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Startup Hot Seat

Startups are essential for driving innovation in the IT industry. Interop is pleased to present Startup Hot Seat at the Las Vegas conference.

This unique session brings four enterprise startups to the stage. Each startup will have eight minutes to share their innovative solutions to problems. Attendees and an expert panel have an opportunity to ask tough questions.

Startups


6Fusion

JOHN D. COWAN

CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

John is a 6fusion founder and co-inventor of 6fusion’s WAC algorithm. He is regarded as the company’s business model visionary. In addition to 6fusion’s day-to-day management responsibilities, John is responsible for the overall strategic vision and commercial direction of 6fusion. A 12-year veteran of business and product development within the IT and Telecommunications sectors, his tenure includes success creating new business during the period of telecommunications deregulation as well as developing and launching new technology products and services globally.

DISTELLI

RAHUL SINGH

FOUNDER & CEO

After graduating from CMU with a MS in Robotics, Rahul spent nine years at Amazon where he was one of the earliest engineers on the Amazon AWS team. He spent several years building and deploying key platform components that power AWS. Rahul also designed, implemented and deployed the caching infrastructure that powers tens of thousands of machines for Amazon's Retail Website Platform today.

LAUNCHKEY

GEOFF SANDERS

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO

Geoff Sanders is co-founder and CEO of LaunchKey, the first fully decentralized authentication and real-time authorization platform for the post-password era. As the 3rd cybersecurity CEO in his family, he leads the Las Vegas-based company in attacking the preeminent problem facing security today. In addition to being a full stack developer and designer, Geoff was a decorated cadet in the U.S. Air Force Reserve while concurrently studying electrical engineering and sociology at The University of Texas at Austin before starting his first company, an application development and design firm. In 2013, Inc. Magazine placed Geoff on their prestigious "30 Under 30" entrepreneurs list.

METANAUTIX

THEO VASSILAKIS

FOUNDER AND CEO

Prior to founding Metanautix, Theo spent nearly eight years at Google, most recently as a Principal Engineer and Engineering Director of a 75 engineer team in data warehousing, visualization, and analysis. He led the development of Dremel, a large-scale, interactive ad hoc query engine for big data processing that powers Google's BigQuery, as well as Tenzing, a SQL implementation on MapReduce. Theo also worked on developing large-scale machine learning systems for personalized search ads, audience analysis systems for display ads, and early prototypes of page preview and results-as-you-type for search. Before Google, Theo was a software engineer at Microsoft and Microsoft Research, building data cleaning features for SQL Server and speech recognition models for Windows and Office. He holds a PhD from Brown University and a BS from Stanford University, both in Mathematics.

Panelists


ALEX BENIK

PARTNER

BATTERY VENTURES

Alex is a partner at Battery Ventures, a venture-capital firm that invests globally in cutting-edge, category-defining businesses at stages ranging from seed to growth and private equity. Alex focuses on investments in infrastructure technologies for enterprises, data centers, and wired/wireless-service providers. He is also the firm's focal point for relationships with technologists and end users at Fortune 1000 companies and large, web-scale operators. Alex is particularly interested in the challenges of building web-scale, data-center networks and distributed computing and storage systems. During his tenure at Battery, Alex has been involved with investments including Anobit Technologies (acquired by Apple), MaxLinear (NYSE: MXL), Optichron (acquired by Netlogic), Veraz Networks (NASDAQ: VRAZ), VSS Monitoring (acquired by Danaher), and ZeroG Wireless (acquired by Microchip). He is currently involved with Battery's investments in AppDynamics, Cask, Catchpoint, Cumulus Networks, Diablo Technologies, GuardiCore, Interana, Nutanix, Primary Data and Stratoscale. Alex was named one of the top cloud-infrastructure investors by Gigaom. Prior to joining Battery in 2001, Alex was an analyst at The Yankee Group, where he conducted market research and consulted on data communications. While in this position, he executed strategic marketing and competitive analysis for clients including major networking-equipment vendors and service providers. Alex earned a BA in government from Wesleyan University, which has not prevented him from impersonating an engineer in his professional life. Follow Alex on Twitter at @abenik.

ANDREW CONRY-MURRAY

DIRECTOR OF CONTENT & COMMUNITY

INTEROP

Andrew Conry-Murray is Director of Content & Community for Interop. He works with IT experts and practitioners to develop compelling content for the Interop conference. He also blogs for InformationWeek. Before joining Interop he was editor of Network Computing, where he led the Web site's tech and vendor coverage. He's reported on information technology since 1999, with an emphasis on networking, management, cloud, and security. He's author of "The Symantec Guide to Home Internet Security" and the novel "Wasteland Blues."

DOUGLAS MURRAY

CEO

BIG SWITCH NETWORKS

Doug guides Big Switch as its bare metal SDN products take mindshare and marketshare in a rapidly growing market. A seasoned general manager with broad networking expertise, Doug was most recently at Juniper Networks where he was SVP of Juniper's $1B business across Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China. Before APAC, he served as SVP & GM of Juniper's Security BU. Prior to Juniper, Doug held executive positions at Extreme Networks, Sun Microsystems and AT&T. In board roles, he has helped guide early stage companies to success including Altor Networks (acquired by Juniper in 2010) and FireEye (IPO in 2013). He holds a BA in History from Colgate University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and has completed Executive Education in Leadership at Columbia University. Find Douglas on Twitter:@bigswitch

SUE FOGARTY

EDITOR IN CHIEF

NETWORK COMPUTING

Susan Fogarty is the Editor in Chief of Network Computing, where part of her role includes developing content for Interop. She has almost two decades of experience writing and editing for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she was the Editorial Director of the Networking Media Group, managing seven websites including the flagshipSearchNetworking.com. Sue has also held positions at PennWell Publishing and Dell managing publications on networking, communications, and enterprise IT. She is a self-confessed ice cream addict, clean freak, and dog lover (if you can guess which of these do not mix, you will understand how she spends a lot of her free time).

TIM WILSON

EDITOR IN CHIEF AND CO-FOUNDER

DARK READING

Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and Co-Founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one of the top cyber security journalists in the US in voting among his peers, conducted by the SANS Institute. In 2011 he was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Voices in Security by SYS-CON Media. Find Tim on Twitter: @darkreadingtim