David Williams


To make great software that people really like using, and in the process to build a great company that people like working for.


Experienced leader, engineer and innovator who has played a key role in the development of dozens of successful products used by 100s of millions of users.

Leader of engineering teams (development, QA, release, PM) from 3 to 50 strong.

Technical lead or principle developer on a wide gamut of products from development tools, system software, virtual machines and web browsers to creative tools, entertainment and education applications.

Holder of 20 US Patents in mobile, content delivery and development technology.


I have worked in many areas: mobile, IoT, web technology; virtual machine, computer language, and programming platforms; UI, multi-media, mapping and location based systems. A few keywords:

Work experience

Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA September 2018 - Present.

Descript, Inc. San Francisco, CA September 2017 - 2018.

Detour San Francisco, CA 2015 - 2017.

Sopwith Software. San Francisco, CA 2013 - 2017.

NOOK Media, LLC (a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble) Palo Alto, CA, 2011 - 2013.
Director of Software

Moteiv / Sentilla Corporation. Redwood City, CA, September 2007 - May 2010.
Head of Engineering, July 2008 - May 2010.

Senior Engineer, September 2007 - July 2008.

Danger, Inc. Palo Alto, CA, September 2002 - September 2007.
Director, Browser Engineering.

AvantGo, Inc. San Mateo, CA, May 1998 - September 2002.
Chief Engineer, July 2002 - September 2002.

Manager, Browser Engineering, July 2001 - June 2002.
Manager, Web Technology Team, July 2000 - June 2001.

Architect, Handheld Web Products, May 1999 - June 2000.

Senior Engineer, May 1998 - April 1999.

Netscape Communications Corporation. Mountain View, CA, Jan 1996 - April 1998.
Senior Engineer.

Kaleida Labs, Inc. Mountain View, CA, July 1994 - Dec 1995.
Staff Engineer.

Lucid Inc. Menlo Park, CA, May 1991 - June 1994.
Senior Scientist.

Hewlett Packard. February 1985 - May 1991.
Senior Software Engineer, Scientific Instrument Division,Palo Alto,CA, July 89 - May 91.

Senior Technical Support Engineer, Australian Software Organisation, Mar 88 - June 89.

Technical Support Specialist, Computer System Division, Cupertino, CA, June 87 - Feb 88.

Software Development Engineer, Australian Software Organisation, Feb 85 - June 87.

Other Interesting Hacks



Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering.

Activities and interests

My spare time is a mix of technology, arts and the outdoors. I enjoy listening to and playing music, hacking software and electronics, flying, motor racing, running, hiking and skiing.

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