I am a passionate husband, father, entrepreneur, angel investor, and mentor to many founders. I've had a lifelong love of tech. I first learned how to program at 11, developed my first website at 13, reverse engineered my first binary at 15, and started my first internet business at the age of 16.
I am a Partner at Firebrand Ventures, a venture fund that invests in exceptional founders building their life's work.
Previously, I was at Amazon where I flew around the US and mentored and advised startups at the top accelerators and incubators and I tried to add as much value as I possibly could to each company. Before Amazon, I was a Product Manager for Reddit, where I owned all ads products including self serve, native ads, desktop, and mobile web. I was recruited by Ellen Pao and Yishan Wong, and stayed on through the transition back to Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman.
Prior to Reddit, I was the CEO and co-founder of Appstores, which was acquired by mobile ad giant InMobi. Appstores later became the foundation for InMobi's Native Ads product before I left in 2014.
I co-founded Appstores after leaving Facebook, where I was an early employee and part of the Platform team. While at Facebook I helped major platform partners like The White House, Hulu, Spotify, Zynga, and even The Jonas Brothers effectively leverage the Facebook Platform by speaking with them, conceptualizing what could be done, and then working with their tech teams to get it complete and launched.
Before Facebook, I co-founded Ping.fm (acquired by Seesmic), a service that allows users to post across multiple social networks at once.
I moved to the Bay Area in 2007 to join Dotspotter (acquired by CBS Interactive) in San Francisco as a Senior Product Designer, where I launched the very first implementation of Facebook Connect and numerous social applications for various CBS Interactive properties.
I hold a bachelors from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, I'm left-handed, but I also love to code from time to time still. This gives my a unique perspective that allows me to be a huge asset in product, marketing, engineering, and operations to the companies I work for, advise, and invest in.
I've given talks in the past at:
GMIC, San Francisco
Casual Connect, San Francisco
GDC, San Francisco
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona
AWS Startup Day, Austin