I was born in silicon valley in the 70s. I live in San Francisco with 2 girls and a lovely wife. I grew up in a sort of Who’s Who of silicon valley engineers not realizing until years later that these awkwardly dressed be-speckled men were literally changing the world. My dad is a retired high energy physicist from SLAC and my mom was a nurse at Stanford.
I’ve spent nearly 14 years working in the software industry, 11 at Oracle and 2+ at Ingres. I was a pre-med major in college and realized by about 2nd semester junior year, after 2 semesters of organic chemistry, I wasn’t going to pursue medicine. Something inside me said doctors(at least the good ones) are born, not developed. So….I found a new focus, software. It was 1995.
I started in project & product management on a couple different internal products at Oracle. With very little experience, I mostly learned on the job about software. I moved onto managing the first Oracle Appliance(aka Raw Iron) and then finished my tenure performing a “chief-of-staff” role for an engineering group focused on serviceability of software systems at scale.
At Ingres I’m I was a product manager for partner solutions and integration. I manage two software Appliance solutions based on Business Intelligence and Enterprise Content Management stacks. I also enable other ISVs to work with Ingres.
I’ve called this blog ‘Musings in the middle’ because I spend a lot of time there, operationally and figuratively. As a Libra, I’m sort of forced by the moons to judge and listen to all sides(or the meaningful ones) before reaching a conclusion. At work I spend a lot of time working with and planning with developers, but then an equal amount of time with sales, marketing and executives.
So here goes…..