Pushing The Limits of Web Browsers … or Why Speed Matters: @InfoQ
"Lars Bak presents several language virtual machines (Self, Strongtalk, Hotspot), why they matter and how they influenced V8 and Dart. His talk is centered on performance."
Before V8, he also worked on Java HotSpot VM, the one that made Java viable language,
and that is still in wide use today
After V8, he is working on new web language Dart,