Founder, AltBrains Workshop LLC, March 2019 - now
As Samsung Bixby Premier Developer, defined & built multimodal voice publishing system for content owners.
Publisher, Nimble Books LLC 2006 - now
Created successful multi-book product lines using experimental publishing formats and technologies for genres including popular culture, international politics, naval history, military history, religion, law, and strategy.
Increased Nimble Books lifetime revenue by ~30% by early adoption of e-book publishing beginning in Mobipocket era, >100 books in KDP including traditional, public domain, and experimental titles.
Wrote customizable Alexa skill enabling medium-sized publisher to offer voice briefings including selected author tweets, book excerpts and publisher news.
Product Manager II, Cengage Learning May 2017 - October 2019
Reduced company spending by approximately $300,000 (25%) and reduced business risk to my product by review of company-wide utilization of key software dependency that resulted in renegotiated contract with better terms.
Improved availability of product from “one 9” to “three 9s” by emphasizing quality and accuracy, introducing measurement and analytics, securing additional resources, and implementing agile practices such as prioritizing JIRA backlog, protecting developers from interruption, and utilizing retrospective reviews.
Delivered innovative new product for public library market that met key pain points for target customers as measured by qualitative and quantitative research methods by commissioning research, analyzing results, providing user stories, and prioritizing JIRA queue. 2020 Codie Finalist for Best CRM Solution
Founder, PageKicker Corp. 2015 - 2017
As sole founder secured $165K in angel funding, carried out all aspects of product development, and deployed algorithmic publishing product with paying customers.
Developed open source algorithmic publishing pipeline in bash and Python that accepts demand cues in text or JSON; searches external permissioned content; fetches, analyzes and assembles; builds print and e-book interiors and covers; exports data and metadata to online stores (Magento) and distribution outlets; and uses social APIs for publicity.
Defined algorithmic writing personalities who continue to be revenue-positive as measured on CreateSpace/KDP for PageKicker open source publishing pipeline, including stylistic, biographical, and behavioral attributes – see their GitHub config files.
Product Consultant, LexisNexis, August 1997 - November 2002
Fully migrated the customers for LexisNexis’s $1B legal research service from Windows client to Web, resulting in shift in law student preference from 37% to 53% during a major change in interface paradigms.
- Juris Doctor, Wayne State University Law School, 1996. 21st/322.
- MFA candidate, Cinema Production, University of Southern California, 1985.
- Bachelor of Arts in External Examination Program, History and International Relations, Swarthmore College, 1982.