Jun 27 2010
After leaving my post at SugarCRM last February I set my sights on launching my mobile start I have been developing over the past 3 years, with roots back to a 2003 project before my Sugar days. After a few months of cranking away full time on the mobile project, I quickly realized that it was still a tad bit early to be pushing my solution in the market place. I took a step back, decided to add some new technologies to the concept, and wait for the next couple generations of devices to be pushed into the marketplace.
As part of this “down shifting” on my mobile project, I had a whole lot of un-used time on my hands. With my skill sets as in software, and deep knowledge and experience across web, mobile, IPTV, enterprise, consumer, etc, etc, I figured I would start advising to other projects. I figured I would focus on two types of projects. One being idea/early stage startups still getting their projects together to fully launch. The other would be existing companies that have empassioned/visionary founders, and good technology and IP foundations, but missed the mark and are looking to reboot things.
I started passing word through my network and hitting up as many events as possible. After about 4 months I had a pretty good pipeline of orgs I have been helping out. After another handfull of months of having a few fall off the map choosing different paths of development, I am proud to announce that I have filled up what I am calling my “Advisory I” slots. These are orgs that I have been working with for the past six or more months, and are nearing ready for product launch/re-launch, and/or ready to go and raise capital.
I am calling it Advisory I, to borrow concepts from the VC community that has various funds they raise and they have different classes of companies in each funds. This, coupled with the fact that I am currently only a single person and cloning technologies are not up to snuff yet, I am pretty much tapped out on being able to spend quality time with any more companies, on top of my continued mobile master plan.
The four companies are a good mix of orgs. One is a mobile software startup that is being launch by an experienced entreprenuer who is self funding and bootstrapping his first phase of the company into place. Second company is a fantastic software platform solution for the Consume Electronics space working on interactive inputs. Next is a fantastic play in the Enterprise/DataCenter space which has been in development for the past year. The last org to join on just a bit ago is a reboot candidate in the meeting/collaboration space.
Hopefully they continue to progress and I will be able to share more details about my experiences. The post lagging on this site is still pretty rampant with most of my posting time focused over at SiliconAngle.
If you are, or know people looking to get help with their startup, I would still like to hear about the projects, and possible point them in the right direction or match make them with someone within my network.