Brian Conte Advisory Board Member
...Brian Conte Member - Advisory Board
made hDC the first leading utilities company in the Windows workspace.Brian
is the quintessential entrepreneur, as well as a world-class software engineer who came out of the Windows OS group. Brian
has a demonstrated ability to start small, work smart, and make real money in a tough landscape.Brian Conte recently retired from his position as Chief Technology Officer and Principal Internet Strategist at Walker Richer & Quinn, one of the largest privately owned technology companies in the United States.Mr. Conte is an accomplished software engineer, entrepreneur, and business analyst.He
played a key role in operating system development at Microsoft
and went on to build successful software companies.
Along with Venture Foundry
, Mr. Conte
provides analytical services to Resonance Partners, L.P.
a Seattle-based "techology hedge fund" and to iStart Ventures of Seattle.Mr. Conte founded hDC, the first leading utilities company in the Windows 2.0 & 3.0 workspace.hDC
developed a number of innovative, award-winning products, including Power Launcher, the inspiration for Windows' Start menu.
In the face of a contracting and consolidating marketplace for such utilities, Mr. Conte
successfully restructured and redirected hDC
from a consumer products company into a firm addressing the needs of corporate IT.Mr. Conte
grew the renamed business (Express Systems) again into a leader in its field and successfully negotiated its purchase by WRQ
. Mr. Conte was also the key inventor in WRQ's first two patent applications - one of which was recently granted.Mr. Conte and Mr. London had worked together at Microsoft in the mid-1980's and have also worked alongside one another over the past 12 years (sharing office space at one time) as both the hDC/Express Systems and the ConnectSoft businesses matured.Mr. Conte is a member of the Seattle Alliance of Angels (an accredited investor forum) and is an active individual investor and consultant to new technical enterprises.Education: Brian Conte earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Cum Laude from Princeton University (1983).Mr. Conte
also fulfilled graduation requirements for a B.S. in Physics.