Edward A. Oates co-founded Oracle Corporation, which was started as Software Development Labs along with Larry Ellison, and Bob Miner in August 1977. Ed Oates graduated with a BA in mathematics from San Jose State University in 1968. He worked at Singer, the US Army Personnel Information Systems Command (PERSINSCOM), Ampex, and Memorex before co-founding Oracle.
He retired from the company in 1996. He is currently a member of the board of advisors of Auguri Corporation and Gloolabs, in addition to volunteering his time on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Zoological Society and the Tower Foundation Board of San Jose State University.