Atlanta, Georgia, US
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Founded 2+ startups
I've been a software engineer, startup founder and entrepreneur for almost 30 years, having created both private and public companies on both coasts including Silicon Valley and right here in Atlanta. My specific talent is the ability to bring leading-edge technology solutions to a raw idea along with creative insight, business strategy, and rapid execution to incubate new ventures - from napkin idea to launch to growth to exit.
Right now I'm looking for a new challenge to pursue. I'm on the hunt for the right combination of partner and idea, market size and potential. In addition to technology build and execution, I can also bring other talent, time, my network of relationships, and a headful of common business sense and experience to give our next endeavor a head start.
Former exits... Bytewise (industrial automation), Datasoft (fintech), iLumen (D&B for private companies), RocketStream (accelerated data delivery), Voyant (broadband for airlines), Leadblossom (high performance data search), Davinci (multi-channel marketing), CUTC (hospitality), HotFlock (hotel normalization technologies).
I love SaaS, mobile, dashboards, streaming, big data, analytics, smart people, low hanging fruit, great ux, industries screaming for next generation solutions, killing legacy products, and blowing customers (and investors) away.
After having had discussions with a great number of founders from this site, I need to provide this guidance...
I'm presently not interested in (a) joining a larger "founding" team that already has a complex cap table and looking to replace their tech founders (or tech escapees) unless you're willing to revisit the cap table, (b) inheriting an existing MVP or platform (I'd rather create from scratch) (c) building a complex solution for free (at my cost, which is typically $150,000-250,000 for starters) and handing over the IP rights to an unproven team or individual (expect a JV model or lien on the tech until you perform as well), (d) participating in any venture that does not have a researched and validated revenue model, and lastly (e) working with any founder that does not have direct subject matter expertise in the problem at hand (otherwise we have to go find that expertise and that puts the venture at risk).
Finally, I'm always willing to listen, learn, and help in any way I can. I've been around the block, I know how this process works, and I've started companies in a garage with nothing but a keyboard and sold them for millions. I'm eager to share my knowledge. When we connect, you're going to want the pitch from me, and I'm happy to meet you, explain my background, share my experiences, and then we can get into the meat of the matter; but be prepared to pitch me as well. Truth is, you have an idea, and possibly a prototype right now. That's not much. Unless you've got seed or Series A funding sewn up, you're potentially cash poor as well; yet you're looking for a tech co-founder that has top-tier qualifications and mounds of experience. You need to be realistic. Technology is not simple, easy, or free to develop - certainly not high quality technology which is the only thing I'll be involved in, so you need to treat me (and other tech co-founders) much like you would a VC, because we're putting in hard and soft dollars to bring your venture to life. Time is my most valuable commodity at this juncture and I'm not interested in pro-bono work.
Serious people with expertise in their field or industry, that see and understand a true market opportunity, already have a rolodex of relationships, customers to call upon to validate a concept, and a little cash and security stashed away to spend time on the idea. If you're serious, let's talk. If you're dreaming, unrealistic about what it will take, looking for free labor to build "anything", and your only attractor is a piece of paper for fractional interest in a napkin idea, I'm not your pick.
The journey is the reward. - ..Mr. Steve Jobs
January 1989 - December 1992
Automation solutions based on software and hardware-based laser management platforms for the tire industry. Acquired.
January 1992 - December 1996
Fintech startup providing fraud detection, check management, and regulatory compliance software. Acquired.
January 2002 - December 2006
Startup focused on real-time video telemetry and accelerated file transfer using proprietary data packet delivery system. Acquired.
Founder / CTO
January 2006 - December 2008
Public company, technology holding company, developing next generation broadband systems for commercial airlines. Rolled up.
January 2009 - December 2011
Stealth mode startup incubating high speed data search and intelligence systems.
January 2011 - December 2013
Startup based around high speed data search, fulfillment, and multi-channel outbound marketing systems. Acquired.
January 2014 - November 2017
Discount travel platform for national credit union members. Acquired.
January 1996 - Today
Startup partner and software development boutique. We build gorgeous, scalable products.
Georgia Institute of Technology
BSEE / First Startup in College
1984 - 1988
2015 - Today