CEO, Readwrite Labs
I am the Co-Founder and CEO of Topio Networks, an industry catalyst accelerating the formation markets by creating communities. Topio Networks has a community of 1.2 million professionals dedicated to making the business of connected things a reality.
In addition to running the company, I specialize my practice in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Mobility and Smart Cities authoring or coauthoring landscapes in Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Mobility (connected cars and automated vehicles). I am also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and run the weekly readwrite labs webinar.
Prior to Topio, I was a General Partner of venture funds and made investments consistently as a Venture Capitalist in data technology with companies such as RIghtpoint (Acq. by e.piphany) , Adknowledge (Acq. by CMGI), Inquira (Acq, by Oracle), Vue Technology (Acq. by Sensormatic), Jaspersoft (Acq. by Tibco), Silk Technology (Acq. By Palantir), and Akili Interactive.
I have been my entire life interested by innovation: while in engineering school, I helped launch my school local radio station and my home town first job fair. During my first job in the mid-1980s, I became interested in Big Data and AI. At the time, I helped develop one of the first commercial rule engines to select loans and build a report generator focused on evaluating company financial risks. Both products have been used at the time in the bank branches.
As part of being an investor, I spotted SaaS as a trend in 1997 and made my first investments in the space then. Following the early 2000 meltdown, I developed a model to spot financial trends and evaluate timing of investment opportunities. This approach contributed to my firm top decile fund return in the two funds I was involved with. The landscapes that you are seeing now are directly inherited from this methodology.