I got my bachelors at UC Berkeley in 1990. Although my degree was in History, I became a network engineer with a focus on security because I simply said yes when people asked me to figure something out. I started my first real company in 2003. I’ve greatly enjoyed my time guest lecturing at UL over the past few years.
I own four technology companies in the US (Cobaltix, Manage Labs, SA935, and Cobaltix Compliance), and one in Ireland (Treehouse).
I spend the first 35 hours a week on Manage Labs. It is a startup doing a SaaS product to help managers manage. I’ve funded the first $1m myself, and just got a commit for another $1.5m which should get us through profitability. It is a startup, so I do whatever needs to be done (sales, marketing, product management, finance, fund raising, recruiting, being the guy that gets donuts and coffee). I also spend about 20 hours a week overseeing the other four companies. It has been more than a decade since I did real technical work, but I still try to stay current. I have to say, I am having a lot of fun right now.
I would have to say my first experience at UL was my favorite. I was supposed to be meeting Professor John Nelson, but instead he introduced me to Chris Kelly. Within minutes, I knew this 19-year-old kid would do great things, and I would help him. Three months later, he was at Cobaltix through our Fellowship. He has since gone on to found a highly profitable company, win awards for having cool products, raise venture funding, and hire multiple UL students. His company makes very cool stuff.