I was raised in Union County, North Carolina where I was the classic computer geek. Math and science came easy, athletics less so, and dating, well let’s not talk about that. My interest in computers led to a clear-cut decision on what I wanted to study in college. So in 1985, I packed my bags and headed for NC State University in Raleigh.
After college and eager to make my mark, I went to work for IBM, but I discovered that a big company environment wasn’t right for me. Thankfully, I made some great friends who were much smarter, and we left IBM in 1995 to start our own company, Ganymede Software. Over the course of the next five years, we raised money from venture capitalists, grew to over 100 people, and sold the company in early 2000. You can read more about that part of my life here.
For a few years, between 2004 and 2010, I operated a small scale farm at our home. Gradually, I eased back into the entrepreneurial world as an investor, advisor, and mentor to local startups.
I am currently the CEO of Centervention, a developer of online games to help students improve social and emotional skills.