My Story

My Story

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 built a film production company Delphia Entertainment from scratch.  I began creating 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 Films. During the process of making the film, in order to film all of the aerial cinematography scenes, I trained to be an FAA certified drone pilot, and created VideoDroneMe.

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 tried to build a few different concepts. 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, in 2016 I was approached to help build RyteCare – an on demand Healthcare platform. Then in 2017, I became a Cofounder of video entertainment platform, InVidMe.

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 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 then expanded this course for online use, and now offer it on Udemy.

Along the way I was asked to be a featured speaker on several episodes of Xploration Earth 2050, an Emmy nominated 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 write about the thriving Philadelphia tech scene with a focus on startups. I also write entrepreneurial articles about technology, startups, and the future on Lean Tech News.

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. To increase my outreach, I created a How To Video Series hosted on Youtube that is partnered with ZoominTV.

Lastly, I’m a cryptocurrency advocate, 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.

I continue my story on my weekly podcast Strap on your Boots. So feel free to join me on my journey and be a part of my story!


Some of my Past Achievements

I was honored to receive the Preservation Education Award at the 2018 Preservation Achievement Awards Ceremony for my documentary and nonprofit The King’s Highway Foundation.

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.


Early childhood

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 currently live in Historic Northeast Philadelphia with my Shih Tzu Wolfgang. In between managing my businesses I enjoy a wide variety of activities such as cooking healthy recipes, painting acrylic on canvas, practicing the violin and piano, listening to orchestras perform, watching a show at a theater, attending museum exhibits, traveling to other countries, watching independent films, visiting historic places, spending time with my dog, learning new languages, exercise and yoga, spending time with my family and friends, and anything new or exciting that piques my interest or curiosity.


Resumes:

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.