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INNOVATION ON DEMAND

I'm James, I partner with innovation groups and startups to build the best teams and products possible.
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MEET JAMES

 

I’m James Thomason. I’ve been building startup companies in Silicon Valley for twenty years, first as an engineer, then later as a hands-on innovation and strategy leader. My career started in the earliest days of the public Internet when my focus was on building infrastructure.

As the Internet grew, I moved on to software product development. For the last ten years, my focus has been on cloud computing and virtualization.  Right now my technical interests are in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science. I have always been passionate about user experience, product design, and team building.

I’ve led two cloud computing startups in the last few years to successful acquisitions.  My career track record as a startup leader and engineer totals $1.1B in value returned to investors.   Today, I engage with innovation groups and startup companies to help them build the best teams and products possible.

INSIGHTS

 

Are Developers Coming Back to Microsoft?

Are Developers Coming Back to Microsoft?

Developer interest in C# has declined sharply since its peak in 2012 according to data from the TIOBE index.  As one former .NET developer wrote back in 2015, this precipitous decline in due to the rise of cloud-native application frameworks and mobile platforms where...

Private Cloud is Undead

Private Cloud is Undead

As I was reading the recent article by preeminent cloud expert Bernard Golden predicting the long, slow demise of private cloud, I was reminded of the “Bring out your dead” scene in Monty Python’s Holy Grail.   In that scene, the old man who is still very much alive...

How Digital Advertisers Destroyed Themselves

How Digital Advertisers Destroyed Themselves

It’s one of those weird things. I can remember the exact moment when I stopped using Yahoo forever.  It was many years ago on the day that Yahoo placed a new and intrusive advertisement on its home page.  This particular ad was at the time beyond anything I had ever...