You're building a tech company. I can help.

As an early-stage startup founder, you need someone just as motivated as you. Someone with the technical skills and intuition to build a product, and the experience that you need to succeed.

I can help.

What I Do

What do I do? Simple: anything tech-related that your very early-stage (usually mobile-first) startup would need.

I build iOS apps and server backends. I also build cross-platform apps using React Native (Android, iOS).

I specialize in iOS mobile apps. Not only have I been on the platform since day 1 (2008), and wrote my first line of Swift @ Moscone during WWDC 2014 – I’ve been doing it full-time for 5+ years. There is a significant difference between a bad iOS app and a good iOS app when it comes to user experience & product longevity; you stand to benefit from my deep experience.

Recent Work

I've been building mobile apps since 2006 (remember PalmOS), and have founded multiple tech startups around the world (always as technical cofounder).

Currently I am helping create orgapp.co – an app that connects small nonprofits to donors around the world, nurturing ongoing support.

In the last 24 months: I spent the last two years heads-down on a product in the healthcare industry - my cofounder and I went from napkin sketches to meaningful revenue within year 1. As of February I've moved on to found gethatch.app in Brooklyn, a tool to help young students stay focused and study better – we call it ‘student mindfulness’.

In the last few years: I co-founded a social media startup called Hyper ('the next Instagram' according to Cosmopolitan), consulted with a Fortune 500 company to create two award-winning products, and built the centsapp.io mobile app.

If that sounds like a lot, well...I've also helped build a productivity app for macOS called pinstriped.com, created a lightweight anonymous social network (much like the defunct Yik-Yak), and even published a few small productivity tools for iOS.

 

The Process

It's different for everyone. 

Put simply, I do two types of work:

1) EQUITY: I strategically invest my time the same way an angel investor might invest his/her cash (sometimes I also invest my cash). These engagements are almost always long-term oriented. I'm looking specifically for very early stage companies – pre-seed or immediately afterward –  and a founding team that I mesh well with.

2) CASH: I also work on a contract basis; engagements usually last 6-12mo and often lead to a cofounder or advisory relationship. The position is usually technical director, lead developer, or mobile lead - it's a good way to get your company off the ground while developing a relationship that could last much longer.

Our engagement will probably be some combination of those processes. Let's talk and find out!

About Me

Some things I love:

  • Good industrial design.

  • Running.

  • Reducing complexity.

and people that I love working with:

  • Small teams of "let's just do this, I mean how hard can it really be"-kind-of-people.

  • Critical thinkers & questioners.

I primarily work remotely but can meet in cities near Philadelphia – New York or Brooklyn, Baltimore, and Newark. I also frequent Chicago and the bay area.