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Summary:

On this weeks Structure Show podcast, Barb Darrow, Stacey Higginbotham and I talk about which speaker and topics have us mosted excited about this weeks Structure conference. Needless to say, theres a lot to like about it.

Barb Darrow Structure Data 2013
photo: Albert Chau

With Structure fast approaching (like, on Wednesday), the trio of Gigaom writers who helped plan it decided to use the Structure Show podcast as a vehicle for sharing their excitement about the show. We — conference chair Barb Darrow (pictured above), Stacey Higginbotham and myself — will also be moderating a fair amount of the on-stage discussion, which makes this a great opportunity to get a sense of what you’ll miss if you don’t attend or at least watch the live stream.

Here are some of the speakers and topics we’re most excited about, but you’ll want to listen to the whole thing for all the details on why we’re stoked and how these topics fit into the broader evolutions currently happening in both enterprise and webscale computing.

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The cloud kingpins

  • Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon
  • Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure and Google Fellow, Google
  • Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of cloud and enterprise, Microsoft
  • Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer (an IBM company)
Werner Vogels , CTO, Amazon.com

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels at Structure 2013. (c) Pinar Ozger

The webscale innovators

  • Jay Parikh, vice president of infrastructure engineering, Facebook
  • Raffi Krikorian, vice president of platform engineering, Twitter
  • Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, Intel
Facebook vice president of infrastructure engineering Jay Parikh. Source: Facebook

Facebook vice president of infrastructure engineering Jay Parikh. Source: Facebook

The data protectionists

  • Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel, Microsoft
  • Dan Kaufman, director of the Information Innovation Office, DARPA
  • Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO, CloudFlare
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Cloudflare co-founder and CEO Matthew Prince. Source: Cloudflare

The users

  • Mike Curtis, vice president of engineering, Airbnb
  • Chris Wiggins, chief data scientist, The New York Times
  • Francis deSouza, president, Illumina
Chris Wiggins. Source: Columbia University

Chris Wiggins. Source: Columbia University