Strengths

A passionate leader who has taken teams from “zero-to-ten” in record time. At one startup, we went from building the entire engineering team to acquisition by Oracle Corporation in 18 months. They wanted our cutting-edge solution and the exceptional technology team that created it.

  • Leads development of high-availability high-scalability cloud-based web sites and services as well as mobile apps for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.
  • Advisory Board member for two companies.
  • Attracts, recruits, mentors and retains lean teams that deliver high quality to customers quickly and sustainably. Creates a positive, supportive and intellectually rigorous working environment.
  • An innovative and energetic leader who is biased toward action, is apolitical and guides others through influence instead of control.
  • Extensive experience successfully implementing Agile methodologies (certified ScrumMaster trained by Ken Schwaber, co-creator of Scrum).
  • Energized by challenges; not distracted by ambiguity or risk.

Experience

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VP, Engineering

Groupon

August 2013 - Present

Leading all development, test, and operations for the San Francisco office, including:

  • A highly-reliable PCI-compliant credit card processing service that can be used with our iPhone, Android, or laptop apps, as well as existing card terminals.
  • Breadcrumb PRO—an affordable and powerful iPad-based Point-Of-Sale (POS) system delivering game-changing capabilities for the food and beverage industry. It includes over 200 power features and customizations including multiple synchronized iPad stations, table management, flexible kitchen printing, labor tracking, real-time reporting, and offline mode.
  • An easy-to-use iPad-based POS solution for spas, salons, cafes, etc.

Click to see Breadcrumb PRO video:
Breadcrumb PRO image



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VP, Engineering and Operations

Mixr Inc.

January 2012 - April 2013

Mixr was acquired by Match.com/IAC, a large public company.

Led development, QA and technical operations for iOS, Android and Facebook apps, along with web sites and services for over 12 million members. Introduced highly agile processes which allowed the team to deliver real user value early and often.

Drove development of new Mixr iOS app which brings real-time group interactions to virtual, 3D-like environments such as clubs and cafes. Users customize their avatar, dance with others, visit a “photo booth” to take pictures of their avatar in virtual or real backdrops and earn “Cred“ used to purchase items and skills.

Click to see Mixr app:
Mixr App



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VP, Engineering and Operations

Line2

November 2010 - September 2011

Led development and technical operations for our cloud-based services handling over 300,000 VoIP calls and over 800,000 SMS messages a day. Managed development of the popular Line2 app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android with over 1.5M downloads. This app provides a full featured professional second phone line with carrier-grade texting and HD audio quality.

Led the creation of new native iPad and Android versions of the Line2 iPhone app.

Line2 has won numerous awards, including:

  • First place in the Mobile Apps Showdown at CES 2011.
  • Top Ten Must Have Apps by David Pogue of the New York Times
  • Top 100 Most Brilliant Ideas of 2010 by Entrepreneur magazine.

Click to see Line2 HD for iPad (also available for iPhone and Android):
Line2 iPad app image


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Director, Software Development

Citrix Online, Division of Citrix Systems Inc.

December 2007 - June 2010

Headed up engineering for GoToMeeting®, GoToMyPC®, GoToWebinar™, GoToTraining® and GoToAssist® applications with over 100 million users last year.

  • Created new mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry, as well as Flash, while driving Windows, Mac and Linux native client development.
  • Led initiatives to convert entire development organization from heavy “waterfall” process to Agile (specifically Scrum).

Click to see a sampling of GoToMeeting mobile and desktop apps my team created:
Citrix Online GoToMeeting

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VP, Software Development

m2vc, inc.

March 2006 - December 2007

Hired team and created a web-based SaaS merchandising information exchange and a mobile inspection app service.

  • Led creation of a web site that allows suppliers, distributors, retailers and sales reps to consolidate merchandising information within a permissions-based dynamic repository shared with partner companies throughout the retail value chain.
  • Designed and implemented a mobile inspection solution for Windows Mobile devices. Users create an inspection form on the web by dragging-and-dropping fields (using AJAX). Inspectors in the field synchronize wirelessly to get the latest routes and forms and to upload completed inspections.

m2vc was awarded:

Click to see m2vc Merchandising Information Exchange product brief (PDF):
m2vc m2axis service


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Director, Software Development

Oracle Corporation

November 2001 - March 2006

My entire development team joined Oracle following the acquisition of our startup Indicast.

  • Led integration of Indicast’s patented voice platform technologies into the OracleMobile Application Server Wireless platform.
  • Managed development of a new XForms processor as a plug-in to web browsers on mobile devices for use by the US Census. XForms (a predecessor of HTML5 forms) includes client-side operations such as field validation and local storage. Added facilities for automatic management of intermittent connectivity.
  • Led team to design and build Oracle’s first RFID and barcode platform for mobile devices.

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VP, Engineering

Indicast Corporation

December 1999 - November 2001

Company acquired by Oracle to get our technology and the development team that created it.

Founding member of the executive team. Hired the entire development team and built a robust and highly scalable speech-driven audio news and information service with paying customers. Service presents pre-recorded audio content including Wall Street Journal Report, ABC News, AP News, weather, real-time sports scores, traffic, flight times and lifestyle content, consisting of almost 2,000 topics. The service also includes voice-activated dialing, email and voice driving directions.

  • Alltel (regional wireless carrier with over 12 million subscribers) tested our service against BeVocal (now the On Demand division of Nuance) in a three-month trial of hundreds of customers. The competition had over three times our staff, over ten times our funding and a year’s head start. We won the trial and were the unanimous choice of Alltel’s senior management.
  • First voice portal to sign a deal with a wireless service provider.
  • Co-inventor of three of the technology architecture patents from this work.

Advisory Boards

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Advisor

Prism Skylabs

March 2014 - Present

Prism Skylabs is the global leader in visually understanding and optimizing offline commerce. Its unique cloud service transforms any video camera into a visual merchandising, auditing, and business intelligence tool that can be accessed from any device.

With Prism Skylabs, businesses can measure offline conversion, understand long-term trends, and dig in to powerful analytics — from dwell to footpaths to product lift — using the cameras they already have. Prism Skylabs condenses customer interaction and movement into stunning imagery and reports that provide instant understanding of any moment or period of time.

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Advisor

Visual Group Inc.

July 2012 - Present

Visual is a powerful free tool used to create simple animations or fully-interactive animated applications with just swipes and touches on a mobile device, or using your keyboard and mouse.

Technologies

Rails, Ruby, RoR, Node.js, iBeacon, BLE, Bluetooth Low Energy, iOS, iPhone, iPad, Android, Objective-C, Cocoa Touch, Cocos2D, SmartFoxServer, Amazon EC2, Hadoop, Solr, A/B Testing, C++, Linux, Apache, Perl, MySQL, memcached, beanstalk, Zenoss, Chef, ejabberd, XMPP, Mahout, Oracle, DOM, XPath, XSLT, XForms, VoiceXML, XHTML, HTML, CSS, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, AJAX, jQuery, Flash, ActionScript, Mac OS X, C#, VB.NET, Windows Phone, SQL Server, IIS, ASP.NET, SOAP, REST, Java, J2EE

Education

Master of Science, Computer Science; California State University, Fullerton
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science; California State University, Fullerton