I am a compulsive serial entrepreneur. My first company was founded when I was 14; it sold an accounting program I had developed for the TRS-80. Since then I’ve launched more than a dozen successful high-tech companies.
Programming computers was not enough, I wanted to learn how to build one, from scratch. So for a client I designed and built a 8052 micro controller based computer. Its purpose was to control a large number of pneumatic valves which routed sampled air from many locations in a factory or industrial facility to a central, and very expensive gas analyzer. Over two decades later several of these units are still in operation and are protecting the lives of workers.
If you have ever designed printed circuit boards by hand using tape you know how painful that is. To complete the second generation of the gas sampling computer my partner and I acquired a state of the art CAD/CAM system. We later formed a company to design and manufacture prototype PCBs to other clients using this equipment.
Enter the Commodore 64 era. One of my better hacks was to improve the speed and storage capacity of the 1541 floppy disk drive. This was all done in software using hand optimized 6502 assembly language. The trick was to be able to fit all the new code into the already jam packed ROMs; optimizing Commodore’s code to save one byte here and another byte there.
I continued on the Commodore path with the beautiful Amiga computer. It had excellent graphics hardware, a very modern operating system, and a much too short lifespan.
Somewhere around this time I decided it would be a good idea to get a computer science degree. That lasted a year before I dropped out. Studies were taking too much time away from my business. I think reality is a much better school, and I’ll take an employee with real world skills and experience over one with paper credentials any day.
In 1994 I founded Internet One – an early Internet Service Provider (ISP). Internet related ventures have been my passion ever since. Over the last 10 years I’ve been an Internet consultant and advisor to companies like AOL, GMAC and Pacific Gas & Electric. If you’ve been in the market for a new car in the U.S. in the last 5 years you have probably visited one of “my sites”. I was the technical architect behind several of the largest automotive OEM web sites: www.infiniti.com, www.lexus.com, www.mazdausa.com, www.nissanusa.com, www.toyota.com.
Recently I’m enjoying doing smaller scale projects where I don’t have to wait for the bureaucracy of a Fortune 500 company every time a decision needs to be made. Now I can come up with an idea, implement it and be on the market all within a week or two. And just as quickly I can get direct and honest feedback.
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