A career at the intersections of software and content, tech and business
I’m Olivier Travers, an internet publishing entrepreneur in some fashion or other since 1999, following several years spent in software/IT sales. I’m currently CEO and co-founder of Watershed Publishing, a bootstrapped B2B digital publisher serving concise, useful, timely news and data to qualified audiences with publications such as MarketingCharts and Defense Industry Daily. Our revenue comes from a mix of advertising direct sales, paid subscriptions and reports. I also occasionally consult for other companies in the content/ecommerce/SaaS space.
My professional profile in further detail is available on LinkedIn.
Oliviertravers.com is my personal blog where I’ve inflicted technical and anarcho-capitalist blowhard rants on an unsuspecting audience since 2000. I contributed to a group weblog called TheEndOfFree.com from 2002 to 2005 which at the time was well known for its ongoing coverage of fee-based web services and paid online content. Other side projects and experiments have included the SciFan database of science fiction and fantasy authors, and the TaxPrinter file recovery service.
Olivier Travers and sites he contributed to creating have been referenced by news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Economist, Min’s B2B, Slashdot, the BBC, SearchEngineWatch, Clickz and Fast Company.
Born in 1971, Olivier graduated from ESSCA in 1993, a reputable French business school. He worked in sales and marketing positions at big IT companies such as Microsoft and AT&T in the nineties, then moved on to smaller internet ventures with the uneven but thrilling boom-and-bust track record shared by most online veterans.
Olivier is originally from France, lived in Germany, Italy and Portugal, and is currently based in Chile with his wife Sophie and their two children. He is bilingual in English and French, butchers Spanish with abandon, and has limited remnants of Italian, Portuguese, and German.