About

Who Is This Guy?

Other people do crosswords for fun…I write AI apps in my spare time. I’m a father, a writer, an engineer, and an incorrigible tinkerer. I love building new things.

The career short story: I was Editor-In-Chief of the first Web magazine, and then started an NYC software development firm serving the Fortune 500. Eventually, I went to work for one of those big companies but never forgot my start-up roots. Somewhere in there I had a morning drive-time radio show.

Back in 1995 I made a bunch of bets about exactly what technology would look like in 2010, and I was mostly right. The question is, was I lucky, clairvoyant, or something else?

I have a formula, and it’s worked wonders for me because it helps me find the correct answer just about every time. But the secret sauce will be staying that way for now, keep the mystery alive.

And that’s been my reputation — an innovator — as a startup CEO, as a consultant, and as a manager in a big Enterprise tech operation. “When you can’t figure it out, call him.”

In basic terms, I am a master innovator with expert-level ability on the build side. I’ve worked on iron and design and everything in between, including buildings teams, processes and plain ‘ol fundamental business development.

Managing a process up to 90% with a minimal team, and looking good, is a skill in and of itself. I’ll stand by that. If I have to learn new languages, technologies, regulations or markets, so be it. I have resolved to never stop learning or tinkering. You’ll see product designs in my blog that may seem humorous, but they work.

The real trick was learning how to drive a team to scale that vision. Leading a bunch of personalities to bring the 90% to 110% is not only valuable, but in my experience, loads of fun. Seeing people love your product, wear your t-shirt, and get stuff done with your creation — there is no better feeling.

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What is This All About?

First things first: I’m not blogging for money so I won’t bend over backwards to make everyone happy.

For years I’ve been writing ideas in a little book, and realized they’ll never get anywhere if I hide them. There’s too much I want to say, try out, workshop, and share to do it in secret.

You get better at writing by writing more, so I’m setting a goal of one really solid ‘feature’ per week plus any number of fun pieces in between.

So, there will be a mix of articles ranging from been-there start-up advice to insanity like installing smart toasters in the cloud. I’ll also include some purely creative pieces — I like doing visual stuff so almost every illustration, chart, mock-up, photo, and video you see here is my own.

In the end I hope it’s a reflection of me, and that you enjoy it. As always, get in touch if you have something to say.

Experience

Past Clients, Startups, Products and Employers

Here’s a selected list of companies I’ve done work for (or in a few cases founded). Certain current engagements are not listed observing confidentiality agreements and such. If you want details, just contact me.

Media

Ink from the Past

Most of these are pretty old ink, but leading a cover story in a national magazine is leading a cover story in a national magazine. More will follow, and I’ll get these linked sooner or later.