New York, New York, US
New York, New York, US
Founded 2+ startups
Mentor, Advisor, Entrepreneur, Artist, Holder of the belief that we can do better.
I provide leadership coaching to individuals and teams, and for certain projects (see below) I take on a senior role within organizations to help them grow and align them with their global purpose.
I have 27 years of experience in senior operating roles leading high-growth companies through progressive stages of development (series A through mezzanine). In addition to serving as interim executive, advisor, and board member, I've also founded five companies for which I've raised in excess of $250 million in venture capital and returned over $1.4 billion in value.
As an alternative asset investor I've focused on investments and M&A for companies in the technology sector, with a specific focus on VoIP, large-scale, ultra-low- latency, network and communication technology. More recently my focus has been on AGI, machine learning, cybersecurity, IoT, quantum computing, and blockchain.
Early in my career, I co-founded and was CEO of IGA Worldwide, the first and largest dynamic in-game advertising company. I also co-founded and was CEO of Heliotrope Studios (sold to THQ, Inc. NASDAQ THQI), and later founded and lead Axiom8, a pioneering converged-network communications company that was instrumental in the development of the standards and protocols used today in VoIP communications, as well as video compression and VoIP to PSTN connectivity that now enable multimedia communication in large-scale environments.
I've served as a special advisor to multiple US federal agencies, congressional committees, and military leadership on issues of policy, doctrine, process, and technology toward the development of a comprehensive, national cybersecurity strategy. I've also helped establish and support public/private partnerships between the US State Department, the GSMA, multiple NGOs, and global infrastructure partners to deliver mobile broadband services to underserved populations in underdeveloped countries in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe.
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. - Marcus Aurelius
January 2009 - Today
Coaching and strategy for individuals, teams, and organizations. For individuals: I work one on one with people who want to connect with a deep sense of purpose that will help them excel in every area of their lives. For Teams: The work I do at Seedstage is predicated on the belief that people and culture are the nucleus of successful enterprise. I act on behalf of my clients to create purpose-driven, innovation-powered teams that are focused, agile, and operate as cohesive, high performance units. For Organizations: I craft and communicating a clear vision that integrates strategy with a functional working model. I then work closely with internal teams, or (where there is a need) assemble teams of exceptional people, and aligning them with the resources they need to excel at turning great ideas into outstanding results. Website: www.seedstage.org
DeBere Capital Partners
March 2017 - September 2017
Lead the expansion of London-based Private Equity firm into North America. Oversaw all aspects of management and operations (corporate formation, legal, compliance, and building a team of partners and senior partners in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Boston) of a $1.8B portfolio.
Acting President and COO
August 2015 - January 2017
Took on senior leadership role to augment team in time of significant growth and transition. Helped establish and support public/private partnerships between the US State Department, the GSMA, multiple NGOs, national and regional mobile carriers, and global infrastructure partners in order to deliver mobile broadband services to 3 billion underserved people in underdeveloped countries in Africa, Asia, South America, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
January 2007 - February 2009
Assumed role as CEO of failing business. Identified areas where business was hemorrhaging capital and refocused expenses to align with critical business drivers, reduced burn rate by 70%. Developed strategy to dramatically grow network and drive down cost of advertising inventory, which resulted 500% growth and 66% increase in gross margins. Worked closely with sales staff to develop a strategy that drove sales pipeline from $140,000 annually to over $12M.
Senior Advisor and Operating Partner
Tipping Point Partners
January 2006 - January 2007
Prepared portfolio companies and moved them toward securing institutional capital investment and liquidity events.
Co-Founder and CEO
IGA Worldwide, Inc.
January 2003 - January 2006
Founded advertising technology company that opened up advertising channel of over 500 million users in 35 regional markets across three continents. Closed $17 million in Series A (led to $25 million Series B, and $30 million Series C). Established global footprint by acquiring Japanese and UK-based competitors and orchestrating merger with European competitor.
Co-Founder and CEO
January 1998 - January 2002
Founded pioneering converged-network communications company. Closed $10M in Series A. Led development of prototype technology and extensive pipeline of Fortune 500 customers, including Siemens, GE, The Hartford Insurance Company, Met Life. Provided a 350% return on invested capital in 4 years.
Heliotrope Studios, Inc.
January 1994 - January 1999
Started new game development studio to meet the growing need for high-quality, cost-efficient consumer game production. Grew company from 12 to 180 developers. Orchestrated the sale of the company to THQ, Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) for a greater than 5-to-1 multiple over revenue.
Co-Founder and CEO
Changeling Software, Inc.
January 1990 - January 1994
Founded software publishing company with internal development studio to create consumer entertainment for personal computers. Led the design and development of the game franchise Pax Imperia. Secured $1.5M to fund development, managed budget to exceed expectations by 30% while delivering an award-winning product. Grew sales from $0 to $52M in 4 years, launched publishing unit, and released a series of award-winning titles (Pax Imperia, Space Madness, PegLeg, Ares, Avatar); sold Changeling Publishing for a 3-to-1 multiple and retained the highly profitable Pax Imperia franchise; negotiated distribution deals in 25 countries and established highly profitable relationships with international licensees for localized releases.