I'm the guy.
I'm a serial entrepreneur with an enthusiasm for design. I enjoy nothing more than working with talented people who share in my passions for entrepreneurship and the Internet.
I've been creating and building internet startups since 1998. Back then I was co-founder and CEO of ImageCafe.com, the World's first online superstore of pre-fabricated websites for small businesses. ImageCafe was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions/Verisign 7-months after we launched. Those were the good old days ;-)
In 2006, I founded Groupsite.com, a self-serve SaaS platform for building private, branded communities of interest. At present, Groupsite.com is profitable and powers more than 50,000 branded online communities. Since 2011 (after 6 years as CEO) I've served as Executive Chairman of Groupsite and continue to lead product vision and strategy.
After being an entrepreneur based in Maryland my entire career, in early 2011, I moved to Palo Alto - the heart of Silicon Valley - with the goal of doing it bigger and better. In pursuit of this goal, I am currently founder and CEO of Progressly, a SaaS startup due to launch early 2014.
Progressly is a tool and a marketplace that delivers "Process Plans for Professionals." We are making the $8B+ Business Process Management (BPM) marketplace simple and accessible for the rest of us. Progressly renders processes visual and repeatable and makes the resulting progress transparent to team members, management and clients.
Additionally, I'm an occasional angel investor and former early stage venture capitalist at Venturepreneur Partners where I served as co-founding General Partner in 2004. I enjoy advising the management teams of various other early-stage tech startups. I tend to focus on product design, specifically user-experience, which serves as the catalyst behind the development of all of the ventures that I'm involved with.
Other stuff: I've been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes ASAP, and Entrepreneur Magazine and have been a guest on CNNfn and other media outlets. I've also been a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist and my entrepreneurial experiences are the subject of a Babson College case study.
I have a B.S. in Business Management from the Johns Hopkins University and an A.A. in Computer Aided Design for Architecture and Engineering. I serve on the board of trustees of Philadelphia University and several other non-profit organizations. I've had the good fortune of being recognized as a distinguished alumnus of Johns Hopkins University in 2010 and was chosen as an honorary alumnus of the University of Maryland in 2006.
In my personal time, I enjoy spending time with my daughters, family and close friends. Prior to relocating to Palo Alto, CA, I attended most Maryland Terps basketball and Ravens football games. I'm still smiling over the Ravens' 2013 Super Bowl victory.