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Adrian Havill (aka Eido Inoue) is Vice President of Reazon Holdings. Adrian previously held leadership positions in engineering, consulting, and support at large enterprises such as Red Hat, Google, Rakuten. He also ventured off to run engineering at the gaming startup beBit, makers of Hado an innovative Augmented Reality game similar to dodgeball but where the players throw virtual fireballs at each other.
Ben Sabrin, CRO at ngrok, is a recognized leader in disruptive technology markets across cloud, big data, open source and security. He has over 20 years of experience in building the business behind open source and cloud technologies at organizations including JBoss, MongoDB, Rackspace and ScaleFT/Okta.
Brad Murdoch is what is euphemistically known as a “software industry veteran", meaning that he is able to bore you to death with tales about life in the tech industry prior to the internet.
Brad’s career was shaped early on by his epic failure as a software engineer at Hewlett Packard. His boss told him that “when it comes to software, you’re better talking about it than writing it”, so he embarked on trying everything else in the industry to see what would stick, including marketing, product management, professional services, business development, corporate strategy and bunch of management roles. Very germane to our podcast, two years as an enterprise sales guy doing his own pre-sales left him permanently scarred.
Since 2004, Brad has worked for 6 startups and is currently Executive Vice President of Strategy and Product at Lightbend, the company behind Akka, the open source distributed computing framework. You might not be aware of it but you probably used Lightbend software today if you ordered a Starbucks, watched Disney+, played Fortnite, checked your LinkedIn feed or are listening to this podcast on Spotify. Brad is also on the Board of Permission.io, where users truly own their data and get paid crypto for sharing it.
Brent Holden is the Global Field CTO at HashiCorp, a company that delivers tooling for automation and workflows across infrastructure, security, networking, and runtimes. We help customers adapt to the shift from on-premise to multi-cloud computing and adopt a cloud operating model. Prior to HashiCorp, Brent served as the Chief Technologist for Red Hat North America Commercial Sales at Red Hat. He is passionate about bringing distributed computing into the world of DevOps tooling.
Brian Stevens is the CEO of Neural Magic, a Boston-based startup revolutionizing the software architecture of machine learning by creating sparse models that run on commodity CPUs at GPU speeds. Before joining Neural Magic, Brian was Vice President and CTO of Google Cloud and Executive Vice President and CTO of Red Hat.
Dr. Chase Armer is the President of Planned Solutions. With nearly two decades of industry experience, Chase holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Chartered Financial Analyst®, and Enrolled Agent designations. While not in the office, he remains active in the community by spending his time as acting as a board member for the Financial Planning Association of Northern California and contributing to the Sacramento Business Review. He is also a former instructor for the Personal Financial Planning Certificant program offered through the UC Davis Extension. Chase earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from CSUS, a Master’s of Science in Taxation and a Doctorate of Business Administration from William Howard Taft University. In his spare time, Chase stays active in supporting his kids’ gymnastics, soccer, and basketball programs. He also has a passion for reading, traveling, golf, and Star Wars.
Douglas Hanna is the COO of Grafana Labs, the company behind leading open source projects Grafana and Loki, and the creator of the first open and composable observability platform. Prior to Grafana Labs, he spent nearly four years at Zendesk, most recently as VP, Operations at Zendesk. Before Zendesk, he was the founder and CEO of Help.com, a customer service software company, and the CEO of A Small Orange, the homegrown hosting company. A Small Orange, which Douglas joined in 2010, was acquired by Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) in 2012 and Douglas continued running the company as the SVP and Brand CEO, A Small Orange at Endurance for nearly two years following the acquisition. Douglas earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Duke University.
Dr. Grin Lord is founder/CEO of mpathic.ai - humanizing AI with empathy and of Therapists in Tech (TnT) a collaborative of 1k+ digital mental health experts who are defining the digital mental health revolution together. Dr. Lord was the Chief Clinical Officer of Lyssn.io, Clinical Product Psychologist at Youper.ai, and Research Scientist at University of Washington. Her areas of expertise include: conversational design, using AI and machine learning to augment human connection, evidence-based therapies, health coaching, and psychology.
Since 2007, Dr. Lord has worked as a clinician-researcher at University of Washington in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research and writing focuses on the intersection of AI and empathy, improving wellness, understanding evidence-based therapy, treatment of posttraumatic stress and substance abuse, the interpretation of the family, and the social meaning of trauma.
Forrest Colyer is a deep technologist with a focus on driving the adoption of blockchain, cryptocurrency and other innovative technologies in the public and private sectors. Currently, he is responsible for defining an actionable blockchain adoption strategy for clients, designing high-impact blockchain solutions, and guiding the development and implementation of blockchain applications in industry. His passion lies in educating people about blockchain and its impact across the gamut of industry verticals and enabling them to capture that value with innovative solutions that operate at the convergence of multiple bleeding-edge technologies.