Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Here we go! Welcome...

Hi friends, colleagues and those just curious about (or even better, interested in) what I might have to say.  For those of you who do not know me yet, here's a brief intro...

I have been in high tech long enough to know better, yet here I am still.  Suffice it to say that I started on the software dev side of the business, worked my way up to CTO and then made the transition to the business side of the house (or as my developer friends like to call it, the Dark Side).

Over the last 7 years or so, I have been marinating in the mobile/connected device and app space.  Started as one of the co-founders of chumby, where I did a little bit of everything in the beginning and then settled (mostly) into a business development role.  Worked with players across the rapidly growing connected device ecosystem - ODMs/CMs, chip companies, OEMs/CE companies, carriers/operators. retailers and, of course, all kinds of companies in the nascent "apps" space.  Openpeak lured me away from chumby to build their app ecosystem, so that is what I did, from the ground up.  Since last summer, those activities were focused entirely on Android tablet apps.

I have spoken about devices and apps at conferences in the US and EU, spoken to investors regarding trends and opportunities in the market and advised Fortune 100 companies regarding their app/mobile device strategies. And, of course,  I have done lots of deals in this space. 

In my travels I have talked to hundreds and hundreds of people in and around the device/app space.  I have learned lots of things from very smart people and I have formulated lots of opinions - about things ranging from who is building devices to the viability of the various application ecosystems to the pros and cons of Android to ... well, don't want to give it all away in my first blog entry., so you will just have to tune in for more.

I plan to talk about that stuff here - you may find it interesting, informative and/or useful, OR you might think that I am full of crap.  Hopefully, more of you will fall into the first camp.

Just a random comment - cannot escape this stuff - my wife is watching TV and there was just a *really* bad tablet commercial - we can talk about that at some point too - who hires these marketing guys, anyway?

So, I plan to post every week and then see what folks have to say.  I have several weeks worth of subjects already picked out, but feel free to make suggestions and I will do my best to respond.

So, my first "real" post will be in the next week, give or take.  The next post may take a bit longer - for those of you that know me, my mom just passed a few days ago, so getting through that, still.

Hope you opt to join me here and that you find it worth your time.  Back with you soon.



  1. Welcome Steve (we met in London in your Pre-Android Openpeak days - somewhat shortened meeting because of hidden hotel room.
    Will be interesting to see your take on this field.

  2. Thanks Paul. Hope you find this interesting, useful and perhaps amusing...