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A Digital Creative Agency located in Seattle, Washington. We specialize in HIGH END BESPOKE WEBSITES & APPS
With over 45 projects delivered to some of the biggest brands in the world 8ninths has both the knowledge & experience to create a solution that meets your customer needs.
Software Design is like fashion, one day it’s parallax, the next day flat is the new black. We follow these trends and set our own.
With 25 years of consumer product development for Microsoft, our team KNOWS development. No project is too big, too small or too complex.
As CTO of NASA I was charged with finding creative ways to connect the online public with our missions. The 8ninths team think like the most creative of marketers and execute like the most seasoned engineers.
Our Creative Technologists are the most talented folks we know. Passionate, Smart and Dedicated to Excellence.
As an individual with an insatiable curiosity and a knack for truly creative problem solving, Adam began his career as a developer at IBM’s Hursley Park Research Laboratory in his native homeland of the United Kingdom. In 1995 he joined a small Silicon Valley based start-up named Intersé Corporation, shortly to become Microsoft’s 16th acquisition following Hotmail.
With a passion to shape the emerging internet, Sheppard joined the newly formed MSN with Product & Program Management leadership roles for Hotmail, MSN Mobile, MSN Auto’s, MSN.COM & MSN Spaces and over 10 patent filings.
As technical consultant for the MSN Branded Entertainment and Experiences Team (BEET), Sheppard was charged with finding the ‘secret sauce’ that would exceed an advertisers expectations, delight consumers and show what could be done on the web to meet a brand’s objectives. He actively participated in pitches to Fortune 500 CMO’s and CTO’s gaining unique insights into their businesses and customers.
Until September 2008 Sheppard worked in Former Microsoft CTO, Ray Ozzies’ team as Director of Strategic Business Development for Microsoft Live Labs building external partnerships and driving revenue through licensing programs.
As a founding member of the Lab, he was responsible for establishing the Live Labs brand, identifying, evaluating, and proposing new concepts and opportunities, strategic and tactical product planning, and formulating innovative Go-To-Market strategies for the most cutting edge technology at Microsoft including the revolutionary ‘Photosynth‘, heralded at launch as ‘Demo of the year’.
In September 2008, Sheppard left Microsoft to co-found ‘8ninths’ with long time colleague and friend, William Lai. Focused on incubating new consumer technology businesses and helping marketers reach audiences online, the duo conceive, fund and build innovative web and mobile services.
When not in front of a computer, Adam is behind a camera focussing on conceptual, street photography and fine arts.
William Lai is a multi-disciplinarian with a firm belief in effecting positive changes thru creative use of technology.
He wrote his first computer program at a department store computer kiosk, printing obscene messages in an infinite loop, ranting against ‘The Man’.
William started his professional software career working with the Pentagon & intelligence community. In 1994 he joined Microsoft to enable touch interfaces for computer peripherals such as printers, copiers, and fax machines.
A pioneer in the development of instant messaging, William led the development team that was nominated as a “Legendary Development Team of Microsoft” releasing MSN Messenger. He grew the service to become a cornerstone of the Microsoft web offerings. Ten years later, the technological infrastructure he invented is still being used to connect 350+ million people around the world.
Believing that the free IM movement should make money too, he started up a monetization follow-up to Messenger, called Microsoft Alerts, that leverage the untapped asset of the hundreds of millions of IM users. Partners such as eBay, Citibank, ESPN, and MSNBC sent billions of customer care messages using Alerts in a very cost effective way.
William participates in his community as a City of Bellevue Planning Commissioner, and volunteering at Literacy Bridge to help eradicate illiteracy around the world.
In life, William believes in: the creative freedom to experiment; the insatiable need to create; and the never-ending need to simplify, simplify, simplify.
A full service digital agency with years of experience we are passionate about creating digital experiences that delight.
The digital world is an exciting and constantly evolving marketplace. We live and breathe the emerging web and can help you make solid, data driven decisions on your strategy.
Responsive, Fresh, Clean & Contemporary. We focus on the latest trends and match the right look and feel to the audience we’re trying to reach.
From Web, to Tablets, To Augmented Reality & Wearable Computing. We are world class engineers with both in house development and highly specialized developers within our network. Almost all our work is undertaken within the US by trusted, quality engineers.