MY LIFE STORY IN A
Born a small child in rural Massachusetts
ENTERING THE SYSTEM
Held back in kindergarten, starting a patchy history with school
First Job as cucumber picker; new interest in white collar employment
First non-farm employment
Gas station attendant in Tsuragashima, Japan
College dropout, take I: first startup
Dropped out of college to start “Compass Computers”, now “GovPlace”
Back to college!
Back to college at Stanford
First time on enterprise software
Intern junior grade at Trilogy
In China at Nestle
Great experience at Nestle, one of the world’s most durable companies. Interning in Beijing.
College dropout, take II: second startup
I dropped out of Stanford just in time for the dot.com boom. Employee #1 at Scout Electronics. Built wildly impractical things with a great team.
Ran sales engineering and pre-sales financial modeling at SOMA Networks.
Back to software
Back to software at comm’s app leader, BroadSoft (BSFT), where I ran professional services.
More enterprise software
Started Leonid Systems to pursue new ideas for the comm’s IT space.
Wiley publishes “Starting a Tech Business“; more work online and in the classroom.
Another startup project
Started Brand Lattice to pursue new ideas for the brand strategy & design space.
University of Virginia | Darden
BroadSoft (NASDAQ: BSFT) buys Leonid, I start as faculty at UVA teaching Software Design and Software Development
Coursera | Agile Development
Created the Agile Development specialization on Coursera with an awesome team at Darden.
Started as Managing Director at Synapse Partners advising large corporations on innovation.
Just plain working