|University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)||1987|
|Hoover High School||1981|
After spending 12 years in the entertainment industry on the Operations/Admin side of television production, I ventured into the high-tech area with a number of early-stage startup companies. Since 2003, I have been involved with 10 early-stage (pre-revenue) technology ventures that all went public via the OTC Bulletin Board. I sat on the Board of Directors for a few, advised on others and helped bring investors to them all. I have been able to follow a formula for early-stage, start-up companies to build and grow their businesses by accessing the equity markets without giving up majority control in the process.
ALLIANCE ACQUISITIONS - I founded Alliance Acquisitions to advise early-stage start-up companies to build and grow from concept to execution plan to an exit strategy that includes either an acquisition or public market exit. We have about 8 companies in the Alliance Acquisitions portfolio that all have a similar opportunity to achieve great success. My goal in business has always been to try to create opportunities - for entrepreneurs and investors.
WOWIO, INC./STUDIO W As a part of that business development initiative, in July, 2009 I acquired WOWIO to give it the opportunity to achieve growth in an independently-financed environment. We were granted a significant patent in the eBook space that adds tremendous value to the company and we have expanded our focus to include a broader digital media opportunity. We are on track to take WOWIO to the public market in 2012.
We believe we have created a new model for publishing that includes a broad yet specific digital distribution pathway that generates transactional and traffic-based revenues, builds brand awareness for content and authors alike, and bridges the digital/traditional media worlds.
To keep myself grounded, I founded a non-profit organization, Lost and Found in America and I sit on the Board of the Hollywood/Wilshire YMCA in Los Angeles. I live in LA with my wife and three children.