For 18 years I have been mastering bootstrapping hi-tech product startups & pivoting through multiple business models in a unique way - by founding ridesharing / carpooling startups: eCarpool (web & software:1999-2001), Commuter Station (software & social: 2004-08), & Ride Station (social:2012-13 & mobile: 2015-).
eCarpool was able to get a customer (Sun) & angel funding commitment, Commuter Station got validation from multiple customers (Oracle, eBay, IBM, Kaiser, Boeing, Santa Barbara county) & angel investors, and RideStation was able to attract angel funding in 2015.
Many future VC-funded startups died trying: ZimRide (2007-13, $15M) & Goose (2006-08) - enterprise software, YC-funded RideJoy (consumer, long-distance: 2011 -13, $1.3M).
In 2005, I founded Agile Entrepreneurs (AE) to get founders to share lessons & resources to reduce risk & cost, pioneering pay-by-productivity Agile contracts to minimize burn-rate & maximizing quality while rewarding productivity.
From 2006, I have coached many founders in effective bootstrapping, getting them to traction in weeks & Product / Market Fit in months, with hyper-efficient product development, and an ability to pivot Strategy on a dime and no time at all.
Working 25+ years at LinkedIn, IBM, BBC, Frog Design, Blue Shield of CA, & many startups as an engineer, leader, and coach shaped my passion & expertise.
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