I’m Jensen Harris—entrepreneur, product experience and design guy, software developer, device geek, writer, coder, musician, hacker, father.
Currently, I am co-founder and CTO of Textio, a Seattle-based startup bringing easy-to-use text analytics to every business.
I have led teams through some of the boldest and most innovative user interface projects in the world, including the now industry-standard Ribbon user interface for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote; the widely-copied e-mail user interface used in Microsoft Outlook; and the Metro UI for Surface tablets. My teams helped bring visual creation into Microsoft Office and the cloud into Microsoft Windows. The user experiences I created are used every day by more than a billion people.
I led the Microsoft incubation team responsible for imagining and building next-generation hardware and software breakthroughs for Windows Phone, Xbox, Windows, and new kinds of devices.
I love everything about the creative process of designing beautiful, useful, and forward-thinking products. Design together with real-world engineering is the ultimate marriage of science and the humanities. Nothing is more rewarding to me than creating a product that is cohesive, elegant, and delightful. Craftsmanship is in the details.
While I went to arts school and my formal education was in music composition, I’ve been coding all my life. As a developer, I have published apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and Windows Phone.
Here are some recent videos, talks, and writing I have been involved in.
My résumé details my recent experiences if you would like to take a look.