My journey began during the dot-com boom of the 90s when I started my own Technology Consulting company after graduating Delaware Valley University with a degree in Computer Information Systems Management. While growing my consulting company, I built different companies from the ground up while working on various projects, as I traveled around the world. In 2010, I sold my successful brick & mortar business to embark on new ideas.
In 2007, I started a film production company Delphia Entertainment from scratch. I began producing short films and interviewing celebrities at Wizard World Comic Con for several years. My first independent film took home the Audience Choice award at the 2011 New Hope Film Festival and is now distributed globally. During this time, I was the main videographer for Philadelphia tech events, investor meetups, and created promo videos for area tech startups.
After jumping back into the world of technology for a few years I made my second film: a historical documentary called The King’s Highway which won “Best Feature Documentary” at the 2016 FirstGlance Film Festival and is now seen worldwide via LA based distributor Indie Rights. During the process of making the movie, in order to film all of the aerial cinematography scenes, I trained to be an FAA certified drone pilot, and created an aerial photography business.
In 2010, shortly after producing my first film, I became enamored with smartphones. The iPhone was a childhood dream come true. I had been building websites for well over a decade, so I immersed myself in the world of mobile technology and built a few different platforms. Trial and error led me to create Instamour, a video discovery platform that graduated from the StartFast Venture Accelerator in 2014. Since my initial success with mobile technology, I began to get hired by various startups to help them build their platforms in various industries such as healthcare, social video, gaming, sports, and many more.
While running tech startups, Google flew me out to their Mountain View HQ in 2015 to interview me for a Startup Program Management role to help entrepreneurs in their various programs. I was already helping many entrepreneurs on a daily basis and realized I was repeating the same methods, tactics and strategies every day. I knew the best way to reach a larger audience and help as many people as possible was to write it all down.
That’s when I wrote and published a startup guidebook Strap on your Boots in 2016 to help startups and entrepreneurs around the world. In 2020 I completed the audiobook version for Audible. In 2017 I was hired by PhD students of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton school to create and teach a course based on my book, called Startup Essentials for the Entrepreneurship Program. I taught this class at various universities and then expanded the course for online use, and now offer it on Udemy as well as Skillshare.
In late 2019 I began production on my third film, a documentary about the fight against unsafe construction called Cutting Corners. Then the Covid-19 pandemic came, which caused me to think outside the box in order to complete the film. For most of 2020 and the first half of 2021 I completed production and post-production of the film and the film won the Grand Jury Prize Gold Documentary – Best Film Award at the 2021 Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival, and Best Feature Documentary at the 2021 Pinnacle Film Awards.
Along the way I was asked to be a featured speaker on several episodes of Xploration Earth 2050, an Emmy winning TV show about the future on FOX and Hulu. During my journey I became interested in reporting on technology news around me with my own personal writing style. As a contributor for Technically Philly, I wrote about the thriving Philadelphia tech scene with a focus on startups. I also write entrepreneurial articles about technology, startups, and the future on Medium.
My favorite part of being an entrepreneur is being asked to participate in speaking engagements at various universities and events. While at these events, I mentor tech startups, college students and business owners on how to succeed using my methodologies. I realized there was a gap in the market for these entrepreneurs and started a web and mobile dev shop to help them with their ideas. To increase my outreach, I created a How To Video Series hosted on Youtube that is partnered with ZoominTV.
I jumped into the cryptocurrency scene back in 2013, and I believe in the future of cryptocurrency, smart contracts, and a decentralized Internet. I produced a web series with Bitcoin legend Charlie Shrem for his company Crypto.IQ in 2018.
My current startup Spinnr, is a video platform that helps you make new friends that share your hobbies and interests, so that you can engage in fun activities with them. The 2020 pandemic all but destroyed human interaction and most people are tired of dating apps. The statistics show that people want to make new friends without the added pressure of most social apps. Spinnr is the answer to this problem. By utilizing video technology, and an hobby based system of matching, the future of meeting new people is here today.
My latest venture, Vengo AI, is an innovative digital companion platform designed to combat loneliness and enhance mental well-being through empathetic, judgment-free interactions and educational mentorship. In a world where the pandemic has intensified feelings of isolation and digital interaction often lacks personal connection, Vengo AI serves as a revolutionary solution. It offers a creator marketplace for members to design and monetize their AI personas, bridging the gap between technology and genuine human interaction. By integrating cutting-edge AI with a focus on mental health support, Vengo AI represents the future of digital companionship, providing a safe space for personal growth and meaningful engagement.
SOME OF MY PAST ACHIEVEMENTS
Pennsylvania House Resolution 974 was passed in Harrisburg by the House of Representatives and the Governor of Pennsylvania to name August 20th 2018 “King’s Highway Day” in honor of my nonprofit The King’s Highway Foundation and documentary film of the same name.
Over the years I’ve written a handful of movie screenplays. Woodchuck Charlie is my most recent drama spec script. After releasing the King’s Highway, I was inspired to write a historical-war-drama screenplay called Whitemarsh. One of my first screenplays is a romantic-comedy screenplay called Gender Bender. I am seeking representation for all three. If you’re a movie studio, producer, or agent, feel free to reach out to me.
I was fortunate enough to have two loving parents who were Philadelphia school teachers. Needless to say, my brother and I grew up in a household where we learned music, languages, art, culture, world history, and many other topics. My parents enrolled us in a private school called The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential. We learned computer programming, ballet, music, languages, and in 1987 we played the violin on stage at the Academy of Music with Liza Minnelli.
I was also featured on the front cover of the book How to Teach Your Baby to Read, by Glenn Doman, the founder of IAHP. I was just a few years old, but I could read at a high school level. I was also featured on TV for being a child math prodigy on a show called Whitney & Company. You can see a clip here at minute 5:40.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
I live and manage my businesses in historic Northeast Philadelphia. I enjoy a wide variety of activities such as cooking healthy recipes, practicing the piano, writing screenplays, listening to orchestras perform, watching a show at a theater, attending museum exhibits, traveling to other countries, watching independent films, visiting historic places, learning new languages, exercise and yoga, spending time with my family and friends, and anything new or exciting that piques my interest or curiosity.
I truly believe in a healthy work / life balance and it shows in my daily schedule. Although I work most hours of the day, I take the time necessary to decompress and focus my energy in a positive way. I’m also an experienced graphic designer and have created hundreds of unique designs for digital assets, websites and mobile apps along with developing the functionality to help bring them to life. Feel free to check out my portfolio here, tech resume here, writing resume here, and film resume here.