Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.Seneca
Hello, nice to meet you! I have always enjoyed meeting new people. I have several things I do from nonprofit to protecting packages from theft but the overriding thing I enjoy is helping others build and grow ideas.
- Birthplace:Wichita, Kansas
- Hobbies:Basketball, Biking, Wine Tasting, Travel
- Favorite sports team:Pittsburgh Steelers
- Astrological Sign:Aquarius
- Favorite Food:Thin Crust Pizza
- Secret to Success:Do things you have not done before
- Favorite People:Wife and Peju our cat
My word is Learn. I do it constantly.
By nature, I am a curious leader who has experienced success, failure and everything in between. (6X founder). I spend the largest majority of my time helping inventors and founders get their idea off the ground. That is how I make a living. I have been committed to adding value to peoples lives since I spent nine months in jail many many years ago. You can learn more about that story here.
FUN FACT: I once took Ballet lessons for 6 months while in my mid twenties, just to say I could.
At age 29, a partner and I bought a struggling magazine for the travel industry. Four years later, after growing revenues by 7X and introducing a disrupting product sold the company to a larger industry leader.
In 2004, before the smartphone…with a team of smart engineers we launched a software company that gave real estate agents access to maps, pictures, MLS info on their phones. We were the first in both Canada and US to do this on a single wireless device. As the CEO I raised $2M in Angel investment and then sold it to a company in the real estate industry. Had an office in Canada and US. (my wife is Canadian)
FUN FACT: I once made a 1000 phone calls in one day when I was a stock broker, that was back when people answered the phone. It was a bet and I won.
I was a partner in a services company that grew from $750k to $7M in just 3 years. We grew too fast and made some mistakes. Over the next 2 years I managed to keep parts of it alive but by 2011 I had to close it. I learned a few things!
I am a builder of products and seeker of customer feedback. I have interviewed, learned from and connected with 100+ technology leaders since 2012, (you can see most of them here) by hosting monthly events (every month!) for founders, funders and others to learn, network and get inspired at Seattle Startup Grind. I am constantly asking questions to learn about both the external and internal forces that must align to reach success.
In 2016, I created and patented a consumer product (Package Guard). It is by far the most frustrating journey of any of my companies.
I have also developed a successful consulting practice both online and offline of helping others get their idea into the hands of a paying customer. This has been the most rewarding for me.
My wife and I started a nonprofit called Survive the Streets in 1999 and today it continues to grow and we help more and more people who live in shelters or who are almost living on the streets. Extremely humbling and eye opening.
I also absolutely love public speaking (check out my speaking page here) in front of audiences of founders, inventors or creatives with a message of “Getting an Idea Started” or “How to Fail it or Nail it and Sell it.”
My wife and I started this nonprofit to help the homeless in Seattle in 1999. We have helped more than 4500 men and women during our annual pop up retail store to give away winter gear on Thanksgiving day.
Since 2012, I have interviewed 100+ startup leaders, during a monthly event to share their knowledge in front of a live audience of entrepreneurs. Startup Grind is an international volunteer run company with 400+ chapters.