My career has been spent at startup and early stage companies, in leadership and hands-on roles, building technologies and prototypes into commercially viable offerings. I’ve seen most of the product, people, and process challenges faced by such enterprises.
As a leader, I specialize in scaling an organization and pursuing excellence: removing ambiguity, getting organized, and judiciously introducing process to make the team effective. More importantly is making sure the team has the right people and that those people are completely supported.
As an engineer, I love designing and building quality products that solve problems. I believe in the power of technology to do the impossible. I know none of that matters if a product fails to meet users’ needs, is late to market or fails to generate a profit.
While most of my career has been spent in engineering, I’ve worked in product management, marketing, and sales. I take great satisfaction in working with those teams to serve customers.
Vice President, Engineering • Yesware, Inc.
Yesware provides a SaaS offering which helps salespeople improve their productivity. The service is available through the web, iOS devices and Microsoft Outlook.
Built team from 1 to over 20 outstanding engineers.
Helped grow company from 0 paying users to tens-of-thousands of paid seats. Helped grow annual revenue from $0 to single-digit-millions of dollars.
Incrementatly migrated from a monolithic application to a service-oriented architecture that reliably supports hundreds-of-thousands of registered users and tens-of-thousands of daily active users.
Established an un-siloed development organization that provides a high quality, reliably delivered service without any dedicated QA or Ops people.
Implemented continuous delivery, automated testing, peer code review, agile methodologies and other software development wholesomeness.
Founder • Talently
Talently was a bootstrapped startup that endeavored to provide career management tools to software development, web development and information technology professionals.
Conceived, implemented and pitched.
Vice President, Application Development • Casenet, Inc.
Casenet provides a comprehensive suite of member-centric care management enterprise software products to health care payers.
Promoted from Senior Director to Vice President in May 2010.
Promoted from Director to Senior Director in January 2009.
Reports grew from 0 to 30+.
Delivered eight product releases.
Migrated product to use off-the-shelf components (e.g. Spring, Hibernate, application server, etc.) to greatly improve quality and scalability.
Established basic software development discipline: scheduling, unit testing, continuous and nightly builds, code reviews, bug triage, branching discipline, etc.
Established software organization: recruited high grade talent, removed under-performers, identified leaders, created groups with identified roles and responsibilities.
Founder • Spotstory/Enormous Design Automation
Bootstrapped two companies: Spotstory, a hyper-local, web community; and Enormous Design Automation, a distributed, machine learning-based equivalence and model checker.
Conceived, implemented, and marketed. Cold called. Pitched investors and prospects.
Created business plan: five-year financial model (profit and loss, cash flow, and balance sheet), positioning, go-to-market strategy, licensing and pricing, competitive landscape, etc.
Product Manager • Carbon Design Systems, Inc.
Carbon provides high-speed integrated circuit simulators to the semiconductor and systems market.
Identified, defined and rolled-out a new product.
Established and updated 18-month product road map. Negotiated quarterly priorities with executive management, engineering and sales. Tested and validated with the market.
Managed allocation of resources between sales support and engineering.
Engineering Manager/Sales Engineer • iPhrase, Inc.
iPhrase provides natural language enterprise search, at the time, primarily to Fortune 500 retail and financial services companies. iPhrase was acquired by IBM in November 2005.
Led a team of seven engineers on multiple implementation projects.
Introduced basic software development practices: bug tracking, unit testing, code reviews, etc.
Presented technical material to customers at all organizational levels. Handled objections, outlined solution architectures, delivered demos and oversaw proofs-of-concept.
Engineering Manager • Chrysalis Symbolic Design, Inc.
Chrysalis provided formal equivalence and model checking product to the semiconductor industry. Chrysalis was acquired by Avanti Corporation in August 1999.
Promoted to Engineering Manager in October 1998.
Led a group of three responsible for producing graphical user interfaces.
Developed and implemented two patented algorithms to improve product performance.
Relentlessly refactored legacy codebase to make it more maintainable, reusable and testable.
Reengineered build infrastructure to improve performance and maintainability.
Senior Engineer • Viewlogic Systems, Inc.
Full time –
Viewlogic provided integrated circuit design and simulation tools to the semiconductor industry. The company was acquired by Synopsys, Inc. in October 1997.
Promoted to Senior Engineer in May 1995.
Led a four-person team designing and implementing a collaborative data and document management product for semiconductor designers.