- Founded / co-founded two industry leading companies in different industries, construction and public accounting.
- Founded, co-founded, or helped others found over 100 companies in a couple dozen industries.
- Founded or co-founded companies in software (2), construction (2), retail (2), CPA firm (1), landscaping-septic repair (1), oil spill cleanup (1).
- Produced useful work in about 50 disciplines. Probably the first person in history to come close to that.
- Depth and breath of experience across industries and disciplines results in a huge tool box of concepts that are available for ideation and developing conceptual frameworks for business models.
- A business pioneer in the Soviet Union and Russia (1989 – 1997).
- A pioneer in desktop computing and related business processes (1977 – present). Tried to interest Steve Jobs in building a computer for construction job costing and launch Apple for business.
- CPA firm included an in-house startup incubator with office space – in 1984. Possibly pioneered this concept.
- A pioneer in two new professions; business valuation and litigation support. Previously they were skills but not professions.
- Defining traits:
- Intellectual curiosity, study- and work-aholic.
- High cognitive energy, high ethical standards, highly communicative.
- Proven ability to pivot and adapt to new circumstances.
- Comfortable with ambiguity, enjoys disruptive tech, business processes and models.
SV Startup Lab
- 2012 – present.
- A lab for researching, developing, and testing new uses of the Internet platform business model.
- Small bootstrapped self-funded operation in Santa Clara, Silicon Valley, CA hiring freelance contractors when needed.
- The goal is to develop innovative online and mobile minimum viable products, gain significant market traction, then sell to a well-funded team.
- Over 20 projects from conceptual design stage to active development and market testing.
- Product development primarily for Blue Ocean business opportunities that disrupt one or more industries.
- Lab functions:
- Problem => Solution ideation.
- Business model and process design.
- User experience research and application design including user interface design, interaction design, visual design, etc.
- Front-end development with Google’s Angular 2 and Angular Material 2 frameworks.
- Back-end or server side application development, currently with Node.js and the Sails.js framework.
- Market promotion and testing.
- Married to Katya, no kids, no pets.
- Mountain biking.
- Road trips.
- Most sciences, technologies.
- Politics, macro economics.
- Design – Web application, business model, product, interior, architectural, urban.
- Foreign policy, international relations.
- Wilderness backpacking.
- Backpack travel – 28 countries with extensive travel in the Western U.S. and Alaska, Mexico, Central America, and Russia.
- Sailing, cruising, river rafting, canoeing.
- Volunteer trail work.
- SCUBA diving, snow skiing.
- Some Spanish and Russian language ability.
- The scientific study of religious belief systems – cross-disciplinary.
- Ancient Maya archeology and architecture including reading glyphs.
Entrepreneur Adventurer Intellectual