Autumn 2008

September 23, 2008

Jonathan Schwartz,

CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Jonathan Schwarts is President and CEO of Sun Microsystems. Sun is one of the Silicon Valley’s largest technology companies with over $13B in annual revenue. Jonathan has been a strong advocate for Utility Computing. He was one of the first public company CEOs to blog. Read his blog at

September 30, 2008

Tony Hsieh,

CEO, Zappos

Tony was not the founder, but he clearly is the driving force behind Zappos commitment to customer service. If you buy shoes from them you already know. If not then there are many lessons to be learned her.

October 7, 2008

Marc Chardon

President & CEO, Blackbaud

Blackbaud is the leading provider of traditional software to nonProfit businesses. With the acquisition of eTapestry, Target and Kintera they have expanded their portfolio of products delivered as a service.

October 14, 2008

Dave Girouard

President, Google Enterprise

Google may need no introductions, but the work Google is doing to allow the enterprise to use Google Apps is the subject of Dave's lecture.

October 21, 2008

Zach Nelson

President & CEO, Netsuite

Netsuite made a successful IPO late last year. Zach discusses their progress to date and challenges they face in going into more vertical markets.

October 28, 2008

John Lervik

CEO, FAST, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Enterprise Search

FAST was recently acquired by Microsoft and John is spearheading the company's work to extend search into the enterprise. While many see search as a "search bar" John discusses search as a platform for new business applications.

November 4, 2008

Charles Phillips

President, Oracle Corporation

Oracle has been a major acquirer of software companies over the past four years. Charles discusses the processes that have enabled them to be so successful

November 11, 2008

Javier Barerras

Member of the Board, Grupo Posadas

Hotel reservation systems are primitive. Javier discusses a new service provided by AltiusPar to bring a "Sabre" into the hotel industry.

November 18, 2008

Josh James

Co-founder, President & CEO, Omniture

Josh discusses Omniture's evolution from a 2-person shop to the public company Ominture is today.