Prakash, an entrepreneur at heart, has over 25 years of experience in developing commercial software and building engineering teams from ground up for startups and large companies. He was most recently a Senior Director, Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit at HGST. He came to HGST through acquisition of VeloBit, a startup that developed a unique content locality based SSD caching software, where he was VP Engineering. Previously, he was VP Engineering of the Dedupe Division of FalconStor. At FalconStor, Prakash architected and led development of FalconStor VTL, the industry’s most successful virtual tape library product. Prior to that , Prakash was a Divisional VP at CA, Inc, where he ran engineering for ARCserve Backup, the then leading backup product for Windows/NW/Unix platforms. Prakash spent his early career in engineering and engineering management roles at Cheyenne Software, which was acquired by CA. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Calicut in India.
Jin has 15+ years of experience in research, design and implementation of high performance storage, cloud infrastructure systems. His experience includes cache design, compression/dedup, SSD/FTL, kernel development on Windows, Linux, and ESX. FittedCloud is the second startup Jin has helped start. Prior to co-founding FittedCloud Jin worked at EMC developing a next generation cache technology. Prior to EMC, he worked as a Principal Engineer at the Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit, at HGST where leading the development of a clustered cache software. He was the founding engineer of VeloBit, a startup acquired by HGST which was founded based on his research paper on SSD caching using a pioneering concept called Content Locality caching. He is also the creator of iSCSICake which is still serving thousand of game servers all over the world. He holds a Ph.D. degree in ELE from University of Rhode Island.
Jack is a seasoned software developer with over 24 years experience in commercial software development in startups and large companies such as Cheyenne Software, FalconStor Software, VeloBit, Scality, CA and HGST. An engineer at heart, Jack is passionate about developing and delivering highest quality and easy to use software. He spent most of his career in developing software in OS kernels, and is equally adept outside kernels as well. He received a Master’s degree in Computer Science from National Tsing Hua University in Hsin-chu Taiwan.
Vishal is Chief Business Officer at FittedCloud. He has over 20 years of diverse and global experience in technology industry. He is transformational and entrepreneurial leader with demonstrated ability to identify key insights and create vision, design, develop and manage innovative products, develop strategies and business plans and implement them to maximize value, grow business organically and inorganically, acquire new customers, and retain them with strong focus on customer journey.
Recently at Canonical as the Chief Marketing Officer, he led Marketing and Cloud Strategy and launched multiple products working closely with key partners maintaining companies’ leadership in the space. Prior to that, he ran Earthlink’s Cloud and IT services business and grew it organically as well as through acquisitions. He has also worked at Microsoft, EMC, Gartner and Avid Technology in senior roles focusing on Business Strategy, Products, Marketing and Business Operations. He has represented these companies as a thought leader in Cloud Computing, OpenStack, Machine Learning and IoT.
He has MBA from Wharton and undergraduate in Electrical Engineering from IIT.
Duncan is an experienced CEO, investor, board member, and advisor with over two decades of success launching, leading and financing new ventures. He is the CEO of New Valence Robotics (www.nvbots.com), a provider of 3D printing solutions. Previously, as an entrepreneur and CEO, Duncan co-founded, built and sold two companies (Cilk Arts, VeloBit). He was also an early board member and interim COO at Localytics. Earlier in his career, Duncan was a venture capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners and Flagship Ventures, leading investments in 16 companies that have produced 12 acquisitions and an aggregate market capitalization in excess of $1.5 billion. He holds two degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Qing Yang is Distinguished Engineering Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering at University of Rhode Island where he has been a faculty member since 1988. He is a director of High Performance Computing Lab (HPCL) of URI and is a recipient of 8 accomplishment awards while serving at URI such as Faculty Excellence Award, Distinguished Engineering Professor Award, Outstanding Intellectual Property Award.
He has published over 100 high quality technical articles in the areas of computer architectures, memory and storage systems, computer networks, embedded computer systems and applications in neural-machine interface and biomedical engineering and held over a dozen issued patents and over a dozen pending applications. Four high tech startup companies have been formed based on his patents. His latest startup, VeloBit, was based on his newly proposed concept: Content Locality, and was successfully acquired by Western Digital in July 2013.
Yang is a Fellow of IEEE. He has served in the professional society in various capacities including general chair of the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA2011), IEEE international Conference on Network, Architecture, and Storage (NAS), IEEE Workshop on Storage Network Architecture and Parallel I/Os (SNAPI); IEEE Distinguished Speaker; Editor of IEEE Transactions; and Program Committee member of numerous international conferences. Besides being a principal investigator of many academic research projects, Yang has also done collaborative research with IBM, Intel, EMC, Freescale, and several startup companies in the Boston area.
He received his B.Sc. in computer science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1982, M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from University of Toronto, Canada, in 1985, and Ph.D degree in computer Engineering from The Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, in 1988.
Yekesa Kosuru is a VP of Engineering at DataXu where he leads engineering and operations across all product lines. He is a technology leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive experience with technology and building world-class high-performance mission-critical platforms to cater to the business needs. He has deep expertise in AWS Cloud, Big data and Large scale systems, Relational databases and NoSQL. He is a frequent speaker at AWS reinvent and other big data conferences.