Jim is a developer who has spent a large part of his career helping people understand complex, emerging technology. He is passionate about distributed systems, data and open source technologies. He is also a startup-aholic and loves building apps and new communities. He is currently the VP of Product Marketing at Cockroach Labs and has helped build companies like Hortonworks and CoreOS. Jim has a BS from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a MS from Carnegie Mellon University.