About this Webinar

Let’s face facts: The negative economic and business impact of COVID-19 is growing exponentially. There have been massive job losses, extensive pay cuts, and to make matters worse, we have entered what is likely to be a protracted economic slowdown. One thing we can be sure of is that crisis often brings hidden opportunities. Savvy business leaders understand how to adapt their outlook and practices to tap into these opportunities, and align their organizations to weather the storm.

Udacity Founder and Chairman Sebastian Thrun sits down with Chet Kapoor, Chairman and CEO at DataStax and Sam Ramji, Chief Strategy Officer at DataStax, for an in-depth discussion on upcoming critical tech and business advancements, the new leadership agenda for a post-COVID economy, and to share anecdotes from their own professional experience.

What You Will Learn

  •  Qualities that define successful business leaders.
  •  How open source technology drives innovation.
  •  The leadership agenda for a post-COVID world.



Chet Kapoor
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DataStax

Chet Kapoor is Chairman and CEO of DataStax. He is a proven leader and innovator in the tech industry with more than 20 years in leadership at innovative software and cloud companies, including Google, IBM, BEA Systems, WebMethods, and NeXT. As Chairman and CEO of Apigee, he led company-wide initiatives to build Apigee into a leading technology provider for digital business. Google (Apigee) is the cross-cloud API management platform that operates in a multi- and hybrid-cloud world. Chet successfully took Apigee public before the company was acquired by Google in 2016. Chet earned his B.S. in engineering from Arizona State University.


Sam Ramji
Chief Strategy Officer, DataStax

A 25-year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji led Kubernetes and DevOps product management for Google Cloud, founded the Cloud Foundry foundation, has helped build two multi-billion dollar markets (API Management at Apigee and Enterprise Service Bus at BEA Systems) and redefined Microsoft’s open source and Linux strategy from “extinguish” to “embrace”.

He is nerdy about open source, platform economics, middleware, and cloud computing with emphasis on developer experience and enterprise software. He is an advisor to multiple companies including Dell Technologies, Accenture, Observable, Insight Engines, and the Linux Foundation.

Sam received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from UCSD in 1994 and is still excited about artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology.


Sebastian Thrun
Founder & Executive Chairman, Udacity

Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. As the Founder, President, and Executive Chairman of Udacity, Sebastian’s mission is to democratize education by providing lifelong learning to millions of students worldwide.