- Exploring ideas for the next company
- Recently left Rapid7, where I was VP/GM Mobile
- Founder/CEO of Mobilisafe, acquired by Rapid7 in 2012
- Worked for Lockheed Martin, Aplix, T-Mobile in engineering and management roles
- Graduate of Stanford University (BS) and Carnegie Mellon University (MS)
- Native of the Seattle area
I grew up in the Seattle area and moved to California to attend Stanford University. Two of my college internships were with a startup in Seattle called 4thpass. We built the first content and app stores for mobile devices in 2001. Carriers like Telefonica and SK Telekom deployed these stores to the first Java-enabled phones. I was a part of the company from its growth from 12 to 60 people and its eventual acquisition by Motorola.
I graduated with a degree in computer science and started working for Lockheed Martin Space and Missiles. I worked on a variety of projects including satellites, the Airborne Laser Program, wireless sensor networks and trusted computing for the intelligence agencies. Lockheed Martin also offered a leadership development program, which allowed me to rotate to these various projects while providing leadership training and sponsoring graduate school. While working for Lockheed Martin, I completed my masters degree from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science.
After completing my degree, I reached a fork in the road. Continuing to stay in the aerospace and defense industry would make it much more difficult to transition to private industry. I decided to take the plunge and moved on to work at Aplix, a Japanese software company with an R&D office in San Francisco. In the pre-iPhone and pre-Android smartphone era, Aplix made Java applications and games work on phones. Google invited Aplix to participate in the Open Handset Alliance, a collective they formed to bring Android to the market. I got my first look at Android back then and felt that mobile was going to change everything.
Around the time the G1 was launched, I joined T-Mobile to build a software platform based on Android. Our team was charged with re-envisioning the Sidekick on Android. Along the way, we ended up having a hand in nearly every Android device T-Mobile shipped until my departure. My eventual co-founder and I also met at T-Mobile, the best of several good things that came out of working there.
While I was at T-Mobile, I also got involved with T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom. I conducted technical due diligence on a number of mid and late stage investment opportunities. This was also an opportunity for me to see startups from the investor perspective. I cultivated some ideas around mobile security with my co-founder and left T-Mobile and T-Venture to start Mobilisafe.
My co-founder and I started Mobilisafe in 2010 to be the authority on device trustworthiness. We recognized the trend in employees bringing personal mobile devices to corporate networks presented significant challenges for IT to trust those devices with corporate data. We raised funding from Madrona Venture Group, Trilogy Equity Partners, T-Venture and Clear Fir Partners, all of whom are investors local to Seattle where we founded Mobilisafe.
We had a good run with Mobilisafe, building the company, product and customer base. As we were on the verge of closing our next round of financing, we had some parties express interest in acquiring the company. One of those parties was Rapid7 and they ultimately stood out as a a great option for us. The acquisition of Mobilisafe closed in October of 2012. I stayed on with Rapid7 as VP and General Manager of Mobile through tremendous growth and its IPO in 2015.
Over the years I've been interviewed by a variety of media organizations like Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Business Insider, NBC News, Pando, USA Today, CSO and others. I've also authored a number of granted patents with some amazing fellow inventors.
Outside of tech, I'm passionate about Seattle and Stanford sports teams, poker, good TV and movies, quality long reads, eating spicy food and drinking espresso. I somehow managed to marry an amazing woman that puts up with me and have two kids that have redefined the purpose and meaning of life for me.
As of March 2016, I've left Rapid7 and am exploring what the next company I build will be all about.
This site is built on Ghost. I have made some minor tweaks to the Casper theme. The cover picture on my home page is one of the earliest known examples of storytelling from the Lascaux Caves, dating back over 17,000 years.