Driven by my passion to move the world towards clean energy, I have immersed myself in the study of peak oil, climate change, sustainable energy and electric vehicles. Combining my people and technical skills, I have been responsible for the financial results of four companies and have 15 years experience starting, managing and selling high-tech companies and 20 years of experience managing development teams both within the U.S. and offshore.
My ideal job would have this weighting:
RealMealz helps people eat healthier by providing online meal planning for fast, easy and healthy meals.
Roles: Responsible for creating the site architecture, database schema, server deployment and scaling.
Achievements: Created the site using Ruby on Rails, JQuery, CSS and MySQL. Did scaling tests on Amazon EC2, RackSpace and Heroku. Deployed on Heroku using Amazon S3 for picture storage and Amazon CloudFront for static asset caching.
Xythos develops simple document and file management software, designed to reduce the cost and improve the security of managing and sharing enterprise information.
Roles: Responsible for the direction of all existing Xythos products, conceiving new product ideas and guiding the development, testing and release of the company's products.
Achievements: Turned around the product planning process from being developer driven to focusing on customer and market needs. Designed a more mature development process that included feature specification and development and release milestones. Directed the release process for WFS 4.2, which was the company's first on-time release. Established a user interface committee and initiated a customer forum. Researched various compliance regulations including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA, Sec Rule 17, 21 CFR Part 11, Common Criteria EAL, DoD 5015.2 and wrote specifications on what functionality was needed to be fill these requirements. Independently learned and wrote Java code using a new installer technology that was lauded and adopted. Rewrote the Xythos product demos to focus on benefits and real business use cases which became the company standard. Managed relationships with SAS, Blackboard, Stellent and other consulting partners. Identified, researched and guided acquisition of the technology behind the Xythos workflow engine. Participated in trade shows, gave webinars and spoke at seminars.
Roles: Responsible for the development of the WebFile Server Client product. Managed a full time off-shore development team, provided product direction, technical sales support and managed OEM relationships.
Achievements: Coordinated the OEM customization for Stellent and managed the relationship resulting in $750k of license fees from 2002 to 2004. Reinitiated contact with Oracle and SAP that lead to a technology license of $3.5 million. Managed an offshore team of 7. Identified and mentored my replacement who successfully took over all responsibilities of the client technology.
The mission of TeamStream was to connect virtual teams online. TeamDrive, the company’s flagship product, turned the Internet into a securely shared hard drive. Sold all assets to Xythos in 2002.
Roles: Conceived product, raised funding, directed offshore development, managed local team, sold assets to Xythos.
Achievements: Conceived product, name and slogan. Negotiated, reviewed and assisted writing various legal agreements including: asset purchase, license, escrow, joint development, etc. Directed offshore development team of 7 which saved approximately $600k. Raised $365k. Guided TeamStream through the dot-com crash by cutting expenses drastically and maximizing every revenue potential while not missing a payroll and eventually selling the company for terms which preserved the investors investments.
An offshore development company located in the Czech Republic that developed hardware and software computer security products, web utilities and Internet virtual drive technology. Sold to Xythos in 2002 and became Xythos Czech s.r.o.
Roles: Founder and owner.
Achievements: Researched locations for an offshore company and selected the Czech Republic because of its good infrastructure, availability of technical people and low costs. Recruited the initial manager and development team. Setup financial controls and communication methods. Successfully sold the hardware IP developed there along with the development staff. Later, sold the company to Xythos which continues to grow this company and use it for product development, QA and international marketing.
MaxLock developed computer and Internet security products. Its popular WebPasskey program, which automatically filled in password and contact information on web pages, was sold in 2000 to iChoose and the rest of its assets, including its high-performance IP core products, were sold in 2001 to CAST.
Roles: Founded this company and managed its development, sales and marketing. Found buyers for its technology and negotiated their sale.
Achievements: Conceived WebPasskey, MaxLock encryption board and high-performance PCI cores. When the lead hardware developer left, took over debugging of MaxLock board and successfully completed it. Moved development offshore to Euclio, which saved approximately $300k. Transitioned hardware developers from schematic entry to VHDL. Licensed Netscape form-fill technology to IBM. Sold WebPasskey to iChoose in 2000. Sold IP core to CAST in 2001.
MSD developed and marketed several software and hardware solutions for floppy disk duplication. It was the leading supplier of PC-based floppy duplication products in the 90s. The assets were sold to CopyPro in 1999 while the staff formed the basis of TeamStream.
Roles: Founded this company and initially did all the work including conceiving and developing its products, designing its sales and marketing programs and doing its accounting. As the company grew, hired and managed staff to perform these functions, then negotiated its sale.
Achievements: Conceived DiskDupe software and the Allegro controller board. Wrote most of the code for DiskDupe using object oriented techniques and low-level hardware interfacing. Managed the creation and production of the Allegro controller. Developed the world's first quad-speed simultaneous double-sided (4xSDS) floppy drive controller. Solicited and negotiated OEM licenses with the majority of diskette autoloader manufacturers worldwide including Trace, CopyPro, Rimage, Champion, Ashby, Mission Six and LSK Data Systems.
InsMark provided life insurance illustration software to life insurance companies and agents.
Roles: Responsible for the development, support, QA, and production of the company's products. Assisted with trade shows, seminars and prospect presentations.
Achievements: Was the fourth employee of InsMark and participated in the growth to over 30 employees and $5 million in revenue. Rewrote product in Turbo Pascal and developed a template mechanism to facilitate creation of new illustrations. Built and managed a team of 9. Hired, trained and mentored the person that eventually became the president of InsMark.