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Jonathan Pasky
DevNetwork, Executive Producer & Co-Founder

Jonathan Pasky is Executive Producer & Co-Founder of DevNetwork, the world's community for technical professionals, producing conferences for the software engineering, IT & tech industries, with 70,000+ community members and 25,000+ annual attendees. Jon is also a patent attorney, having practiced law for 10+ years, a new dad, and he has his BS in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and minor in humanities from Valparaiso University.  

Emily Freeman
Microsoft, Principal Cloud Advocate

Emily Freeman is a technologist and a storyteller who helps engineering teams improve their velocity. As the author of DevOps for Dummies and 97 Things Every Cloud Engineer Should Know, she believes the biggest challenges facing developers aren’t technical, but human. Her mission in life is to transform technology organizations by creating company cultures in which diverse, collaborative teams can thrive. Emily is a principal cloud advocate at Microsoft and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Jason Simpson
Choice Hotels, Vice President, Engineering

Jason Simpson is a global technology leader with over 25 years of software development and IT experience across start-ups, government and large public companies. 

Mr. Simpson, Vice President of Engineering at Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), leads the company’s IT Infrastructure, Operations and Corporate Technology organizations. He is currently driving the teams to adopt best-in-class Saas solutions, like Zoom, Salesforce, migrating homegrown applications to the cloud, and looking for game changing technology that will help drive value for the business. 

Prior to joining Choice Hotels, Mr. Simpson was the Chief Technology Officer for the State of Arizona, where he authored the state’s Cloud First policy and drove technology transformation. Mr. Simpson was instrumental in unifying over 30 state email platforms onto Google’s GSuite, over 30,000 accounts were migrated at a cost savings in the multi-millions for the taxpayer. He also drove migration of many applications to the cloud, while ensuring Arizona has more cloud applications running on Amazon Web Services than any other state in the union. 

In 2020, Mr. Simpson joined Menlo Ventures CxO group to help find and advance new novel technology. 

Mr. Simpson holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University and an MBA from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. After college Mr. Simpson worked as an engineer and engineering leader at companies such as Inter-Tel and GoDaddy.

Alex Hesterberg
Delphix, Chief Customer Officer

Bringing 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Alex leads the Delphix customer success team and works with all business units to deliver on a customer-centric strategy. Over the course of his career, Alex has been responsible for scaling professional services, technical support, sales/pre-sales, channel, and customer success organizations at rapidly growing technology companies. Prior to Delphix, Alex held executive and go-to-market leadership roles at Turbonomic, Pure Storage, Riverbed Technology, and Symantec during their years of hyper-growth. Alex holds a BA from Georgetown University and resides in the Boston area.

Cory Virok
Rollbar, CTO, Co-founder

Cory is the CTO and Co-founder of Rollbar, the leading SF-based continuous code improvement platform. He is an experienced technical leader, who is passionate about innovation and creating world class teams and products. His expertise lies in engineering leadership, scalability and performance, software architecture, rapid iteration and AB testing. Prior to founding Rollbar with Brian Rue in 2012, Cory served as the Director of Engineering at Lumos Labs and Lolapps. Cory earned a BS in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


Join DevNetwork Executive Producer & Co-Founder Jonathan Pasky moderating this Fireside Chat with featured speakers on the topic:


  • What new emerging tech trends are you most excited about, and why? For example, Microservices, serverless, containers and Kubernetes, artificial intelligence, etc?

  • What are the major challenges in modern software development: Maintaining old code? Staying on top of new languages? How are you solving these challenges?