The first ever CBR Top 30 Under 30 in Cloud recognises the best innovators and contributors to the Cloud industry.
Scott Gassmann, Accenture
Scott is a manager within Accenture’s UK Salesforce practice and leads the company’s Service Cloud practice. Scott is currently on shared parental leave following the birth of his first child, but prior to leaving, he worked across multiple industries, including Life Sciences, where he helped optimise cloud infrastructure for medical research.
Scott is very active in the Salesforce ecosystem and is hoping to be named as a Salesforce MVP this year. You may have seen him at the French Touch Dreamin conference talking about lightning files connect for document repository connection. You’ll also spot him in the Salesforce Trailhead zone at the Salesforce world tour, as well as smaller developer meet ups, where he plays an active role.
He is currently a key part of the organisation team for SurfForce 2017 “a Salesforce community event with a twist” which brings together the Salesforce community in an unusual way with a big focus on charity. See here for further information.
Scott can be found Tweeting @scottgassmann.
George Spencer, CEO, Rentify
The CEO and founder of SaaS platform Rentify, George Spencer has set about revolutionising the way that landlords manage, market, and make money from their
The 29 year old has helped build a company that provides numerous tools for landlords and it makes money by taking a cut of a properties rent, in return for managing everything around it.
The company formally launched in 2012 and has raised over $16 million with the backing of the likes of Balderton Capital.
Rebecca Garcia, Squarespace and Cofounder CoderDojo NYC
Named as one of Glamour’s 35 women under 35 who are changing the tech industry, Garcia has already made a big name for herself at just 23.
The developer evangelist at Squarespace, and co-founder of CoderDojo in NYC, is said to spend her time coding, working on community development and education during the week, while the weekend is for CoderDojo.
CoderDojo is an international non-profit organisation and Garcia helped to found the NYC chapter. Garcia runs workshops with around 100 young people a month and helps to teach them things like app development, game development and developing for the web.
Garcia also recently became the youngest ever person to receive the White House Champion of Charge Award for Tech Inclusion.
Rebecca can be found Tweeting @geekgirlweb
Ghada Fourane, Accenture
Ghada is a Senior Consultant in Accenture’s Salesforce UK practice. She is the company’s lead female developer in the under 30s age group and is on the way to achieving Certified Technical Architect (CTA) status.
She has worked on and led multiple projects across industry recently working at clients as diverse as a nuclear power station, the UK’s electricity transmission network and an organisation who license music to commercial properties.
She is not only an expert on Salesforce itself, but also many associated technologies such as FinancialForce, SpringCM and SteelBrick. She is a fantastic role model for younger female developers and will be a key member of the Accenture team over the coming years.
Ghada can be found Tweeting @Fourane.
Rob Bishop, Magic Pony
Magic Pony hit the headlines last year after Twitter paid $150m for the London AI start-up that Bishop helped to co-found.
The graduate of Imperial College London helped to create a machine learning company that makes high quality videos from grainy footage. Twitter plans to use the technology to enhance its live and video offerings.
The company’s patented technology is particularly good at enhancing image quality when it comes to video from mobile phones in poor lighting conditions, it’s also able to make pixelated images sharper.
In 2015 Bishop was named as one of the Financial Times Top 10 Technology
Entrepreneurs Under 30 and in 2016 he made it on to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Europe.
In addition to Magic Pony, Bishop also co-founded Intelligent Spatial Positioning and he was also a software engineer and evangelist for the Raspberry Pi Foundation after he was their first engineering employee in 2012.
Bishop can be found Tweeting @Rob_Bishop.
The former executive director for The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), Levin has been on the front lines when it comes to getting the UK Government to create policies that will help the UK’s tech sector.
The former government adviser, Levin worked to bridge the gap between start-ups and the government and has put pressure on the government to rethink things like immigration policies and has helped to lead delegations of start-up founders to Brussels.
Now working at Uber as a public policy senior analyst, he works with academics to collaborate on research and works on topics such as the future of urban mobility and regulatory reform.
Michael Grinich (28) Christine Spang, Nylas
Grinich and Spang, both 28, are the founders of Nylas, a platform built for app developers that’s focused on handling emails and protocols and takes care of the underlying infrastructure.
What this means is that the developers are able to focus on doing things like making their apps unique with excellent features, rather than spending a lot of their time dealing with the infrastructure.
Spang wrong the core mail synchronization engine and operates as CTO, while Grinich operates as CTO and wrote his thesis on the fundamental tools for syncing email while he was studying at MIT.
James Routley, Cloudreach
Routley is a systems developer at Cloudreach and is also the Head of Open Source. Recently, he has been the lead developer on the Sceptre project, alongside his day-to-day solutions architecture work.
Sceptre is a tool for automating and managing AWS CloudFormation infrastructure. It has recently been open sourced and the project and source code can be found on GitHub. James and his team designed Sceptre to make cloud deployments easier, faster and safer for both Cloudreach and the wider community.
Additionally, James built Ptolemy, a tool for writing simple AWS DMS mapping tables. He is the head of open source at Cloudreach, and has helped define company policies for publishing code to give back to the community. James has recently accepted an offer to study at the Recurse Center, and will be moving to New York to improve his coding.
Eric Duffy, Pathgather
The co-founder of Pathgather, Duffy has helped to create a platform that serves an extremely important function in the tech industry.
The idea of Pathgather is to help companies to educate their workforce while they are on the job, an important job when considering the growing skills gap that is impacted businesses across the world.
The company’s social network software gives bosses the tools to manage in-house education and to reward them when new skills are acquired.
The CEO of the company can already boast some of the biggest names in the industry as customers, with the likes of Twitter, Qualcomm and Walmart.
Adi Zellner, Wix.com
The head of mobile at Wix.com, Zellner has previously held the roles of Head of Product of Wix Hotels, which was the sites first fully integrated and verticalised industry solution for the areas of hotels, B&B, and holiday renters.
Zellner, a graduate of Ben Gurion University, was also the co-founder and CTO of Roomer, a company that focused on the travel exchange marketplace. She has also held a position at Magshimim in cyber education, which focuses on nurturing young talent in Israel.
In addition to these roles, Zellner also lead an R&D team in an elite Israeli technology unit that consults with companies in the defence and security industry as well as data mining research for e-learning systems.
Zellner doesn’t have a Twitter account but can be found on LinkedIn here.
Lynn Root, Spotify
Root started off her enterprise tech career at Red Hat in 2012 as an Associate Software Engineer before moving on to Spotify as first a Partner Engineer and then a Backend Engineer and now a Site Reliability Engineer.
Root’s jobs are vital to the reliability to one of the most popular apps, Spotify.
In addition to her role at Spotify, Root is the founder of the San Francisco Chapter of PyLadies, which is an international mentorship group that focuses on helping more women to become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community.
Root has also held roles as the vice chair and board member of the Python Software Foundation and has been a member of the Django Software Foundation.
The 28 year old is an active contributor on GitHub, which can be found here.
James Hall, Parallax
Hall has already amassed over a decade in the digital sector, is the author of the
popular jsPDF library, and is also the founder and director of Parallax.
Parallax is a digital agency that recently built an online recording studio for David Guetta and UEFA that used Serverless computing technology from Amazon Web Services.
Hall also helped to run AWS Meetups in Leeds, and helps companies around the world to build their businesses online, in addition to contributing and promoting the Serverless Framework.
Hall can be found Tweeting @MrRio
James Gill, GoSquared
Gill, who is the co-founder and CEO of GoSquared, which offers real-time user-level analytics for sites and apps, has been working on the company for over 10 years, which means that he was starting it when he was just 15.
Gill says that the majority of his experience lies in design and creation and his CV makes for interesting reading.
A graduate of the University of Exeter, Gill did two months’ work experience and the rest of his experience is with GoSquared. Far from being a criticism, it highlights the impressiveness of Gill’s achievements with GoSquared.
Geoff Wagstaff, GoSquared
Geoff is the CTO and co-founder of GoSquared and is dubbed the master of AWS at the business as he looks after all the back-end services under the hood of the company.
Like his boss and fellow co-founder, James Gill, Wagstaff went from university straight into GoSquared. However, Wagstaff follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest innovators throughout history by having not finished university.
Wagstaff was attending the University of Nottingham but left his electronic and computer engineering course in order to focus on the GoSquared business – a move that has clearly worked out for him.
Wagstaff can be found Tweeting @TheDeveloper.
Jessica Scorpio, Founder, Getaround
Scorpio is the founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Getaround, an innovative start-up that’s allows drivers to rent cars from private owners, and for the owners to rent them out for payment.
The company launched in 2011, after being founded in 2009, and has just raised $45m from Toyota, among others, in its Series C funding round.
The peer-to-peer rental model means that the company doesn’t own its own vehicles.
In addition to Getaround, Scorpio previously founded IDEAL, a not-for-profit network for entrepreneurs and young leaders.
The Canadian was picked in 2011 by the Huffington Post as one of the top female technology founders to watch and she was also chosen by Fortune Magazine as one of the top female entrepreneurs under the age of 25, as well as being one of the Forbes 30 Under 30.
The people on this list have not been ranked from in order, but have all been selected as the top talent in the cloud industry.