Aaron is a co-founder of Pluralsight where he serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Aaron has spent years developing course materials and teaching professional developers throughout the world. He has presented at many popular developer conferences like PDC, TechEd, and VSLive! Microsoft recognized Aaron as an MVP in the "Connected Systems" developer community for eight years. Aaron has written numerous books, articles, and whitepapers including the Essential XML Quick Reference (Addison Wesley, 2001), Essential XML (Addison Wesley, 2000), and his popular columns in MSDN Magazine. Aaron lives in Utah with his wife Monica and five children Michelle, Michael, Nathan, Gisela, and Emma.
David Liu is a self-taught programmer whose dreams came true when he became a Salesforce Technical Architect at Google. Now, David dreams of inspiring the next generation of Salesforce developers. He’s a two-time Salesforce MVP winner and runs SFDC99.com, the world’s most popular Salesforce blog. David has been a close partner with Salesforce throughout his career, often speaking and developing content for Dreamforce, Trailhead, webinars, user groups, and the official Salesforce developer website.
Julie Lerman has been programming and mentoring developers for over 25 years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with Pluralsight subscribers. She is the leading independent authority on the Entity Framework and has been using and teaching EF since its inception. You may be familiar with her highly acclaimed series of "Programming Entity Framework" books, including the Code First and DbContext editions. Julie is well known in the .NET community as a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Regional Director, ASPInsider, and conference speaker around the world and she has authored the monthly MSDN Magazine Data Points column since 2010. Pluralsight brought Julie on as an author in 2010, and since then she has created many courses on Entity Framework as well as introductory courses on Domain-Driven Design and Unit Testing.
Deborah Kurata is an independent consultant with over 15 years of experience in designing and developing successful Microsoft .NET applications as well as mentoring software developers. Her focus is on iterative design and development, and automated unit testing. Deborah has authored several books, including the "Doing Objects" series (Addison-Wesley), "Best Kept Secrets in .NET" (Apress) and "Doing Web Development: Client-Side Techniques" (Apress). Deborah speaks at conferences such as VSLive and TechEd. For her work in support of software development and software developers, she has been recognized with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award.
Nigel is a popular figure in the tech industry, renowned for his love of storage and deep technical knowledge. Nigel writes a popular long-running storage blog as well as having hosted many popular technology podcasts, all of which are which are known for their excellent treatment of technical topics. Nigel has worked in technology for 15 years with nearly 10 of those years spent designing and managing solutions in some of the most demanding corporate IT environments in the world. Nigel has worked his way up from changing tapes and resetting passwords, all the way up to designing resilient, high performance, petabyte scale solutions, as well as owning and managing production storage environments, predominantly in the financial services sector.
Scott has worked on everything from 8-bit embedded devices to large scale web sites during his 15+ years in commercial software development. Since 2001, Scott has focused on server-side and web technologies, like ASP.NET, ASP.NET AJAX, Windows Workflow, Silverlight, and LINQ. Scott is also a speaker at national conferences like VSLive!, as well as code camps and user groups near his hometown of Hagerstown, MD.
Scott has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2005, and has written or co-authored several books on Microsoft technologies. Scott founded the site OdeToCode.com in 2004, and joined Pluralsight in 2007.
Troy Hunt is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP for Developer Security, an ASPInsider, and a full time Author for Pluralsight—a leader in online training for technology and creative professionals. Troy has been building software for browsers since the very early days of the web and possesses an exceptional ability to distill complex subjects into relatable explanations. This has lead Troy to become an industry thought leader in the security space and produce more than twenty top-rated courses for Pluralsight. Currently, Troy is heavily involved in Have I been pwned? (HIBP) a free service that aggregates data breaches and helps people establish potential impacts from malicious web activity. Troy blogs regularly about web security and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences across the globe and throughout the media to discuss a wide range of technologies. Troy has been featured in a number of articles with publications including Forbes, TIME magazine, Mashable, PCWorld, ZDNet and Yahoo! Tech. Aside from technology and security, Troy is an avid snowboarder, windsurfer and tennis player.
Nate Walkingshaw, most widely known for his keen product development methodologies and passions, started his first company in 2004 - a medical device startup named Paramed (now Stryker Medical). Since then he has gone on to build and launch multiple companies and startups before coming to Pluralsight. As the Chief Experience Officer, he has crafted a product team that is centered on user experience.
As Chief Marketing Officer at Pluralsight, Heather Zynczak is focused on leading a data-driven marketing organization that delivers real qualitative results. She spends her time driving go-to-market strategy and increasing global brand visibility. Heather is a well-known thought leader whose writing has appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Inc. and other high-profile publications. She actively mentors other businesswomen, was named one of 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business magazine in 2014, and has been recognized by the Women Tech Awards for Professional Excellence.
Anita Grantham is the Chief People Officer at Pluralsight and is driven by its mission to democratize professional learning – an unmet need she has seen in companies throughout her career. Anita firmly believes that culture is strategy, and she works tirelessly to create a purpose-driven work environment at Pluralsight. She oversees the entire employee journey, from recruiting and acquisition to employee growth and retention. Whether she’s negotiating better benefits or helping design workspaces to better serve Pluralsight’s teams, Anita loves creating an environment where people can do their best work.
Managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education and passionate advocate of people reaching their full potential
Jon is a co-founder and the current CEO of Onshape Inc., which is the world's first and only full-cloud 3D CAD system that allows agile product design teams design products faster. Before Onshape Inc., Jon founded SolidWorks in 1993 and served as CEO, Group Executive and Board Member until 2011. He saw SolidWorks grow to 2 million users and over $500 million/year in revenue. SolidWorks was sold to Dassault Systemes (DS) in 1997, and has since operated successfully as a DS subsidiary.
Kevin is an experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. He is skilled in product lifecycle management, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), go-to-market strategy and innovation management. Kevin is a strong professional with an excellent vision and practical execution skills.
As executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, Scott is responsible for the company’s cloud, server, database, business apps, security, management and development tools businesses. His engineering team is responsible for building Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics, Active Directory, System Center, Visual Studio and .NET. Prior to leading the Cloud and Enterprise group, Guthrie helped lead Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform. Since joining the company in 1997, he has made critical contributions to many of Microsoft’s key cloud, server and development technologies and was one of the original founders of the .NET project.
David Chappell is Principal of Chappell & Associates in San Francisco, California. Through his speaking, writing and consulting he helps people around the world understand, use and make better decisions about new technology. He is a popular speaker and has given keynote addresses for over a hundred conferences and events around the world. In his consulting practice, he has helped clients such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Stanford University and Target Corporation adopt new technologies, market new products and educate their customers and staff.
In his role as executive vice president and general manager, Brad drives the vision for Adobe’s Digital Marketing business, one of the world’s largest enterprise SaaS businesses. He leads the global product and business organization responsible for building Adobe Marketing Cloud – the most comprehensive, integrated, and actionable marketing cloud on the planet. Under his leadership, Adobe Marketing Cloud has experienced exponential growth and has been touted as the industry leader by Forrester and Gartner, among others.
Greg Shields is Author Evangelist with Pluralsight and is a globally-recognized expert on systems management, virtualization, and cloud technologies. A multiple-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP, VMware vExpert, and Citrix CTP awards, Greg has been a contributing editor for Redmond Magazine and Virtualization Review Magazine, is a co-chair for TechMentor events, and is a frequent speaker at IT conferences worldwide.
Don Jones' broad IT experience comes from 20 years in the business, with a strong focus on Microsoft server technologies. He's the author of more than 45 technology books, including titles on administration and software development, and writes monthly columns for the industry's leading periodicals. He's an in-demand speaker at technical conferences and symposia worldwide, and is widely recognized as one of the top trainers in the Microsoft sector.
With over three decades of software development experience, Simon has programmed in every discipline: from finance to transportation, nuclear reactors to game development. Prior to joining Pluralsight, Simon was the principal developer author at lynda.com. His current focus is both on the new – the latest iOS and Mac development technologies – and on the old: fundamental computer science topics. He obsesses on making complicated subjects accessible, memorable, and easier to learn.
Jason Helmick is an author for Pluralsight with an IT career spanning more than 25 years of enterprise consulting on a variety of technologies, with a focus on strategic IT business planning. He’s a highly successful IT author, columnist, lecturer and instructor, specializing in automation practices for the IT pro. Jason is a leader in the IT professional community, and serves as board member and COO/CFO of PowerShell.Org.
Timothy Warner is a Pluralsight author who is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Cloud and Datacenter Management and is based in Nashville, TN. His professional specialties include Microsoft Azure, cross-platform PowerShell, and all things Windows Server-related.
Dale's expertise is in explaining difficult concepts and ensuring his students have an actionable knowledge on the course material. Along with his 17 years of experience as a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Dale also has an additional 7 years of Senior IT Management experience. Dale became a Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified EC-Council Instructor back in 2006. Out of the classroom, Dale is a monolith in the IT and Tech sphere as well as a consultant for several companies.
Casey Ayers is an independent project manager and strategic consultant with experience leading projects in many fields including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education and event management. In addition to his client work, Casey's love of travel led him to develop PointsAway.com, a site where he shows readers how to earn and use frequent flyer miles to make travel dreams a reality, even for those who hardly ever travel.
Justin is a senior graphic design instructor for Pluralsight. He has worked in the graphic design industry for the past 15 years, and is passionate about teaching and making education accessible to people all over the world. He began his teaching career back in 2006 when he launched the Photoshop Quicktips Podcast, a weekly show that taught people how to use Photoshop in 5-10 minute videos.To date he’s authored over 80 online courses, which have been viewed by millions of people from all over the world.
Matt Morgan has had the pleasure of using SolidWorks since the year 2000. During that time he has assisted customers at GoEngineer through tech support, training courses, onsite implementations and mentorship, helping them to become successful in 3D design and engineering. He has developed skills in troubleshooting and finding solutions to problems. He especially enjoys stress analysis and simulation, photorealistic rendering, and the challenge of solving a complex problems or building complex models.
Matthew Pizzi is an Adobe Certified instructor with over 15 years of experience teaching Adobe applications. He has been a speaker at industry events like Adobe MAX and Social Media Week and has authored several books on Adobe’s products. Matthew’s training videos are featured regularly on Adobe.com which demonstrate new and important features of their Creative Cloud offerings.
Andrew is an all around Linux professional with in-depth knowledge of the OS and this is supported with scripting in bash, perl, python and ruby and application development in C, C++ and Java. He has authored training courses on Microsoft Deployment Toolkit as well as countless bespoke PXE solutions to training organizations. He is passionate about Linux and working to figure out how it fits into an organization.
Dan Appleman is a well known author, software developer, and speaker. Currently the CTO of Full Circle Insights, he is the author of numerous books, ebooks, and online courses on various topics (technology and other). His latest book is "Advanced Apex Programming".
Jim Wilson is president of JW Hedgehog, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in solutions for the Android, iOS, and Microsoft platforms. Jim has over 30 years of software engineering experience, with the past 15 years heavily focused on creating mobile device and location-based solutions. He has co-founded multiple software-related startups and has served in a consulting role at several more. After nearly a decade as a Microsoft Device Application Development MVP, Jim now focuses on developing Android and iOS device applications. Jim's passion is mentoring software developers.
Benjamin Day is a consultant and trainer specializing in software development best practices using Microsoft’s development tools with an emphasis on Team Foundation Server, Scrum, and Windows Azure. He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP, a certified Scrum trainer via Scrum.org, and a speaker at conferences such as TechEd, DevTeach, and VSLive.
Matthew is a data science consultant with over 16 years of professional experience building large-scale data-driven desktop, server, and cloud-based applications. Matthew is a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, international public speaker, and open-source software contributor. His focus is on data science, code craftsmanship, and Agile software development.