As founder, President and Chief Operating Officer, Donald Thompson leads Maana’s product vision, oversees technology and product management, and is responsible for building and delivering cutting-edge solutions to Maana’s customers, some of the world’s largest corporations. With over 25 years of experience delivering high-profile, large-scale software and services, Donald has worked closely with top executives at Fortune 30 companies to develop and implement computing strategy across an array of industries, including oil and gas, health care, finance, retail, and travel. Prior to Maana, Donald spent 15 years at Microsoft as director of engineering, architect, and development manager within multiple divisions. He founded Bing’s Knowledge and Reasoning Team (project Satori); was co-founder of project Arena, which shipped as the SQL Server 2012 Semantic Engine; created Microsoft’s first contextual ad delivery system, spanning multiple international data centers to deliver over 14 billion targeted ads daily and generating $700MM annual revenue. Donald also oversaw numerous incubations in Microsoft Research and Windows.
Prior to Microsoft, Donald was architect for a financial services startup, lead developer on a cellular billing system, and an independent consultant working on 3D graphics and physics engines for computer games.
Donald earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oxford. He has authored several technical publications and holds an array of patents covering data, wireless, search, and other technologies.