Title and Organization:
Oliver Sharp co-founded Highspot in early 2012 to help transform the way people find and share information. He was previously with Microsoft Corporation where he served as General Manager of Strategy, Server and Tools (from 2009-2012), and as the company's Group Program Manager for the Internet Platform and Tools Department (from 2001-2009). He had worked for Microsoft earlier, when a company he helped start--Colusa Software--was acquired by the software giant in 1996. In the intervening years, Oliver served as Chief Technical Officer of iTurf based in New York City, which he co-founded in February 1999 as a spin off of dELiAs, the nation's largest direct mail retailer to teenagers. In his role as CTO he defined the company's technical strategy and managed the teams that implemented it. Oliver received a B.S. from Yale University in both Computer Science and History, where he graduated summa cum laude with distinction in both majors. He then attended UC Berkeley where he was awarded an M.S. (1990) and a Ph.D. (1995) in Computer Science. While a graduate student, he worked at NASA Ames Research Center and was an affiliate researcher in the physics department at Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratory. He and his wife Erin live in Seattle, WA with their sons Patrick and Rowan. Oliver is a member of the 2000 class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.