My name is Brandon Watson, and I am currently work at Oracle (formerly Datalogix) leading our Enterprise Product team with a focus on our Measurement & Optimization products, ID Graph, and our Data platform. I have a real focus/passion on building great software products, and consider myself incredibly fortunate to have worked with some great product teams.
My first startup was AskMe.com, which was Yahoo! Answers about 6 years too early. We sold that business. After that, I changed industries to work at Soros Private Equity, where I learned a ton about the other side of the table, investing over $70 million, mostly in technology related businesses. Post Soros, I decided to take a management position at RLX, one of our portfolio companies. We sold that business in 2005 to HP. I then went on to found IMSafer, a consumer Internet company focused on protecting kids online, in early 2006, built the company up to 150K customers, and sold that business to a company in the UK in 2008.
After that sale, my wife and I wanted to get back to Seattle, and, quite honestly, with two kids under age three at the time, I needed some time to breathe. Once me we made the decision to return to Seattle, I found a great position at Microsoft working on the launch of Azure, and eventually moving on to building out the developer ecosystem for Windows Phone, and having responsibility for product management of the developer platform and developer tools. I had a great time working on Windows Phone, but was recruited away by Amazon to run product management for the Kindle reader software experience.
I have a very dusty engineering degree and an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA from The Wharton School of Business. I have to be honest, I’m not sure I’m using any of what I learned in school. 🙂
In my free time, I listen to music, read a ton, train for long course triathlons and mountain bike races, mess around with Python & C#, and, most importantly, spend time with my wife and three awesome kids.
You can follow me on Twitter. I can also be reached at blwatson [AT] gmail