Michael O. Slinn firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 415-367-3789
Natural Leader • Strategic Thinker • Strong Manager • Excellent Communicator • Entrepreneur
Zamples, Inc. – San Mateo, CA Nov 2000 to Feb 2005
Developed and patented innovative technology; founded startup to address a new industry category. A
favorable review of an early version appeared on the August 2001 on the IBM developerWorks
website. Filed ten US patents; intent is to license them when they issue.
M. Slinn Engineering Services, Inc. – Vancouver, BC 1982 to 1992
The company was an Authorized Third Party Software Developer for AutoCAD and 3D Studio.
Eleven proprietary software products were developed and marketed internationally in the areas of earth
science, mechanical engineering and cartography. The best seller, C-Line, captured over 90% market
share, and over 4,000 copies were sold at $295 to $595 each. Products were produced in English,
French, German and Spanish, for DOS, Windows, UNIX and Macintosh.
Thundering Herd Consulting, Inc. – Ottawa, ON 1976 to 1980
Technical software development and systems integrator. Turnkey systems were designed and
delivered for telcos using Intel single-board computers and custom systems software. Clients included
Mitel, Bell-Northern Research, Bell Canada, Northern Telecom and Telecom Canada.
I have mentored many people and worked alongside many entrepreneurs. Here are some of the
ventures that I have been associated with:
UWI (later PureEdge, now part of IBM) – mentored the young CEO and his team;
NCompass Labs (now part of Microsoft) – first user of their product, provided market positioning
Transium (now part of Yahoo!) – contract VP Engineering;
CCNS (sold) – serviced legal firms across Canada; assisted with strategic IT initiatives that gave the
company a competitive advantage and increased its valuation;
Paralogic (now part of NBC Interactive) – one of a two people team who built the first Java-based
The Internet Factory – literally wrote the book for the world’s first programmable web server.
Offers to buy the company came from Netscape and Microsoft, but the investors didn’t want to sell;
Acted in a variety of roles for startups, including CTO and VP Engineering. Performed product
management, product development and business development; assisted with the development of
business plans and technical strategy; designed Internet-based architectures, oversaw proof of concept
or created it; assisted in the definition of the corporate structure; introduced development processes and
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Retained by venture capitalists and investors since 1985 to research, analyze and evaluate potential
LITIGATION SUPPORT / EXPERT WITNESS
Provided litigation support and act as an expert witness for about a dozen cases, most of which have
been heard in US Federal courts. Have opined on intellectual property issues such as patent
infringement and theft; also opined on probable causes of failure for software development projects.
Following an investigation, I normally write a report, testify in deposition and am cross-examined in
court if the case goes to trial. My clients have won every case I have been involved with that went to
trial; most cases end shortly after I render my report.
During my 35 years in the software industry I have covered a lot of ground. Here are some of the titles
that I have worn:
NextSet Software, Inc. - VP Product Management
Borland Software Corporation - Sr. Product Marketing Manager
The Dialog Corporation - Senior Architect
Nabu Manufacturing Corporation - Project Manager
BCIT - Computer Science Instructor
Carleton University - Sessional Lecturer
Bell-Northern Research - Software Engineer
CADalyst Magazine - Staff Writer
Practical Sailor Magazine, Sun Microsystems, CADENCE Magazine, Network Solutions Magazine,
APEGBC Magazine - Freelance Journalist
Former mentor of young entrepreneurs for the National Research Council of Canada.
Participated in Simon Fraser University panel, evaluating student business plans (2007.)
Chairman of the Silicon Valley Ruby Conference for 2006 and 2007.
Former P. Eng. advocate; went into schools to show students how fun a career in science and
technology could be.
Co-founder and former president of the Vancouver AutoCAD user group.
Former board member of Ottawa Chapter of IEEE.
Bachelor of Engineering – Carleton University, Ottawa, 1979
Major: Electronics Minor: Computing Systems
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