Brian Valentine

Henry Brian Valentine (born November 28, 1959) is a software executive. He held positions at large companies including Intel, Microsoft and

Early life

Born in Centralia, Washington, he graduated high school in 1977, and 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, Valentine enrolled in the Computer Science and Math school at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.[3] In his senior year at EWU, Valentine was selected to develop the software for an automated energy management and control system.[4]

He 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, Valentine resigned from Intel and took a position at Microsoft, when his former Intel colleague Paul Maritz invited him to join.[6] He 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, Valentine 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, Valentine moved to join[10] where he worked, built and led the eCommerce Platform team for 8 years, leaving in early 2014.[11]


Valentine joined Ivy Softworks, an Innovation Studio in Seattle, in September 2014.[12] He is also the senior investor and acting V.P. of Operations for WISErg Corporation. WISErg Corporation is a Redmond-based startup that takes food scraps from the back end of grocery stores and restaurants and turns them into a nitrogen rich organically certified liquid fertilizer.


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