- Cloud City Virtual Meetup: Joe Lonsdale, cofounder of Palantir, Addepar, and 8VC
Joe Lonsdale built a career founding and funding some of the most significant, Silicon Valley-based startups of the last decade. Yet, he recently relocated his family, his firm, and his policy think tank from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas.
Join us for a conversation with Joe about why he made that move as well as recipes for disaster, success, and maybe even a few career or startup tips from one of the most active entrepreneurs in the world.
Where are the best places to create or be part of building breakout companies? What has gone wrong with Silicon Valley and California? How does he think it can be fixed? What are the lessons for Seattle?
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZQgUsvAvRT27ONSslLv7aQ
Joe is the General Partner of 8VC, a multi-stage venture capital firm and incubator and founder of the Cicero Institute think tank.
Joe was an early institutional investor in notable companies including Wish, Oculus, Oscar, Illumio, Blend, Orca Bio, RelateIQ, Joby Aviation, Synthego, Guardant Health, and in 2016 and 2017 was the youngest member on Forbes' Midas List of the top 100 venture capitalists.
Prior to 8VC, Joe co-founded Formation 8, a top-performing venture capital fund, as well as Palantir, a multi-billion dollar global software company best known for its work in defense and finance. He is also a founder of many other companies, including Addepar, which manages over $2 trillion on its wealth management platform, and OpenGov, which modernizes processes for over 2,000 municipalities and state agencies. Previously, Joe was an early executive at Clarium Capital, which he helped grow into a large global macro hedge fund. He also worked with PayPal while he was at Stanford.
Joe received a BS in Computer Science from Stanford in 2003. He often lectures and writes on entrepreneurship, technology and public policy.
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- Cloud City Virtual Meetup: The Future of Cloud City and Post-Pandemic Seattle
With a glimmer of light visible at the end of the pandemic tunnel, there is much debate about the directions of different tech ecosystems. This all-star panel discussion explores what the “after” might look like in Seattle.
Which areas of technology will be more and less attractive? What does remote work mean for local offices, commercial real estate, and downtown Seattle? What is right role for local government? Is Amazon done with Seattle? How does Seattle take its next step as a tech ecosystem?
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Chris DeVore is Managing Partner of Founders’ Co-op, the Pacific Northwest's leading seed-stage venture capital fund. Previously, Chris led the Techstars Seattle startup accelerator program, co-founded Adjacency (acquired by Sapient, NASDAQ: SAPE), created Patagonia's online retailing channel, and led product and business strategy teams at AT&T and McCaw Cellular. As a community volunteer, Chris co-chaired the City of Seattle’s Economic Development Commission, partnered with the University of Washington to create Startup Hall (a commercial innovation space located on the UW Campus), and is a current Board member of Friends of Waterfront Seattle, a non-profit helping to revitalize Seattle’s downtown waterfront, and the University of Washington Innovation Roundtable. Chris holds a BA from Yale and attended the MBA program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Dan is a managing principal at Flinn Ferguson Cresa with over 22 years of experience in transaction management. As an exclusive tenant advocate since 1998, Dan has successfully represented some of the area’s most influential office and high tech tenants. Dan is routinely identified as a preferred corporate account partner for companies looking for “best in class” representation, allowing him the opportunity to broker some of the region’s most relevant regional and global headquarters requirements. Dan’s corporate level success provides immeasurable experience and credibility for all his clients large and small. Dan is proficient in high level negotiations (including build-to-suit, portfolio management and sale transactions) and tailors his approach to each specific client and assignment in order to achieve optimal results. Dan is a graduate of the University of Washington and lives in Seattle with his wife and three children.
Margaret O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington. A historian of modern America, she writes and teaches about the history of the technology industry, American politics, and the connections between the two. She is also a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. She is the author of three books on American business and politics, most recently The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Penguin Press, 2019).
- Cloud City Virtual Meetup: Bob Muglia and the Modern Data Stack
Bob is an experienced and hands-on technology executive who has been intimately involved in some milestone software products, including most recently as CEO of Snowflake. He’ll share his perspectives on the present and future of the data management systems that underlie nearly everything we build.
Bob Muglia is a business executive and R&D specialist. He was the CEO of Snowflake for five years, starting in May of 2014. Prior to Snowflake he spent 2 years at Juniper Networks and 23 years at Microsoft. Early in his career, Bob helped to start the SQL Server business and he managed Microsoft divisions including Visual Studio, Office, and Windows Server. From 2007 to 2011, Bob was the President of the Server & Tools Division, growing that business to over $17B. Bob currently serves as a board director for Fivetran, Fauna, and Docugami.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FOK8hozJToi_FrjTYoOBrg
- Cloud City Virtual Meetup: Diego Oppenheimer, co-founder and CEO of Algorithmia
A Conversation with Diego Oppenheimer
Diego and the team at Algorithmia are focused on putting machine learning models into production, with infrastructure to help deploy, scale, and manage models across the full lifecycle. We’ll talk to Diego about the state of machine learning deployment in the real world, how to think about machine learning in hybrid cloud topologies, and play “overrated or underrated?” with the much-discussed algorithm behind TikTok.
Previously, Diego designed, managed, and shipped some of Microsoft’s most used data analysis products including Excel, Power Pivot, SQL Server, and Power BI. Diego holds a Bachelors’ degree in Information Systems and a Master’s degree in business Intelligence and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon University.
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- Cloud City Virtual Meetup: Eugenio Pace, co-founder and CEO of Auth0
A Conversation with Eugenio Pace
Eugenio has quietly built Auth0 and its identity platform into one of the biggest startups headquartered in the Seattle area. We’ll talk to Eugenio about what it takes to build a business serving developers, how Auth0 encouraged remote work from its inception, and how identity in the cloud will evolve.
Eugenio Pace co-founded Auth0 in early 2013 with CTO and “brother-in-arms” Matias Woloski while living 7,000 miles apart. Since then, Pace has played an instrumental role in growing Auth0 into a leading identity management company that is loved by developers and trusted by global enterprises. With more than 9,000 customers spanning 70 countries, and securing 4.5 billion login transactions per month, auth0 is a trusted global brand that is relied upon for making identity simple and protecting the data of its customers and their users.
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- Cloud City Meetup: From Code to CEO and Back Again
Ever want to make the bridge from engineering to starting a company? Curious about how to build a profitable, primarily self-funding software company?
Scott Klein founded StatusPage with his brother, built it profitably from zero to a million dollars in 18 months, and sold the company to Atlassian.
Scott started his career as an engineer, became a YCombinator CEO, and became an engineer again at one of the most ubiquitous technical software companies in the world.
- Cloud City Meetup: M3 and Prometheus - Planetary Scale Monitoring for Everyone
WeWork Office Space & Coworking
For the past few years Prometheus has solved the monitoring needs of many and it is exceptional at what it does. Prometheus has exploded in popularity and now many wish to store more metrics, at longer retention and establish a single pane of glass on top of Prometheus for their monitoring needs across regions.
M3 is an open source metrics platform originally developed at Uber that you can deploy and run using Kubernetes and Helm. It integrates with Prometheus and scales up to store tens of billions of metric time series while supporting billions of datapoints writes and reads per second. In this talk, we will dive into M3's architecture and walk through how you can configure it to run across multiple cloud regions as a single global monitoring system.
About our speaker: Martin Mao is the co-founder and CEO of Chronosphere - the monitoring company built around the open source metrics platform, M3. Prior to that, he led the development and SRE teams that created and ran M3 at Uber. He has also worked at AWS where he was the technical lead of the EC2 Windows team and founding engineer of AWS Systems Manager.
- Cloud City Meetup: Databases are Only Half Done
Databases are arguably one of the most successful categories of software in history. But the world is changing. In the past, software has traditionally played the role of an aid to help humans perform their job better. But now more than ever, it’s the case that software is the direct consumer of other software. This interlinking of systems has allowed companies like Lyft and Robinhood to transact with their markets in an extremely scalable manner. The dynamic raises an interesting question: how suitable are databases for this new world? And what role can events and stream processing play to make these kinds of systems possible for every company?
About our speaker: Michael Drogalis is Confluent’s stream processing product lead, where he works on the direction and strategy behind all things compute related. Before joining Confluent, Michael served as the CEO of Distributed Masonry, a software startup that built a streaming-native data warehouse. He is also the author of several popular open source projects, most notably the Onyx Platform.
- Cloud City Meetup [RESCHEDULED]: Margaret O’Mara, author of The Code
Cloud City Meetup: Margaret O’Mara, author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America
[This special Cloud City Meetup is a reschedule of our earlier planned event with Margaret. We're joining the official Seattle book reading and celebration. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/noble-presents-the-code-with-author-margaret-omara-tickets-74224683025 ]
Join the author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America for a behind-the-scenes look at the rise of Big Tech in America. It is a story of mavericks and visionaries, but also of powerful institutions, from the Pentagon to universities. Margaret will draw from her definitive history of how “the Valley and its sister technopolis of Seattle” became central to the American economy. She will look at the close ties – of people., tech, companies, and money – between Seattle and Silicon Valley, how they evolved together, but also what’s different about Seattle. And how looking back at history helps inform some of today’s biggest questions: the future of innovation, regulation and the role of government, the impact of the cloud, and if we are living in a bubble, what a reset might bring?
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About our speaker:
Margaret O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Professor of History at the University of Washington. She writes and teaches about the history of U.S. politics, the growth of the high-tech economy, and the connections between the two.