From 1990 to 1992, Kent was the Director of Development at Saber Software. He began there as a software developer, writing about half of the product that eventually took Saber public. He built the development team from 3 to 30 people including software developers, testers, and documentation specialists. Saber Software went public in April 1994 at a capitalization of $40M.
From 1992 to 1999, Kent worked for Microsoft, where he held a number of different leadership positions including responsibility for all Microsoft consultants devoted to retail clients in North America. In addition to P&L accountability, he also had worldwide strategy responsibility for the implementation of Microsoft products from the time a product left the distribution warehouse until a consumer bought it. He was involved with every channel from traditional brick and mortar retail to e-commerce. Among numerous other awards, he was recognized as a Microsoft “Manager of the Year” in 1998.
Kent’s leadership roles in different industries allow him to draw upon a unique blend of talents and skills. His depth of experience aids him in coaching CEO’s on the important aspects of growing a company. Because of his technical background, he has the ability to understand the probability of a product being developed on time and on budget. His sales and marketing background gives him the ability to gauge the probability of a product being accepted and purchased by potential customers and distributed by potential partners.