Analyst Profile

Brian Blau

Brian Blau

Research Director

6 years at Gartner ,  24 years industry experience
Oakland, CA USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Brian Blau focuses his research on consumer technologies and markets. His advice covers technical and business strategies as they relate to important and popular consumer technologies, including consumer social networks, the video game market, mobile apps and OSs, the connected consumer, wearable devices and apps, virtual reality and augmented reality, and many other consumer applications and services. He also covers areas such as user interfaces, computer graphics, game and interactive design, and software and application development.

Areas of Coverage

  • Mobile & Wireless
  • Consumer Technologies


Previous Experience

Mr. Blau has previously held diverse technical and leadership positions in the computer graphics, games and social networking companies. He has made significant contributions in the areas of technology-driven in-game advertising, developer-supported social networks, and visual simulation and animation tools. He also has extensive software development experience as a software development manager and developer advocate, as well as a startup founder and business manager. Mr. Blau was an early VRML pioneer and helped establish early network-based 3D tools and technologies. In addition, he has produced trade and technical conferences, including the Electronic Theater, and other major venues at the annual SIGGRAPH conferences. He also has judged art shows and film festivals, has been published, and likes to give industry talks.

Professional Background

Autodesk, Software Development Manager, 5 years
Bluerock Technologies, CEO, 3 years
Double Fusion, Director of Developer Relations, 3 years


B.S., Computer Science, University of Central Florida, 1988
M.S., Computer Science, University of Central Florida, 1990