Joel Bechtel

Harleysville, Pennsylvania, US

Entrepreneurial-spirited, pioneering technologist with 20+ years of executive-level experience.
Joel's Skills
Programming
Product Management
Business Development
Technical
Sales
Marketing
Management
Finance
Growth
Legal
Operations
Strategy
Recruiting
Public Relations
User Experience
Fundraising
Design
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

Age Group

36-55

About Joel

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I've had my own company for over 19 years. Early in 2014, I sold the majority of my self-started company (a leading vertical-market nationally-sold software product line) and now perform various types of contract work. I'm looking to start another venture but haven't found anything as of yet.

While most of most experience has been related to software development, I'm also good with IT as it applies to business needs and have a strong financial background. I have degrees in Engineering and Business.

I'm looking for someone with a great product to develop and has skills that would be complementary to mine (someone better at sales and marketing).

Please feel to contact me if you to discuss any opportunities you may have.

Update 1/2016: I've since started another startup in the FinTech sector which I plan on moving more into more of an advisory roles than a CTO role as the company gains more traction. I've also joined another Healthcare startup that won 1st place at the Connected Health Expo in Silicon Valley in December as their CTO.

Update 6/2017: I was an advisor for FinCap is an online marketplace for commercial real estate lending. *FinCap is now SmartAlto (a Y Combinator W17 graduate). I've been a CTO for Baby Doctor for over 18 months.

Work Experience

CTO

Baby Doctor

October 2015 - Today

Recruited to build and lead the technology development and drive strategic initiative for a HealthTech startup consisting of a world class team, advisory board, and investment circle. Established and implemented policies and procedures to comply with HIPAA along with managing the company’s intellectual portfolio. Recruited to build and lead the technology development and drive strategic initiative for a HealthTech startup consisting of a world class team, advisory board, and investment circle. Established and implemented policies and procedures to comply with HIPAA along with managing the company’s intellectual portfolio. • Collaborated with lead architect in architecting, designing and bringing the product including HIPAA compliance into production with both an EMR, e-prescription, SMS and credit card processing capability • Successful in taking primary business idea through all stages of development including launch in less than 9 months along with providing service to customers in ~ 100 zip codes in the Greater NYC and Northern NJ areas in less than 12 months • Successful in implementing secondary business offering through all stages of development including launch in less than 17 months along with providing service to customers in over 350 zip codes in the Greater NYC and Northern NJ areas • Built out team of 10 IT resources including an overseas Corporate office in ~1 year • Negotiated strategic alliances with several partners boosting our technical capabilities and facilitating our entrance into our markets including a 20% reduction in operating costs through vendor negotiations • Participation in landing (oversubscribed by 25%) Seed round financing by meeting with the investment community • Increased IT team output by 100% over 3 months while maintaining the same monthly expenditure

Advisor

FinCap (now SmartALTO)

September 2015 - August 2016

Privately held fin-tech company focused on commercial lending (Y Combinator W17 graduate). • Guided team in business planning and strategy • Assisted in the design and review of software design

President/CEO

Software Application Services

July 1996 - October 2015

Standardized Software Product Management (product line was sold off in February 2014) • Oversaw design, development, implementation, and support of a leading US-focused, vertical-market, enterprise-level software product line for the social service industry with customers in over 20 states that included barcode, biometric, webcam functionality, and HMIS compatibility • Managed development of 24×7 proactive system monitoring of the online version for high availability by utilizing automatic failover techniques and included a disaster recovery plan which resulted in 95% decrease of downtime and led to better solutions to reduce possible downtime • Increased deployment efficiency by 60% and virtually eliminated production deployment issues by establishing and improving release management processes • Negotiated and collaborated with third party vendors (i.e. barcode, biometric, etc.) to integrate products which enhanced product functionality by significantly reducing user input error and/or reducing data input time by 75% Custom Software Product Management and Management • Oversaw design, development, implementation, and support of 100+ projects in a variety of industries (food processing, food distribution, insurance, tourism, OSHA compliance, etc.) using a variety of technologies with customers ranging in size from $5MM to $400+MM • Onshore/offshore project experience managing 14 team members across 3 countries • Created standards/guidelines for business processes, workflows, and requirements specifications • Defined and communicated corporate plans, policies, and standards for the organization for acquiring, implementing, and operating IT systems • Lead strategic direction by developing and implementing long-range planning, product management and software processes • Responsible for management of customer’s corporate network infrastructures and core IT services • 7 years of experience with (Infor) SyteLine ERP, including over 40 Enhancement/Support projects predominately in the semiconductor industry • Business Development experience with large global multi-billion dollar, multi-national auditing/consulting firm

Education

Geneva College

B.S. Engineering

1994 - 1994

Geneva College

Bachelor of Business Administration

1991 - 1991

Geneva College

Associate in Engineering

1991 - 1991

Certification

MSCE

Accelerator/Incubator

Plug and Play Tech Center