The Short Story
After a successful and multi-faceted career in The States,
I moved to Southeast Asia to both learn about and take advantage of opportunities in emerging markets. I'm currently working in an advisory capacity with select partners and clients (see below), but have plenty of bandwidth for new projects.
I'm available for short- or long-term consulting projects, advisory positions, and equity opportunities.
Strategic Digital Consulting
Recovering Advertising C-Suite Executive
I was thrust into the online advertising world back in 1999 when it was hard -- very hard -- to spend $500K annually. But after working with partners like Google and Yahoo to tailor their offerings, my company managed to do so. After a few years, I made the switch from client to agency side, spending a decade first as VP and Managing Director of a boutique NYC-based agency and then VP of Media and Innovation for a large, full-service Phoenix-based agency.
Perhaps it's my dedication to living left of the technology adoption lifecycle, but I've a decent track record of predicting The Next Big Thing. Professional content's eventual dominance of podcasting. Twitter as a valuable communication tool. Google's continual attack on SEOs and disintermediation of ad agencies. Just don't ask me who's going to win next year's World Cup!
Because I stay up to speed on a variety of emerging platforms, I'm often called by various hedge fund managers before they make big investments. My job isn't to tell them whether or not they should or should not invest, but to give a from-the-frontlines perspective of emerging trends, discuss possible adoption hurdles, and dissect the competitive landscape.
I sit on (or have sat on) the board or provide mentorship services for select, promising startups and industry groups. From travel to publishing, media to commerce, I provide a fresh (and often contrarian) outlook, give honest feedback, and push them to refine and grow their product, influence, or marketshare.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Part entrepreneur and part enabler, my varied personal and professional career have had a common theme: Innovation and a strong desire to break the status quo.
Chief Disruption Officer
As Chief Disruption Officer of Big Bounce, I helped early stage entrepreneurs figure out their business model, and mid-stage startups figure out if they were a real company (or just an expensive hobby.)
For three years, I was the Co-Chair of Podcamp AZ, growing the event to become the third largest in the country, attracting attendees and speakers well beyond Arizona.
I've personally been a founder of six different startups: three in publishing, one in media, one in finance, and one in travel & tourism. None of them made me rich, but all of them taught me valuable lessons that I apply every day.
I'm an energetic and engaging speaker, with a rich history of presenting thought-providing lectures, keynotes, and workshops on many stages around the world. Here's just a partial list:
TBEX Asia 2015
UnGagged London 2015
Podcast Movement 2014
Session: Podcasting Trends In Publishing
NAR's National Convention 2010 and 2009
Sessions: Emerging Trends and Social Media Strategies for Realtors
I've been involved in publishing since 2002, but wrote my first "For Dummies" book in 2005. Since then, my name graces the spine of two other books in that series and I've fully embraced the indie publishing spirit, having successfully self-published three non-fiction titles.
Interesting Facts About Me
Because work/life/play balance is important, right?
For fun, I lived on nothing but beer and sausage for a whole month. For science, I documented everything and analyzed the results. And then I wrote a book about it, dispelling some common myths about "diets" in general.
In 2015, my wife and I sold everything we owned to travel the world for a year. Fourteen countries later, we're happily living the expat nomadic lifestyle in Southeast Asia.