Alistair is an author, entrepreneur, and conference organizer with a background in startups, Internet technology, web performance and analytics, cloud computing, and human-machine convergence.
Alistair is a founding partner of Montreal-based Year One Labs; an advisor to several technology startups and investor groups; an executive at CloudOps; an advisor to various technology venture firms; and the founder of the Bitnorth conference.
He co-founded startup accelerator analyst firm Bitcurrent (acquired by CloudOps in 2010); startup accelerator Rednod; web performance management firm Coradiant (acquired by BMC in April, 2011); and Networkshop, a research firm from which Coradiant was born. He has also worked as a product manager for 3Com Corporation, Primary Access (acquired by 3Com in 1995), and Eicon Technology.
Alistair is the content chair for Cloud Connect, the industry's largest cloud computing event; the track chair for cloud computing and the Enterprise Cloud Summit at Interop; and the co-chair of O'Reilly Strata, which focuses on big data, ubiquitous computing, and new interfaces between humans and information. He also helped launch the International Startup Festival, an annual event on the business of entrepreneurship held in Montreal.
Alistair is a frequent contributor to a range of technology publications, and has written for GigaOm, Informationweek, Mashable, Forbes, and O'Reilly Radar. He has taught at industry conferences such as Web2Expo, IGT, Interop, Structure, Enterprise 2.0, Velocity, Mesh, WebExpo, and eMetrics on the subjects of cloud computing, startup acceleration, web analytics, and Internet performance.
He's worked on three books on technology: Web Operations (2010, O'Reilly), Complete Web Monitoring (2009, O'Reilly) and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks (1999, Prentice-Hall). Most recently, he co-authored the bestselling Lean Analytics, a companion to the Lean Startup that focuses on startup metrics and how to use data to build a better business faster.