I’ve built several thriving online communities and had two successful exits as a founder.
- Lean canvas development
- Business plan development
- Market size/opportunity assessment
- Financial model development
- Operations & management
- Marketing & audience development
- Revenue development, sales, & sales program development
- Startup incubator & mentorship programs
I have often been the “money person” on innovation projects, largely because it doesn’t frighten me to ask for money. I’ve raised over $3M in grants. I have also worked directly with pitching customers and pricing products.
- Venture fundraising
- Grant fundraising
- Startup incubator pitches
- Working with customers to arrive at a deal for products/services
- Pricing products/services
Many people think nonprofits are fundamentally different from for profits – but just like any other organization, they need to develop something that people need, and develop a strategy for supporting that, including bringing money in the door.
I have served on the boards and done board development work with a number of mission-driven organizations, and through my work at INN, was able to help our 140+ nonprofit organizations grow, raise money, and reach their goals.
- Grant & foundation fundraising
- Board development
- Strategic planning
- Online & mobile giving platforms
- Donor management platforms
In the past, I’ve typically been in founder and product management roles, but I recently decided to upgrade my tech knowledge and skills by enrolling in the intensive web development program at General Assembly. My aim in doing this was to become a better founder and manager of tech teams through deepening my understanding of the development process and modern web & mobile development technologies. I am now conversant in the following and have the ability to rapidly “skill up” on a new technology stack, and rapidly build a prototype to test an idea with an audience or demonstrate its potential to funders.
|Botpress (open source chatbot framework)
NPR App Template
CMS based sites (Drupal, WordPress, etc)
LMS based sites (Open EdX, Moodle)
Flat-file sites (Github Pages, Jekyll)
Large data file analysis (Excel, CSVKit, etc)
In addition to web development skills, I have a longtime interest in data visualization as a way to harness strategic insights and communicate them to teams and funders. I designed the Data Visualization Fundamentals course for General Assembly, an education startup.
|Data Visualization Skills|
Mapping: Data-driven maps (TileMill, Leaflet, StoryMap, Google Maps)
|Excel (of course, as a foundational skill for everything above)
Data journalism/data storytelling
Leaflet.js (See The Basics of Data-Driven Maps with Leaflet.js, a walkthrough I created).
I’ve worked with many organizations that want to develop recurring sources of revenue through membership or subscriber programs.
- Email marketing & automation
- Mobile payment/fundraising systems
- Social retargeting (using social media data to match individuals with products & content)
- Data & analytics
- Knowledge of public media organizations and independent, not-for-profit news organizations (Bringing NPR-style fundraising into other organizations)
- Audience/customer research
I have a real passion for matching solutions with users — and making sure the market is big enough to support a new product.
|Human Centered Design Skills/Market Based Product Management|
|Interviewing users for product development insights
Running design sessions for stakeholders
Vetting and evaluating design and web development partners
Writing an initial spec/site or app plan to share with stakeholders
Identifying and evaluating web developers/web development firms for projects
|Market research (is the market you’re targeting big enough? is it growing?)
Business canvas/MVP planning
Using projects as a way of giving tech teams the opportunity to move into modern ways of working (Agile/Scrum) with more modern infrastructure/tools.
- Motorcycles and scooters. I own a small-format motorcycle that’s a cult favorite in Japan. Simple and powerful, it has no electric starter — I have to kick start it. I got my start with two wheeled vehicles with Vespas and still own one, which I am rehabbing.
- Zombie Apocalypse Survival Skills: It surprises me that I have developed an interest in the kind of old-fashioned skills my grandmother would have known intimately. I can make blankets, can vegetables and fruit, and I have a large kitchen garden in my backyard. If the zombie apocalypse comes, come to my house: we’ll still have food.
- Sure, everybody’s interested in brunch. But not everybody throws brunch for 40 on the regular like I do.
- Contemporary art. I developed an interest in contemporary art and go to gallery openings and collect works by contemporary artists, primarily abstract work. I also write about it, on a static/Jekyll based site I developed from scratch.
- I volunteer with a number of organizations that work with recovering women in the Boston area.
- I helped create and launch The Magic Pill, an NPR podcast that is also a 21-day exercise challenge. This project won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation.
I’ve been very fortunate in my career to lead teams doing award-winning work. To learn more about my professional background, view awards and board service, or see a chronological listing of my career, start here.