Speakers

Chet Kapoor

Chet Kapoor

CEO, DataStax

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Chet Kapoor

CEO, DataStax

Chet Kapoor is Chairman and CEO of DataStax. He is a proven leader and innovator in the tech industry with  more than 20 years in leadership at innovative software and cloud companies, including Google, IBM, BEA Systems, WebMethods, and NeXT. As Chairman and CEO of Apigee, he led company-wide initiatives to build Apigee into a leading technology provider for digital business. Google (Apigee) is the cross-cloud API management platform that operates in a multi- and hybrid-cloud world. Chet successfully took Apigee public before the company was acquired by Google in 2016. Chet earned his B.S. in engineering from Arizona State University.

Sam Ramji

Sam Ramji

Chief Strategy Officer, DataStax

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Sam Ramji

Chief Strategy Officer, DataStax

A 25-year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji has helped build two multi-billion dollar markets (API Management at Apigee and Enterprise Service Bus at BEA Systems) and redefined Microsoft’s open source and Linux strategy from “extinguish” to “embrace”.

He is nerdy about open source, platform economics, middleware, and cloud computing with emphasis on developer experience and enterprise software. He is an advisor to multiple companies including Accenture, Insight Engines, and the Linux Foundation. Sam received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from UCSD in 1994 and is still excited about artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology.

Jonathan Ellis

Jonathan Ellis

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, DataStax

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Jonathan Ellis

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, DataStax

Jonathan is a co-founder of DataStax. Before DataStax, Jonathan was Project Chair of Apache Cassandra for six years, where he built the Cassandra project and community into an open-source success. Previously, Jonathan built an object storage system based on Reed-Solomon encoding for data backup provider Mozy that scaled to petabytes of data and gigabits per second throughput.

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Alice Lottini

Vanguard Architect, DataStax

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Alice Lottini

Vanguard Architect, DataStax

Alice joined DataStax five years ago. She spent most of this time working with enterprises to design, deploy and scale a variety of applications based on DataStax. She recently moved to the Vanguard team where she continues to focus on strategic projects, both internal and external. She has a strong interest in the Cassandra internal mechanisms and how they perform at scale.

Prior to joining DataStax, Alice graduated in Computing Engineering from Politecnico di Torino. She worked for 12 years as a developer and technical architect in several industries, always with a focus on databases and data design, mostly on relational technologies - until she started using DataStax and never looked back!

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Brian Hess

Strategic Solution Engineer, DataStax

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Brian Hess

Strategic Solution Engineer, DataStax

Brian has been in the data and analytics space for over 20 years, ranging from government to data mining applied research to analytics in enterprise data warehousing and NoSQL engines. Currently, Brian is a Strategic Solutions Engineer, working with some of DataStax's largest customers, and has held several other technical roles including Product Director for Analytics and Partner Architect. Brian started his career as a Cryptologic Mathematician in the US Department of Defense, where he worked on Data Science, Data Mining, and large scale data research. He then joined Netezza as Principal Mathematician and Director of Advanced Analytics, pushing Netezza to address new and advanced use cases. Brian has Masters degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Caleb Rackliffe

Technical Lead, DataStax

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Caleb Rackliffe

Technical Lead, DataStax

Graduated from UC Irvine in 2008 w/ a B.S in Information & Computer Science. Worked across companies in medical informatics, finance, and e-commerce before landing at DataStax in 2014. First deployed C* 0.7 in 2010 and hasn't looked back.

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Denise Gosnell

Chief Data Officer, DataStax

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Denise Gosnell

Chief Data Officer, DataStax

Dr. Gosnell's career centers on her passion for examining, applying, and evangelizing the applications of graph data. Her most recent book, The Practitioners Guide to Graph Data with co-author Dr. Matthias Broecheler, details the best practices of working with graph data in Casssandra. In addition to her newly published book, she has patented, built, published, and spoken on dozens of topics related to graph theory, graph algorithms, graph databases, and applications of graph data across all industry verticals.

Prior to her role with DataStax, Gosnell worked in the healthcare industry, where she contributed to software solutions for permissioned blockchains, machine learning applications of graph analytics, and data science. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee as an NSF Fellow. Her research coined the concept "social fingerprinting" by applying graph algorithms to predict user identity from social media interactions.

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Jeffrey Carpenter

Director of Developer Advocacy, DataStax

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Jeffrey Carpenter

Director of Developer Advocacy, DataStax

Jeff Carpenter leads the Developer Advocate team at DataStax, using his background in system architecture, microservices and Apache Cassandra™ to help empower developers and operations engineers to build distributed systems that are scalable, reliable, and secure. Jeff has worked on large-scale systems in the defense and hospitality industries and is the author of Cassandra: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition (3rd Edition on the way!).

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Jonathan Lacefield

Product Manager, DataStax

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Jonathan Lacefield

Product Manager, DataStax

Jonathan is a Product Manager with DataStax focused on the strategy and vision for the DataStax Enterprise Server platform which includes Cassandra, Graph, Analytics, and Search. A 6-year veteran of DataStax, Jonathan has helped dozens of companies ideate, design, develop, and deploy global-scale applications built on DataStax Enterprise.

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Laxmikant Upadhyay

Cassandra SME, Ericsson

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Laxmikant Upadhyay

Cassandra SME, Ericsson

Laxmikant Upadhyay is an Apache Cassandra enthusiast with over 9 years of experience in developing multiple distributed scalable and HA software solutions. Currently, he works as an Architect and Cassandra consultant with Ericsson R&D. He is core contributor of open source Cassandra Audtiing plugin ecaudit . He has designed and implemented multiple distributed, fault tolerant, scalable and HA software systems. He has helped many teams in designing efficient and scalable data model and performance tuning of C*.

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Marc Selwan

Sr. Product Manager - Server Team, DataStax

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Marc Selwan

Sr. Product Manager - Server Team, DataStax

Marc has been working at DataStax for over 5.5 years doing everything from helping customers build awesome applications with Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise to working with our amazing engineering teams to build some great new features for our database.

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Patrick McFadin

VP Developer Relations, DataStax

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Patrick McFadin

VP Developer Relations, DataStax

Patrick McFadin has been working with Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques for almost 10 years. He has also worked as Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, where he helped build some of the largest and exciting deployments in production. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief Architect at Hobsons and an Oracle DBA/Developer for over 15 years.

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Russell Spitzer

Software Engineer, DataStax

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Russell Spitzer

Software Engineer, DataStax

After completing his PhD work at University of California, San Francisco, Russell joined DataStax to fulfill his deep longing to work with distributed systems. Since then, he has worked with Cassandra, Spark, Tinkerpop, Hadoop, as well as a myriad of other big data technologies. His favorite hobby is finding new ways of bringing these technologies together so that everyone can benefit from the new information age.