I'm a serial high-tech entrepreneur who has started, financed, grown, and sold companies in the networking and security sectors. Today, I lead and advise high-growth management teams, putting his public company executive management and private company entrepreneurship experience to work. I'm 54, and I live in Newport Beach, California. I hold Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.
Venture Advisor, iNovia Capital (http://inovia.vc), 2008 - present.
iNovia manages about $1.2 billion in capital across five funds. My role is to work with portfolio companies on strategy, sales, and marketing, and also to review and provide feedback on each investment iNovia makes.
VP Security Products, McAfee, 1996-1997
At McAfee (then the 10th largest PC software company in the world), I held responsibility for expanding the company’s offerings beyond anti-virus, to cover the entire network security and encryption sectors.
Co-Founder, Launchworks, 1999
I co-founded and sat as a board member of Launchworks, Canada’s highly acclaimed keiretsu-style venture investment house. Launchworks made 11 investments prior to the Internet crash of 2000, and had three successful exits after that crash, including IPO’s of Guest-Tek (the largest in-room Internet provider in the world), 180 Connect (6,000 employees, $400m in revenues, the largest installer of satellite television reception equipment, ultimately sold to DirecTV), and the acquisition by Computer Associates of Control-F1.
Co-Founder and CEO, Jasomi Networks, 2001-2005
I co-founded and led Internet telephony equipment provider Jasomi Networks, and grew it into an award- winning multi-million dollar leader in that industry, before it was successfully acquired by Ditech Networks in 2005.
Co-Founder and CEO, FSA Corporation, 1989-1996
I founded and grew the company into a profitable, internationally recognized network security product powerhouse serving Fortune 100 companies. Some of its product lines were acquired from 1994-1996 by Unison Tymlabs (now IBM) and Symark Software (now BeyondTrust), and the entire company was acquired in 1996 by McAfee.