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Summary

  • Founded 5 companies
  • Raised over 125M dollars
  • Created over 1B of Value
  • Motivated teams to transform industries
  • Coached 2 World Series winning baseball teams (Babe Ruth back to back to back World Series Appearances)
  • Pioneer in Financial and Telecommunications Markets
  • Innovation DNA (interviewed over 500 CEO's) 
  • Hiring great people is the key to success
  • Agile everything
  • Platforms create multiple revenue streams
  • MRR and New Customer Acquisition Expertise
  • Build products people want to lick

Favorite Quotes;

The key to growth,—is two things: one is extraordinary customer success…And two is incredible  innovation @Benioff

'I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive.' @Nickminaj

We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.      [A. Einstein]

Subtract something that's important today and replace it with something else @Peter_Levine

They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. #apple think different

Snapshot 

My DNA

The time for class room thinking and hierarchies is over. Transparency and agile practices that utilize experimentation and learning by doing is not just for technology but finance, marketing, sales, and most importantly  must be embedded in every employees DNA.

 

The internet not only gave people a low-cost way to connect, but it accelerated the pace of innovation, and led to the advent of smartphones and social networks. In an instant customer, could provide immediate feedback on products and services, and seamlessly share their opinions with their friends. This trend has shifted control to consumers, creating a riveting new business opportunity. Your organization needs to adopt, be agile in purpose and resolve.

 

Customer and customer experience, purpose and end goals, partners, stakeholders, the last mile of processes and disruption sit and occur at these edges and are key for digital transformation. The end goals of the business, customers and stakeholders drive the agenda. The movement towards the edges also reflects in technologies and the decentralization of work and business models. From a technology perspective think about how data analysis is moving to the edge, the decentralization of information management, the shifts in security towards the endpoints, the impact of the Internet of Things and much more.

 

While you are planning for your products and services to benefit from digital transformation you must realize that it is only possibly in organizations with “new” organizational models. Digital transformation requires leadership, regardless of how it is organized and as long as the holistic approach towards the goals with the edges in mind prevails over internal silos and de facto gaps between reality and perception.

Work experience

kandy.io

Jan 2016Present

Founder and CEO kandy.io

Kandy is the platform for embedding real time communications for carriers, network service providers, software vendors, enterprises, and developers. Adding voice, video, messaging, presence, and collaboration to your application is easy with Kandy. Quickly build new applications, or enhance existing ones, with real-time communications that deliver a more human, engaging and context-based experience. Kandy provides a complete suite of REST APIs, JavaScript libraries and iOS and Android SDKs built on the leading carrier-grade secure network to speed the deployment of Web and mobile applications. We've loaded our nearly 20 years of RTC experience into tutorials, documentation and even sample code so that you can bypass development of functions such as SIP Trunking, PSTN connectivity, WebRTC, SMS and more -- giving you all the power of RTC faster and simpler.

GENBAND - kandy.io

Mar 2014Present

Founder of Kandy - CSO GENBAND

Kandy was created to help companies embed communications right into the software applications that are part of their workflow and how they do business – with the same communication options and convenience that mobile devices provide for their customers and employees in their person lives. With Kandy, communication becomes more immediate and contextual resulting in better business outcomes. Kandy is a communications Platform as a Service (PaaS) that quickly enhances software applications with real time communications to deliver a more human and context-based experience. Kandy's cloud-based features enable companies to seamlessly embed voice, video, rich messaging, presence, co-browsing, and screen sharing into Web and mobile applications – creating a more engaging experience for customers and boosting collaboration and productivity with employees.

Spigit

Jan 2007Aug 2013

Founder & CEO Spigit

Spigit software is the global leader in Innovation Management used by over 83% of the F100.  Raised over 40M led by Warburg Pincus and built the first ever purposeful social software enabled with crowd-sourcing.  Spigit makes idea and innovation management software that connects your community of employees, customers and business partners to increase productivity and drive innovation. Spigit combines enterprise collaboration and social tools, game theory, idea management and prediction markets, with automatic idea graduation, user reputation, and currency management systems. All community interactions are quantified using Spigit's proprietary algorithms which filter out the noise and let you find the best ideas, content and people, to focus on what matters most. After building a new category SAAS business and merged with Mindjet in the Fall of 2013.

HyperFeed

Nov 2003Sep 2006

CEO

This was my chance to take a sinking ship and make it float.  Brought in by the board to create an exit plan.  Within three weeks was asked to lead the transition and replace the CEO.  Successfully sold the PCQuote business to eSignal and sold our technology to 5 of the top 6 global exchanges.  A life changing experience in understanding turnarounds and the need to move quickly and without any hesitation on the things you can actually control.

Global Crossing

Aug 2000Oct 2002

President Broadband

One of 7 presidents I was responsible for 650M quote for global broadband.  Built a large partner ecosystem which sold services that required bandwidth. I left Global Crossing after my employment agreement was fulfilled.

Global Center

Feb 1999Aug 2000

EVP Sales, Product & Marketing

Took the revenue from 90M to over 205M and sold to Exodus for 6.7B  Worked for the CEO of bot Global Crossing and Global Center Leo Hindrey. This was an incredible opportunity with amazing experiences servicing the largest internet and F500 companies in the world.

IXnet (MXNET sold to INXET)

Jul 1997Jun 1999

CSO 

After selling MXNet to IXnet I ran strategy and helped take the company public.  Shortly after going public IXnet sold to Global Crossing for 3.9B.  I created and executed on a strategy to empower traders by embedding messaging at the turret and allowing collaboration.

MXNet

Jan 1996Jun 1997

Founder & CEO MXNet

MXNet was the first financial market extranet.  We delivered 30+ content sources from the cloud (yes 1996) including Reuters, Telerate, Bloomberg, Cantor, etc by connecting a single IP router at the customer premise.  The number one market maker in the world Spear Leeds & Kellogg funded my first startup.  MXNet was doing so well we had multiple offers withing the first 18 months including one by Reuters.

Rumson Capital Management

Oct 1994Dec 1995

CTO

Worked for the two partners overseeing trading systems for over 2B in management.  This is where my inspiration came to start my first company MXNet and RCM was my first customer.  I was responsible for all electronic trading platforms.

Thomson Reuters

Sep 1992Sep 1994

CTO Trading Room Systems

Was responsible for the engineering and implementation of Trading Room Systems for Reuters reporting to the Eastern Region CEO.  Prior to being CTO I was a systems engineer with Reuters since college and was relocated several times - Chicago, Dallas, CT and Boston.

Education

University of Dallas

Sep 1989May 1990

Management Information Systems

Course Work

Eastern Il University

Aug 1985May 1987

BS Information Technology

Industrial Technology & Robotics

North Park University

Sep 1984May 1985

BS

Took Enginering Course Work and played Collegiate Baseball

Awards

World Communications

Nov 20152015

World Communications Innovation Award Kandy

May 20152015

2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 - Kandy

In the third annual Disruptor 50 list, CNBC features private companies in 16 industries—from aerospace to financial services to cybersecurity to retail—whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. These forward-thinking upstarts have identified unexploited niches in the marketplace that have the potential to become billion-dollar businesses, and they rushed to fill them. In the process, they are creating new ecosystems for their products and services. Unseating corporate giants is no easy feat. But we ranked those venture capital–backed companies doing the best job. Already it's hard to think of the world without them

INC 5000

Jan 20132013

TOP Alumni Companies - Spigit

INC. 

20122012

America's Fastest Growing Companies - Spigit

Spigit was #67 from the INC. 500

CIO review

May 20152012

10 Most Promising Companies in the US - Spigit

Babe Ruth World Series

Jun 2009Aug 2011

Managed and Won Back to Back World Series Championships in 2010 & 2011

Went to the final game in 2009 and lost by one run - the only team to compete in back to back to back world series championship games (Salt lake City, UT - Loudon, VA - Jamestown, NY

Networks Product Guide

Dec 20102010

CEO of the Year - Spigit

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