Carpenter

Brad Carpenter, a former Microsoft general manager who left the company in October after a 20-year career, has accepted the CEO post at Newline Software. An angel investor and board member of the maker of online backup systems, Carpenter said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to work with Newline founders Kory Gill and Marius Nita.

“The technology that Kory and Marius have created to achieve 100 percent data privacy in the cloud is exciting”, Carpenter said. “Being able to work with Kory and Marius again, and turn this technology into a platform that any developer can use, to make their cloud solutions 100 percent private, is a great opportunity.”

Gill, who spent 18 years at Microsoft, started Newline after lightning knocked out power to his home. Full story here from last month’s Startup Spotlight: Lightning strikes (literally) to create online backup startup Newline.

At Microsoft, Carpenter helped lead the company’s Surface Computing product strategy. He also spent several years in the Windows Division, focusing on improving the quality of the PC experience.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Would be interesting to do a followup in 6 months and check in on the transition from a 20-year MS vet to leading a startup.  2 pretty different worlds.

    Honestly when I see resumes with that long a stay at Microsoft, unless they are from some very specific groups, it is generally an indicator of someone who has not been living their true edge. 

    • MSFT_is_losing_quality_people

      I had the opportunity to work with Brad at Microsoft for a short while and I can say the guy was full of impact and forward movement.  Being at MSFT for 20 years did not make him stagnant, but well rounded as he learned to communicate with very different leadership personas across different businesses.  This helped him develop his own personal leadership style (which was in the minority against the typical “type A / red” leadership style).  Needless to say he made an impact on me and was easy to learn from.

      I wish him luck in his new adventure.  And you are right, it will be a challenge coming from corporate culture to start up mode.

    • MSFT_is_losing_quality_people

      I had the opportunity to work with Brad at Microsoft for a short while and I can say the guy was full of impact and forward movement.  Being at MSFT for 20 years did not make him stagnant, but well rounded as he learned to communicate with very different leadership personas across different businesses.  This helped him develop his own personal leadership style (which was in the minority against the typical “type A / red” leadership style).  Needless to say he made an impact on me and was easy to learn from.

      I wish him luck in his new adventure.  And you are right, it will be a challenge coming from corporate culture to start up mode.

  • rainy days

    A GM at MSFT is a tough job to get and very hard to maintain.  You have to be at the top of your game.

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