Alistair is an entrepreneur, author, event organizer and a Visiting Executive at Harvard Business School. He spends a lot of time understanding how organizations of all sizes can use data to make better decisions, and on startup acceleration. His particular fascination is with happens when the rubber of technology meets the road of technology.
Alistair has worked in tech most of his life as a product manager. He has also been directly involved in the launch of five major conferences: O’Reilly’s Strata; Techweb’s Cloud Connect; Interop’s Enterprise Cloud Summit; the International Startup Festival; and GigaOm’s Structure. Alistair has also spoken at a variety of other conferences, including Le Web, Web2Expo, IGT, Velocity, Lean UX, Enterprise 2.0, Mesh, and eMetrics.
Alistair has written three books on technology and entrepreneurship: Lean Analytics (2013); Complete Web Monitoring (2009) and Managing Bandwidth (1999) and contributed to a number of sites, including GigaOm, Mashable, and O’Reilly Radar. When time allows Alistair also writes for Tilt the Windmill, O’Reilly Radar, and Solve for Interesting.
In 1999, Alistair co-founded Coradiant, an early pioneer in User Experience Management acquired by BMC in April, 2011. Coradiant grew from Networkshop, a company Alistair founded with Eric Packman (a longtime friend and co-conspirator) in 1997. Alistair has also worked for 3Com Corporation, Primary Access, and Eicon Technology.
Alistair graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.Com (Honours) and an advanced major in Strategic Marketing.