I’ve worked as a consultant in many ways, starting at the age of ten (true!). I love working with smart people.
Selling your business
I sold my conference business (AdMonsters) in early 2015. When I started down the road towards selling my business, I had absolutely no idea how to accomplish that goal. I spoke to many fellow entrepreneurs, advisors, investors, brokers, bankers, and potential acquirers, and I learned a lot along the way towards my successful sale. One year after closing the sale, my acquirer told me the following:
“You should give a course or speak about how an entrepreneur/owner can be an adviser to the buyer about revenue, content, personnel etc. while transitioning it all smoothly to the new owner. You have done it as well as I have seen in my career.”
If you have a small to medium that you are considering or working on selling, I’d be happy to talk to you about the process. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss your project.
I founded AdMonsters in 1999 and it grew to become the leading conference and professional community in online media operations and technology. We produced more than one hundred major conferences in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Singapore, and Brazil under the AdMonsters and OPS brands. Our conference were consistently recognized for their outstanding quality and value to both participants and sponsors. I sold the AdMonsters business to Access Intelligence in 2015, and it continues to thrive.
My interests and practice areas in this realm include:
- business models: conferences are live media
- conferences as part of the media business
- editorial strategy and agenda building
- building professional community
- audience and sponsorship
I’ve always been a writer, and I love the magic of language. Some types of language work that I enjoy doing are:
- Translating (Romance languages)
Outdoor Sports and Athletics
I grew up in California climbing, backpacking, skateboarding, snowboarding, sailing, and windsurfing, among other things. These days I’m mostly into cycling, paragliding, kitesurfing, and open water swimming. Beyond my own athleticism, I’m involved in sports in a number of ways: I’m an investor in REVL (a next-generation action camera), a team rider for Boardriding Maui, Alpinefoil, Kurtis Eyewear, and Surfin Sem Fim, a member of the Cabrinha Quest, and the founder of Flow Forum, among other things.
- sports and technology
- product strategy
- sports and art
- mind/body integration, embodied cognition and Flow
Online Media and Technology
I have been working with software since the age of 10, and in online media since HotWired in 1996. I have a deep understanding of online media and the technology required to support media businesses. My interests and strengths in this area are:
- advertising operations and technology
- online publisher business models
- media technology
- technology for communities (discovery, networking, discussion)
Clients and Advisees
Just a sample:
- GMAC: Technology strategy, project management, software development.
- Lycos Europe: Integration of acquired businesses, technology strategy, system integration.
- Tacoda (sold to AOL): Product and technology strategy.
- The New York Times: Technology strategy, requirements gathering, technology selection.
- Alpinefoil: Product and market strategy, French/English translation
Thanks for your interest in working with me. Please use the contact form linked here if you’d like to discuss your project.