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Brian Valentine


Brian Valentine

Henry Brian Valentine was born November 28, 1959 in Centralia, Washington.

After graduating high school in 1977, Brian enrolled in Centralia Community College[1] Upon graduating from CCC in 1979 with an AA degree, Brian enrolled in the University of Washington’s Engineering department.[2] Brian spent one year at UW, before taking a leave of absence in 1980.

In the fall of 1981, Brian enrolled in the Computer Science and Math school at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.[3] In his senior year at EWU, Brian was selected to develop the software for an automated energy management and control system.[4]

Brian graduated EWU with a BS in Computer Science in May 1983, and took a job as a software engineer at Intel,[5] working on software for in-circuit emulators, and major systems programming for Unix and VMS applications.

In August 1987, Brian resigned from Intel and took a position at Microsoft, when his former Intel colleague Paul Maritz invited him to join.[6] Brian spent the next 19 years launching some of the most widely used software products of their time. He led the team that launched Microsoft Exchange Server 4.0, 5.0, and 5.5.[7] As a result of his success with Exchange, he was personally asked by Steve Ballmer in 1998 to rescue the then-failing Windows 2000[8] project. In one year, Brian was able to successfully deliver Windows 2000 in December 1999. He then went on to lead the teams responsible for Windows XP,[9] XP SP2, Server 2003, and Windows Vista.

In 2006, Jeff Bezos invited Brian to join to help the company evolve its software systems into a world-class ecommerce platform.[10] After building and leading the eCommerce Platform team for 8 years, Brian left Amazon in early 2014.[11]

Brian joined Ivy Softworks, an Innovation Studio in Seattle, in September 2014. [12]


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