The more you do, the more you can do!

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Yes. I am highly qualified to build an entire business from the ground up. I know a great deal about the entire business lifecycle (cradle-to-grave).

  • I’ve raised over $9M in venture capital.
  • I’ve sold enterprise hardware & software to organizations around the world.
  • I have been media trained and am a published author.
  • I lecture to MBA students, and I’ve written patents.

However, please do not “miss the forest because of the trees.” My success and accomplishments have been achieved not on the backs of others, but by my belief that teams (as in sports), when properly motivated, have the capacity to exceed even my wildest dreams. I don’t just hire people to make my dreams & visions come true, I ask people to join me on the journey, offering to lift them up on my shoulders. I choose to see people and opportunities as they can be, not (necessarily) as they are today. This type of optimistic thinking allows me to achieve and accomplish much more than most, however, it does set me up, occasionally, for disappointment.

I am an “in-the-weeds,” get your “hands dirty” kind of guy. Just because I know a lot about a lot and have made it my business to ride the leading edge of the “bleeding” edge, does not mean I have forgotten how to create for today.

Things I’ve done, personally, over the last 18 months include:

  1. Architected a state-of-the-art web application.
  2. Built a business, as employee 0, from the ground up.
  3. Established and maintained an accounting system.
  4. Hired and motivated 21 brilliant people [18 engineers, 3 other].
  5. Conceived of, architected, and implemented (with a team) the highest quality, browser-only, transactional video as a services platform you’ve ever seen.
  6. Architected, implemented, deployed, and maintained an entire AWS (cloud) infrastructure.
  7. Lead and motivated a group of people far smarter than me.
  8. Written production-ready code in:
    1. Python
    2. Javascript
    3. PHP
    4. Java
  9. Designed and implemented production-ready relational and non-relational data models
    1. SQL (MySQL & Postgresql)
    2. NoSQL (DynamoDB & MongoDB)

Bottom line…

I am a guy who builds things on the Internet. Period.

The fact that I am able to build effective teams stems from the fact that I am, at heart, an engineer of things (businesses, software, etc.). People follow me because I lead by example. I believe engineers respect me, and follow me, not because I have a PhD (which I don’t) or because I’m some guru (which I’m not), but because they know that I actually know what I’m talking about because I actually write code to solve actual problems. Sales people follow me because I have successfully “sold” to over 700 enterprises. Marketing people follow me because I know how to effectively communicate a message of benefits, not simply features.

My best and brightest years are ahead. There is no way you can beat me, so why not get me to join you? In the words of Lucille Ball…

“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more you do, the more you can do.”