Portrait of Ed Doran

Ed Doran

Principal Program Manager, MSR Labs Management


My focus is helping great insights and ideas evolve into compelling products.

I started out as a scientist, trained as a researcher, and ultimately fell in love with applying those skills to creating new products and businesses. I joined MSR from the Cortana team where I co-founded the product, lead product planning, and lead some targeted AI innovation and ecosystem projects (e.g. ambient "smart" home, connected and intelligent cars, modern productivity in the enterprise, new intelligent devices).  Prior to Microsoft, I lead insight strategy teams for Yahoo!, helping build new products and better businesses across search, browse, rich media, and ecommerce. And even before that, I lead market research, user research, business intelligence, and management consulting teams focused on applying research to make the organization smarter and better (e.g., new product design, pricing and distribution strategy, brand and marketing).  Farthest back in the reaches of time, I lead various scientific projects including molecular biology & recombinant DNA, complex environmental sampling, new hardware innovations, and statistical modelling.  Finally, I hold a Ph.D. and a deep love of coffee.