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Symon Perriman is a technology leader
and entrepreneur based in Seattle who currently manages
FanWide as their President
& Founder, and
as their Vice President of Business Development. Symon
also serves as an executive technical advisor for several
enterprise software and hardware companies.
Symon is an internationally
recognized business leader, industry expert, author, keynote presenter and
technology personality. His content gets viewed by
millions of IT Professionals each year, across digital, print,
online and social media, and he has established or managed
business operations in over two dozen countries. Prior to joining the startup
world, he spent eight years at Microsoft, working with
multiple teams, including engineering, evangelism, technical
marketing, product planning, and cloud computing.
Symon holds numerous
technology patents and over two-dozen industry certifications and
Microsoft MVP (Datacenter & Cloud), Microsoft Certified Trainer, MCSE Private Cloud, and
VMware Certified Professional. In 2013 he co-authored
"Introduction to System Center 2012 R2 for IT Professionals"
(Microsoft Press), has contributed to five other technical
books, and co-hosted the weekly 'Edge Show' for IT Professionals. He graduated from Duke University with degrees in Computer
Science, Economics, and Film & Digital Studies, and also serves
as a technical advisor for several startups.
He taught himself to develop websites in 1997 before taking
formal classes, had his first job in the tech industry in 2002, and
began working at Microsoft in 2006 on the File Server team.
He spent 2007 through 2011 on the Windows Server
High-Availability team as a Program Manager for clustering and
virtualization technologies. From 2011 through 2015 he was
Microsoft's worldwide technical lead for virtualization,
datacenter and management as a Senior Technical Evangelist.
In 2015 he left Microsoft to join the startup world, taking an
executive role with 5nine Software and launching several of his
Symon graduated from Duke University
(North Carolina) where he was an active member of the Beta
Theta Pi fraternity and the Vice President of the Duke Investment
Club. Symon graduated with a double major (B.S.) in Computer Science
and Economics, as well as receiving a Certificate in Film, Video and
Digital Studies. He also took additional classes in computer science
and business at Johns Hopkins University (Maryland) and in economics at
the London School of Economics (England).
He enjoys technology, college basketball,
NFL football, UFC, foosball, Frisbee, classic rock, electronic
music, movies, modern art, classic painting, blackjack strategy,
juggling and other ‘circus arts’. His favorite pastime is
traveling, and he has visited over sixty countries across six
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