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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.
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.
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.
Gary started his career in finance as a Foreign Exchange analyst with one of the first online currency brokers in 2005, later moving on to trading client funds in foreign exchange and commodity markets. For the past 12 years, Gary has straddled the worlds of financial analysis and reporting, serving as a broadcast analyst and editor at TradeTheNews and more recently TheFly, where he reports on breaking news impacting U.S. equities. Garys’s cross-asset reporting and analysis have been featured on Bloomberg, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal.
Kunal Anand is Imperva’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Kunal joined Imperva when Prevoty, a company he co-founded in 2013 and where he served as CTO, was acquired by Imperva in August 2018. Before joining Prevoty, he was the director of technology at BBC Worldwide. Kunal has a deep history of innovation and technical expertise, and has held roles leading security, data, technology, and engineering at Gravity, MySpace, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. He holds a B.S. from Babson College.
After graduating from the Wharton School, Kyle embarked on a number of different business ventures, finally hitting success in the men’s grooming space with his beard/hair/skin care company Cremo Cream which he recently sold to Edgewell. His latest venture is an energy drink company called Ninja Melk, which is in the top-100 sellers for the energy drink category on Amazon. He also closely follows the markets and actively trades equities and options.
Nick Drost is a Senior Director of Pre-Sales and Solution Architecture at Elastic. He previously worked at large technology companies such as Oracle and Salesforce.