Edward J. Cummings
Ed is a technology and IP business strategist with a track record of successfully building and expanding new business models for technology, trademark and media licensing. He was Director of Platforms Business Development at Microsoft Corporation, managing technology licensing and technology acquisitions for Microsoft business segments totaling 19,000 employees and $35 Billion in annual revenue. He drove the IP strategy effort for those 23 business units and managed the business side of IP conflict management, both offensively and defensively, particularly in the digital media, virtualization and security spaces. He also managed technology outlicensing for the University of Washington’s Computer Science and Engineering Department while at the University of Washington Center for Commercialization, launching startup businesses in cloud computing, energy and resource consumption management, and internet security. Before that he was Vice President and General Counsel of Multicom Publishing from inception through IPO, building a business model that brought content from Better Homes and Gardens, The Home Depot, American Express Publishing and Warren Miller, among others, into the digital arena. Mr. Cummings holds a Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.