Work with Me

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so . . . how can I help you?

After six startups, I’m done starting my own companies.  Now my only objective is to help others be successful; helping early stage founders grow their business, helping them establish strong working relationship with their employees and co-founders, and helping the figure out how to maintain balance in their lives while doing so

Although I like advising, I hate advisory boards.  I find that they encourage shoot-from-the-hip pattern recognition type stuff that ends up being unrewarding for both founders and advisors alike.

To be genuinely helpful requires an extensive investment of time.  Time to know the founding team well; to understand their product, their competitors, and their market; to know their strengths and weaknesses.  Only then can you properly give advice that makes sense.

Because the time investment is so high in this sort of relationship – and because I’m still working very hard to maintain balance in my own life – I can only work with a handful of companies at a time.  I’m currently working with 7 great organizations (i’ve listed them below), but I’m always looking to meet new ones.

Read this and this, and if you’re still interested, feel free to contact me.

Advisory and Board

Chubbies  (Board Member)
Chubbies (Board Member)
Simply put, Chubbies are the best shorts out there. Comfortable, flexible, aerodynamic and most of all utterly Radical, Chubbies are everything a short should be and more.
Getable (Board Member)
Getable (Board Member)
Getable serves the construction rental market with mobile tools designed for construction professionals and rental equipment providers.
Looker (Board Member)
Looker (Board Member)
Looker is an inventive software company that focuses on the intersection of economics and engineering—helping customers use data to achieve success. Looker is building true discovery-driven businesses, one customer at a time.
MiddCORE (Mentor)
MiddCORE (Mentor)
MiddCORE is a mentor-driven, experiential-learning program that builds skills, creates opportunities, and expands networks for tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.
National Outdoor Leadership School (Board Member)
National Outdoor Leadership School (Board Member)
NOLS is a not for profit educational institution that takes people of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions, teaching technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics in some of the world’s wildest and most awe-inspiring classrooms.
One Percent for the Planet
One Percent for the Planet
1% for the Planet connects businesses, consumers, and nonprofits, empowering all of us to drive big, positive change.
OpenEd (Board Member)
OpenEd (Board Member)
OpenEd is the largest K-12 educational resource catalog, with over a million Language Arts and Math games, video lessons, assessments, and courses. Completely focused on offering Common Core resources, it offers its own simple “flipped classroom” LMS oriented to using resources.

 

Previously Advised

Humanoid
Humanoid
Humanoid is a crowdsourcing QA and cost optimization technology built on top of Amazon Mechanical Turk. They predict how well individuals will perform different virtual tasks, then assign work in a way that optimizes speed, price and quality.
Rafter
Rafter
Rafter is making course materials (and higher education as a whole) more affordable for students, and more profitable for campuses.
ReadyForce
ReadyForce
Readyforce is the first professional network designed and built for the specific needs of college students.
SVSG (Mentor)
SVSG (Mentor)
SVSG is an international group of expert C-level technologists that helps companies in all areas of industry advance technology by driving minimum viable product and custom software implementation, enhancing system integration processes, and leading the CTO organization.