James Whittaker

James Whittaker’s career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies and starts in 1986 as the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. James then worked as a freelance developer, most notably for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, and Cisco, specializing in test automation. He joined the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology where he established a prolific research and publication record in software testing and computer security. In 2002 his security work was spun out of the university into a startup which was later acquired by Raytheon.

James’ first stint at Microsoft was in Trustworthy Computing and Visual Studio. He then joined Google as an engineering director and led teams working on Chrome, Maps and Google+. In 2012 James rejoined Microsoft and led the development of the Bing Information Platform and Cortana before becoming Microsoft’s first Distinguished Technical Evangelist. He is now teaching at MBA programs in England and the United States and keynoting conferences internationally. 

James is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought after speaker and author. Of his eight books, two have been Jolt Award finalists and two are best-sellers. Follow him on Twitter @docjamesw and at his website docjamesw.com.

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