I’m an entrepreneur and software architect. I can take ideas from napkins all the way through to production and beyond. I’ve managed both large and small teams over the years, and I still have a passion for coding myself.
I’ve been a founder, a co-founder and a CTO at various times. Sales, marketing, public relations, budgets, contracts and business strategy are all too familiar, but software development will always be my true love.
Primary interests of late include cloud computing, highly-scalable architectures, machine learning, web/mobile development and automated trading for equities and options.
I have a passion for software development and I've been around long enough to know a thing or two about design, managing projects and how to make appropriate compromises to get products to market as early as possible.
At the core, I'm a software developer. Nearly every product I've ever worked on started out on a napkin with me doing the drawing. Not only do I have a solid track record for bringing products to market, and then marketing them, my products have consistently won awards and received glowing editorial reviews.
I thrive on new technologies and changing things up, which is why I've worked on such a diverse range of products over the years. In fact, I've dabbled in way more areas than listed here.
I also have extensive experience in sales, marketing and the operational side of running small businesses.
Although I did attend Central Connecticut State for a bit, and then later the esteemed Brooks Institute of Photography here in California, I do not have a formal undergraduate degree. Computer science programs weren't really a thing back then; short of working with punch cards.
Nonetheless, I was seduced by the burgeoning microcomputing industry, and one day I simply decided to spend my hard-earned tuition money on the recently-released Apple II computer. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I taught myself about software, microprocessors and electronics, and soon landed my first engineering position working with state-of-the-art microprocessors at ComDesign.
The net of it is that I have an insatiable passion for self-learning and a mind-blowing collection of books.
Throughout my career I've developed many products which have received numerous accolades and rave editorial reviews. Listed below are a few events which have stood out amongst the rest.
Here I've tried to list most of my noteworthy products and projects. It's seems every few years I'm working in a completely different space -- that's what makes it so fun!
Ecommerce site with 300K+ drapery and upholstery fabric products. Uses machine learning for suggestions.
Another online venue from InsideStores with over 50K drop-ship rugs. ASP.Net, SQL and some machine learning.
One of the first luxury home furnishings websites from InsideStores using mostly organic search for traffic.
Web store with over 50K wallcovering products. Uses machine learning to enhance discovery. ASP.Net, SQL.
WPF front-end for refreshing stock status and specs on over 500K drop-ship products from 80+ vendors daily.
Silverlight and ASP.Net app to provide real-time monitoring and business insights for ecommerce sites.
Massively-scalable and fully-automated SaaS Internet lead generation system for dentists and other verticals.
A portable freeware version of SafeHouse for memory sticks with a Windows Explorer-like user interface.
SafeHouse brought advanced encryption to the masses with its simplified interface for non-techies.
I created this and other private label products for SouthPeak based on the popular MyCorkboard engine.
Fully interactive drag-n-drop screen saver with pranks distributed as Internet shareware. Monster hit!
PC Dynamics quickly became a leading publisher of retail screen savers with numerous famous-brand products.
I was the first to introduce the concept of an interactive screensaver; starting with Popeye based on ScreenPlay.
Created this new core screensaver engine in C++ to take advantage of many new licensing opportunities.
This screensaver became an overnight sensation and zoomed to the top of the charts. Super fun! C++
Packaged this two-factor authentication device for retail along with a new line of file encryption software. C++
Looking to tap gov markets, added full disk encryption and access control on top of MenuWorks. Written in C++.
Walt's infamous first-ever personal computing column in the WSJ recommended MenuWorks!
Data to be protected was associated with a physical fingerprint implanted onto diskettes using robotics.
Patented diskette copy protection for commercial software used by many leading publishers of the day.
This mind-boggling 5MB (not a typo) hard drive for Apple and IBM PCs thrust Genie into the national spotlight.
Breaking out on my own, my first product was this printer card for the Apple II which soon snagged an investor.
In my first engineering role, I helped design this RS232 multiplexer powered by an Intel 8088 microprocessor.
First tech job was working on this Rolm computer using toggle switches, a soldering iron and an oscilloscope.
I squandered my tuition money on this Apple II with 4KB of memory and taught myself to code.
I delivered over 100K Hartford Courant morning papers over the course of 6 years; including these two.
I would love to hear from you if you've got a new project or an exciting opportunity to discuss.