API Strategy & Practice Conference speakers

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Adam DuVander


Adam DuVander is Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb, the leading resource for web APIs. He also is the author of Map Scripting 101, a how-to book for mapping APIs. He speaks about technology at numerous industry events, including SXSW, The Next Web and Tech4Africa. Previously he wrote for Wired.com.

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Albert Wenger

Partner, Union Square Ventures

Albert combines over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience with an in-depth technology background. As an entrepreneur, he has founded or co-founded five companies, including a management consulting firm (in Germany), a hosted data analytics company, a technology subsidiary for Telebanc (now E*Tradebank), an early stage investment firm, and most recently (with his wife), DailyLit, a service for reading books by email or RSS.

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Alistair Farquharson

CTO of SOA Software

Alistair Farquharson is CTO of SOA Software. His skills span many industries and include designing and implementing system architectures, as well as spearheading initiatives as development/team lead. At SOA Software, he spearheads product development and provides thought leadership to enterprise customers implementing Web Services.

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Amber Feng


Amber is an engineer at Stripe. She primarily works on Stripe's API, and most recently, the Stripe Connect API.

  • Payments, Thu 21st February 2:55pm to 4:05pm
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Amit Jotwani


Amit is an API Evangelist & Front-end Developer at Mashery, driven by a constant urge to design and build awesome things for the internets. A hackathon junkie, serial Startup Weekender, he is passionate about APIs, beautiful design, elegant code, and all things Apple. Before joining Mashery, Amit ran Random Loops, a small design studio, specializing in User Interface Design of Websites and iOS apps. By day you can find him at his desk cooking up beautiful code. By night, he loves catching up on the re-runs of Seinfeld. Also, he's tall and slim.

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Andrew Mager


Just moved to Brooklyn from the bay area, working for Spotify as the company's sole Hacker Advocate. My previous companies are SimpleGeo, ESPN, CBS Interactive and Ning.

  • Music, Thu 21st February 11:00am to 12:10pm
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Andy Thurai


Andy Thurai is Chief Architect and Group CTO of Application Security and Identity Products with Intel, where he is responsible for architecting SOA, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, Governance, Security, and Identity solutions for their major corporate customers. In his role, he is responsible for helping Intel/McAfee field sales, technical teams and customer executives. Prior to this role, he has held technology architecture leadership and executive positions with L-1 Identity Solutions, IBM (Datapower), BMC, CSC, and Nortel. His interests and expertise include Cloud, SOA, identity management, security, governance, and SaaS. He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering and has over 25+ years of IT experience.
He blogs regularly at www.thurai.net/securityblog on Security, SOA, Identity, Governance and Cloud topics. You can also find him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/andyt....

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Anthony Cuellar


Anthony Cuellar is the Developer Relations Manager for Pearson on the East Coast. Based out of New York City, Anthony is active in the city's thriving tech, startup, and developer communities. Anthony is passionate about content, technology, app development, community management, and music festivals.

  • Media, Thu 21st February 1:35pm to 2:45pm
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Asad Khan


Asad Khan is a Senior Lead Program Manager at Microsoft, in the Business Platform Division, working on OData and Data Explorer. He is responsible for helping build the next generation of enterprise data management technologies. He has spent the last few years working in the area of Web APIs, Data Modeling, and Big Data. Asad holds a master's degree from Stanford University.

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Asif Rahman


Asif is a co-founder and Chief Architect at NewsCred. He is primarily responsible for the creation of the NewsCred Platform, a content syndication platform which he engineered from conception to current state ingesting over 2,000,000 unique pieces of content per month and serving millions of API requests per day to a wide range of enterprise clients. He manages NewsCred's core development team spanning two offices in New York City and Dhaka, Bangladesh. Prior to joining NewsCred, Asif was a co-founder and Technology Lead at Youlicit, a website recommendation engine which applies concepts from the vector space model for information retrieval to web folksonomies. Youlicit was a participant in Y Combinator in the summer of 2008.

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Audrey Watters

Hack Education

Audrey Watters is a writer who's worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Although two chapters into her Comparative Literature dissertation, Audrey decided to abandon academia, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Edutopia, MindShift, Fast Company, Inside Higher Ed, The School Library Journal, O'Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education.

  • Education, Fri 22nd February 11:00am to 12:10pm
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Augusto Marietti


Augusto is a tech entrepreneur and inventor, best known for co-founding Mashape; the marketplace for cloud APIs. At 19, he founded MemboxX which was the first cloud storage service in Europe. At 20 co-founded Mashape and a year later he moved to USA (San Francisco) and raised the first angel round from YouTube's original team. At 23, Augusto raised $1.5M from top tier VCs including NEA, Index Ventures and Charles River Ventures and also from various individuals including Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt. Augusto and Mashape have been featured in many international publications including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, TechCrunch, Mashable, O'Reilly, RWW, GigaOM and Wired. Today Mashape is used by thousand of developers and organizations in more than 180 countries. Augusto was born in Rome, Italy and graduated in 2009 from the Catholic University of Milan where he received a BSc in Economics. During 2008, Augusto enrolled at UC Berkeley for an exchange program in International Economics. Augusto is the co-inventor and co-owner of two US patents.

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Brian Whitmer


Brian Whitmer is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Instructure. When Brian first started exploring the idea of building a new learning platform, he was met with a lot of opinions and reasons why education wasn’t the greatest space to innovate in. Luckily, he ignored them. Instead, he listened to how people wanted to improve learning: what goals they had, what obstacles they faced, what tools they needed. And Canvas is what it is because of that continued approach. Brian’s enterprising energy didn’t start there. As a kid, he built and sold RPG video games via floppy discs and the US Postal Service. Later, he did extensive graduate work in technology usability (which, not coincidentally, provided the inspiration for Canvas) at Brigham Young University. He’s even been known to try his hand at tap dancing. But wherever Brian’s curiosity has been applied, good things have happened.

  • Education, Fri 22nd February 11:00am to 12:10pm
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Bruno Pedro

CTO of CloudWork

Bruno Pedro is a Web and Cloud Computing Technologist with over fifteen years’ experience. Bruno is the founder of Tarpipe (acquired by Nubera), a platform to streamline updates to various social websites, creating simple or complex workflows between social media apps. He also founded JobTide (acquired by AdClick) is a job search engine and company director operating in Brazil, Denmark and Portugal. Bruno has been developing Open Source and commercial applications since 1995. He's an O'Reilly author and a regular speaker at industry related events. On his spare time he enjoys exploring the Internet of Things with the Arduino platform.

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Chris Haddad


As Vice President of Technology Evangelism at WSO2, Chris Haddad raises visibility, awareness, and knowledge of API Management, Service Oriented Architecture, and Platform as a Service. Chris works closely with developers, architects, or C-level executives to craft adoption strategies, chart technology roadmaps, and maximize business value.

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Chris Metcalf


Chris Metcalf is Socrata's Director of Product Development and Developer Evangelism. He is responsible for designing and shepherding pilot projects and prototypes for some of their most prominent flagship customers, and for managing the development of Socrata's open data APIs and developer platforms. He also works with Socrata's engineering team to architect their scalable data platform. He's passionate about using Socrata's tools to make their customer's projects a success, and about helping them expand their own developer ecosystems through Socrata's API platform.

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Chris Purpura


Chris Purpura is general manager of the CloudHub Cloud Platform, responsible for the growth of the MuleSoft integration platform as a service (iPaaS) and the company’s strategic leadership position in delivering the most widely used integration platform for connecting SaaS and enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise. He brings over 18 years of experience in both private and public companies building out new markets and business models around disruptive technology platforms. Most recently, Chris served as the senior vice president of marketing at Aeris Communications, where he was responsible for marketing, products and services. Prior to Aeris Communications, Chris led the new ventures product and strategic alliances teams at Platform Computing, the leading middleware company in enterprise grid and cloud computing. Previous experience includes various senior executive level positions across marketing, product management, strategy and alliances functions at GoldenGate Software (acquired by Oracle), Network Inference (acquired by WebMethods), and Aspect Communications.

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Dan Cundiff

API Architect, Target Corporation

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Daniel Jacobson

Director of API Engineering Netflix

Daniel Jacobson is the director of API engineering at Netflix. Prior to Netflix, he was at NPR where he created the NPR API as well as the content management system that drives NPR.org, mobile platforms and all other digital presentations for NPR content.

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David Bloom


David Bloom is co-founder and CEO of Ordr.in, an API for restaurant commerce. David started Ordr.in after running restaurant business development at American Express and operations for an online food ordering website. Ordr.in is a TechStars startup backed by Google Ventures. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and kids.

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David Goldberg

Creator of RITC

Dave Goldberg is the creator of RITC, the cloud integration and automation API. He currently runs API & data products at The Washington Post, and previously ran the video business there as well.

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David White


David is the SVP/GM of FlightStats Data Services organization, the part of the company that delivers our flight and airport-focused data and web services to developers, airlines, airports, OTAs, search engines, and digital signage customers. David has nearly 3 decades of experience in technology product management, engineering management, marketing communications and business development and over 15 years on the management teams of companies delivering Web-based applications and services. He stays busy directing the product roadmap, managing sales, marketing and business development, and handling major account relationships. If he didn't have to work, he would head for the country home, become a total hick, wear overalls, grow food, and make stuff.

  • Travel, Thu 21st February 2:55pm to 4:05pm
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Evan Stein


Evan Stein is founder of Decibel, which delivers deep music metadata. In his dual career as musicologist and systems architect, Evan has been concerned with metadata his entire working life. He worked at the Library of Congress in music, and designed intelligence systems for the Manhattan District attorney. He was Director of European Application Development for Standard & Poor's. Things came full circle with Decibel, when he realised that current music systems simply wouldn't do. Evan speaks frequently on music and metadata, and has been a featured speaker for groups such as the Technology Strategy Board.

  • Music, Thu 21st February 11:00am to 12:10pm
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Evgeny Popov


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Gray Brooks


Gray Brooks began his new media work in 2003 on the web team of Howard Dean's presidential campaign, with responsibilities including the management of Get Local, the groundbreaking social organizing tool that would evolve into the suites used by campaigns in 2008. With the launch of Barack Obama's presidential exploratory committee, he served as New Media Ombudsman, assisting the New Media Director in liaising amongst each New Media team and with other departments. After serving on the Presidential Transition Team, Brooks co-led the digital overhaul at the Federal Communications Commission, an effort that completely retooled the agency’s web presence. He now serves as Sr. API Strategist at the General Services Administration as part of the Administration’s implementation of the Digital Government Strategy.

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Heather OSullivan

Target - Group Manager API Program

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Ilya Sukhar


Ilya is the Co-founder and COO at Parse, a mobile app platform that powers full-featured mobile apps built by companies like Cadillac and The Food Network. Before Parse, Ilya was the first employee at Etacts (acquired by Salesforce) where he worked on all things product and engineering. Before that he built a ton of stuff as an early engineer at Ooyala. Ilya holds a BS and Master's in Computer Science from Cornell where he did distributed systems research and graduated with honors.

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Irakli Nadareishvili


Irakli Nadareishvili is director of engineering in the digital media division of NPR. He leads the software team behind npr.org, NPR API and NPR mobile apps, and is responsible for the strategy and architecture of NPR’s public-facing software systems. Prior to NPR Irakli: architected World Bank's RESTful API, worked with whitehouse.gov and various news/media outlets to help them build online publishing solutions using open-source software.

  • Media, Thu 21st February 1:35pm to 2:45pm
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Jack Loop


  • Travel, Thu 21st February 2:55pm to 4:05pm
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Jakub Nesetril


Jakub is the founder of Apiary: a new hot startup building REST API infrastructure for the rest of us. Prior to Apiary he built and led engineering team at GoodData, built their API strategy, presented at conferences around the world about on topics ranging from node.js & javascript to building startups.