Education

Education

Work History

Work History
Jul 2008 - Present

Co-Owner

LogoBids.com
  • Managed the development of the entire website
  • Helped guide the company into revenue
Jul 2008 - Present

Consultant, Speaker and Blogger

Thinking Serious, Inc
  • Provide consultation and execution to Corporations, from small to the Fortune 500
  • Areas of expertise:
    • Software Engineering
    • Web Application Development
    • Social Media Marketing
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Personal and Team Productivity
    • Systems and Procedures
Aug 2007 - Present

Co-Owner and Co-Founder

IER Solutions, Inc.
  • Provide overall vision and strategy
  • Manage software development team
  • Manage and execute Social Media Marketing campaigns
Sep 2006 - Present

Co-Owner and Co-Founder

ATL Innovations, Inc.
  • Provide overall vision and strategy
  • Manage software development and marketing team
  • Launched several web based services:
    • www.ThemBid.com
    • www.BiddingBlock.com
    • www.FrontPageBids.com
    • www.Notifir.com
    • www.LinRails.com
    • www.MediaStretch.com
Sep 2006 - Present

Co-Owner and Co-Founder

ThemBid.com
  • Managed and executed the software development
  • Created, managed and executed the marketing plan
  • Accumulated over 1.2 million page views to the website via Social Media Marketing
Apr 2010 - Present

Product Development Manager

SendGrid
  • Direct and manage activities of other web developers using Agile methodologies
  • Develop systems and processes, automating where necessary
  • Assist with quality assurance and user experience
  • Help develop new products to provide more value to our customers
Jan 2010 - May 2010

Blogger

MakeUseOf.com
  • Produce blog concepts and deliver written content
Mar 2009 - Apr 2010

Director of Operations

ToolsToLife.com
  • Assist with vision and strategy
  • Implement overall systems
  • Manage executive team
  • Product development
  • Internet Marketing and Social Media Integration
Sep 2003 - Aug 2007

Owner and CEO

AboveTheLimit.com
  • Quadrupled revenue from year two to year three
  • Tripled revenue from year one to year two
  • Created and implemented the business model
  • Established business relationships with local companies and organizations
  • Established business relationships with Universities, Fortune 500 companies and celebrities.
  • Manage current officers and executives
  • Helped several companies significantly increase revenue
Jan 2003 - Aug 2005

Research Developer

U.C. Riverside
  • Created an user interface for an underwater vehicle for the SPAWAR group of the U.S. Navy
  • Created a Python based Trimble GPS receiver driver and UI
  • Tested, optimized and implemented an integer ambiguity resolution algorithm for an integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) and Inertial Navigation System (INS)
  • Led a team of 3 graduate students and re-factored an integrated GPS/INS automatic vehicle control system design written in C/DOS using OO C++ software engineering techniques under the QNX real time operating system
  • Created custom CMR (a standard format created by Trimble) drivers and a comprehensive testing suit
  • Created an OO GPS rover/base system using C++/MFC/Open GL in the Microsoft Windows NT environment
  • Created Python/Matlab tools to automatically generate test results
Sep 2000 - Dec 2002

Research Developer

U.C. Riverside
  • Designed a Digital Signal Processor based PCB board for use in a GPS/INS system
  • Ported the uOS onto the DSP board and created several multithreaded programs
  • Developed a driver for a Differential GPS system using the RTCM standard
  • Created and implemented a memory expansion board for the TIC31 DSK evaluation board
  • Assisted in the development of a Mitel chipset GPS Receiver
Jun 2001 - Aug 2001

Assistant Researcher

U.C. Berkeley
  • Ported a Microsoft Windows C++ algorithm, used to drive a bus collision warning system, onto the QNX real time platform for commercial implementation
  • Designed a steering wheel controller for use in a freight truck and snowplow

Skills

Skills

Writing

I blog primarily at www.ThinkingSerious.com, with additional content published all over the Internet either under my own name or ghost written. My blog posts have generated millions of page views and have gone popular on sites such as Digg.com, StumbleUpon.com, Reddit.com, Delicious.com among others.

Systems Development

In particular, I use a combination of desktop, mobile and web based tools to create and implement systems to streamline productivy and increase revenue.

Internet Marketing

While versed and an advocate of integrated marketing (tradition + Internet), my specialty is in Social Media Marketing. The end goal is to achieve the objectives of the client, whether it be traffic, branding, conversions and/or nurturing.

Graphics Designer

I am proficient with Photoshop, HTML and CSS. The practical application of these skills is for web applications.

Software Engineer

I have experience in building web applications, most recently using Symfony and Ruby on Rails. My experience ranges from project management to programming.

Management

I have managed small teams both locally and internationally through real and virtual means.

Honors & Awards

October, 2006 – Above the Limit, Inc. was named finalist for the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award for Technology by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino and the Press Enterprise Business Press.November, 2006 – A certificate of appreciation was received from Barbara Boxer, United States Senator.June 6, 2006 – Letter of congratulations was received from Albert K. Karnig, President of Cal State University San Bernardino.May, 2006 - Technology Firm of the year award was granted by the Inland Empire Minority Business Development Center. May, 2006 - A letter of congratulations was received from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor, State of California. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Marion Ashley, Riverside County Supervisor, 5th District. May, 2006 - A certificate of special congressional recognition was received from Darrell Isa, Member, United States House of Representatives. May, 2006 - A certificate of special congressional recognition was received from Jerry Lewis, Member, United States House of Representatives. May, 2006 - A certificate of special congressional recognition was received from Susan Davis, Member, United States House of Representatives. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was presented by Ron Loveridge, Mayor of Riverside. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was presented by Bill Postmus, San Bernardino County Supervisor. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was presented by Patrick Morris, Mayor of San Bernardino. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was presented by Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Supervisor. May, 2006 - A certificate of special congressional recognition was received from Loretta Sanchez, Member, United States House of Representatives.May, 2006 - A certificate of special congressional recognition was received from Ken Calvert, Member, United States House of Representatives.May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was presented by Bob Huff, Member of the Assembly 60th Assembly District California State Legislature. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was presented by Mimi Waters, Member of the Assembly California State Legislature. May, 2006 - A certificate of special congressional recognition was received from Ed Royce, Member, United States House of Representatives. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was presented by Ray Haynes, Member of the Assembly 66th Assembly District California State Legislature. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was presented by Mark Wyland, Member of the Assembly, 74th Assembly District California State Legislature. May, 2006 - A certificate of appreciation was received from Lori Saldana, Member of the Assembly, 76th Assembly District, California State Legislature. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Nell Soto, California State Senator, 32nd Senate District. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from George Runner, California State Senator, 17th Senate District. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Joseph L. Dunn, California State Senator. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Bill Morrow, California State Senator. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Dick Ackerman, California State Senator, 33rd District. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was presented by Joe Baca, Jr., Member of the Assembly, California State Legislature, Sixty Second District. May, 2006 - A certificate of special congressional recognition was received from Joe Baca, Member of Congress, 43rd Congressional District.May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Van Tran, Member of the Assembly, 68th Assembly District, California State Legislature. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Gloria Negrete McLeod, Member of the Assembly, 61st Assembly District, California State Legislature. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Bill Emmerson, Member of the Assembly, 63rd Assembly District, California State Legislature. May, 2006 - A certificate of special recognition was received from Andy S. Melendrez Riverside City Council Member Ward 2. May, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Bob Dutton, California State Senator, 31st Senate District. April, 2006 - The Excellence in Technology award was granted by the Inland Valley News. April, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Bill Emmerson, Assemblyman Sixty Third District. April, 2006 - A certificate of congratulations was received from Paul Leon, Mayor of Ontario. April, 2006 - A letter of congratulations was received from Governer Arnold Schwarzenegger. April, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Jose Gonzales, San Bernardino County Fifth Distrcit Supervisor. April, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator. April, 2006 - A certificate of recognition was received from California State Senator Nell Soto. December, 2005 - Graduate of Tuck Executive Training Program at Dartmouth. April, 2005 - Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Presented by the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce. April, 2005 - Entrepreneur of the year award. Presented by California State Assemblyman Bill Emerson. April, 2005 - Certificate of recognition. Presented by California State Assemblyman Joe Baca. April, 2005 - Letter of recognition for community service. Presented by Cal State San Bernardino President Albert Karnig. September 2004 - Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Leadership. Presented by Assemblyman John J. Benoit of the 64th Assembly District.March 2001 - Outstanding Research Award. Presented by University of California President Atkinson. June 2000 – 2004 - Outstanding Scholar Award. Presented by the African Student Programs at the University of California, Riverside.June 1998 - Tau Alpha Epsilon Honors Award. Presented by Los Angeles Valley College.

Publications

Jinrong Cheng, Jay A. Farrell, Lu Yu and Elmer Thomas, 'Aided Integer Ambiguity Resolution Algorithm' IEEE Plans, 2004.J. Cheng, Y. Lu, E. Thomas, and J. A. Farrell, 'Data Fusion via Kalman Filter: GPS & INS', Autonomous Mobile Robots: Sensing, Control, Decision Making and Applications, Marcel Drekker, New York, 2004.

Objective

My life goal is to create a positive impact for the greatest number of people over the longest period of time. Today, that means helping businesses increase productivity and revenue through technology innovations that support their mission and goals.

Interest

Learning, programming, reading, writing and watching movies.