This is a blog of my rants and ruminations about the past, present, and future.
I’m Nat Brown, aka natbro, aka n@. I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and Palo Alto, California. I went to college at Harvard and graduated with a degree in Computer Science in 1992. I started working at Microsoft in 1990 as a summer intern, working as a developer on Microsoft Publisher, an entry-level desktop publishing application for the newest version of Windows at that time – 3.1. I wrote 16-bit and then 32-bit code, specializing in Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) and Component Object Model (COM) technologies. In 1995 I shifted over to the System Group and worked on OLE and COM as a technical program manager, then as an architect in the Systems Division working on long-term planning. In 1997 I co-designed COM+, a next-generation object model and set of language extensions which unfortunately turned into .NET, the CLR, and eventually C#. In 1999 while working on long-term systems strategy, I joined a small group of crazies and helped sell the idea of XBox throughout the organization and get it funded to the tune of $1B by BillG and SteveB.
I left Microsoft in late 1999 to spend all my time and energy on being present as a dad. Parenting is cooler and harder than Microsoft and any startup I’ve ever done.
I have joined and/or started a few startups since 2004. Some successful, like iLike.com, which was the #1 Facebook app in the early days, where I was CTO, sold to MySpace in 2009, and rel8tion, a mobile brand-advertising network & technology sold to Facebook in 2011. Others, less successful and lost to history
I currently write apps for iOS, do local angel investing, and consult with startups and sometimes larger companies about their mobile strategy.
I live in Seattle, Washington with my two cats, my two great kids, and my amazing wife, Tina, formerly a techie, now a talented midwife who owns and operates Center for Birth.