I am a technology executive specializing in disciplined growth and exits for startups. As a serial entrepreneur, I have been a CEO, CTO or VP for five different startups. I have led or been a key leader of three different acquisitions. I currently advise two startups and am open to positions on the advisory board of other small companies.
I’ve run engineering, sales, channels, product management, business development, and operations (finance, legal, HR). I can design and build a cloud strategy and infrastructure. I can carry a quota and close deals. I can analyze markets and design and execute on product strategy. I can read financial statements and close the books. I can negotiate legal terms and execute contracts. I’ve hired prospective candidates and I’ve fired employees that didn’t fit. I’ve seen success and I’ve failed many times. With this broad background, I can provide multi-dimensional perspectives to shepherd a company.
Where many engineers focus on building the best technology, I focus on building technology that works best. I blend my 18 years of hands-on technical skill with 15 years of business leadership and execution to right-size a company’s technology investments from seed stage through series C funding and beyond. I specialize in applications, databases, security and networking.
More importantly, I believe in the importance of great relationships, starting with your family. I volunteer my time to support children’s causes. I’ve had great mentors in my life, so I believe in giving back.
I blow off steam with sports, travel, photography and faith. I’m working on building a portfolio of my photography – stay tuned!
I was a real nerd growing up. I did a pretty good job of hiding this from my girlfriend (now wife) until she saw my high school yearbook.
I started programming in junior high school. I became a little obsessive with computers once I got an Apple ][ Plus after 9th grade. I learned dBase II and Clipper programming and started a database development business in 11th grade. I studied Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley and continued with graduate studies in Databases at Stanford.
Thankfully, I learned to appreciate people more than technology (my wife loves people and is not a techie). So instead of just talking nerd knobs with a bunch of propellor heads, I now focus on using technology to solve business and people problems.