Managing Director at General Catalyst,
former VMware CTO
CTO and Co-founder, ClearSky Data
2016 will witness a major shift in IT infrastructure. Watch this panel discussion with former VMware CTO Steve Herrod along with ClearSky's CTO, Laz Vekiarides, as they explore the disruption, growth, and cloudification of storage – and how storage will keep pace with enormous changes at the application layer.
Steve focuses on companies aspiring to deliver significant advances to developers and to computing infrastructure. The thornier the problems, the better! He is an active board member at Daddo, Illumio, Menlo Security, Runscope, and ThreatStream, and loves working with other General Catalyst companies as well. He is also active with HeavyBit Industries, a community for developer-centric entrepreneurs.
Prior to General Catalyst, Steve was CTO and senior vice president of R&D at VMware. He worked on the underlying technology in graduate school and joined the company in 2001... what a journey. He had an incredible experience building a world-class engineering team with 3,000 people, delivered numerous industry-changing products, and achieved over $4 billion in annual revenue. He also played a role in more than 20 acquisitions. Steve wants to help new companies achieve similar success, with an eye particularly toward building world-class engineering teams and strategic product plans.
Prior to VMware, he was heavily focused on the lowest levels of the hardware/software interface. Examples include co-leading the development of an x86-compatible CPU using “Code Morphing” at Transmeta Corporation, and helping architect the MIPS R10000 processor at SGI.
Steve graduated with a Ph.D. and MS degree in computer science from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. He's from Dallas (Go, Cowboys!) and lives on the Peninsula with his wife and three kids.
For over 20 years Laz Vekiarides has served in key technical and leadership roles delivering breakthrough technologies to market. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of Software Engineering for Dell's EqualLogic Storage Engineering group, where he led the development of numerous storage innovations and established the EqualLogic produt line as a leader in host OS and hypervisor integration.
Laz joined Dell from EqualLogic, which was acquired in early 2008, where he was a member of the core leadership team - playing a role in the company's early success as a Senior Engineering Manager and Architect for the PS Series SAN arrays and host tools. Prior to EqualLogic, Laz held senior engineering and management positions at several companies including 3COM and Banyan Systems.
An occasional blogger, Laz frequently speaks at industry conferences, particularly in the areas of virtualization and data storage. He holds several storage technology patents, as well as BSEE from Northeastern Unversity, and MSCS from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.