Ali Ghodsi, Co-founder and CEO, Databricks

Ali is the Co-founder and CEO of Databricks, responsible for the growth and international expansion of the company. He previously served as the VP of Engineering and Product Management before taking the role of CEO in January 2016. In addition to his work at Databricks, Ali serves as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and is on the board at UC Berkeley’s RiseLab. Ali was one of the creators of open source project, Apache Spark, and ideas from his academic research in the areas of resource management and scheduling and data caching have been applied to Apache Mesos and Apache Hadoop. Ali received his MBA from Mid-Sweden University in 2003 and Ph.D. from KTH/Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden in 2006 in the area of Distributed Computing.

2:15pm – 3:00pm | Boss Talk

Ben Horowitz, Co-founder, a16z

Ben Horowitz is a Co-founder and general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The Hard Thing About Hard Things and What You Do Is Who You Are. Prior to a16z, Ben was Co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion in 2007. Ben has an BA and MS in Computer Science.

2:15pm – 3:00pm | Boss Talk

Benn Stancil, Co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer, Mode

Benn Stancil is a Co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Mode, a collaborative data platform that unites an analyst-centered workflow with modern business intelligence. Benn currently leads Mode’s data organization, and regularly writes about data and technology at benn.substack.com. While at Mode, Benn has held roles leading Mode’s product, marketing, solutions, and executive teams. Prior to founding Mode, Benn worked on analytics teams at Microsoft and Yammer.

11:00am – 11:30am | The Future is an Experience

Berit Hoffmann, CPO, Sisu

Berit Hoffmann is Chief Product Officer at Sisu. She has a passion for creating intuitive product experiences that solve complex problems, which has led her to join and help scale multiple early stage enterprise software companies. Prior to joining Sisu, Berit launched and led several products at Bebop (acquired by Google), Google Cloud, and Compellent (acquired by Dell). Along with creating products, Berit is a strong supporter of education. She currently serves on the Leadership Council for SEO Scholars, a nonprofit that gets underserved public high school students to and through college. She is an alumna of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Yale University.

12:00pm – 12:45pm | Widening the Table

Bruno Aziza, Head of Data and Analytics, Google

Bruno Aziza specializes in scaling businesses & turning them into global leaders and has worked with companies of all sizes – startups, mid-size, and large public companies. He helped launch Alpine Data Labs (bought by Tibco), AppStream (bought by Symantec), SiSense (bought Periscope Data) and AtScale. Bruno served at Business Objects when its IPO launched (after acquiring Acta & Crystal Reports, & before the SAP acquisition) and helped turn Microsoft’s Data & Analytics business into a $1B giant.
Bruno specializes in high-growth SaaS, enterprise software, everything data, analytics, data science and artificial intelligence. Educated in the US, France, the UK & Germany, he has written 2 books on Data Analytics and Enterprise Performance Management.

1:15pm – 1:30pm | Rapid Fire

Edward Podojil, Executive Director, Data Platform, The New York Times

Ed Podojil is a data engineer, educator, and tinkerer. He runs the product management group that designs and builds NYT’s data platform for all producers and consumers of data. In the past, he’s enjoyed teaching data science at the General Assembly and leading crucial data projects at various startups and nonprofits. Please send him data memes on Twitter.

1:30pm – 2:15pm | Fireside Chat

Eric Weber, Head of Data Product and Experimentation, Yelp

Eric is currently the Head of Experimentation, Economic Insights and Metrics at Yelp. He has worked in senior leadership and individual contributor roles at Yelp, LinkedIn and CoreLogic after an academic career as an assistant professor. Eric loves working with data, educating others about data’s value and helping people excel in technical roles. His strengths include statistics, machine learning, R, team building and executive education.

10:30am – 11:00am | Data Is a Product: What Keeps Us From Managing It Like One?

John Nicastro, SVP, Head of the Enterprise Data Office, SiriusXM

John Nicastro joined SiriusXM in 2019 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Head of the Enterprise Data Office. In this newly created role, he is responsible for developing and executing an integrated, long-term data and analytics strategy for the company and its brands. SiriusXM’s platforms collectively reach more than 150 million listeners across all categories of digital audio – music, sports, talk, and podcasts – the largest reach of any digital audio provider in North America.

John brings to SiriusXM more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at such leading companies as CA Technologies, now part of Broadcom Inc., and Cablevision Systems, now Altice USA. Prior to joining SiriusXM, John served as Head of Enterprise Analytics at CA Technologies where he led the development of CA’s data strategy and drove the transformation of the company’s sales and marketing strategies.

John is an expert in transforming data into business value and improved customer experiences by delivering strategic, innovative capabilities that use analytic insights to enable growth and productivity. He has been featured as an industry expert by global research and advisory firms like Gartner and is an active member of Evanta’s New York Chief Data Officer Governing Body. Described as both a leader and practitioner, John has been awarded several patents, was recognized with the Analytics 50 distinction and is a CIO 100 Honoree recipient.

1:30pm – 2:15pm | Fireside Chat

Juliana Lam, Lead Data Analyst, Equinox

Juliana is the lead data analyst at Equinox Fitness Clubs. She is an expert in creating data models and analyses that drive business decisions and end-user experiences. Her specialties include demystifying numbers, creating intuitive dashboards and presenting data-driven solutions. Juliana believes that diversity in data and engineering fuels innovation and has a direct impact on team success.

12:00pm – 12:45pm | Widening the Table

Martin Casado, Partner, a16z

Martin Casado is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz where he focuses on enterprise investing. He was previously the cofounder and CTO at Nicira, which was acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion in 2012. Martin started his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working on large-scale simulations for the Department of Defense before working with the intelligence community on networking and cybersecurity. These experiences inspired his work at Stanford where he created the software-defined networking (SDN) movement, leading to a new paradigm of network virtualization. He holds both a PhD and Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.o.

9:00am – 10:00am | Where the Next 10B investment is Heading

Meredith Machovoe, Head of Business Insights, ServiceNow

Meredith Machovoe has spent 17 years leading diverse teams in data analytics and data science fields. She is currently the Head of Business Insights at ServiceNow. In her role, Meredith is responsible for delivering analytical studies aimed at answering strategic business questions, often to understand key levers for growth and acceleration of the business. Meredith is a passionate advocate for women in technology, mentorship and seeks to inspire others to participate in STEM fields.

12:00pm – 12:45pm | Widening the Table

Peter Bailis, Founder and CEO, Sisu

Peter Bailis is the Founder and CEO of Sisu (backed by a16z, gbv, NEA), the industry’s first decision intelligence engine that accelerates data exploration for data forward organizations. Before Sisu, Peter was an assistant professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he started the DAWN project and maintains an adjunct appointment. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2015, for which he was awarded the ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award, and holds an A.B. from Harvard College in 2011, both in Computer Science.

9:00am – 9:15am | Where the Next 10B investment is Heading

Ramya Chekuri, Head of Data, Equinox

Ramya Chekuri is the Head of Data across Equinox Fitness and Equinox Media leading an expert team of data engineers and analysts that specialize in the health and wellness industry. With a career background in creating digital products, Ramya has a passion for leveraging complex data to create more personalized and innovative experiences to engage users. She and her team excel in creating data products and processes that have a direct impact on business goals and objectives.

12:00pm – 12:45pm | Widening the Table

Rehgan Avon, Founder and CEO, Women in Analytics

With a background in integrated systems engineering and a strong focus on analytical technology, Rehgan has worked on architecting solutions and products around operationalizing machine learning models at scale within the large enterprise. Rehgan was a critical piece in developing the fundamental process architecture for one of the leading product companies in model operations, ModelOp. Rehgan’s previous experience has been fueled by a passion for early-stage startups and product development. She is also Founder and CEO of Women in Analytics, a global community to support the visibility of women making an impact in the analytics field.

12:00pm – 12:45pm | Widening the Table

Sol Rashidi, Chief Analytics Officer, Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.

As one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Tech”, “#4 in Top 20 CDOs”, ”Top 100 Innovators in Data and Analytics”, and “2020 and 2021 list of Global Data Power Women”, Sol focuses on creating a community amongst technologists and non-technologists to help businesses push past their capabilities, establish stronger positioning in the marketplace, and make a difference when using the latest advancements in Technology, Data Science, Engineering, Product Development, Data Visualization, Multi-Cloud Infrastructure, and Marketing Analytics.

10:00am – 10:30am | Changing role of the CDO

Tristan Handy, Founder and CEO, dbt Labs

Tristan Handy is the Founder and CEO of dbt Labs (formerly Fishtown Analytics), a Philadelphia startup pioneering the practice of modern analytics engineering. dbt is used by over 3,000 companies to organize, catalog, and distill knowledge from the data in their data warehouses, including companies like JetBlue, HubSpot, GitLab, and the ACLU.

Tristan has been working in data for two decades in both in-house and consulting roles with both large enterprises and small startups.

11:30am – 12:00pm | Infrastructure-as-Code and the Modern Data Experience

Tuomo Nikulainen, GM, Data and Analytics, Zynga

Tuomo Nikulainen is GM for Data and Analytics at Zynga. He is leading the efforts on product and marketing analytics as well as data science R and D initiatives. One of the key initiatives for him is creating flexible, hybrid data solutions for a technologically diverse product portfolio. Prior to Zynga, he has worked at 2K/Take-Two, JamCity, and Omniata (acquired by King) after working in academia both in US and Finland. Tuomo has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management, and MS in Economics.

1:30pm – 2:15pm | Fireside Chat

Veronika Durgin, Head of Data, Saks Fifth Avenue

Veronika’s passion for all things data led her on an incredible journey from a junior SQL Server DBA two decades ago to her current role as the Head of Data at Saks. Throughout the twists and turns of her career she learned that standards and patterns exist for a reason and that sometimes they need to be challenged in order to innovate.  Outside of work Veronika spends her time mentoring high school kids and young professionals who want to get a career in the data field.
She holds a master’s degree in software engineering and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two boys, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

12:45pm – 1:15pm | Today is Tomorrow’s Legacy