Crunch Conference 2016 speakers

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Alexander Dean

Co-founder, SnowPlow

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Ben Yoskovitz

Founding Partner, Highline BETA

Benjamin Yoskovitz is an entrepreneur, investor and author. He recently launched Highline BETA, a startup co-creation company. Previously he was VP Product at VarageSale and GoInstant (acq. $CRM). He’s made 15+ angel investments, and founded an accelerator, Year One Labs. Ben is the co-author of Lean Analytics (published by O’Reilly), a book that combines Lean Startups and analytics to help startups and large companies build better businesses and products faster. He’s an active blogger at http://instigatorblog.com. You can also find Ben on Twitter @byosko.

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Casey Stella

Principal Architect, HortonWorks

I am a committer and PMC member on the Apache Metron project in the engineering team at Hortonworks. In the past, I've worked as an architect and senior engineer at a healthcare informatics startup spun out of the Cleveland Clinic, as a developer at Oracle and as a Research Geophysicist in the Oil & Gas industry.

I specialize in writing software and solving problems where there are either scalability concerns due to large amounts of traffic or large amounts of data. I have a particular passion for data science problems or any thing mathematical.

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Colin McFarland

Head of Experimentation, Skyscanner

Colin McFarland is Head of Experimentation at Skyscanner. He leads the development of Skyscanners in-house experimentation platform (Dr Jekyll) as well as working to foster the culture of experimentation at Skyscanner. Prior to Skyscanner he initiated and scaled experimentation at Shopdirect.com and Rentalcars.com. He is an accomplished public speaker, he has previously spoken at Design It Build It, Lean Conference, Microsoft One Analyst, Spotify Design talks, amongst others.

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Csaba Kassai

Lead Java Developer at Doctusoft Ltd. bio from LinkedIn

Csaba has been a software architect at Doctusoft ‒ the only Google Cloud Platform partner in Hungary ‒ for 5 years. He has participated in several Big Data projects, solving the problems of different retail, telecommunication, and start-up companies using Google and Hadoop technologies. He has also worked for one of the biggest banks in Hungary on Big-Data-focused projects such as optimizing the query time of the transaction history database with ElasticSearch. Csaba’s main professional interests are Google’s Big Data products and their related programming languages and database technologies.

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Dan McKinley

Principal Engineer at Etsy. bio from Twitter

After starting his career in finance, Dan McKinley freaked out and moved to Brooklyn. He stumbled into a fledgling Etsy.com in 2007, and spent his first years there trying to stop overwhelming traffic from reducing the site to its constituent elements. In the long summer that followed he worked on activity feeds, search, recommendations, experimentation, and analytics. Dan worked at Stripe for a while, before moving on to co-found Skyliner.io along with Coda Hale and Marc Hedlund.

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Danny Yuan

Danny Yuan is a software engineer in Uber.

Danny Yuan is a software engineer in Uber. He's currently working on data systems for Uber's logistics platform. Prior to joining Uber, he worked on building Netflix's cloud platform. His work includes predictive autoscaling, distributed tracing service, real-time data pipeline that scaled to process hundreds of billions of events every day, and Netflix's low-latency crypto services.

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Dharmesh Desai

Technology Evangelist, Qubole

As a technology evangelist, he is passionate about evaluating new ideas and trends, and helping articulate how a technology would address a given business problem. He also enjoys writing and being hands-on to create compelling demos and applications.

As a full-stack developer, he has participated in all phases of software development life cycle. He started his career working for global enterprises developing applications for the city of Nashville, TN and the state of Colorado. Since then, he has been working as an engineer and solutions architect in agile environments--for tech startups in the Bay Area in varying verticals such as VoIP, Online Gaming, Digital Health, NoSQL database, and Big Data platform.

He lives in Willow Glen-San Jose, California with his partner Claire and daughter Eva. He enjoys spending time with family and friends and his other passions are: high-altitude hiking, downhill skiing, travel, and photography.

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Dirk Duellmann

irk Duellmann leads the Analytics and Development section of CERN's Storage group.

Dirk Duellmann leads the Analytics and Development section of CERN's Storage group. He is responsible for the design and evolution of CERN's high performance disk pools for physics data analysis and he chairs the working group for Infrastructure Analytics of CERN's IT department. Previously he lead the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) projects for persistency framework development and for distributed database deployment.

Dirk joined CERN in 1995 after receiving a PhD in High Energy Physics from the University of Hamburg. Before he worked in several software companies on the development of database management systems and applications.

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Elena Verna

VP of Growth and Analytics at SurveyMonkey

Elena Verna is the VP of Growth and Analytics at SurveyMonkey. She leads both the Analytics and Growth teams where she focuses on understanding user behavior and driving monetization through funnel optimizations and user targeting.

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Jeff Magnusson

Director of Data Platform at Stitch Fix

Jeff Magnusson is the Director of Data Platform at Stitch Fix where he leads a team of engineers in creating a robust, scalable, cutting-edge data platform on AWS using tools like Scala, Spark, Presto, Elastic Search, and Kinesis. The platform supports a staff of around 80 data scientists in data acquisition, research, analysis, and deployment of algorithms and ideas that influence nearly all aspects of the business.

Prior to that, Jeff was a Manager of Data Platform Architecture at Netflix.  While there, he led a team whose mission was to make big data as easy and efficient to use as possible across the organization.

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Jeroen Janssens

Assistant Professor of Data Science, Tilburg University

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Jonathan Magnusson

Analytics Team Lead, King

Jonathan leads a team of data scientists at King, helping the Candy Crush Franchise team improve some of the largest mobile games in the world. His main focus is evaluating product features through hypothesis driven testing, supporting the game teams in delivering the best quality and player experience possible.

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Marton Trencseni

Data Engineer, Facebook

Marton is a Data Engineer at Facebook and leads data engineering on the Facebook at Work product. Previously he was Director of Data at Prezi, and worked on building the data infrastructure and the analytics team. Marton speaks regularly on data infrastructure, team building and A/B testing related topics. He holds degrees in Computer Science and Physics.

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Michael Hunger

Head of Developer Relations, Neo4j

Michael Hunger has been passionate about software development for a very long time.

For the last few years he has been working with Neo Technology on the open source Neo4j graph database filling many roles. As caretaker of the Neo4j community and ecosystem he especially loves to work with graph-related projects, users and contributors.

As a developer Michael enjoys many aspects of programming languages, learning new things every day, participating in exciting and ambitious open source projects and contributing and writing software related books and articles.

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Mike Elsmore

Developer Advocate, IBM Cloud Data Services

Mike spends his days as Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud Data Services, using his time to share knowledge on rapid development and different databases. Most of the time he can be found in the middle of a prototype in some combination of JavaScript, server tech and odd API’s.

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Mike Olson

Board Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Cloudera

Mike Olson cofounded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013, when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer. As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment, and direct engagement with customers. Prior to Cloudera, Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine. Mike spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for embedded technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies, and Informix Software. Mike has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Sean Braithwaite

Data Engineer @ Soundcloud

Sean Braithwaite is a data engineer based in Berlin. For the past 8 years he's been using data for everything from data driven art installations to real time ad bidding. Most recently he's been responsible for scaling SoundClouds data pipeline to handle billions of events per day.

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Sergii Khomenko

Data scientist at STYLIGHT

Data scientist at one of the biggest fashion communities, STYLIGHT. Data analysis and visualisation hobbyist, working on problems not only in working time, but in free time for fun and personal data visualisations.

Ex-deputy director/lecturer at HP International Institute of Technology, Kiev.

Speaker at different conferences: Berlin Buzzwords 2014, ApacheCon Europe 2014, Puppet Camp London 2015, Munich Developer Camp, Berlin Buzzwords 2015, Tableau Conference on Tour - Berlin 2015, Budapest BI forum 2015, CrunchConf 2015, FOSDEM 2016, PyData Amsterdam 2016

Founder and speaker at Munich Golang User Group, Munich Tableau User Group Speaker at Munich UseR Group, Munich Search User Group, Munich Quantified Self Meetup, Munich Datageeks, AWS User Group

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Shirshanka Das

Principal Staff Software Engineer and the architect for LinkedIn’s Data & Analytics team

Shirshanka is a Principal Staff Software Engineer and the architect for LinkedIn’s Data & Analytics team. He was among the original authors of a variety of open and closed source projects built at LinkedIn, including Databus, Espresso, and Apache Helix. He is currently working with his team on simplifying the big data analytics space at LinkedIn through a multitude of mostly open-source projects: Pinot, a high-performance distributed OLAP engine; Gobblin, a data lifecycle management platform for Hadoop; WhereHows, a data discovery and lineage platform and Dali, a data virtualization layer for Hadoop.

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Sub Szabolcs Feczak

Cloud Platform Technical Solutions Engineer at Google bio from LinkedIn

“Sub” started to study computer science at the age of 14 and maintained an avid interest in the field ever since. At Google, Sub focuses on Cloud Products as a Technical Solutions Engineer and a DataFlow product engagement lead being the voice of the customers in front of product management and software engineering. Before joining Google, Sub made a voice over IP start-up to scale from zero to six thousand calls per month using an infrastructure designed by him. Sub has an interest in sustainability, global economics and social graph analysis.

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Szilard Pafka

Chief Data Scientist, Epoch

Szilard studied Physics in the 90s in Budapest and has obtained a PhD by using statistical methods to analyze the risk of financial portfolios. Next he has worked in finance quantifying and managing market risk. A decade ago he moved to California to become the Chief Scientist of a credit card processing company doing what now is called data science (data munging, analysis, modeling, visualization, machine learning etc). He is the founder/organizer of several data science meetups in Santa Monica, and he is also a visiting professor at CEU in Budapest, where he teaches data science in the Masters in Business Analytics program.

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Wouter De Bie

Data architect at Spotify

Wouter started his career at an early age as a Linux consultant in the Netherlands during the dot-com era. In 2009 Wouter decided to move to Sweden for personal reasons and worked as a Ruby developer and system administrator at Delta Projects, one of Sweden’s biggest online ad serving companies, before he decided to join Spotify in 2011.
Wouter is currently working as a data architect at Spotify where he helps teams in building the next iteration of the big data platform and migrating from Spotify's on-premise infrastructure to Google's Cloud Platform.

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Yash Nelapati

Founding engineer of Pinterest

Yash Nelapati is the founding engineer of Pinterest. He built the initial version of Pinterest and later scaled it to millions of users over the last 5 years. Over these 5 years journey he worked on various problems related to user growth, infrastructure scalability and product design. Outside of work he spends a lot of time shooting landscapes.

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Zoltan C. Toth

Spark and Big Data expert, independent consultant, trainer. zoltan@datapao.com