Advisor at Kismet
Advisor to location-based social networking company.
Senior Product Manager at StumbleUpon
June 2010 - June 2012
Product and strategy responsibility for all of StumbleUpon's business products, including ads systems, publisher tools, partner implementations, and developer APIs. Hired and managed product management team.
Shipped: complete rebrand and rewrite of ads platform for brands and agencies called Paid Discovery (http://www.paiddiscovery.com). Features included multi-tier pricing, mobile ads, and advanced metrics and analytics. More than doubled revenue run rate in first six months, quadrupled in first year.
Shipped: StumbleUpon Channels, a way for brands, publications and celebrities to participate on StumbleUpon without intruding into the user experience. Launched with 250 channels, including Audi, ESPN, Funny or Die, and the Wall Street Journal.
Shipped: brand new suite of tools for all web site publishers called StumbleUpon Widgets, including Widgets API. Enabled publishers to improve pageviews-per-visitor on their site and drove user acquisition for StumbleUpon. Almost 1M widget views within the first 3 months after launch.
Senior Business Development Manager at Google
August 2007 - July 2010
Built new and emerging products and businesses with Product, Engineering. Led efforts on new product incubation and exploratory efforts, technology and meta-data licensing, strategic partnerships, evaluation and due diligence of potential partners and investments, urgent special projects, and alternative distribution for existing and new business initiatives.
Built businesses and partnerships in Google's developer platforms (cloud, API, open web standards), closing deals and launching projects in the areas of social media (OpenSocial, Friend Connect), real-time Internet and emerging open Web standards (PubSubHubbub), and Web infrastructure (App Engine).
Built a third-party network for Google's online display ads and offline print ads initiatives.
Closed deals for climate and energy initiatives with Google's green energy team.
Other activities include: technical and business evaluation of start-ups; assessing and following up with inbound partnership requests; working with product management to define business and revenue models and execute on them; speaking at conferences and panel discussions.
Partner Product Manager Lead at Google
August 2004 - June 2007
Built and scaled partner products for AdSense, Google Toolbar, and Google Pack from pilot phase to final delivery, and managed overall technical execution and business operation of Google's AdSense, Toolbar, and Pack partnerships world-wide. Improved existing partner operations, commercialized new partner solutions and took new initiatives from conception to successful deployment. Awarded a Founder's Award for successful work in new ads formats.
Technical Account Manager Lead at Google
January 2004 - June 2007
Managed teams of Technical Account Management teams for AdSense and client app distribution partnerships at Google. Built processes and tools for career development of Technical Account Managers overall.
Ran the Google Pack partnerships program as the program manager. Managed team and the processes for getting continuous software updates through the system with engineering via coordination with companies like Adobe, Sun Microsystems, Mozilla, and Skype.
Managed the project schedules for deployments of newly signed partners as well as post-deployment technical support for these partners. Transitioned partners from pre-sales to post-sales by launching partner sites with Google technology. Managed partners included the New York Times, CNET, Sun Microsystems, and others.
Senior Product Manager and Software Engineer at CafePress.com
February 2002 - January 2004
Launched and managed the flagship Web site, including product definition, technical architecture, development and project management of a high-traffic (30+M page views/month) e-commerce site on .NET and SQL Server.
Built entire technical infrastructure for printing and manufacturing custom-designed products (t-shirts, mugs, books, CDs, etc.)
Supported sales and business development as technical evangelist and outreach.
Senior Software Engineer, Architect, and Product Manager at Flypaper
June 2000 - January 2002
Led product design and definition, architected and developed a powerful and flexible collaboration web site, and deployed a massive-scale, distributed Java component architecture on N-scale cluster of mixed Linux and Windows. Innovations ahead of their time included intelligent, easy-to-use REST API, "one-touch" integrated developer environment, remote server-based Java SDK, Web-based Java compilation and installation.
Fielded sales calls as technical point person. Supported customers and designed and developed rapid prototypes based on customer requirements.
Senior Software Engineer and Architect at Opholio
March 1999 - June 2000
Employee #1 at photo-sharing community Web start-up. Led product definition, design, development, and deployment of Web site on Linux-Apache-Oracle-PHP stack.
Implemented partner-based, private-label photosharing Web platform, allowing third-party Web sites to quickly and easily add photosharing to their sites.
Managed team of developers to deliver on-time and under-budget releases. Conducted performance reviews and mentored junior developers on team.
Software Engineer and Architect at Viant
July 1997 - January 1999
Designed, developed, and deployed a company-wide intranet and content management system for a major office services company.
As an founding member of the Advanced Technology Group, led initiatives to evaluate and recommend cutting edge technology for use in client projects, including wireless devices, content management systems, and sales force automation solutions.
Conceived and developed a company-wide developer toolkit, including class and libraries, reusable components, a Web stress-testing tool, and a company-wide bug tracking tool.
Software Engineer and Architect at Accenture
January 1996 - July 1997
Left Computer Science PhD program to become a technology consultant and played critical technical architect and software engineering roles on projects for Fortune 500 companies. Serendipitously invented "instant messaging (IM)" for communicating with project team members almost a year before the first commercial IM client came out. Sadly, "No Walk Talk" was never commercialized.
Sr. Director, Product Management - Social Platforms at Turner Broadcasting
June 2012 - Present | San Francisco, CA
Senior Director of Product Management at Turner's Emerging Technologies team in San Francisco, focused on identifying, vetting, and building next generation social platforms and technologies.
Turner recently opened the office in the Bay Area to work with the Silicon Valley community – startups as well as established companies – to help define the next generation of broadcast media. The office consists of a group of tech entrepreneurs and execs who are aiming to change the way you'll watch televised content in the future. With the emergence of new technologies in mobile, social and broadband, the industry is ready for disruption and we plan on leading the charge.
Our activities include:
• Running Media Camp, an accelerator for media startups, including workshops focused on media technology, formal mentorship from media industry experts, community events and knowledge sharing, as well as direct investments including partnerships and vendor relationships..
• Experimenting with new technologies and and incubating prototypes for implementation by Turner's Audience Management Platforms Team.
• Identifying and facilitating partnerships between Silicon Valley companies and Turner's family of brands, including CNN, TBS, TNT, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, adult swim, truTV and more.
• Providing leads and due diligence for Time Warner Investments.