Spokane, Washington, US
Spokane, Washington, US
First time founder
I have deep software development experience, both in fairly mainstream technologies and rather esoteric ones. I'm a veteran of many startups, sometimes as the first employee, sometimes a bit later. As a startup person, being a jack-of-all-trades comes naturally, which can mean doing software/system architecture, back-end development, front-end development, operations, even tech support. While I've owned consulting businesses, I've never had a product-focused business. Right now, I'm looking for a great idea to turn into a reality. And I'm looking for someone with the business chops ... drive, knowledge, wisdom, strategy, contacts, ideally money, but above all, hustle, that it takes to make something out of nothing and convince the world it needs it.
I have very broad interests in business, and know a little about a lot of things - finance, accounting, management to name a few. My time in MBA programs wasn't entirely misspent. I am interested in being involved at some level in all aspects of a business. But with tech as my core competency, I would be excited to design and build a product from the ground up, lead a fledgling development group, and be part of the core management team as a CTO/co-founder.
I don't have any particular product category in mind, but something "green" and/or serving a social good, while still being profitable, would catch my attention more than other ideas might. But something merely revolutionary ... an airbnb or an eBay for example, could also be intriguing. I'd like to see a clear monetization strategy ... not just "we'll get bazillions of users now and worry about that later" or "we'll put ads on the site". Something B2B with a founder with deep experience and contacts in the target industry would be great.
Some things you should know:
1) I won't sign an NDA just to hear ideas.
2) I'm looking to be a Gates to your Allen, a Woz to your Jobs. I'm not looking for a work-for-free-for-a-small-slice-of-equity gig.
3) Please, no "starting a company on the side" efforts. I won't have a day job and neither should you.
4) Until there's sufficient profit to pay salaries, I'll be working remotely from you, except perhaps in the highly unlikely event that you're in Spokane, Washington, USA.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BS Computer Science
1940 - 2006