Bradford Stephens: CEO/Founder (Microsoft, Visible Technologies)
Bradford has a long background in distributed systems and databases, and founded Drawn to Scale with the dream of helping people use data instead of struggle with infrastructure. After seeing dozens of companies trying to design a fully-functional distributed database from the ground up, he knew that someone had to solve the problem of making web-scale data accessible. Bradford uses his experiences from distributed computing, politics, and entrepreneurship to set strategy and drive the team forward.
His passion for scalability is reflected in many talks at conferences, articles, and on the Program Committee for O’Reilly and GigaOm conferences. Prior to this, he was Lead Platform Engineer at Visible Technologies, a Social Media BI company. Bradford also spent time at Microsoft (SQL Server team), in politics (Presidential and U.S. House campaign manager), and music (metal guitar). He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Political Science. His blog on scalability can be found at Road to Failure, and is @LusciousPear on Twitter.
John Overton: VP, Business Development (Akamai, Coradiant)
Dave Spenhoff (Sun, Veritas, MarkLogic)
For the bulk of his career, Rich has focused on messaging technologies, middleware and distributed application platforms, first as a system architect and then as a business strategist and operating executive. He is a frequent speaker on cloud computing, and participates in a number of industry initiatives dedicated to cloud system interoperability.
Rich is President of Telematica, Inc., a holding company and consultancy with a practice in product strategy and business development for cloud computing and networked technologies. Rich most recently served as CEO of Replicate Technologies, Inc., a provider of configuration management technology for virtualized data centers. Prior to Replicate, he co-founded and served as COO of Univa Corporation (now Univa UD), a provider of high performance computing and datacenter management systems. Rich’s career as technologist, consultant, executive, and an early investor has focused on the formation of technology companies and their offerings that provide wireless network infrastructure, enterprise messaging utilities and application service infrastructures.
Randy Smerik is an experienced serial entrepreneur, with over 20 years’ experience in mobile, networking, database systems, transaction processing, and semi-conductors.
Randy’s background and experience includes: VP/GM of LSI Corp’s Networking business which he led after LSI acquired his company Tarari, Inc. Randy was the Founder and President/CEO of Tarari which focused on software and silicon solutions for application-aware deep packet inspection (DPI). Before Tarari, Randy was General Manager of Intel’s Network Equipment Division, which he joined as part of the acquisition of IPivot, Inc., where Randy was the VP of Product Development/Marketing. Previous to iPivot, Randy was AVP running the Teradata Data Warehousing Division. Randy has also held executive and senior leadership positions at BEA Systems, NCR Corporation, and AT&T.
A frequent industry speaker in the areas of venture capital and entrepreneurship, Randy is an angel investor and advisor to a variety of startups, incubators, and investment organizations.