About

CloudAve is blessed to have a team of contributing authors who represent diverse backgrounds in the intersection of IT Infrastructure, Software and Business.

Our Authors express their own views: there is no “official CloudAve viewpoint”, in fact we encourage debate.

CloudAve is published by Cloud Avenue LLC.  Publisher/Editor:  Zoli Erdos.  Meet our  authors below:

Hutch Carpenter

Hutch Carpenter

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Strategic Consultant with HYPE Innovation, helping enterprises get more value from their innovation programs. Firm believer in the concept of jobs-to-be-done, which stresses the importance of understanding customers' wants and needs. Also sports a 2:57 marathon PR. Dad to two awesome kids.

Jacob Morgan

Jacob Morgan

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Principal of Chess Media Group, a social business consultancy. Jacob works with mid and enterprise organizations on developing customer and employee engagement strategies. He is also the co-author of Twittfaced, a social media 101 book for business. Jacob authors a Social CRM and Enterprise 2.0 blog.

Cloud Dude

Cloud Dude

CloudDude has been a "cloud guru" for longer than we have known the term Cloud. For now he will remain anonymous, since he may express opinions that are not in concert with his employer's. One day we may find out who he is...

Jason M. Lemkin

Jason M. Lemkin

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Co-Founder and CEO of EchoSign from inception through tens of millions in cash-flow positive SaaS revenue and acquisition by Adobe Systems Inc. Jason then served as Vice President, Web Services at Adobe, where EchoSign was named the most successful acquisition of 2011-12, posting 199% YoY growth.

Jarret Pazahanick

Jarret Pazahanick

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Managing Partner, EIC Experts,  SAP Mentor and SAP HCM and SuccessFactors Consultant who has specialized in HR Technology since 1998. Over the past 15 years, Jarret has completed 22 high profile, full life cycle HCM implementations for global Fortune 1000 companies, which have included Core HRMS, Payroll, Compensation and Shared Services. He is SAP HCM Certified, SuccessFactors Associate Certified in Employee Central and Performance Management and Goals, an author for HR Expert, CloudAve, ASUGnews contributor, and a moderator and platinum level contributor on the SAP Community Network.

Joel York

Joel York

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Internet software executive and popular cloud blogger at Chaotic Flow, B2B Marketing Strategy, and Cloud Ave, Joel is well known for his work in SaaS business models, sales and marketing strategy, and financial metrics. Professionally, he has managed global sales and marketing organizations serving over 50 countries, including local offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, and India. He holds degrees in physics from Caltech and Cornell and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.
Joel York is currently VP Marketing at Meltwater Group and Principal at the Internet startup consulting firm affinitos.

John Taschek

John Taschek

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Technologist. Communication expert. VP Strategy at salesforce.com, Editorial Director of CloudBlog.

Krishnan Subramanian

Krishnan Subramanian

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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts

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Director of Platform Technology for FinancialForce.com. Long time Force.com evangelist helping prospects, customers, partners and colleagues understand the benefits and power of adopting the leading cloud platform for businesses. Pioneer in the rapidly evolving salesforce.com, force.com and financialforce.com ecosystems. Husband, Dad, cyclist, hiker, fading golfer, expat follower of England rugby and cricket teams

Michael Krigsman

Michael Krigsman

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Well-known expert on why IT projects fail, CEO of Asuret, a Brookline, MA consultancy that uses specialized tools to measure and detect potential vulnerabilities in projects, programs, and initiatives. Also a popular and prolific blogger, writing the IT Project Failures blog for ZDNet. Frequently quoted by the press on topics related to IT management.

Mark Suster

Mark Suster

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2x startup Founder & CEO who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. His first company, BuildOnline was sold in 2005, his second, Koral was acquired by Salesforce.com and became known as Salesforce Content, while Mark served as VP Product Management. In 2007 Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner.  He focuses on early-stage technology companies, usually looking at Series A investment, and blogs at the aptly titled Both Sides of the Table.

Ofir Nachmani

Ofir Nachmani

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Cloud Computing Evangelist, Blogger and Lecturer at IAmOnDemand.com. Ofir has extensive experience helping ISV companies with cloud adoption and management. Today, Ofir is a Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Newvem. Prior to this Ofir led ClickSoftware's On-Demand initiative and established the company cloud offering. He also held several positions at Zarathustra - SaaS development, including the company CEO.
The thoughts are his own and don’t represent anyone or anything he is currently associated with.

Quinton Wall

Quinton Wall

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Director of technical platform evangelism at salesforce.com, and aspiring fantasy author. Regular speaker at cloud and developer events around the world, and an active contributor to open source projects and the developer.force.com community. When he is not working with the Salesforce Platform, building mobile apps, or writing books, Quinton can be found on twitter sharing his thoughts 140 characters at a time.

Randy Bias

Randy Bias

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Co-Founder, CTO at Cloudscaling.  Since 1990, Randy has driven innovations in infrastructure, IT, operations, and 24×7 service delivery. He was the technical visionary at GoGrid and built the world’s first multi-cloud, multi-platform cloud management framework at CloudScale Networks. He led the open-licensing of GoGrid's API, which inspired Sun Microsystems, Rackspace Cloud, VMware and others to open-license their cloud APIs. Randy blogs @ Cloudscaling blog, is recognized by The Next Web as one of the 25 Most Influential People Tweeting About Cloud, is frequently interviewed and speaks at dozens of industry events annually.

Robert Duffner

Robert Duffner

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Director of Salesforce1 Platform Mobile Strategy at Salesforce.com. Software product guy with 17 years experience at IBM, Microsoft as well as start-ups like Apigee and Apiphany. Robert's insights come from talking with customers and he hopes to convey this perspective.

Sadagopan

Sadagopan

Sadagopan is Global Vice President - Business & IT Transformation Services & Cloud Computing for HCL Technologies. He has led international teams and initiatives for large enterprises across many areas throughout the US, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa. Sadagopan's blog focus is on business, enterprise software, IT services, cloud computing, social media & web presence. LinkedIn TwitterFacebook

Chirag Mehta

Chirag Mehta

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Technology, Design, and Innovation strategist at the Office of the CEO, SAP,  focusing on technology and architecture strategy and strategic operational, product, and management innovation.  Adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University and San Jose State University with the department of computer engineering teaching graduate classes.  Frequent speaker at conferences, special events, Chirag blogs at Cloud Computing.

Zoli Erdos

Zoli Erdos

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Publisher / Editor @ CloudAve and Enterprise Irregulars. Industry Observer, Blogger, Startup Advisor, Program Chair @ SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs). In his "prior life" spent 15 years immersed in the business of Enterprise Software, at management positions with SAP, IBM, Deloitte, KPMG and the like.