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A Builder, Humanizing Technology

I've learned the languages of love, mathematics & HTML, but I most often speak in simplicity. Dream a little dreamier.

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Education

Stanford University

Certificate, Human-Computer Interaction

Designing technologies that bring people joy, rather than frustration.

2012 - 2012

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

MBA Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Finance

Took evening classes while working full-time and starting two companies. I completed my MBA at full speed, taking 2 classes every quarter, for 2.5 years.

2008 - 2011

University of Iowa

BS Mathematics & Actuarial Science, Minors Business & Statistics

I helped build the largest student organization ever at the University of Iowa, started a successful beer-bong business frequented by the Iowa football team (sorry fans!), interned with one of the Big 4 accounting firms, twice, and took graduate level classes while studying for the Actuarial Science professional designation. Go Hawks!

1999 - 2003

Experience

SuperKind.

Founder & Managing Principle

A private equity group that scales traditionally unscalable businesses by adding technology, entertainment and marketing partnerships to portfolio companies.

  • Created deal flow, established relationships with founders, and prepared prospectuses
  • Created a private equity purchase buyout opportunity of a multi-location, boutique gym chain in the Dallas metroplex
  • Analyzed 37 historical financial statements and prepared a 70-page private equity purchase prospectus outlining the business valuation, purchase price, marketing strategy, incentive compensation plan, and external fitness and medical partnerships to supercharge revenue
  • Established SuperKind as the exclusive American marketing and distribution partner for Anil Arjandas luxury spanish jewelry line (anilarjandas.com), including negotiating celebrity endorsement by Lilly Ghalichi of Bravo's The Shahs of Sunset fame
  • 2013 - present

    Adam & Luna

    Founder & Product Engineer
  • Launched StoryApp from pre idea to app store without any angel or venture capital and with an entirely remote team
  • Recruited a world class team: Ice Age story artist, Disney concept artist, Badgeville engineer, and US Air Force Cyber Security engineer
  • Partnered with Carnegie Mellon Robotics Lab Senior Fellow, and as one of 10 global companies partnered with Beyond Verbal, an Israeli intelligent emotion analysis company
  • Sold nearly $100,000 in design and engineering agency work to fund team’s compensation
  • Developed HR cultural and performance management document, managed all accounting and legal contracts, controlled business expenses under $200 per month
  • Functioned as acting CTO building product roadmap, specs, daily standups, scrum and weekly sprints, all while training a Product Apprentice
  • Engineered 7 major versions of website, including Ruby on Rails app to collect user signups complete with transactional emails
  • Engineered StoryApp’s first character animations in Objective-C; our product is currently running on AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Rails, Mongo, Redis, and Qbox for elastic search
  • Designed all product mechanics, the user experience, and wireframes of the user interface
  • Led the company’s marketing through daily blog posts, social media, individual emails, HTML email campaigns, and direct mail
  • Compiled, analyzed, and shared daily Mixpanel analytics and implications with entire team
  • Managed media relations across multiple publications including Pando Daily
  • 2012 - present

    plyfe

    Head of Product

    After raising a $1 million seed round of funding, we created a game for your social media activity that rewards you with awesome stuff. We were lucky enough to acquire 50,000 users within 6 weeks of the Beta launch, where users earned over 210 million plyfe points. Below are a few of the things I accomplished.

    • Talent: hired 2 designers
    • Branding: polygonal geometry + purple + swag
    • UI Design: app + corporate pages for Beta launch
    • HTML Emails: custom + automatic
    • Social Media: Twitter + Facebook + Instagram + YouTube
    • Analytics: Kontagent + Mixpanel + KissMetrics + Google Analytics + insights + 'S' engagement curve
    • iPhone app: conceptual wireframes, user stories, and polished mockup
    • Game Mechanics: game atom, overlapping onboarding system, viral loops (Stars, Levels)
    True Innovation
    • The Voice: the sharp wedge to get uninterested people who sign up to start caring about plyfe (give people points for doing what they're already doing so they get addicted to the act of earning points, then feed them progressively harder challenges)
    • Influencer Analytics: identification and targeting based on levels of depth
    • Branding: polygons non-existent in web design, especially startups and web apps
    • Business Development
    2011 - 2012

    Evolyte

    Founder & Managing Partner

    A marketing, design, and engineering firm. We made websites, web apps, and iPhone apps for ourselves and clients.

    For example, we built the Evolyte eCommerce Store in 14 days and with 1 day of marketing, drove 18,000 pageviews and nearly $30,000 in reserved sales.

    You can view a sample of some of our work on my Portfolio.

    2009 - 2012

    BlueStone Investments

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    A high-frequency algorithmic trading firm where we developed strategies and technology to trade equities at hyperspeed. We developed the Alpha 2.0 Challenge, which was an open-sourced algorithmic trading contest that allowed the winners to trade their custom-developed algorithm using our capital and cloud computing infrastructure (using AWS in 2007 before the entire internet relied on it).

    In the worst market since the Great Depression, our returns were +43% to the market benchmark. I also raised six figures in Angel investment.

    2008 - 2010

    Towers Watson

    Executive Compensation Consultant

    Spending years in the Boardroom of the largest companies in the world taught me not only how to convey complex information and data to busy senior executives, but also how to attract, retain, and motivate people using tangible items (e.g., incentive compensation) and intangible items (performance management). Some of the day-to-day duties included project management, business development and presentation, data analysis, report writing, and storytelling.

    Clients included Wal-Mart, RadioShack, Energizer, National City, Goldman Sachs, and many other brand name companies.

    2005 - 2011

    Guess, Inc.

    Store Manager

    Beginning as a Sales Associate, I worked my way up through visual merchandising and assistant managing to become the Store Manager in record time. Compared to the previous fiscal year, revenue increased +25% (9th in the company) and Net Income +319% while reducing payroll 14% from budget. The men's department sales rose from 96th to 12th in the company.

    I helped turn the business around into one of the Top 3 stores in the company (out of 350), and was subsequently nominated for Store of the Year.

    2004 - 2005

    Skills

    Consumer Behavior

    I've been fascinated by the unconscious, emotional drivers of human behavior for years. Have a glance at the presentation below that contains a few tidbits of some of this knowledge.

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    Marketing

    Marketing is one of those weird things that combines both analytics and psychology. It can simultaneously be one of the most painful yet rewarding processes you go through. But when it works, it really works. An old quote that I really love:

    "There are only two functions in any business. You make the product, then you sell the product. Many startups or even Fortune 100 businesses have trouble executing on both.

    I've spent years reading and studying scientific research on behavioral decision making and emotional marketing tactics. Here's a taste of some of the more rudimentary tactics:

    Top Behavioral Posts

    Engineering

    I taught myself MATLAB in a weekend, took Java in college, taught myself HTML, CSS, and Javascript. I'm currently playing around with Objective C (iOS), just for giggles.

    I also made the ridiculously awesome drop-down box you see below. AMAZING!

    UI Design

    There's a tremendous difference between intuitive user interfaces and polished Photoshopped designs. I do the former, not the latter. My friends are better than I could ever hope to be at the latter, but I'm getting better every day. Scabadoo.

    Select UI Designs

    Gamification

    Whether it's designing Incentive Compensation systems for chief executives of the world's largest companies or mechanics for social game apps, the fundamentals are all the same. It's a mathematical stick and carrot system that begins with cues, makes the user perform some action, and then rewards them for it. And then there's that pesky "fun" thing.

    Download the In-Progress Interactive iBook

    Statistics & Analytics

    Numbers have been a part of my life since I was a child. My parents still tell the story of me remembering a relative's license plate number and highway marker from weeks prior while on vacation. If you've got millions of rows of data in excel and need to figure out what story it tells, let me take a crack at it. I've done it many times before. Regression's my...middle name.