Experienced technology entrepreneur, executive, and software product architect. Proven record of building high-caliber software engineering teams, setting product vision and direction, advancing innovations, delivering fully-productized solutions, and creating just enough agile process to make these efficient and scalable. Hands-on, intuitive technologist equally at home with developers, architects, customers and partners at whatever level of detail is needed.
Experienced technology entrepreneur, executive, and software product architect. Proven record of building high-caliber software engineering teams, setting product vision and direction, advancing innovations, delivering fully-productized solutions, and creating just enough agile process to make these efficient and scalable. Hands-on, intuitive technologist equally at home with developers, architects, customers and partners at whatever level of detail is needed. Intimately familiar with the care and feeding of companies from 2 to 200 people strong and what it takes to foster open, collaborative, balanced, and fun environments.
Specialties: Robust, scalable applications and platforms for consumers and enterprises; Ajax and rich web technologies, and mobile apps; cloud strategies; high-performance and scalable designs; cloud, SaaS/PaaS/IaaS, hosted and packaged delivery models; RESTful APIs and services; software security; open source; standards creation and compliance; buy-vs-build; SmartGrid; product strategy, definition, architecture, and execution; software team building and management; agile development; startup conception, growth, positioning, and development.
CTO @ MuleSoft: on a mission to connect the world's applications, data, and devices. Creating enterprise-grade consumerized-experience technologies that developers love and CIOs laud. Very hot, IPO-track, rapid growth. Tons of traction, tons of speed and market pull, opportunities abound. We're behind 5 of the top 12 global banks; 2 of the top 5 global insurance companies; 3 of the top 5 US wireless carriers; but the individual stories are what's really cool: http://bit.ly/1Ic328M . Impactful every day: pick up a prescription or make an airline reservation or order pants or file your tax return, and you're likely using us behind the scenes.
Culture: no BS, no politics (yes, it's an enterprise company). Product-centric in our DNA from top to bottom. Do-what-it-takes attitude. Intense, collaborative, polyglot, risk-embracing, deep.
My team: owns and drives technology direction, architectural direction, innovation, incubation, and creation. Hands on, oriented to cracking real-world problems vs tilting at windmills. Think and invest long term but also deliver in weeks and months, not just in years. Impatience expected. Get incredible things done and make an impact across industries and technologies.
Areas: APIs, mobility, IoT, software-defined networking, microservices, xPaaS, public/private cloud and hybrid, distributed systems, messaging and new protocols, analytics and machine learning... and all sorts of metadata. Imagine a trip halfway around the globe, on arrival your car already awaits, navigates itself to your hotel, your room opens just for you, your favorite music is playing, and all the local attractions are planned and reserved and coordinated for you. The magic is in connecting all these together, dynamically and intelligently. This is what we do.
If this is right up your alley, join my team as a Principal Architect (http://bit.ly/1E17byR), a Platform Architect (http://bit.ly/1CZubr0), or a (Connectivity) Maker in Residence (http://bit.ly/1b232y1). From April 2013 to Present (2 years 9 months) San Francisco Bay AreaVice President, Nook Cloud @ The NOOK Cloud is the content, discovery, library, and user management ecosystem for NOOK. It includes platforms, functionality, cloud infrastructure and technologies, tooling, and processes.
* Built multiple teams, bringing in top-notch talent in a tough market
* Instituted agile processes with release methodologies tailored to different business needs
* Architected, led, and released the new platform for international digital content discovery, merchandising, and shopping: from cutting-edge merchandiser control panel and tooling, through integration and high-performance delivery, to a flexible API and a rich HTML5 mobile end-user application
* Created the new big data initiative, including the business analytics and content analytics programs, infrastructure, and team building via organic growth and M&A
Loyalize was then acquired by Function(x), now called Viggle, and became its Social TV offering. From February 2011 to August 2011 (7 months) VP of Engineering @ eMeter is the leading provider of enterprise software -- platform and applications -- for the SmartGrid.
* Grew and led a team of 70 engineers across two offices and multiple product lines (consumer-facing and enterprise).
* Spearheaded major rearchitecture initiatives at the heart of all our products, to ensure our position as the leading solution in the market for years to come.
* Recruited and hired some extraordinary talent at all levels.
* Introduced modern, agile approaches and cutting-edge technologies.
* Instituted "just enough" processes that fostered creativity while maintaining quality and predictable schedules.
* Created and led industry-leading documentation initiatives.
* Served as SmartGrid Security Czar, and drove the internal security policy program.
* Delivered numerous releases on time and with high quality to demanding customers.
* Drove private-cloud initiatives.
eMeter was funded by Sequoia and Foundation. It was acquired by Siemens. From January 2009 to January 2011 (2 years 1 month) CTO and VP of Engineering @ * Joined Aptana when it was 9 people building a beta version of the IDE.
* Grew and led multiple engineering teams.
* Launched the 1.0 version of Aptana Studio and managed its growth.
* Led the architecture and development of Aptana Jaxer and Aptana Cloud, including hands-on development of code, mentorship of team leads, productization and launch, and growth and maintenance of the product suite and community.
* Led the technical partnership with Joyent on the first version of Aptana Cloud.
Aptana was funded by Accel, and acquired by Appcelerator. From April 2007 to November 2008 (1 year 8 months) Co-Founder, CTO and VP of Engineering @ The Accomplice product was a “Virtual Assistant” for individuals and teams to manage to-do’s, projects, and related information.
Architected, managed, and built significant portions of the product and service: a networked .NET desktop application that integrates with Outlook, the browser, and other desktop systems, and communicates via web services and a hosted store-and-forward server to other Accomplice peer applications.
The primary IP of Accomplice was acquired in 2007. From January 2005 to March 2007 (2 years 3 months) CTO and VP of Engineering @ Joined through the acquisition of digiGroups.
* Worked closely with Board and two CEOs through several business transformations
* Built and ran a motivated, disciplined, efficient engineering organization, including requirements, infrastructure, development, QA, data center, and integration/customization
* Released 4 major and numerous minor versions, on-time, in a high-availability hosted environment
* Represented Noosh technology to all key accounts; was instrumental in landing the largest customer wins (and repeat sales) for the company
* Defined and drove the Noosh5 customization roadmap (requirements, technologies, best practices)
* Architected and built several key modules: AJAX project schedule, XML pricing engine, government print
workflow, PDF annotations, hosting monitoring dashboard, and others
* Led engineering teams to fortify core technologies, processes, and documentation in order to successfully overcome customer and partner IT resistance to Software-as-a-Service
Noosh was funded by Accel. From September 2001 to December 2004 (3 years 4 months) Co-Founder, CEO and CTO @ digiGroups provided a uniquely rich collaboration platform for B2B marketplaces, geared at teams in large organizations that need to work with teams at their customer or partner organizations.
* The first version of the product was based on the ideas of software I had built and launched at the University of Notre Dame
* Grew the company from 3 to 45 people
* Raised $14M from prominent angel investors and VCs
* Led the technical team and the architectural directions
* Engaged our first large beta customer
* Along the way we invented (along with others, as it turned out) what today are known as Ajax, JSON, and rich web applications!
digiGroups was funded by Accel and Allegis, and was acquired by Noosh (now NewlineNoosh). From 1999 to 2001 (2 years) Assistant Professor of Physics @ * Led successful (funded) research program and received top marks for teaching courses
* Designed and developed the first automated courseware site in the Physics Department
* Designed and developed a collaborative software system for academic departments, which received rave reviews from several universities and led to the founding of digiGroups From August 1995 to July 1999 (4 years) Postdoctoral Researcher @ * Research in theoretical particle physics, primarily supersymmetric phenomenology.
* Carried out computer-aided research in particle physics phenomenology
* Engaged in courses and research into complexity, also at the Santa Fe Institute for Complexity From August 1993 to July 1995 (2 years) Postdoctoral Fellow @ * Research in theoretical particle physics, primarily supersymmetric phenomenology.
* Carried out computer-aided research in particle physics phenomenology and astrophysics. From August 1990 to July 1993 (3 years)