He first developed an interest in standards initiatives with American Express in the 80's, where he was a business analyst responsible for delivering IT projects nd services across Europe, the Middle East and Japan, with significant local customisation in each market.
Between 1987 and 1996 he worked in the London Insurance Market, where he was involved in EDI standards making, electronic commerce, and the first adoption of web-based multimedia for reporting on hurricane and typhoon risks.
Gordon has been a professional Internet consultant since 1995; in the first dot-com boom he helped create a startup by brokering relationships between the chair of an IETF working group, an entrepreneur and telecoms investors. He is also a part-time academic with SPRU Science and Technology Research, where he teaches IT policy and strategy. He is currently writing up a PhD thesis on the role of standards in innovation, and the economics, sociology and politics of standards-making bodies in the Internet economy.
Gordon enjoys participating in Kendra because it offers him a chance to apply his PhD to real problem-solving in an important industry. His long-term ambition is to claim his enormous record collection as a tax-deductible expense :-)
Gordon's Skype name is 'socialtechnology'