As you can tell from my LinkedIn profile, I’ve spent much of the last two decades working in, on, and around the internet and the networks that make it up. I’ve helped build a couple of ISPs (internet service providers), as well as many other data center (public and private cloud) and campus (including multi-site regional WAN) networks. Of course, building great networks requires a solid understanding of the applications and data that traverse them, and how to secure all of it.
In addition to building and operating networks and broader IT infrastructure, I’ve spent time working with folks who hold multiple PhDs in an R&D think tank. In fact, I won “Inventor of the Year” while in that role for my prolific idea generation, and now hold 8 patents. After that I spent a couple years flying around the world educating folks about technology, and also about community organization and how the internet economy works. I’ve given public talks in 34 countries, across 5 continents.
I founded my first non-profit organization just a few years after my first for-profit company, back in the early noughts. I have since helped launch numerous operator groups, community conferences, educational committees, and other public benefit organizations. I believe that technology has the power to benefit all of humanity, and that it is our responsibility to ensure it does.
In addition to launching, building, and nurturing those non-profits; I have helped build and grow several businesses. And beyond making the technology work, I’ve helped in many other ways. I’m an accomplished leader, team builder, and coach. I’ve managed product development from ideation through go to market planning and launch. I’m great in a crisis, with excellent troubleshooting, analysis, and synthesis skills. That includes both technology issues, personnel challenges, and business model mistakes. I have orchestrated and executed multiple re-organizations, re-brands, and other strategic pivots.
I’ve held many titles over the years, but my favorite are: Father, friend, husband, brother, and son.