"Entrepreneurship is one of the most creative of all human endeavors ... and innovative thinking requires ignoring the box and anyone who points it out."
Beginning in Silicon Valley in 1998--Ground Zero of the Internet Boom--I have spent virtually my entire professional life working in startup ventures and with the entrepreneurs and investors who pursue disruptive innovation. I have helped launch 9 for-profit ventures and 4 nonprofit organizations, while also supporting my fellow entrepreneurs as interim executive, advisor, mentor, consultant, and Board member.
2022 - founded
Fortivo Music is a YouTube channel creating "playlists with origin stories" as a way of helping fans discover music that's new to them.
2020 - founded
Humans2Venus is a space-focused venture studio with a long-term investment thesis based on having 1,000 people living and working in the Venusian atmosphere by 2050.
2020 - founded
Humans2Venus Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on promoting Venus-related science and education programs.
ANSIBLE SPACE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
2014 - founded
2015 - merged into RBC Signals
Ansible's mission was to create a global network of ground stations to provide telemetry and data download capabilities for small satellites.
BLUE MARBLE EXPLORATION
2013 - founded
Blue Marble Exploration organizes expeditions to explore "extreme environments" for scientific discovery and inspirational storytelling.
2011 - founded
2015 - merged into Exploration Institute
The Sea-Space Initiative--originally a program of the Opus Novum Foundation--was a global series of two-day workshops that brought together industry experts with experience in the fields of both oceans and space.
2010 - founded
The OceanGate Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand humanity's understanding of the world's oceans through exploration, inspiration, and education.
2009 - founded
OceanGate is a global provider of deep sea crewed submersible solutions for a variety of industries, including exploration, research, filmmaking, oil & gas, biopharma, and tourism.
2009 - founded
2020 - shut down
iSpaces developed a revolutionary Web-based operating system with a proprietary embedded "browser in a browser" that allowed users to access all of their digital work and content on any device.
SPACE ANGELS NETWORK
2006 - founded
Space Angels Network (now "Space Angels") is the largest and most active international group of accredited investors focused on providing capital to early-stage space ventures.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SPACE ENTREPRENEURS
2003 - founded
2010 - merged into Space Frontier Foundation
IASE created a global online community of successful entrepreneurs from various industries in order to connect them with space professionals and therefore nurture the creation of new space ventures.
2002 - founded
Fortivo is a venture studio and holding company focused on social enterprises innovating within the fields of technology, aerospace, and oceans.
1998 - founded
2001 - acquired by Voxeo (later acquired by Aspect Communications and then Alvaria)
Milo was one of the leading software development firms creating innovative speech recognition applications that laid the groundwork for the future of Siri, Alexa, and others.