Simon Palmer’s blog

Job History

CTO at Empathica Inc.— Jun-2010 – Current
Senior technical member of the management team at Empathica responsible for IT infrastructure, Software development, Products and Architecture.

Senior Technical Advisor at Clusters Ltd — Jul-2006 – Jun 2010

Founder and IP developer/owner for Market Segmentation specialist company. Developed unique algorithm for market segmentation and created Clusters as a vehicle to exploit its potential in the arena of Marketing and Customer Segmentation. Clusters currently employs 5 people and turns over 0.5M GBP and is growing 30% YOY – even in the current difficult times. I effectively act as a non-Exec Director and continue to advise on consulting studies and company technical strategy.

Consultant and Advisor at Ravensbeck Ltd. Feb 2009 – Oct 2009
Ravensbeck are a boutique consulting, investment and deal brokering company specialising in providing services to businesses in the media industry. I assisted with a comprehensive strategic consulting study for a major UK charity with a strong presence in publishing and education. I also conducted a review of their pricing and recommended a wholesale review of practices, strategy and levels. I have also performed technical due diligence for several of Ravensbeck’s investment opportunities.

Technical Director at Dialectyx Solutions Ltd. — Jan-2007 – Jan-2009
Founder and Technical Director of Strategy Formulation startup. Responsible for all aspects of software design and implementation. Commissioned and managed development with out-sourcing partner in Mumbai, India. Conducted strategy consulting projects in conjunction with software sales. Dialectyx has now become the business consulting practice of OneSource in London.

Director, Software Development at Cognos Inc. — Apr-1997 – Jan-2007
Managed global software engineering teams developing products for leading BI company. Involved in all aspects of product development lifecycle, direct responsibility for hiring and management. Built products and teams from scratch. Largest team 85, smallest 4.  See my bio for more information.

Technical Director at Right Information Systems — Jan-1994 – Apr-1997
Founded software/consulting company developing mathematical modelling tools for complex non-linear problems based on Neural Networks. Grew RIS to 1M GBP turnover and 12 staff before acquisition by Cognos Inc of Canada in April 1997. Responsible for all technical direction and development activity. Board member and founder. Conducted consulting engagements for clients alongside software development role.

Equity Derivative Developer at S G Warburg — Jun-1990 – Jan-1994
I was a developer on the new-fangled Equity Derivative desk for S G Warburg based in the City of London. My job was to write pricing and risk calculators for derivatives, especially options, swaps and futures. This was an emerging feature of the equity market at the time.

Software Developer at Cumulus Systems Ltd — Sep-1988 – Jun-1990
My first Engineering job out of University. I was a developer working on Fixed Interest trading and settlement software being sold into most financial institutions around at the time

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