Raghu Ramakrishnan serves as Chief Scientist for Cloud Computing and is responsible for the scientific innovation required to develop Yahoo!’s cloud initiatives, leveraging expertise in data serving, grid computing, storage, and virtualization technology. In addition, Ramakrishnan is Chief Scientist for Audience, and heads the Web Information Management group in Yahoo! Research. Prior to joining Yahoo! he was a Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was founder and CTO of QUIQ, a company that pioneered question-answering communities, powering Ask Jeeves' AnswerPoint as well as customer-support for companies such as Compaq.