entrepreneur | venture investor | photographer
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While studying political science, religion and philosophy at the University of Southern Maine, I authored a 1993 thesis on the societal impacts of networked technology. Later that year, I published The Virtual Journal, the world’s first web magazine.
From 1994-1997, I served as chief technology advisor to Maine Governor Angus King [now US Senator], helping Maine set an early example of responsive online government. In 1995, the Governor appointed me to the Highway One Advisory Board, where I served with Senate and Congressional leaders to support the use of technology in the democratic process.
I co-founded Pop!Tech, the world’s preeminent conference about the intersection of technology and culture, and was president of the conference from 1999 to 2001.
In 1999, I started BrainPaste.com, the company that invented dynamic customer acquisition. Industry guru Don Tapscott said BrainPaste posed “a new challenge to the old order” and USA Today said it “uncorks an idea that can never be put back in the bottle.” This once-radical e-commerce method now facilitates billions of dollars in online commerce each year. In 2000, BrainPaste was acquired by Internet entertainment network R3Media, and I became their chief communications officer.
In 2002, I teamed up with PR pros and started fama PR, a Boston-based communications agency. Over four years, we built the agency into one of the leading independent PR firms in the US. I departed fama PR in 2006, embarked on a year-long globe-wandering sabbatical, and then relocated to coastal Los Angeles, where I consulted for organizations on branding, communications, and business development.
In 2008, I served on the Grassroots Finance Committee of Obama for America. This was my third engagement with a major political campaign, having worked for Bill Clinton as state student coordinator in 1992, and Angus King’s gubernatorial bid in 1994.
I helped launch EdgeCast Networks and was its VP of Communications and Marketing until the company’s 2013 acquisition by Verizon. Following the acquisition, I became chief evangelist and VP Communications of Verizon’s digital media division, a position I held until departing Verizon in early 2015.
I am also a frequent commentator on American culture, regularly pontificating in and contributing to media outlets including The Huffington Post, Money, Consumerist, the New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, the Wall Street Journal, and WIRED.
Last but not least, I am a photographer, shooting editorial fashion, a touch of commercial stuff, and whatever else my gaze happens to light upon. My photography has earned more than 100 print credits ranging from global news leaders TIME and the Wall Street Journal to niche fashion magazines you’ve never heard of.
I live in Venice, California.