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Bradford Stephens is Founder and CEO of Drawn to Scale, who created Spire, a distributed database with real-time queries and fulltext search. His passion for scalability is reflected in many talks at conferences, articles, and on the Program Committee for O'Reilly and GigaOm conferences. Prior to this, he was Lead Platform Engineer at Visible Technologies, a Social Media BI company. Bradford also spent time at Microsoft (SQL Server team), in politics (Presidential and U.S. House campaign manager), and music (metal guitar). He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Political Science. His blog on scalability can be found at roadtofailure.com, and is @LusciousPear on Twitter.