I am passionate about technology and innovation. My motivation is to use new technologies to create efficient solutions and compelling user experiences. I have 15 years of experience designing and delivering mobile solutions.


Consultant, Multiple Fortune 500 Companies, 2008 – Present

I provide strategy, design and delivery for consumer and enterprise focused wireless and mobility solutions for multiple Fortune 500 companies. Current areas of focus include: consumer mobile applications, enterprise business intelligence, sales force mobilization, telemetry, big data, GIS, physical computing, IoT, connected car technologies, cloud enablement, indoor location, and enterprise sentiment. Previously responsible for the design and delivery of a cloud based enterprise OSS/BSS solution for a nationwide multi-tenant wholesale LTE service.


Technology Director, Disney Mobile, Walt Disney (Los Angeles) 2005 – 2008

Conceived, designed and evolved the mobile application suite and platform technologies core to Disney’s mobile network offering. Designed significant portions of the technology architecture and managed multiple vendor deliveries leading up to the June 2006 launch. Thereafter developed concepts and managed design and delivery of several new products including a family prepaid mobile service, a mid-tier multimedia handset, a handset activation service, rich media entertainment applications and an enhanced call control application. Disney Mobile won the 2007 Andrew Seybold Choice Award for the Most Innovative New Service by a Wireless Operator or MVNO.

Partner, Palace Ventures (London) 2003 – 2006
Created mobile content marketing, discovery and delivery strategies for UK media companies. Managed the delivery of an award winning mobile video dating application launched by “3” in the UK. The Dateline Mobile product won 2005 Best Lifestyle/Community Application Award at MIPCOM that year. Managed the delivery of a suite of mobile games distributed under the PlayWizard brand by Carphone Warehouse in the UK.

CTO & Founder, Empower Interactive Group (London) 1999 – 2003

Founded Empower Interactive, a mobile product company employing over 150 people and delivering messaging solutions to tier 1 mobile operator worldwide. Was the principal visionary behind the product strategy. Responsible for 3 patents (WO 03/069924, WO 03/027872, WO 03/001819). Conceived and architected sophisticated messaging solutions that are now in use by Orange, SMART, Wind, StarHub, Telkomsel and others. Created and designed the MDP (Message Delivery Platform) product which in its largest installation processes 6,000 SMS per second. Evangelized his product strategy to help raise over $20m in funding from private equity investors. Empower was ranked a UK Top 100 Technology Growth Company in The Sunday Times for three years (2003-2005) and a Tornado Insider Top 100 European Company in 2005. In 2006, Empower was bought by eServGlobal, a London Stock Exchange listed (symbol: ESG) provider of global carrier solutions.

Technical Director, IMG/TWI (London) 1997 – 2000

Worked with top sporting brands including Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Wimbledon, British Open, and the PGA European Tour to deliver industry leading immersive web experiences. Worked closely with TWI’s customers to architect, design and manage the delivery of solutions that bring the Internet as close as possible to the sporting action. Leveraged TWI’s media production capabilities to help break new ground in delivering broadcast content and multimedia to the Internet well before the advent of broadband content. Architected solutions to provide original content video feeds, real-time photo feeds, play by play event coverage, and real-time SMS alerts.

Education, etc.

New York University, Computer Science, 1992*
US & UK citizenship

External References

Andrew Seybold Choice Awards 2007
MIPCOM Mobile Awards 2005
New Media Age Effectiveness Awards 2004
Patent WO 03/069924
Patent WO 03/027872
Patent WO 03/001819
Sunday Times Tech Track 100


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