Re-imagined the digital photo frame and built device specifically for life’s whitespace moments. Created “Pandora for your Memories” service on proprietary photo/video crawler...more + recommendations. Built world-class team of 8 including software & hardware engineering, UX design, industrial design.
Zvents (sold to eBay)
VP Product and Engineering
2010 - 2012 (about 2 years)
Turned around and shepherded search startup to an exit (my mandate when hired). Replaced both VP Product and VP Engineering (two separate roles) and rebuilt team from 5 to...more 25. Operated event search used by Bing and all US newspaper groups—touching 75 million unique people/year.
3Jam (sold to Skype)
Founder and CEO
2005 - 2009 (about 4 years)
Created group messaging service used by millions of people and with viral distribution engineered in. Recruited, led and managed a world-class team of 20 across all business...more and technical functions. Raised $5.5 million in venture funding across two rounds of funding from NEA and Norwest Ventures.
2004 - 2005 (about 1 year)
Early stage seed investments in 10 startups (including TubeMogul and Aggregate Knowledge). Board level strategy consulting and OnePhone/VoWiFi product concept development...more for NTT in Japan.
Drove key user interface improvements in Palm’s email product. Developed product concepts for new entertainment (music and video) focused wireless devices
Mobile & Location Services Product Consultant
2000 - 2002 (about 2 years)
Published Introduction to Mobile Location Services with Prentice Hall worldwide in 2002. Developed PRDs and coded reference apps & Java SDK for a Sun location services...more investment. Responsible for marketing/sales of a European business launch of a Ford location services investment.
Founder and CEO
1996 - 2000 (about 4 years)
Boostrapped to profitability, personally delivering $1 million a year in sales of two enterprise web publishing software products I built from scratch. Raised $1.75 million...more venture funding and achieved cash flow positive business. Recruited, led and managed a team of 25 across all business and technical functions.
Passionate entrepreneur and product management executive. 20 years of experience founding, funding, and leading venture funded startups. I was the CEO/Founder of 3jam (sold to Skype) and more recently I rebuilt the product/engineering team at Zvents and sold them to eBay.
I took over both VP Product and VP Engineering roles at an events search startup that was struggling, rebuilt the product and engineering team from 5 to 25 and sold them to eBay while also managing a saas platform and content systems that serviced 75 million annual unique users for Bing and every major newspaper group in the country.
I'm passionate about connecting people--something that developed from moving a lot as a child. It forced me to get good at building relationships, and is the reason why all the products I've created or managed are focused on new and better ways of connecting people, from web publishing to group mobile messaging to event search to photo and video sharing.