Co-founder and Managing Director of HGGC and former NFL MVP
Steve co-founded HGGC with Rich Lawson and is a Managing Director of HGGC. Steve's professional football career spanned more than fifteen years in the NFL, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers, where he received numerous accolades, including Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News' Player of the Year from 1992 - 1994 and the NFL's Most Valuable Player for 1992 and 1994. In 2005, Steve was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first left-handed quarterback to be so honored. When he retired, Steve was the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history and has the distinction of being the only signal caller in league annals to win four consecutive NFL passing titles. Steve founded and chairs the Forever Young Foundation which is actively involved in children's charities worldwide and is currently the broadcast host as well as the former International Spokesperson for the Children's Miracle Network, which has raised over one billion dollars world-wide to benefit children's hospitals. Steve has also served as the corporate spokesperson for companies such as Nike, Visa, Sun Microsystems, Sprint, PowerBar and ICON Health & Fitness and has recently been profiled in a variety of publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Worth Magazine, Sports Illustrated, People, Inside Sports and GQ.
Founder of Pulsra and former Chief Information Officer of Facebook
Tim Campos was one of the early executives at Facebook and served until last year as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. During his tenure at Facebook he was responsible for helping to double employee productivity while also supporting over 20x growth in Facebook’s business. Today, Facebook’s staff of more than 18,000 serves over 1.8 billion monthly users — about a quarter of the world’s population. Tim recently started a new venture – Pulsra - where he is applying his two decades of experience in enterprise software, big data, and machine learning to workforce productivity. Tim sits on the Board of Directors for both Viavi (NASDAQ:VIAV) and Rackspace, as well as at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. One of Tim’s personal passions is closing the opportunity divide. Tim has been a long advocate and board member for YearUp, a Bay Area nonprofit that serves urban youth.
Chief Executive Officer of Stack Overflow
Joel Spolsky, CEO and co-founder of Stack Overflow, is a globally recognized expert on software development and is known by developers around the world for his website, Joel on Software, which has been translated into over 30 languages. In 2000, he founded his first company, Fog Creek Software, which creates project management tools for software developers, including Trello, which was recently acquired by Atlassian. Previously, Joel worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, where he developed an Internet client used by millions. He has written three books, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress, 2007) and worked as a contributing editor for Inc.magazine. Joel graduated from Yale University with a computer science degree.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions Technology at Nasdaq
Heather Abbott is Senior Vice President of Corporate Solutions Technology for Nasdaq. In this role, Ms. Abbott is responsible for overseeing the application development and delivery for Corporate Solutions products and its web properties, as well as the solutions for Nasdaq Private Market companies. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Ms. Abbott was Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co for six years responsible for leading a team of over 400 technologists in Schwab’s core Investor Services business unit. Before Charles Schwab, Ms. Abbott was a Senior Director at PayPal (an eBay company) in their Mobile and New Consumer Products Division. She also held various technology positions at eBay within infrastructure, program management and product development with a focus on eCommerce development, mobile-based applications, product management and product engineering in both commercial and financial services settings. Ms. Abbott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Ottawa and a Master of Business Administration from York University Schulich School of Business.
President and CEO of Pluralsight
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.
Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group
Scott co-founded the .NET project and played a big role in creating Microsoft Azure. Currently, Scott leads the team responsible for Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, server, database, developer tools and business apps.
CEO and Co-Founder of Andela
Jeremy Johnson is the CEO and co-founder of Andela, a company that recruits the most talented software engineers on the African continent and pairs them with global tech companies as full-time, distributed team members. Founded on the premise that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela has built one of the most selective engineering institutions in the world with headquarters in Lagos, Nairobi, and NYC. In the past two years, the company has grown into a full-blown movement around elite technical talent in Africa and has placed developers with companies including Google, Facebook and IBM.
Prior to founding Andela, Jeremy co-founded 2U, one of the fastest growing education technology startups to date. 2U went public in 2014 (NASDAQ:TWOU) and continues to transform higher education by delivering the world’s best online degree programs with top tier universities.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Adobe
Brad drives the strategic direction for Adobe Experience Cloud and leads the teams who works on this industry-leading technology.
Chief Marketing Officer at Pluralsight
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.
Managing Partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education and passionate advocate of people reaching their full potential
Managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education and passionate advocate of people reaching their full potential
Microsoft Regional Director, Cybersecurity Expert and creator of “Have I been pwned”
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.
Nate started his first company in 2004 where he revolutionized medical evacuation with Paraslyde, later acquired by Stryker Medical. In 2011, Nate left Stryker to build Brightface, a product development company that focused on mobile and web applications including Cycleface which was acquired by Strava, the #1 fitness app for endurance athletes. Nate then became the Chief of Research and Innovation at Tanner Labs, where he built O.C. Tanner’s first human-centered product development team. In January 2015 Nate was named the Chief Product Officer for Pluralsight, the largest providers of online technology learning, where he built a user centered product team, and in February 2016 Nate’s role expanded to Chief Experience Office to also oversee Development, Content, and Product Marketing. He is also the co-author of Product Leadership: How Top Product Leaders Launch Great Products and Build Successful Teams (O’Reilly 2017).
Chief People Officer at Pluralsight
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.
Chief Information Officer, Andela
Lisbi Abraham is a seasoned technology and operations professional with over 24 years of experience in partnering with clients and bringing new products to market under tight resource constraints. He has a strong background in running and optimizing offshore development and testing operations centers with a focus on delivery excellence, new solution development and career planning for associates. His past roles include running the India delivery organization and all solution development for Lionbridge Technologies’ Global Enterprise Solutions division, as their Chief Technology Officer and Vice President and creating the offshore product development practice for Alliance Global Services.
Alan Ackmann teaches technical writing at DePaul University and focuses professionally on career development writing
Alan Ackmann teaches business and technical writing at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where he lives with his wife and two children. His professional specialties include career development writing and the rhetoric of slideware and presentations.
Expert developer, author and trainer with an emphasis in software development, architecture and iOS and Mac development
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.
Microsoft MVP for more than a decade, founder of OdeToCode.com and .NET and Angular expert.
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.
Dan Anderegg is a freelance composer, music technology instructor, piano instructor, and a full-time Editor at Pluralsight.com
Dan Anderegg is a freelance composer, music technology instructor, piano instructor, and a full-time Editor at Pluralsight.com where he works with many authors to improve the overall quality of their audio. His music and recordings air on major US network television shows. He holds a degree in piano performance and another in Film Music Production. He interned with the Emmy’s Foundation, and then began assisting composers and writing music for them in Los Angeles before breaking out on his own.
Author of "Advanced Apex Programming", software developer and entrepreneur
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".
Author, consultant and developer behind PointsAway.com
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.
Jody Bailey has served as the CTO of Pluralsight since 2014. He brings more than 20 years of experience building and leading enterprise technology teams at companies like Fidelity Investments, Verisign and AtTask (now WorkFront), where he successfully led the technical transformation from an on-premise startup to a SaaS provider for enterprise software. At Pluralsight, Jody is responsible for the company’s technology strategy and delivery platform. He leads the development and system operations teams, as well as the IT/help desk. Jody also identifies new technologies that allow Pluralsight to scale and serve its growing client base more effectively.
Emerging Tech Law Specialist & LegalTech Innovator
Nerushka is an emerging technology law specialist, legal technology innovator and speaker based in South Africa. She is a co-chair of the Johannesburg chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has a background working as a technology & privacy lawyer and business development manager for technology & innovation for an international law firm, and has work experience in both London and Melbourne. She is involved in advising legaltech startups and corporates in the development of innovative legal tech products as well as the awareness and upskilling of lawyers about the future of law. To find out more visit nerushkabowan.com, connect on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @NerushkaBowan.
Advocate and coach for women in tech, former VP at Adobe
After spending 25 years building software products, Karen Catlin is now an advocate for women in the tech industry. She’s a leadership coach, a TEDx speaker, and co-author of "Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking.” Formerly, Karen was a vice president of engineering at Macromedia and Adobe. Karen holds a computer science degree from Brown University and serves as an advisor to Brown's Computer Science Diversity Initiative. She’s also on the Advisory Boards for The Women’s CLUB of Silicon Valley, WEST (Women Entering & Staying in Technology), and Women Serve on Boards.
Neuroscientist, CEO & Founder at Savonix
Dr. Mylea Charvat is a clinical psychologist, translational neuroscientist, and the CEO and Founder of the digital cognitive assessment company, Savonix. She specializes in working with and leading dynamic healthcare organizations looking to expand the access to and affordability of healthcare using digital tools. Dr. Charvat founded Savonix to address a critical challenge in the health care world – how do we assess the mental health, specifically the cognitive and emotional function, of patients on a large scale despite limited dollars and insufficient numbers of trained specialists? Savonix has developed mobile tools that utilize critical cognitive data to better understand patients' health, identify those at risk and improve outcomes at the individual and systems level in healthcare. Dr. Charvat has been honored as a leader in her field with three consecutive special contribution awards by the Veterans Health Administration and she was recently recognized as a rising woman CEO of Silicon Valley in the Huffington Post.
Jim Christopher has over 20 years of experience developing software and is a Director of Technology Curriculum at Pluralsight.
Jim Christopher has over 20 years of professional software development experience in aerospace, defense, education, gaming, communications, and IT. He has an MA in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Arizona, where he did research around perception, learning, memory, and sensory prosthesis. He is a Director of Technology Curriculum at Pluralsight, curating Data Professional and Developer content. He likes to crochet, walk his dog, and build tiny houses.
Jason works as an independent certified trainer of Adobe and Apple software and published his first training book, Final Cut Pro X Cookbook, in 2012
Jason has spent most of his life in and around the nation's capital. After a stint as a Creative for Apple, Jason became an Apple Certified Trainer in 2009, followed shortly thereafter as an Adobe Certified Instructor. In 2012, Jason published his first training book, the Final Cut Pro X Cookbook, and currently produces online training courses for PluralSight, writes for screenlight.tv, and works as an independent certified trainer of Adobe and Apple software. He's also presented at NAB and the Government Video Expo. In his spare time, Jason loves to drink chocolate milk, play old school video games, attend concerts, and travel near and far by train, plane, and motorcycle.
Data Solutions Engineer at Pluralsight
Adam joined Pluralsight in 2017 as a Data Solutions Engineer. Adam is a recognized Tableau Ambassador, an expert in Tableau Desktop/Server, Alteryx, a frequent speaker on data visualization and an active blogger on thedataduo.com. Adam specializes in using data visualization, analytics and data-storytelling to provide actionable information to stakeholders.
DevOps & Scrum consultant, trainer, speaker, and Pluralsight author
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.
Mitch is a VP of Product at Pluralsight. He leads teams focused on building the most comprehensive technology learning platform that enables learners to quickly discover content on the web, have rich interactive experiences while they learn and stay connected through a suite of mobile and desktop apps as well as set-top box devices. He was the first Product Manager at Lucid Software where he led out discovery, design and delivery for its flagship product, Lucidchart. Mitch is passionate about connecting with people through empathy, humor and authenticity to build products that create the optimal experience.
Jose Elizardo is a member of the Media and Entertainment (M&E) team at Autodesk
Jose Elizardo is a member of the Media and Entertainment (M&E) team at Autodesk and is a recognized visualization expert and industry thought leader. With over 13 years of product experience, Jose spends much of his time promoting the value of visualization throughout various industries, including M&E and Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry.
John Elliott is a respected cyber security, payments, risk and privacy specialist and is a former of the PCI Security Standards Council
John Elliott is a respected cyber security, payments, risk and privacy specialist. He helps organizations balance risk and regulation with business needs. He was a member of the technical working groups of the PCI Security Standards Council and actively contributed to the development of many PCI standards including PCI DSS. John is particularly interested in how organizations or regulators assess trust in the cyber security and privacy posture between relying parties. A passionate and innovative communicator, he frequently presents at conferences, online and in boardrooms.
Founder of ProductTank, Co-Founder and Curator of Mind the Product
Martin Eriksson is a 20+ year veteran of product management who has led product teams across Stockholm, London, and Boston for startups as well as global brands such as Monster and Financial Times. He is the Founder of ProductTank, the world's largest product management community with meetups in 110+ cities around the world, and the Co-Founder and Chairman of Mind the Product, the world's largest product management conference with annual events in London and San Francisco. He has spent the last 18 months interviewing product leaders from all over the world as the co-author of Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Great Products and Build Successful Teams (O'Reilly, May 2017).
Chief Technology Officer, State of Utah
David Fletcher is currently the Chief Technology Officer of the State of Utah where he oversees the State’s digital government initiatives and coordinates the introduction of new innovation and the state’s technical architecture program. David has a long history of involvement with technology initiatives, having previously served as director of the state’s Division of Information Technology, Deputy CIO over eGovernment, and Deputy Director of the Utah Department of Administrative Services. During his tenure with the State of Utah, he has promoted the use of technology to improve citizen and business interaction with state government. Utah now offers over 1200 interactive online citizen and business services through its award-winning portal, Utah.gov. Many of these services have become the primary channel for service delivery. David has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Vice President of Intellectual Property at Cerner
As the Vice President of Intellectual Property (IP) Development, Eric Geis focuses on the engineering of Cerner’s clinical, revenue cycle, and imaging solutions as well as drives several key initiatives around quality and continuous delivery. He makes an impact on Cerner and clients by applying his background and experience to advance their offerings in the market so clients are successful using Healthcare IT.
Tod is a curriculum director for developer content at Pluralsight with over 30 years of software development experience
Tod is a curriculum director for developer content at Pluralsight. Prior to that, he was a software developer for over 30 years. He specialized in business database applications and embedded software for limited-production laboratory instruments. These days he’s mostly noodling around in every new language and tool he can get his mitts on.
Data Solutions Engineer at Pluralsight
Curtis joined Pluralsight in 2017 as a Data Solutions Engineer. Curtis has spent most of his professional career mastering data visualization concepts and applications. He is the current Tableau Iron Viz champion and a Tableau Public Ambassador. Curtis blogs at themarkscard.com and teaches data viz at the University of Utah.
Director of Product at Pluralsight
Chris Glick is the Director of Product working with Pluralsight's video teams. His decade of e-learning experience started with authoring and recording training for Pluralsight Creative. He has over a hundred courses across a variety of Hollywood-level computer graphics software covering visual effects, compositing and video post-production. Chris takes his video experience to drive the technology and practices of our video delivery platform. Chris' passion to pursue finding new and better ways to understand and use video drives him and his work.
VP of User Experience at Pluralsight
Mariah Hay is the VP of User Experience for Pluralsight. As a thought leader in human-centered design and user experience strategy, Mariah enjoys working with teams whose goal is to craft excellence for the end user. Her experience with industrial and interaction design teams serving high-level stakeholders reflects her personal goals of directing business through design excellence from the ground up. Her expertise in implementing human-centered design product practices at the enterprise level stems from over a decade of tenure in the industry including serving as Professor of Design Management at Savannah College of Art and Design, Directing UX for Universal Mind, and serving as Director of User Experience AMC Health. Mariah holds an MFA in Industrial Design from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Pluralsight author, PowerShell MVP and Powershell.org CFO
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.
Courtney Hemphill is a Partner and Technical Lead at Carbon Five, a strategic digital product development firm known for its work with early stage, growth and enterprise companies such as Echosign, Square, Thumbtack, Altschool, Google, Hulu, Gap and many others. She has been a Silicon Valley denizen since the first dot com era and recently relocated to NYC to help technology take root in big ventures based in the big apple. Having led technical teams on a wide variety of projects for the past 11 years, Courtney focuses on helping companies find technical solutions to tricky business problems and cultivating balanced, high-performing, autonomous teams. Outside the world of bytes, Courtney tries to spend as much time as possible in the precious natural environments we are lucky to have thus far protected. She organizes coding workshops for women, sits on the Golden Gate Board of NatureBridge, and is constantly finding random corners of the world to climb rocks.
Jeffery Hicks is an IT infrastructure veteran with over 25 years of exerience with an emphasis on Microsoft server technologies
Jeffery Hicks is an IT veteran with over 25 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT infrastructure consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency. He is a multi-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award in Windows PowerShell. Today he works as an independent author, trainer, and consultant. Jeff has written for numerous online sites and print publications, is a contributing editor at Petri.com, and a frequent speaker at technology conferences and user groups. His latest book is PowerShell In Depth: An Administrator's Guide 2nd Edition.
Wes Higbee is a passionate developer who helps companies develop and improve the software they need to meet business objectives
Wes Higbee is passionate about helping companies achieve remarkable results with technology and software. He’s had extensive experience developing software and working with teams to improve how software is developed to meet business objectives. Wes launched Full City Tech to leverage his expertise to help companies delight customers. Although his primary focus is on outcomes, implementation often includes technical competency. Wes frequently speaks about impactful aspects of software development including effective automated testing, database delivery automation, distributed version control, refactoring, aesthetics of code, continuous integration, and continuous delivery. He speaks professionally to help organizations improve and volunteers at user groups, code camps, and community organizations. He’s a Pluralsight author. He writes extensively about both technical and non-technical aspects of software development. His written work includes articles featured on VeraSage, MSDN Magazine, InfoQ, and JetBrain’s TeamCity Blog. He’s been interviewed on The Businessology Show and Art of Value about how important value is in software development. And, he occasionally gets highly technical in a shared screencast or webinar.
Entrepre-nerd | Musician | Code Engineer
Kaitlyn Hova is a professional violinist, composer, full stack web developer, designer, neuroscientist, core team member of Women Who Code, and Co-Founder of Hova LLC. Hova LLC's projects include the Hovalin, an open source, 3D printable acoustic violin that helps STEM programs print their school’s music program.
Chief Information Officer, Utah Department of Technology Services
Michael Hussey was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Technology Services in October 2015. He has been with the Department of Technology Services since 2006. Hussey started his IT career while attending the University of Utah working in the Marriott Library as a help desk assistant providing support to patrons of the computer lab. As computer technologies advanced, so did the opportunities within the library and he was promoted to network manager. While network manager, Hussey created the largest CD-ROM database network in the nation, which was crucial to the university's research purposes. In 1995 Michael was hired in the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget working as an integral member of the IT team serving the technology needs of Governor Leavitt. While in the office, he managed the network servers, email servers, routers and switches, and provided desktop support services. In partnership with legislative IT staff, he helped develop a solution to stream the audio from the house and senate floors to the internet. In 2002, Hussey was part of the team which designed, developed and implemented a critical software application and statewide database for the Lt. Governor’s Office upon congressional mandate. Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which required states to have a centralized voter database. In 2013, Hussey received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Public Service. Hussey attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. He completed numerous technology courses and received certificates in network administration during his time in the IT industry. Hussey was born in West Covina, California and moved to Utah with his family at the age of 15. He and his wife, Cammie, are the parents of five children: McKay, Sara, Brooke, Parker and Annaliese. Hussey has a passion for learning and enjoys staying current on emerging technologies. He also enjoys playing county rec. slowpitch softball and is a loyal University of Utah sports fan.
Curriculum director at Pluralsight, top-rated public speaker and accomplished IT journalist
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.
Krishna Kannan is a Product Manager at Pluralsight, helping to develop its assessment products. He is an experienced and versatile product leader, having led product organizations at companies ranging in size from under 20 to nearly 200. Krishna enjoys working on products to help people learn and loves to solve complex problems through the application of data science and crowd-sourcing. Previously, Krishna led Product for Smarterer, contributing to its 2014 acquisition by Pluralsight. Prior to moving into product management Krishna held roles in engineering and project management. He graduated with a degree in computer science from Williams College and was ranked first in his MBA class at Boston University.
CEO, Creative Trespassing
Tania Katan, CEO of Creative Trespassing, is an award-winning author, creative consultant and keynote speaker who believes in storytelling at all costs. She has been a featured speaker at Business of Software, Etsy, S.H.E. Summit, NPR, Comedy Central Stage, TEDx, and more. As the former Brand Evangelist for Axosoft she co-created the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress. Currently, Katan empowers companies and individuals (like American Express, Humana, Expedia, Etsy, and more) to be a little unruly, color outside the lines, and disrupt the status quo. She is writing a book to show all of us how to unleash our inner rebel and sneak more creativity and imagination into our lives and work called, Corporate Trespassing.
Michelle Keim is the Head of Data Science at Pluralsight
Michelle Keim is the Head of Data Science at Pluralsight.
Lars Klint is a Microsoft MVP, trainer, author, community leader and an authority on all things Windows Platform
Lars is an author, trainer, Microsoft MVP, community leader, authority on all things Windows Platform, and part time crocodile wrangler. He is heavily involved in the space of HoloLens and mixed reality, as well as a published Pluralsight author, freelance solution architect, and writer for numerous publications. He has been a part of the software development community for the past 20 years and co-organizes the DDD Melbourne community conference, organizes developer events with Microsoft, and also runs a part time car restoration business. He has spoken at numerous technical events around the world and is an expert in Australian Outback Internet.
Microsoft MVP, author of several books and consultant on .NET development and Angular
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.
Jerry Kurata is an ^ R author for Pluralsight who is passionate about machine learning, big data and building solutions that help people
Jerry has Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology and Physics. His plans to work in the oil exploration industry were sidetracked when he discovered he preferred to work with computers on simulation and data processing, instead of reading mud and core samples in the North Sea. His love of computers and tech resulted in him spending many additional hours working on computers while getting his Master’s degree in Computer Science. His current areas of interests include Machine Learning, Big Data, tiny and wearable computer systems, robotics, and building solutions that help people. When not working with computers, Jerry enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and photographing the beauty in our world.
Gilbert Lee is the Chief Product Officer at Pluralsight
Gilbert Lee is the Chief Product Officer at Pluralsight.
Microsoft MVP and Regional Director, leading independent authority on Entity Framework, ASPInsider and MSDN Magazine Data Points columnist
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.
Salesforce Technical Architect at Google and founder of SFDC99.com, the world’s most-popular Salesforce blog
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.
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.
Information & cyber security curriculum manager at Pluralsight
Meghan Manfre is the Curriculum Manager at Pluralsight who oversees all information/cyber security content. She has spent the last twelve years in technical content publishing in mediums ranging from videos to books to journals. In her spare time she is one of the organizers of BSidesSF, a San Francisco Bay Area security conference.
Director, iOS Engineering at Slack,Inc.
When you’re on your iPhone making video calls or reading books, communicating on Slack, or browsing Pinterest, Cynthia led the teams that made it possible. With a path that has taken her from academic work in computer science through VR at NASA Ames Research Center to Apple, Pinterest, Yahoo and--most recently--leading Slack’s iOS team, Cynthia has been a leader in the software industry for 19 years with a front-row seat to several major platform shifts. Having earned graduate degrees from both U.C. Berkeley and Stanford, Cynthia has a deep passion for developing teams and the people who comprise them. She recently published an article on her method for getting to meaningful conversations with your team members. She has a gift for spotting and nurturing hyper-growth companies and a passion for crafting the products they build.
Lonnie Mayne, founder of Red Shoes Living, Inc.
Lonnie Mayne, founder of Red Shoes Living, Inc. is known for building high-performing company cultures and developing high-impact leaders during 18 years in corporate America and most recently as the president of a fast-growing technology company. The foundation of his success is the Red Shoes Living concept that focuses on five key Red Shoes pillars and encourages standing out in the work you do and in the life you live. Under his leadership, the technology firm grew by 817% in a very short time largely due to having the Red Shoes concept of standing out in everything you do at the core of its culture. Today, Lonnie is an internationally renowned speaker who shares his framework with companies all over the world including presenting at the prestigious British Citizens Awards held at the House of Lords in London. He works with some of the most prominent brands in the world on how to implement the Red Shoes Living concept.
Pluralsight author, Microsoft certified trainer and certified EC-Council instructor
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.
Xavier is an entrepreneur, project manager, technical author, trainer, and Microsoft MVP.
Xavier is very passionate about teaching and helping others understand search and Big Data. He is also an entrepreneur, project manager, technical author, trainer, and holds a few certifications with Cloudera, Microsoft, and the Scrum Alliance, along with being a Microsoft MVP. He has spent a great deal of his career working on cutting-edge projects with a primary focus on .NET, Solr, and Hadoop among a few other interesting technologies. Throughout multiple projects, he has acquired skills to deal with complex enterprise software solutions, working with companies that range from startups to Microsoft. Xavier also worked as a worldwide v-trainer/evangelist for Microsoft.
Patrick Neborg has over 20 years experience implementing SOA solutions
Patrick has over 20 years experience implementing SOA solutions that utilize both web and desktop clients primarily using Microsoft's development technology stack. Currently, he utilizes C# and JScript along with T-SQL/LINQ and has previously worked extensively with other technologies such as VB.NET and WCF. In addition to implementing client specified solutions, Patrick implements Agile process based solutions utilizing Team Foundation Server (TFS). Over time he has taken on various technical roles across Financial Services, Insurance, and Non-Profit Management industries. Patrick holds a Master of Software Engineering from Penn State. He has presented at DonorPerfect Community Network Conference(DPCN) and National Women in Computer Technology(NWCT). Patrick is an active participant with Philly.Net. He has a passion for collaborating and sharing information with colleagues. In Patrick's spare time, he can be found volunteering for his local township youth soccer program as a coach, referee, technical resource, and board member.
Program Manager at PIMCO
Amber Ochoa is a Program Manager within the PMO at the Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) – an investment management company with more than $1.6 trillion in assets under management. With a focus on training and communication, her responsibilities encompass organizational change management and serving as a third party product manager. Once upon a time, Amber worked at a telecommunications company to help to define the goals, strategies and approaches to community, employees, customers and investors alike in an effort to shape corporate culture. After venturing into real estate, Amber decided she would rather live within walking distance of the Pacific than continue to sell property in Texas. She has clocked in over 2,000 hours (not a typo) listening to Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat while driving back and forth to work along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Google Developer Expert, Microsoft Developer Advocate and MVP, and author of 100+ articles and 10 books
Jose Paumard has a PHD in applied math, is a developer with over 20 years of experience and is an assistant professor at Paris North University
Passionate about programming computers for over 20 years, Jose made his debut in assembler and C, C for SIMD parallel machines before adopting Java as an object-oriented language, indispensable to most major modern applications. He brings his expertise and capacity for analysis and synthesis to many projects, mainly in the lower layers, close to the data, but also on complex UI design, or in the browser. PhD in applied maths and computer science, assistant professor in Paris North University for 15 years, Jose also has a passion for education and knowledge transfer. He writes a blog, Java le soir, French documentary source on Java technologies for thousands of french speaking developers around the world. He is a member of the french Paris Java User Group, and co-organizer of the conference Devoxx France.
David Platt is a VP of Product at Pluralsight
David Platt is a VP of Product at Pluralsight.
Docker Captain, author of several books, and co-host of “In Tech We Trust” podcast
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.
Mitch is the founder of Mitch Pricer Designs LLC, a company dedicated to bringing 3D printing to the manufacturing forefront and promoting it as an educational tool
Mitch became interested in and started pursuing a career as an Industrial designer in college, and has since grown to be fascinated by the possibilities with 3D printing. Ever since first discovering CAD in college, Mitch has been an avid user and has had the opportunity to try many different software packages…as well as doing the occasional sculpt in ZBrush. With over 10,000 hours of 3D printing experience, he started his own company, Mitch Pricer Designs LLC, with the goal of bringing 3D printing to the manufacturing forefront as well as promoting its use in education.
Product Manager at Pluralsight
I’m an EdTech obsessed Product Manager who’s also finishing a PhD in Instructional Psychology and Technology (a.k.a. instructional design). I’ve spent the last 5 years bringing products to market that help individuals and business use learning technologies to achieve their goals.
Jesús Ramirez is a digital graphics expert, speaker and educator specializing in Adobe Photoshop
Jesús Ramirez is a digital graphics expert, speaker, and educator specializing in Adobe Photoshop. He is an Adobe Community Professional, and an author for the Adobe Creative Cloud Blog. Jesús is best known as the founder of the Photoshop Training Channel, one of the most popular Photoshop YouTube channels in the world. Jesús has been a speaker at Adobe MAX, Adobe SUMMIT, CreativeLive, and CreativePro.
Happiness Engineer, Xero
Happiness Engineer, Xero. Expert cat herder, fancy-dress curator, trainer of humans in getting the most out of their time on the planet, and tech learning champion.
Pluralsight author, international public speaker, Microsoft MVP and ASPInsider
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.
Steven Roselle has over 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. Before joining Alias and later Autodesk, he worked on a diverse array of projects ranging from visualization to motion graphics to game development. In his current role at Autodesk as a Maya focused, Sr. Technical Specialist, Steven acts as a liaison between content creators and the Autodesk product development teams. In this capacity, he has had the opportunity to work with a long list of high profile accounts including studios at Disney, WB, EA, Sony and Activision. As a Maya evangelist, Steven maintains a diverse expertise in various aspects of 3D production, including modeling, rigging, animation and rendering, as well as tool customization and general workflow optimization.
Director Global Product Security, Johnson Controls
Jason Rosselot, CISSP, CPP is the Director Product Cyber Security at Johnson Controls, responsible for the product cyber security program including the secure software development lifecycle, training and awareness, product security incident response, and more. Jason has decades of experience in security and risk management in both the private and public sectors having begun his career as a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State. Jason co-authored the recent whitepaper, “Cybersmart Buildings: Securing Your Investment in Connectivity and Automation”, and is a speaker at the 2017 (ISC)² Security Congress. Jason is a frequent speaker on matters of cyber and physical security.
Bill Saltmarsh is the Head of Data Solutions Delivery at Pluralsight
Bill Saltmarsh is an experienced practitioner, consultant, conference speaker, and leader in the world of analytics engineering and data visualization. He is driven by an overarching motivation to help the data-curious become data-literate. As Pluralsight’s Head of Data Solutions, his work and interests span the entire analytics stack - from curation to analysis to visualization to data discovery. You will also find him hiking and camping on alpine trails most weekends.
Product Manager at Pluralsight
Bhavika Shah is a Product Manager at Pluralsight.
Group Director, Innovation and Talent Development at Dimension Data
Anthony Shaw is the Group Director of Innovation and Talent Development at Dimension Data, an NTT company. Anthony is an open-source advocate, member of the Apache Software Foundation and Python Software Foundation and active contributor to over 20 open-source projects including Apache Libcloud and SaltStack. At Dimension Data, Anthony is driving digital transformation for Dimension Data’s global clients across 50 countries and 30,000 employees. Key initiatives are software skills, automation, DevOps and Cloud. Anthony is based in Sydney, Australia and blogs about skills, Python and automation to 70,000 readers annually.
Pluralsight author, strategic consultant and all-around IT professional
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.
Director, Professional Services & Global PreSales at Pluralsight
Mike Soldan is currently the head of Pluralsight's Professional Services and Global Solutions Architect teams. Mike has a deep passion around education and technology training. He carries an alphabet soup of certifications & formal education including: CISSP, PMP, CAPM, SSGB, and degrees in Information Systems. Utilizing extensive backgrounds in a wide variety of technology stacks, Mike and his team specialize in helping Fortune 500 companies align their objectives to Pluralsight's capabilities and utilize them to deepen their cultures & ecosystems.
Daniel Stern is a web developer and international speaker with an expertise in Angular, React and TypeScript
Director, Content Services at Pluralsight
Isaac Strack is an author, technologist and STEAM education advocate, currently leading the Content Services organization at Pluralsight. With over 17 years experience consulting and building mobile, web, desktop, and enterprise MIS applications, Isaac has a passion for web technologies and the newest advances in social and professional digital literacy. Over the years, Isaac has been actively involved in multiple Utah STEM Initiatives, including the STEM Action Center, Future In Design (FIND), Hour of Code, I :heart: Tech, STEM Mentor Exchange (STEM MX), and the Refugee Coding Project. As the father of four daughters, education and early exposure to STEAM-based learning is of particular importance, and guides his professional and volunteer activities.
Director, Global Learning Design and Creation, Culture and Experience CoE at CGI
Helen has spent more than 30 years in IT services organizations and 25 years involved in learning in some way. She has done just about every learning role possible, both with IT training suppliers and internal learning organizations at national and global levels. For the last 5 years she has led the CGI Global Learning Design and Creation team, a specialist CoE, where she is responsible for delivering memorable global learning, managing global learning technologies and vendor partnerships and guiding the CGI global learning governance process.
Orin Thomas is an MVP, Microsoft Regional Director, an MCT and has a number of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications
Orin Thomas is an MVP, a Microsoft Regional Director, an MCT, and has a string of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications. He has written more than 3 dozen books for Microsoft Press on topics including Windows Server, Windows Client, Azure, System Center, Exchange Server, Security, and SQL Server. In addition to authoring for Pluralsight, he is a contributing editor at Windows IT Pro. He has been working in IT since the early 1990's and regularly speaks at conferences in Australia and around the world. Orin founded and runs the Melbourne System Center, Security, and Infrastructure Group and is a candidate in the Doctor of Information Technology program at Charles Sturt University.
From early in life, Jake's imagination has been depicted in drawings of fantastic landscapes and storied fiction of characters from other worlds. Software creation has been a continuation and addition to those earlier creative efforts. That's what makes software creation so compelling to him -- it is a most malleable medium, allowing us to create what we can imagine. It has been Jake's great privilege to work with talented teams to create software for great and worthy causes. At the speed of the technology industry, there has been so much to learn and mentor others in. It is now such a great fit and with great pleasure that he is able to share some of his enthusiasm and experience on the Pluralsight platform.
Pluralsight author, Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and Azure/PowerShell expert
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.
Product Manager, Inventor product line at Autodesk
Loren Welch is a Product Manager for the Inventor product line at Autodesk. Loren has over 20 years of industry experience in multiple CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM software applications and rapid prototyping solutions. He has been at Autodesk since 2008, where he currently manages customer engagement and cloud initiatives for the Autodesk Inventor product line.
Consultant, trainer and Pluralsight author
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.