Summary

I solve the pain smaller companies encounter transitioning from the first engineers to scaling the team and introducing process. As I grow the team, I retain those valuable original team members, implement light agile processes, and create an open supportive culture. For larger teams, I help instill startup aggressiveness and attitude.

I started my career as a software engineer working on compilers and debuggers, moving to OS kernel code and drivers. I’m now focused on growing and retaining great teams while building complex high-availability web services and mobile apps leveraging technologies such as Node, Rails, Redis, Android Java, Objective-C/Swift, and SQL and NoSQL databases.

I’ve sold two startups to public companies. I also enjoy “paying it forward” by advising some exciting technology companies.

Experience

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VP, Engineering

Railway

June 2014 - Present

Bootstrapping company building Loyalty App and related Bluetooth beacon technologies.


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VP, Engineering

Groupon

August 2013 - June 2014

Led all engineering and test teams in San Francisco building a visionary “merchant OS” platform for managing the operation of small businesses.

Re-designed and re-wrote complex Breadcrumb Point-Of-Sale (POS) product running on multiple iPads, including sophisticated web services, reporting, and administration. New version implemented as a clean Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) using Rails and Node. Hired new employees to replace outside contractors. Improved reliability and scalability of our credit card processing service.

Click to see the Merchant OS vision video:
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VP, Engineering and Operations

Mixr Inc.

January 2012 - April 2013

Acquired by Match.com for our ongoing business, technology, and team.

Stabilized unhappy team and helped them to refocus. Created the Mixr iOS app with personalized avatars moving through virtual, 3D-like environments such as clubs and cafes. In addition, grew legacy dating service to over 12 million members.

Click to see the Mixr app:
Mixr App



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VP, Engineering and Operations

Line2

November 2010 - September 2011

Line2 app provides a real second phone number for sending and receiving calls and SMS/MMS.

Reduced outages by over 50%. Created both Android and designed-for-iPad apps. Grew service to over 300,000 VoIP phone calls and over 800,000 text messages a day. Hailed by the New York Times and 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 Systems Inc.

December 2007 - June 2010

Led development of GoToMeeting®, GoToMyPC®, GoToAssist® and all other remote services used by over 100 million users. Team built complex cross-platform native apps, architected to share code across OS and device type. Created new apps for iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry. Led Scrum rollout across entire division.

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

Joined as a business partner with new CEO. Hired a local engineering team and took the development of our web-based SaaS merchandising information exchange in-house (originally developed overseas), dramatically improving feature delivery times and quality. Created a new mobile inspection app with dynamic forms created by drag and drop on the Web. Forms and data synchronized wirelessly in the field.

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 Indicast (see below). Integrated our patented voice platform technologies, then created a mobile plug-in XForms processor (a precursor to HTML5 Forms), and later created an RFID platform for mobile devices.


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VP, Engineering

Indicast Corporation

December 1999 - November 2001

Acquired by Oracle for our technology and the development team who created it. Led team through numerous trials and tribulations to get to acquisition.

Founders’ first hire. Built engineering team and created a speech-driven all-audio news and information service. The user called a phone number and heard audio news and information, navigating and selecting content by speech requests. Service offered almost 2,000 pre-recorded audio topics including Wall Street Journal Report, ABC News, AP News, etc. Other features: voice-activated dialing, email including voice replies, and voice driving directions.

Co-inventor of three of the technology architecture patents from this work.

Advisory Boards

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Advisor

Anchor Free

September 2014 - Present

AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield application provides secure browsing and privacy, with over 200 million downloads. Growing by more than nine million new downloads per month, Hotspot Shield is the most popular VPN service in the world and the No. 1 security and privacy app on iPhone and iPad devices.


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Advisor

Prism

March 2014 - Present

Prism transforms any video camera into a visual merchandising, auditing, and business intelligence tool that can be accessed from any device. Prism 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 - June 2014

Visual is a powerful free app 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

Technologies my teams have employed:

Rails, Ruby, RoR, Node.js, Redis, iBeacon, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), iOS, iPhone, iPad, Android, Objective-C, Swift, Cocoa Touch, Cocos2D, SmartFoxServer, Amazon EC2, ELB, Elastic MapReduce, 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, JEE

Education

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