PHILIPPE PIERNOT, PH.D. (650) 924-1224


Innovative, hands-on executive with record of leading design and development of high technology products, improving processes and procedures to drive revenue, efficiency, and market share.
Results-oriented visionary with unique background in software engineering and design. Expertise in mobile applications and infrastructure, Internet technologies, eCommerce, Internet telephony, media streaming, enterprise software, systems integration, and product design. Strong strategic and long-range planning abilities; skilled in setting product and technology strategies in B2C and B2B environments. Diverse background covers engineering, user experience, innovation, network operations, quality assurance, customer support, and marketing functions.


Director Software Engineering

, Openwave Systems, Redwood City, CA
Brought on board to revitalize innovation at Openwave, a global software company delivering traffic management and messaging solutions to 100+ mobile and fixed-line operators. Managed advanced technology, user experience, and technical publications teams with staff of 25 employees across 3 global locations.

Director User Experience Design

, Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, CA
Directed design of Framework, a set of reusable AJAX-based user interface components, interaction patterns, and design guidelines used across APT, Yahoo!'s next generation digital advertising platform. Additionally served as Director of User Experience Design for Yahoo! Groups.

Founder and VP Engineering

, 995 SOFT, Palo Alto, CA
Founded and grew 995 SOFT into a leading developer and publisher of games, utilities, and reference applications for smartphones. Successfully sold company to Paris-based InfraWorlds and became VP Online Distribution.

CTO and VP Engineering

, Bertelsmann BeMusic / Myplay, Redwood City, CA
Recruited to facilitate sale of Myplay — a provider of digital music subscription and private label locker services — to Bertelsmann by overseeing due diligence efforts, reducing costs, and eliminating piracy.

VP Product Development

, Pagoo Communications, San Francisco, CA
Held full responsibility for the design, implementation, customization, and delivery of Pagoo's innovative Voice Over IP products and services. Pagoo is now part of RingCentral.

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

, Zowie Intertainment, San Mateo, CA
Spun-off the R&D project I was managing at Interval into a separate company. Zowie shipped its line of award-winning interactive toys to all major retailers Q3 1999. The company was later acquired by Lego.

Manager and Member of Research Staff

, Interval Research, Palo Alto, CA
Interval was Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s think tank and start-up incubator. Reported to CEO.

Research Scholar

, Stanford University (Knowledge Systems, AI Laboratory), Stanford, CA