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About Me

I’m an entrepreneur currently piecing together a new company.  My previous focus was MediaPiston, a content crowdsourcing marketplace which I bootstrapped to cashflow positive and sold to oDesk Corporation in late 2011.

From 2008 to 2010 I ran technology, corp dev (and for a short time: human resources) as CTO of WhitePages, a top-40 consumer internet site in the US. WhitePages had acquired Snapvine, a mobile social media startup backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and First Round Capital that I cofounded and served as CEO of from 2005.

I have a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

I follow my dreams and stick with the smartest and most passionate people I can find. This simple strategy has worked so far.

Here are some themes I’m interested in right now:

  • Hardware is heading towards disposable price points, and we’re at the very beginning of an exponential growth curve
  • In the future all work will be more effective and convenient, both for employers and employees, when conducted directly over the Internet (and thus company entities, agency models and other structures will happily go the way of the dinosaurs)
  • Transactional consumer startups

Check out my other blog, Hack Things.

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I’m flattered when friends introduce smart, passionate people to me.  And I love meeting people in person when they’re working on a startup and have shown some ability to turn their ideas into reality, and when there’s some clear way I can be helpful.

However, I don’t think it’s a great use of anyone’s time to send cold emails or to do coffee meetings with no clear agenda. At the very least, please find a mutual friend or contact to introduce us and also please consider sending me a clear description of what you’re doing and what you need help with, because maybe I can just answer it over email (instead of meeting in person) or I can refer you to someone more knowledgeable.

 
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