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Lars George has been involved with Hadoop and HBase since 2007, and became a full HBase committer in 2009. He has spoken at many Hadoop User Group meetings, and conferences such as ApacheCon, FOSDEM, QCon, or Hadoop World and Hadoop Summit. He also started the Munich OpenHUG meetings. Lars worked for Cloudera, as the EMEA Chief Architect, acting as a liaison between the Cloudera professional services team and customers as well as partners in and around Europe, building the next data driven solutions. Starting 2016 he is a co-founding partner of OpenCore, a Hadoop and emerging data technologies advisory firm. He is also the author or O'Reilly's "HBase - The Definitive Guide".