Swiss Army Knife of startup skills; End-to-End Product Management; focused on local, mobile, social, advertising, and commerce; uses semi-colons; Theirs -- Netscape, Oracle Mobile, Microsoft Advertising; Mine -- PassPoints, Catzilla, nex.tt
Alan is energetic, smart, innovative, persistent, and very loyal to his business partners and customers. I had the pleasure of working with him on the launch of Passpoints -- from concept to first customer revenues. He has really broadened my own view through what he has taught me about marketing, sales, and business development. He makes work 'fun.'
I worked closely with Alan for close to 2 years in the same group as a peer and Alan was one of the most knowledgable people at Netscape about Search and how to monetize search engine traffic on Netscape's Netcenter US and International properties. Alan is a driven person and a strategic thinker who added a lot to the group dynamic.
I highly recommend Alan to any manager... company... looking for someone with a great spirit of innovation, creativity, hard work, passion, focus to accomplish big goals - to truly make a difference in their business.
Alan made a big impression at Netscape during the early days of the Internet. Through his diligence Netscape struck 5 simultaneous deals with the then leading search / portal companies, including Yahoo, Excite and Infoseek. These were big deals that Alan directly affected - and each brought in about $5M to Netscape.
He was a pioneer in thinking through, testing and implementing new Internet business models. To this day Alan is on the cutting edge of combing business insight, technical innovation and consumer benefits to develop and deliver new valuable services.
I have always liked Alan personal - his charm, his grounded nature as well as his big thinking and high aspirations. He established trusted ties to partners, customer and work colleagues and would be a pleasure to work with again.
I would recommend Alan for senior positions in business development, web marketing or a general role where he could impact all the aspects of the business value chain.
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Alan's work at Netscape was innovative at a time when new business models had to be developed. He was one of the early few who understood that "content" had value and that monetizing content was likely the best way to create sustainable revenue.
He worked tirelessly to promote and exploit the huge site traffic advantages that Netscape enjoyed in the '95-'97 timeframe. Even though his initiatives were not fully appreciated inside Netscape, a company that recognized itself as an enterprise software provider, he preserved. That perserverance and his constant attention to programs and customers set him apart in a company of high achievers.
Alan is a hard-core entrepreneur with boundless energy and a passion for creating new businesses from innovative business models and products. He helped develop search-driven products and performance-based programs for Netscape, which helped Netscape build a substantial web business. This in turn helped create key assets that eventually led AOL to acquire Netscape. Alan has a unique ability to identify a emerging opportunities, develop innovative concepts, and execute to build new revenue streams. A unique combination of skills in any business situation.
Alan is a tiger... Very hard working and agressive. Always eager to take on responsibility and very independant.
Alan was an incredibly creative, effective part of our website team. His marketing and management skills are first-rate. He'd be a great addition to any team.
Alan was a key driver in identifying and developing new opportunities during the early days of Netscape. This was particularly challanging in the early days of the web that were characterized by ambiguity and rapid change. Alan brought the ability to look ahead, see how key pieces of an opportunity would come together and turn that into a revenue stream