Lars is building scalable web applications since 2000, and got involved into Hadoop and HBase at the end of 2007. With his previous company WorldLingo, he had one of the first HBase clusters in production. He is now a Solutions Architect with Cloudera and helps customers come to terms with Big Data challenges. He is also the O'Reilly author of "HBase - The Definitive Guide", as well as regular speaker at Hadoop related events around the world. He is a committer for both Apache HBase and Apache Whirr.