Curriculum Vitae

Below you’ll find a quick overview of a wonderful and curiously-filled career of ups, downs, and side-to-sides; and to think that we’ve only gotten started!

Summary & Overview

I am (and have been) an entrepreneur, enterprise executive, award-winning indie app developer, angel investor, day trader, writer, educator, parent, and coach.

As startup founder and CEO I have bootstrapped / raised venture capital and relish the challenge of delivering products that people want with mission-driven, distributed teams and very limited resources towards large outcomes, with acquisitions of all sizes, including an exit to a Fortune 300.

As an enterprise executive I’ve built, designed, and deployed cross-functional teams to achieve strategic, long-term growth and I particularly enjoy using my technical skillset to communicate difficult concepts into understandable experiences.

And I’ve been fortunate to turn my 20+ years as a software engineer and designer into award-winning products, including 2 design awards from Apple for a macOS desktop app.

With 2 advanced degrees β€” including a Masters in Education β€” I love teaching, training, and coaching others to succeed. I try to apply these as a dad to one boy and two girls who have my heart entirely.

I am eternally grateful for so many opportunities to fail my way to meaning and purpose.

Work & Project History

  • Valkyrie AI (2024) β€” As Chief Product Officer I built the product & engineering workflows for a novel combination of LLMs and Knowledge Graphs. Raised $4.5m in pre-seed funding with customers like Call of Duty, Pandora, and the Department of Defense.
  • dotEARTH (2023) β€” Product Leader at a venture studio founded by Mark Pincus (founder / CEO of Zynga) focused on designing generative AI concepts using frontier tech like OpenAI (ChatGPT), Stable Diffusion, Midjourney, Hugging Face, Grok, and more.
  • SupportLogic (2023) β€” Their first-ever product leader (VP of Product) overseeing 3+ enterprise product lines using AI / ML / NLP (ChatGPT) tech. Raised $62M via Series B.
  • Heal.me (2023) β€” CTO tasked with scaling systems and team in preparation for pivot to fully-automated, self-serve SaaS and marketplace platform. Raised $2.8m.
  • Sats App (2022) β€” Head of Engineering / CTO building the first mobile neobank in Nigeria leveraging USDC rails; raised $3m+.
  • BTC Jobs (2022) β€” Job board, newsletter, and community for bitcoiners.
  • BTC.email (TBD) β€” Bitcoin + Email – Spam
  • Trading Bitcoin (2022) β€” Learn how to trade bitcoin perpetual futures.
  • YEN (’17-’21) β€” CEO / Founder, raised $4.1m+ for the first social “MEX” (Crypto Meta Exchange), pivoted to B2B “Community SaaS” for Bitcoiners.
  • Pinpoint (’16-’18) β€” Cofounder / Product / Evangelism, raised $16.5m+ for B2B engineering insights and analytics platform; acquired.
  • Desk (’13-’18) β€” Award-winning writing, blogging, and notetaking app for macOS; won “Best Apps of 2014” (and 2015) via Apple.
  • MNML (’16-’18) β€” Desktop app for Medium.com; featured worldwide in MAS.
  • YouTube (’09-’21) β€” Multi-channel daily vlog / livestream.
  • Blog, Newsletter(s) (’01-’21) β€” Wrote daily for 20+ years.
  • UP2398 (2016) β€” Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR); technical due diligence and coaching for portfolio companies while figuring out my next project.
  • EVE (’15-’16) β€” Founder / CEO; built a clever, automated Slackbot that automated HR (1099s, W-2s, I9s) for SMBs with machine learning.
  • Teeny Tokyo (’15-’17) β€” Image editing app for macOS.
  • Learn Capital (’15-’16) β€” Advisor, special projs, technical diligence, team coaching.
  • Projector (’15-’16) β€” COO / Product; mobile notifications and analytics; raised $4.5m.
  • Geneva Capital (2015) β€” Fundraising advisor, technical diligence, and strategy.
  • Zesty (’15-’16) β€” COO / PeopleOps, YC c/o ’14, raised $21m.
  • Assembly (2015) β€” COO / Product / Operations, YC c/o ’13, raised $3m.
  • The Iron Yard (’11-’15) β€” Cofounder, strategy, growth, and communications for the largest coding bootcamp in US; raised a small seed and grew to 15+ retail locations across 10+ states. Acquired by Apollo Global Management (Fortune 300).
  • Pressgram (’12-’14) β€” Crowdfunded $56k+ via Kickstarter.com for iOS mobile-social photography and blogging app. Raised an additional $300k.
  • 8BIT (’09-’13) β€” Founder / CEO of an award-winning WordPress theme and content network. Raised small seed round; product acquired by WooThemes (Automattic), omni-media acquired by WPEngine.
  • Action & Influence (’12-’14) β€” Cofounder and product for a team performance tool based on analytics and behavioral science.
  • ChairCo (2013) β€” Professional coaching and leadership consulting.
  • ChurchCrunch (’08-’13) β€” CEO / Chief Editor of the #1 tech blog / network for churches / non-profits. Acquired in 2013.
  • BoosterThon (2012) β€” CTO and special projects.
  • BlogCheck (’11-’12) β€” Web and iOS-based server monitoring. Acq. in 2012.
  • Twitch Technologies (’11-’12) β€” CTO for alternative keyboard technology.
  • SoChurch (’10-’12) β€” Cofounder and Chief Evangelist for a B2B SaaS communication / community platform for churches and non-profits. Raised small seed round.
  • BeaconAds (’10-’11) β€” Niche advertising network platform. Acq. in 2011.
  • Church Analytics (’10-’11) β€” Real-time web / mobile analytics. Acq. in 2011.
  • Milk Engine (’08-’13) β€” Web consulting, strategy, and technology.
  • North Point Ministries (’08-’10) β€” Creative Director overseeing a number of technical projects including the 1st online broadcasting service in its class.
  • Gospelr (’08-’09) β€” Christian / non-profit twitter-like app, using Twitter’s API. TechCrunch’d and then acq. in 2009.
  • DateCraft (’07-’08) β€” Dating website and social network for World of Warcraft players. Kotaku’d, Mashable, et.al., and then acq. in 2008.
  • Second Adoption Media (’07-’08) β€” Social network for adoptees.
  • Fox, NewsCorp (’07-’08) β€” Executive Product Director overseeing M&A; purchased Beliefnet and large editorial network.
  • Dell Technologies (’06-’08) β€” Developer, product manager, content producer.
  • Lord’s Church of Austin (2007) β€” Youth Pastor, preacher, and babysitter for K-12.
  • Life Multimedia (’06-’07) β€” Boutique web design and marketing agency.
  • Starbucks (’05-’06) β€” Part-time Barista, pulling shots like it’s going out of style.
  • FedEx, Kinkos (2005) β€” Copier and back-room paper boy.
  • Patient Care Technologies (2005) β€” Local network engineer.
  • Internap (2005) β€” NOC engineer; got my CCNA / CCDA for routing / networking.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (’01-’05) β€” Various jobs from copying VHS lecture tape decks to rewriting class registration software and web design manuals for staff. Worked in the Economic Improvement Dept. building web-based education for their ISO9000 / 13000 standards in Macromedia (Adobe) Flash. Tutored english to the football team, worked the Help Desk at the library, volunteered at the “Sound Room” and taught breakdancing / hip-hop on the weekends.
  • Johnson & Johnson (’99-’05) β€” I worked as an intern and contractor building web tools for Acuvue.com before and during college.
  • Publix (’97-’01) β€” Bag boy to stock to garbage disposal and cart retrieval.
  • Joseph’s Pizza (’00-’01) β€” Cashier, front-of-house, and waiting tables.
  • JS Computer Repair Company (’97-’01) β€” Fixed local SMB computers / networks.
  • Boar’s Head Deli (’99-’00) β€” Prep, cut, and serve deli meat.
  • PakMail (’98-’99) β€” Cashier and mail package packager extraordinaire.
  • Panera Bread (’98-’99) β€” Prep cook and dish washer.
  • Melkior Design (’97-’99) β€” My first real company! Built .html websites and flash games while modding Unreal Tournament maps and hacking King’s Quest.

Education

  • Dallas Seminary (’06-’12) β€” Masters in Education and Masters in Biblical Studies, focus on team dynamics, performance, and the tech-driven pedagogy.
  • Prepare / Enrich (2008) β€” Certified marriage / pre-marriage counseling.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (’01-’05) β€” B.S. Science, Technology, & Culture
  • The Bolles School (’97-’01) β€” Senior quote: Kaizen.
  • American School in Japan (’94-’97) β€” Where I fell in love with the internet.

Volunteer Experience

  • Mentor, Blue Startups β€” Serving entrepreneurs strategically succeed in their accelerator cohorts (and beyond).
  • Coach / Speaker, University of Hawai’i β€” Helping younger engineers think bigger and more broadly about their careers.
  • Soccer Coach β€” Earned “G” and “F” Coaching License(s) through The US Soccer Federation; coached youth and U7 / 8 co-ed soccer teams.
  • Youth Pastor β€” Preached 4 times a week and mentored / loved-on a small community of 50+ humans for a Korean Church.
  • TEK Styles β€” Hip-hop and breakdance instructor.
  • Defy Ventures β€” Coach and mentor to EITs (“Entrepreneurs in Training”).

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