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SXSW Interactive Panel: How Smart Apps Will Revolutionize Computing


SXSW Interactive Panel: How Smart Apps Will Revolutionize Computing

Meg Rahner March 13, 2014

New technology is emerging on a daily basis and changing the world in significant ways, and we are about to experience a computing revolution. We are entering the age where cars are being programmed to drive on their own, “wearable” technology is becoming more trendy and common, and where “smart apps” take away a significant amount of manual work and adjust to our lives based on the information stored in our phones. If you’re late to your flight, your software agent will automatically re-book you. Your ‘black thumb’ can be made green by apps that recognize when your soil is dry and proceed to water for you. If you can think of something that would be easier with the assistance of a smart phone, someone is probably already working on it. We are at the beginning stages of this technological revolution and one can only imagine where we will be in five years from now, let alone 10 years, 20 years, and so on.

Three incredibly experienced professionals, Mike Abbott, Monica Rogati, and Oren Michels, are participating in a panel called “How Smart Apps Will Revolutionize Computing” during SXSW Interactive on Sunday, March 9 led by Quentin Hardy of the NYT to discuss the future and impact of smart apps.

Mike Abbott is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and has worked there since 2011. He focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures. Mike serves as an expert resource on enterprise infrastructure, cloud computing and “big data.” He also helps entrepreneurs win the race for talent in a hyper-competitive recruitment environment. Mike is also an expert in big data businesses, having founded Composite Software. Formerly the vice president of engineering at Twitter, Mike led the team to rebuild and solidify Twitter’s infrastructure, growing the engineering team from 80 to more than 350 engineers in less than a year and a half, and scaling Twitter’s architecture to support 250 million daily tweets.

Monica Rogati, VP of Data at Jawbone, is a world-class data scientist and an applied machine learning expert. Her passion is turning data into products, actionable insights and meaningful stories. As the VP of Data for Jawbone, she leads the UP data team, with the goal of helping people understand life patterns and providing data-driven products that promote a healthier lifestyle. Prior to Jawbone, Monica was one of the early members of the LinkedIn data science team, where she developed and improved some of LinkedIn’s key data products for matching jobs to passive candidates, discovering people you may know and recommending groups you may like. Monica’s compelling data stories are often picked up by the mainstream press, including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, NPR and CNN. Monica holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from CMU, where she focused on text mining and applied machine learning. She authored eight US patents and numerous publications that have appeared in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and events.

Oren Michels, co-founder and CEO of Mashery, has a record of success in a variety of executive positions spanning multiple industries. Oren co-founded and managed WiFinder, an international provider of directory services for public access wi-fi hotspots. He has served as president for two companies: Colt HR, a leading provider of mid-market benefits administration software and services; and Winebid.com, a leading online wine auction service. He also served as president and CEO of The Groundlings, a Hollywood-based entertainment production company, and has held COO positions at manufacturing companies. Prior to joining Mashery, Oren worked as vice president of business development at Feedster, where he managed the company’s activities in China and negotiated partnerships with AOL, Real Networks, and Mitsui. Oren began his career as a software designer for Hughes Aircraft. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial studies from UCLA’s Anderson School.

This is sure to be an interesting and thought-provoking discussion. Find more information about and register for the session here.

Meg Rahner

Meg Rahner
Meg is the PR Coordinator for CircleClick and a writer for MobileFOMO. She is from Erie, Pennsylvania and has a BA in Public Relations from Penn State University. She moved to San Francisco shortly after graduating in 2010 and loves life on the west coast. Since moving to SF, she has contracted for the Academy of Art University's Marketing team, LinkedIn's Recruiting Team, and is excited to be pursuing her passion for writing and PR in her current roles.
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