I am an inventor, entrepreneur and writer who has spent most of my life making electronic devices talk to each other. I started my first company in 1994 and have played the role of CTO (Chief Technology Officer) throughout my career. I have a computer science / engineering degree from UCLA.
Professionally, I have founded or co-founded and sold or exited a number of hardware and software technology companies. Like many serial entrepreneurs, I have many things going on at once. The best common theme I have been able to come up with recently about my companies is “digital media convergence”.
I have worked on a lot of extremely fun technology including online video games, peer-to-peer audio and video, in-vehicle computers, stereoscopic (“3D”) televisions, and video commerce. I’m also pretty handy with intellectual property and I do a bit of work in the patent space. I also like writing, and for the last few years I have found publishing as an outlet for sharing my love of technology. I try in my writing to make complex subjects simple to understand since they are, stripped of their buzzwords, usually simple.
Some of the companies I’m currently working with are:
Historically, I have worked at:
aiTV Corp, an Internet/TV convergence company.
The Walt Disney Corporation as a consultant in corporate New Technology & New Media.
StreetDeck, developers of in-car entertainment software
Robotarmy Corp, which works on hardware technology and advanced concepts
MP3Car.com, and online retailer of car PC parts and accessories, which bought my company CarBot, Inc.
Long ago, in the mid-1990s, I co-founded Static.com which became Blue Falcon Networks around the turn of the century and which which eventually became Akimbo which was euthanized in early 2008.
I co-authored iPhone Hacks (O’Reilly Media)
I wrote Mastering Internet Video (Addison-Wesley, 2004)
and Car PC Hacks (O’Reilly Media, 2005)
and Hands-On Guide to Video Blogging and Podcasting (Focal Press, 2006).He also writes for the technology magazines Make:
and Streaming Media Magazine.
I even wrote an article on in-car computing for Popular Science.
- Blog: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/179
- Streaming Media Sourcebook (2006)
- Make: Magazine
Volume 3 (2 articles)
- Linux Journal: Reducing Boot Times for in-car computers (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)
- MP3Car.com: CarBot
- IEEE: P2P Streaming Media Delivery
Communicating with me
I love email and is pretty good about responding, eventually: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have had two long stints as a professional speaker, one during the rise of peer-to-peer technology, and then several years later during the rise of Internet video.
- Corporate Podcasting Summit: “Podcasting 101” (Jun 20 2006) Video Blog & Podcast Tutorial (ppt) (pdf)
- Telematics Update Conference (2006) Trading Revs for MHz: The Car PC Revolution (ppt) (pdf)
- Streaming Media East (2006) Video Blog & Podcast Tutorial
- Streaming Media West (2005) Creating
Your Own Media Empire with Podcasts & Video-Blogs
- Streaming Media West (2005) Podcasting
& Video-Blogging: The Best Thing to Happen to Streaming Mediaand WORKSHOP:
Mastering Windows Media Streaming
- O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (2005): Hack
Sci-Fi Features into Your Car
- O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (2004): Carbot:
Geoblogging With WiFi & GPS Enabled In-car Computers â€“ For
the Mass Market!
- O’Reilly OS X Conference (2003): Put
Up Your Internet TV Station Cheaply with QuickTime Streaming Server
- O’Reilly P2P Conference (2001): P2P
Content Delivery (PPT)