I am an engineer, technologist, and overall problem-solver who specializes in product management and solution architecture.
- Product management
- Solution architecture
- Software & web development
- Agile software development methodology
- Customers relationships
- Business strategy
- Contract administration and negotiation
- Partnership development
- Digital marketing, including online/email marketing campaigns and social marketing
- Online community strategy and implementation
- Event strategy, including conferences and trade-shows
Director of Product at Integritas
I bring order to chaos via sound product management guidance for our clients. Because Integritas is focused on building successful products, my role involves partnering with our clients to think through the software to be developed, the product-feature roadmap, and their overall business strategy from monetization to marketing. Oftentimes my guidance is to build less and test more.
Internally, I provide technical and process oversight across all projects.
Product Management, Community and Partnerships at Sapling Learning
Product manager and business owner for digital textbook business at Sapling Learning:
Engaged with customers and drove product strategy, including feature roadmap to increase sales and usage of digital texts
Developed user stories for our internal development team
Negotiated and administrated our publisher contracts
Designed and executed marketing experiments
Trained inside and outside sales teams
Visited customers on-site as necessary to help close business
Devised strategy for online communities to engage existing users and prospective customers, and by creating partnerships to grow our market reach.
Developed strategy, created website, marketed and successfully launched the Flipped Chemistry community for chemistry educators. Grew membership to hundreds of a difficult-to-reach chemistry professors demographic within months of launch.
Plan, establish, and manage all external partnerships to expand our market reach with Sapling Learning’s products and accelerate online community growth.
Develop marketing collateral for marketing website, email communication, and conference promotion.
Worked cross-functionally to explore new product offerings and perform marketing experiments.
Building Community in Austin
In 2007 I founded Door64 to serve the high-tech sector in Austin, Texas through targeted initiatives and events. Over six years I grew the Door64 community to 30,000 members, and produced over 100 events from networking happy hours, job fairs, conferences, and other targeted engagements tied to specific career or educational results that directly benefit the Austin-area technology community. Countless technology professionals found jobs, employers found their critical tech hires, companies found new business leads, and new employers arrived and grew in Austin through this unique and focused approach to community engagement.
I kicked off my life-long love of programming in the early 1980’s when my parents gave me a Commodore VIC-20 for my eighth birthday. I taught myself BASIC, was programming in assembly language by sixth grade, and by high school I moved on to Pascal. Today, I am fluent in:
- Assembly (PowerPC, 68K, etc.)
- Verilog, VHDL (hardware design)
- And lots more I’m forgetting…
I have been a Drupal developer since 2007, and I’m a big fan of the platform. I am especially adept at understanding the problem, creating an 80% solution using existing Drupal modules, and developing the other custom 20% as needed. Some of my work: Sapling Learning, Flipped Chemistry.
For the sake of making a list…
- HTML & CSS
- Drupal (everything, including setup & administration, custom module development, custom theme creation)
- Angular, Ionic
- Linux (began in mid-1990’s around kernel 1.3)
- Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Linode (i.e. setting up new web servers from scratch)
I worked twelve years in the semiconductor industry both as a Product Engineer and a Design Verification Engineer, focusing on embedded PowerPC-based SoC’s. I specialized in verification methodology and test bench design, infrastructure, and development. Don’t get me started: I’m prone to pontificating about the complexity and advances in semiconductor technology, and will cure anyone of taking microchips for granted.
Teaching is intertwined in me, and honestly it comes naturally. I gave tutorials at my local Commodore computer club in middle school, teaching adults four times my age. Today, I tutor kids in math and science, and hopefully can impart to them my enthusiasm for those subjects.
I love the outdoors (as long as it’s not August in Texas): hiking deep in the woods away from everything, or mountain biking on Town Lake. Sometimes I’ll catch a Bob Schneider show or the Scabs, or I’ll listen to my favorite bands like the Counting Crows, Dave Matthews, or OAR. I own a guitar and tinker occasionally, but I’m far from good. And last but not least, I absolutely love playing with my kids as much as I can.
- B.S. Computer Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
- M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
- From Tech Unemployment to Workforce Development, IEEE: The Institute (Jan 2013)
- Door64 ranked #1 business networking group in Austin, Austin Business Journal (Nov 2012)
- Software Painpoint Job Fair at ITEXPO, Door64 Press Release (Aug 2012)
- How Door64 became an Austin tech hub, Austin American-Statesman (Jun 2012)
- Austin, Texas needs software engineers, IEEE: The Institute (Jun 2012)
- ATC expands mission, main event, Austin Business Journal (May 2012)
- Software skills, especially Java in demand in Austin,
Silicon Hills (Apr 2012)
- Software talent tops the list in Door64’s first hiring survey, Austin Startup (Apr 2012)
- Austin Hiring Priority survey results, Door64 Press Release (Apr 2012)
- Celebrating Five Years of Helping Austin Tech Connect, Door64 Press Release (May 2012)
- Cultivating an Austin Technology Community, Forefront Austin (Feb 2012)
- It’s a seller’s market for tech workers in Austin, KUT Radio (Feb 2012)
- Organization is Key to a Successful Job Search, IEEE: The Institute (Nov 2011)
- Door64 fair aims to build better tech community, Austin American-Statesman (Sep 2011)
- Giving Small Tech Businesses a Helping Hand, IEEE: The Institute (Aug 2010)
- Door64 brings techies under one roof, KUT Radio Jun 2010)
- Interview: Community building, Tech in Twenty (Sep 2009)
- Interview with Jonas Lamis, Tech Ranch Austin (Sep 2009)
- Interview with the Texas Entrepreneur Network blog, Texas Entrepreneur Blog (Apr 2009)
- Tech fair attracts 900 people, Austin American-Statesman (May 2009)
- Hello, my name is Matt, Austin Business District Magazine (Jan 2009)
- Austin’s high tech happy hour scene parties like it’s 1999, Austin American-Statesman (Mar 2008)