I am a technology executive who has spent over 30 years doing what feels like everything – semiconductor design, marketing, business development, general management, software development, and, since 2006, running my own company (Aumnia – http://aumnia.com).
I graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BSEE and started my career at Vitesse Semiconductor in their ASIC implementation engineering department. While at Vitesse, I attended the UCLA Anderson School of Management and got an MBA through their Fully Employed MBA program. I stayed at Vitesse after getting my degree and eventually became the Vice President and General Manager of their Networking Products Division in 2001. Through reorganizations and key product developments, I grew the group from an annual revenue of less than $10MM to over $50MM per year when I left in 2005 to satisfy my entrepreneurial desires.
I co-founded Aumnia in the summer of 2006. Our original idea to replace restaurant pagers with interactive mobile devices didn’t work out too well, so we made a pivot (as the hip investors like to say) to mobile application development. Luckily, our pivot coincided with the release of the iPhone, which drove the market for mobile software development. While the company continues to build mobile applications, we’ve expanded into web applications, website development, and system integrations.
When I’m not consumed with the business, keeping up with my wife, kids and overly energetic labrador mix (who is also way too smart for me) fills the rest of my day. In my (limited) spare time around family activities, I like to exercise, read, tinker with software (mostly web technologies), play music, and golf.
By the way, if you’re curious as to why I started this site, you should read this article for a little background.