$4M Seed

DreamsCloud is a social network and movement which offers the unique chance for people around the globe to connect, share and discover their dreams. The Miami-based company was created to bring together dreamers worldwide, allowing users to wake up, post their visions and socialize with others, all while keeping a digital journal of their dreams. The platform is a way for the curious to connect, create new friendships and foster old relationships, as they discover their internal dream world. It has become the largest of it's kind in the world.
500 Startups, $1.5M Seed

LawTrades is creating a better legal experience. They're an online message-based platform that allows anyone to seamlessly find, hire, and work with the best lawyers. Their vision is to create a world with ubiquitous access to quality legal services at affordable prices. I built their MVP two-sided marketplace in Django, and afterwards a real time mobile/text-based app. Shortly afterwards they were accepted into the 500 Startups Incubator program, followed by a $1.5M seed round.
Acquired by LegalZoom, acquired by LegalZoom for an undisclosed amount, helped individuals find the best attorney for their budget.
Founded, Acquired by PrecisionHawk

Acquired in 2018 by PrecisionHawk, enables drone data collection at scale, used by some of the largest utility & infrastructure companies in the US. was selected as one of the top 10 emerging marketplaces at the 2016 Launch Festival in San Francisco, the largest startup event in the world. It was one of 12 companies, out of 250, to be selected to pitch on their main stage.
$24M from Google Ventures launched and became the world's larest two-sided market place for connecting Buyers and Makers for one-of-a-kind creations. They raised $24M from Google Ventures and later pivoted to focus on the custom jewelry vertical, while still maintaining the marketplace for other products.
$75M Acquisition

Smarterer, acquired by Pluralsight for $75M, provided a simple and satisfying way to discover just how much you know, and earn badges for your scores. They landed partnerships with the largest hiring platforms to help employees validate potential candidates.


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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow. Explore how millions of customers are currently leveraging AWS cloud products and solutions to build sophisticated applications with increased flexibility, scalability and reliability. I began exclusively using AWS in 2012 and frequently utilize EC2, Elastic Beanstalk, S3, Elasticsearch, ElastiCache, RDS, CloudFront, CodeDeploy, SQS, and SES.

Frontend Framework

Marionette simplifies your Backbone application code with robust views and architecture solutions.

Frontend Framework

Backbone.js gives structure to web applications by providing models with key-value binding and custom events, collections with a rich API of enumerable functions, views with declarative event handling, and connects it all to your existing API over a RESTful JSON interface.

Mobile Framework
React Native

Created by Facebook, React Native lets you build mobile apps using only JavaScript. It uses the same design as React, letting you compose a rich mobile UI from declarative components.

Frontend Framework

A javascript library for building user interfaces. React makes it painless to create interactive UIs. Design simple views for each state in your application, and React will efficiently update and render just the right components when your data changes.

Search / Analytics

Elasticsearch is a distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine capable of solving a growing number of use cases. As the heart of the Elastic Stack, it centrally stores your data so you can discover the expected and uncover the unexpected. I began using Elasticsearch in 2008 and quickly saw it as a great fit in almost every app I've built since then.

Backend Framework

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Built by experienced developers, it takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your app without needing to reinvent the wheel. It’s free and open source. Some of the most popular sites on the web are powered by Django, including Pinterest, Instagram, The Washington Post and NASA. I began working with the Django framework in 2004 and instantly fell in love with it.