Since my early days as a Communications Specialist in the [British] Royal Navy, I’ve always been intrigued by technology and its impact on our lives. It was while serving as the head of technology for a New York based association (RIMS), that I recognized the need and subsequently built, the next generation of large group collaboration software. After selling and delivering the software to several organizations, I then partnered with a friend and colleague to create Higher Logic.
Over an 8-year period we grew this early stage SaaS company into a “Community Platform” and this small, bootstrapped startup turned into a $100MM+ enterprise.
In 2016, after accepting a $55MM investment from a growth equity fund, we once again hit the accelerator and one year later, we had acquired four complementary software companies and tripled the size of the company.
In 2018, I decided to step out of my operating role to focus on my board responsibilities and my other passions, which included studying at Harvard Business School as a student of its 3-year Owner/President Management (OPM) leadership program.
Today, in addition to being an author, speaker, investor and board member, I focus my time as CEO of my small family business. I leverage that same passion – which helped shape Higher Logic into what it is today – by helping leaders of early stage SaaS companies ($1MM to $20MM of ARR) maximize their enterprise value while continuing to scale and preparing to exit.
I serve on several non-profit and for-profit boards, am an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and currently serve as the Assistant Learning Chairman of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Technology Network.