Erick Watson currently serves as the VP of Product Development for Quantarium, where he drives commercialization of the company’s extensive patent portfolio in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence technologies. Erick has over fifteen years of experience in software product development and professional services.
Before joining Quantarium, Erick served as Chief Product Officer at Trensant, a natural language processing start-up, where his team was presented with the Gartner Group’s “Cool Vendor” Award for Content and Social Media Analytics. Prior to Trensant, Erick spent several years at Microsoft, where he led successful initiatives in research & development, competitive strategy, and market development.
Erick serves on the advisory boards of several early-stage startups operating in the Greater Puget Sound area, including Socedo, a Twitter-based CRM company; TimeXtender, a Danish data warehouse automation provider; and GAEMS, a console gaming hardware manufacturer.
Erick obtained his B.A. in Linguistics from Louisiana State University, and was an Associate Professor of English at Xi’an Jiao Tong University in China. A published author, he has contributed to books and articles on technology and culture. Erick is a speaker at conferences and summits on the topics of business culture, innovation, competition, and intellectual property in the software industry.