Look around. The people in your everyday life are glued to their smartphones. This would be ok if that experience was making them happier, but it is not. The is a growing body of research showing many social networks and social media are making us more lonely and depressed.
Mobido is working on a cure for smartphone addiction.
Mobido is creating the Here app, a way to break the ice with interesting people that surround you in your everyday life. Most will be short conversations, but some will turn into friends, business contacts, or even the love of your life.
We are entering the third wave of the consumer Internet experience. The first wave was search driven exploration dominated by companies like Google, and vertically by the ubiquitous search box in every app and website. The second wave is the current curated experience provided by the dominant social networks where a feed, managed by the app maker, consumes the persons attention and monetizes through advertising.
The third wave is an Internet where people take control of the logic that manages their attention. This attention logic will move onto their smartphones and user will truly be in control. The attention logic won't be affected by advertising and the addictive behavior corporations pursue, but instead will truly care about the persons emotional and physical health.
Helped Presdo explore applications of blockchain to trust protocols. Wrote token contracts derived from Open Zeppelin, and built apps using web3 and a local geth node.
Before Mobido I was a Product Manager at Tempo.ai. While at Tempo I also helped scale the servers, coded with the iOS team, and managed the Android engineering team. We were acquired by Salesforce in 2016.
In 2011, I started Yum-Yum Labs with Raj Singh with an eye towards mobile health. Our early focus was the impact your diet has on health. After discussing our goals with Rafael Sanches, he quickly built a cooking app around our APIs, did some masterful marketing and SEO, and garnered 50K downloads in a single week. We pivoted the company, and turned the app into the #1 cooking app on Android. Two years later AllTheCooks was acquired by Cookpad.
I joined Nuance in 1999 to build an engineering team to create the Voyager Voice Web Server and bolster our IPO. After shipping the product my focus shifted to sales and I joined the Voyager strategic sales team. To open up the market I then moved into marketing where I managed our large strategic partnerships.
I like to tinker with mechanical things. Call it a response to years of programming computers, and the need for tanglible puzzles.
My current project is converting an M101A1 trailer into a camping setup for my kids with a roof top tent. I'm documenting the approach over at 416 Trailer Kit. A one-owner 1990 Vanagon has found me and I'm working through the details to acquire it (sorry M101A1!). It appears to need some basic maintenance, but otherwise is in very good shape. I'm already dreaming of a Highway 1 trip with SUPs on the roof!
Adventure West is my blog for outdoor activities including Jeep and motorcycle trips, and general trip preparation. I also post weekly on Facebook for friends and family.
A few years back I became active in the local emergency response community: