Entrepreneur Techie Nerd
Serial entrepreneur with software development experience. An Iraq combat veteran, author and tech nerd. I'm always looking into the future and for the tools to get everyone there.
The simplest tool for parents to discover and plan for kids focused events.
Merging an artistic style of old philosophical tone with modern startup strategies, I write about startup lessons and changing your entrepreneurial outlook.
By combining machine learning with human crowdsourcing, I'm developing a tool to provide clarity on global resources for refugees.
September 2016 - August 2017
An app to help employees within a company meet each other based on similiar interests. If Linkedin met Meetup.com.
January 2016 - Present
The use of Artificial Intelligence (Deep Learning) and crowdsourcing to reduce the time individuals are refugees and to provide global clarity on resource needs for each camp. If crowdsourcing met supply chain management.
May 2016 - Present
A massive multiplayer game in the political genre that takes the 'idle clicker' concept into the competitive arena. If Farmville met Politics.
January 2015 - Present
An interactive fiction platform that hosts digital novels and role playing games. If Choose Your Own Adventure met Netflix.
January 2015 - Present
Strategic content for startups delivered through a series of case studies, lessons learned and stratagem verbage. If Sun Tzu was an entrepreneur.
July 2012 - June 2014
A content scheduling platform for bloggers to synchronize and distribute blog posts and social media messaging. If Wordpress met Hoost Suite.
Lessons Learned: Even with strong customer and product discovery you still need to be careful to test human behaviors and risky assumptions.
Lessons Learned The right cofounders will make or break a startup. Some will interview well for the role and perform poorly. Find cofounders who are willing to take as much risk as you are.
Lessons Learned: Content, simple or profound, can be difficult to create with meaning while also being easy for beginners to understand. Once you've bitten from the "apple of knowledge" you can't go back, rendering expertise an obstacle in passing on wisdom in an accessible way to entrepreneurial padawans.
Lessons Learned: Things always take longer than you expect. If it's worth it, keep at it.
Lessons Learned: When participating in multi-sided markets focus on providing a service or tool for one side. After establishing the first side, build the other.
Focus on what you and your direct reports could be, not what they cannot be. If you call someone a thief and do so often, they are likely to embody those traits. The same can be said for expecting the best out of a person. Expect excellence, encourage excellence, and help your team achieve excellence.
Establish standards that are clear, measureable, and fair. Create clarity for yourself and others. Implement a rubric rather than a sliding scale. Take time to understand the journey of others, be it people or products, but do not mistake the best that is offered for the best that can be.
Everyone should be able to provide feedback to anyone. This is not a top to bottom or peer to peer thing. There is value collecting varying perspectives. Seek not to just listen, but to understand. This extends to hearing those who speak up about your product, services and processes.
Find passionate, focused and great people and get out of the way. You attract these people by being the best you can be and asking the same of them. This often requires being willing to work ferociously at your job and even harder at serving the people you lead. Said differently, the success and growth of my direct reports is a personal mission of mine.