.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from
Harvey Mudd College and multiple certifications related to
project management, software development, and product
CTO, The Agile Monkeys
Serial tech entrepreneur. I’ve been involved professionally in
tech for more than 17 years, first as a freelancer, then as
founder of several startups, and finally as co-founder of the
bootstrapped and successful software development company, The
Agile Monkeys, 8 years ago. I’ve worked for companies like
eBay, Rent The Runway, Paypal, and Harvard, always tracking
the edge of technology and trying to put pragmatism and
business value first. Nowadays, I’m involved in our labs
department where we research the limits of technology to try
to make our small impact on the universe.
Tim was most recently the VP of Engineering at Coinbase, the
world's largest regulated crypto exchange and custodian. Prior
to that he was the creator and GM of AWS Lambda at AWS where
he also managed the API Gateway and Serverless App Repository
teams. He now spends his days thinking about ways to make
serverless platforms do new tricks.
Developer Advocate, HashiCorp
As a developer advocate for HashiCorp, Rosemary works to
bridge the technical and cultural barriers between
infrastructure engineers and application developers. She has a
fascination for solving intractable problems with code,
whether it be helping an infrastructure engineer learn to code
or an application developer troubleshoot infrastructure
failures. She also interfaces with vendors, clients, startups,
and open source projects to find creative software solutions
for infrastructure. When she is not drawing on whiteboards,
Rosemary valiantly attempts to hack stacks of various
infrastructure systems on her laptop while foraging for tasty
victuals around the world.
Vice President of Technology and CIO, Mutual of Enumclaw
David Wilson is the CIO for Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance, a
$450MM regional property and casualty carrier based in the
CTO, Founder, IOpipe
Erica is CTO & Founder at IOpipe where she is building tools
to help developers of serverless applications iterate faster
and support their applications in production. She is a former
maintainer of Docker and OpenStack and has been building
cloud, ops, and infrastructure tooling for over 15 years.