Curriculum Vitae

OBJECTIVE
To apply my finance, strategy and operations experience toward implementing and scaling the first ever community network. Deep and rapid market-penetration, achieved through significant and sustained cost-reduction, will expand economic and social opportunities for everyone.

EXPERIENCE
Feb 20 – Mar 20
Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Presidential Campaign Field Organizer
Las Vegas, NV and Raleigh, NC

  • Joined the field team right after the senior United States senator’s better-than-expected debate performance and primary result in New Hampshire;
  • Employed event-build strategies using web-based outreach tools to maximize attendance at the Senator’s campaign rallies;
  • Engaged prospective supporters via persuasion and GOTV calls, prior to the Nevada caucuses and North Carolina primary;
  • Managed volunteers who canvassed door-to-door.

Nov 19 – Present
City of Berkeley’s Transportation Commission Member
Berkeley, CA

  • Contribute to the work of the City and its representatives by helping to make our streets safer, healthier, and more equitable, in a climate-friendly manner;
  • Explore and suggest ways to leverage the human and community-minded impulses we all share, to reduce traffic volumes.

Jan 05 – Present
RBLOCK INC. Founder & CEO
Sunnyvale, CA

  • Studied the well-established research on our increasing disconnectedness in the United States and the resulting economic and social costs incurred;
  • Conceived and developed rBlock to reverse this trend by attracting an experienced team of investors, directors, developers, and advisors; raised six rounds of equity and convertible debt capital from eleven friends and family investors;
  • Managed four software product development teams, developed intellectual property assets (patents, trademarks, domain names) and continuously evolved rBlock’s vision, business model and product strategy through a market-driven approach;
  • Built three consumer web platforms that improved how residents solve local problems, consume goods & services, and get around town; each new platform capitalized on the insights and addressed the shortcomings of the previous one;
  • Established a data sharing partnership with Tom Tom N.V. enabling a zero-cost license to one of their data sets.

Jun 00 – Feb 03
SHAKTI VENTURES General Partner
New York, NY and Berkeley, CA

  • Helped capitalize a fund management company in order to accelerate the time-to-market of future U.S. portfolio companies via Indian outsourcing services;
  • Invested $125K of the $1.75M raised, hired CTO to develop and manage the “outsourcing enabler”, and sourced prospective investments for the future fund;
  • Returned over 75% of the capital raised to the management company cofounders after we secured commitments but fell short of raising a $100 million fund.

Nov 98 – May 00
VH ADVISORS Founding Principal
Berkeley, CA

  • Provided strategic advisory, valuation and capital raising services primarily to early-stage companies in the technology, ecommerce and services sectors.
  • Completed 20 assignments, most of them over 18 months, including four successful private financings.

May 94 – Oct 97
BEAR STEARNS Associate, Corp. Finance
New York, NY

  • Processed a wide range of public-market transactions in the media & entertainment group with a primary focus on diversified entertainment, cable and publishing companies.
  • Managed the maintenance of comparable company and transaction analyses by the financial analysts in our group.
  • Wrote business plan and launched marketing effort for Firm’s India Emerging Markets Group.

Jun 93 – May 94
AGE WAVE Director, New Business Development
Emeryville

  • Joined this research, marketing services, and custom publishing company focused on the mature market to help the CEO evolve its business model and build a larger balance sheet.
  • Developed and presented equity-in-lieu-of-cash proposals for smaller clients to transform how the Company was compensated for its marketing services.
  • Researched new business development ideas to attract venture capital participation and advised CEO on investor & board communications.

Sep 89 – Dec 90
HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FINANCE CORPORATION Research Officer
Mumbai, India

  • Researched and analyzed existing financing policies and products with a view to developing more sophisticated approaches to financing HDFC’s growth.
  • Co-wrote and presented a case study on HDFC’s contribution to India’s housing sector at a 60-nation international conference in Washington, D.C.

Jun 86 – Jun 89
DREXEL BURNHAM LAMBERT REALTY Asst. Vice President
New York

  • Participated in bringing corporate finance analytical techniques to the evaluation of real estate investments.
  • Helped co-manage a $25 million foreign real estate investment fund, identified US investment opportunities, and evaluated the fund’s performance;
  • Supervised management of limited partnership assets created out of the 1986 Tax Reform Act, and helped to refinance these assets.

EDUCATION
Jan 91 – Oct 92
COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL
MBA in Finance

Aug 82 – May 86
CORNELL UNIVERSITY
BA in Economics

SKILLS
Highly proficient in market valuation and financial forecasting. Also proficient in the strategic, managerial and operational aspects of running a software company, and have hands-on experience across the full product life-cycle. Project-based skills include:

Defining Goals
  • conducting rigorous research and analysis
  • understanding requirements and constraints
Planning Execution
  • creating financial models and running sensitivity analyses;
  • defining timelines and resources; aligning them with tactics and checkpoints;
  • collaborating on writing and presenting plans; winning support for them.
Managing Software Teams Achieving Goals
  • developing leadership, management and execution capabilities
  • learning by doing, setting examples, sharing information, supporting teams
Employing Valuation and Forecasting Methodologies
  • unit economic models (unit based)
  • discounted cash flow (cash flow based)
  • comparable companies (comparables based)
  • asset-based (book value based)
Power Using MS Office Applications
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Word
Designing and Prototyping Software Products
  • Axure RP Pro 5.5
  • Power Point
Reaching Communities Via Web-Based and Mobile Tools

OTHER
Fluent in Spanish; former director and acting treasurer of A Better Way in Berkeley; member and block captain of a safe neighborhoods organization for last 10 years; proud husband and father who also enjoys being a community observer, public transportation rider, cycling commuter, tennis player and recreational cook.

REFERENCES
Available upon request.