BA, cum Laude, 1989, Yale University, New Haven, CT
MBA, 2000, University of California, Los Angeles, CA and also Stockholm, Sweden at Stockholm School of Economics
Chicago Bitcoin Exchange, Inc. - follow our progress on our website, https://chicagobitcoinexchange.org/. We should be up and running soon!
I became completely obsessed with cryptocurrency in December, 2016 and started studying intensively. Inspired by an article, "The Advent of Cryptobanking," by Farzam Ehsani I started formulating ideas for a crypto-only banking institution and in June of 2017 formed a company in Gibraltar to offer banking-like functions in cryptocurrency. Chicago Bitcoin Exchange will offer a fiat-crypto and crypto-crypto exchange function only for investors, purchasers and sellers.
Buyout LLC Manager of BSM 2nd Street, LLC (also “Blank Spaces” or “Santa Monica Coworking”)
Santa Monica, CA
August 2014–December 2016
With investors bought out part of a co-working management company for three locations and also a location in Santa Monica. My company was the LLC manager. Initially it was a good investment in which my company returned roughly one third of investors’ principal investment. However, I became very concerned about a saturated market and decided to sell my stake with one other investor. I still retain a stake in the management company. I remain very interested in the industry when relatively cheaper leases are available. For now I sense there are better opportunities around.
President of Mongoose Capital, Inc. and Mongoose Income Fund, LLC
San Francisco, CA, New York, NY
January 2002 –December 2013
Founded commercial lender originating loans secured by automotive retail installment contracts (“Car loans” or “RIC”). Succeeded in growing to millions in fee revenue with balance sheet spread over several states in six years. Also ran small real estate division with successful hard money and mezzanine debt loans in several states including a mixed use condo development in Chicago. In 2009 started a limited liability company to purchase and collect RIC for its members. Mongoose Income Fund, LLC had several good years and returned its principal investment several times with some profit over its 4 year life, but I wound down the fund in 2014 due to declining market opportunities.
1997 through 2001, Independent IT Consultant while also at UCLA Business School
From 1997 to 2001 I worked independently as an IT contractor. Between 1998 and 2000 I was in UCLA business school, so I only did two jobs, but my clients included Fleet Boston Robertson Stephens, Charles Schwab & Co, Hambrecht and Quist (acquired by JP Morgan Chase), a startup, “Namesafe,” a NYSE-traded housewares company, Salton, Inc. and a few other enterprises.
Buyout of Resume-Link, Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL
Interim President and Director
1996 through 1997, president, 1996 through 1999, director
Negotiated and closed purchase of Resume-Link with oversight of two partners at
William Blair & Company. The company was sold to the Tribune in 1999. I supervised programming of the first internet database of resumes that the company had as well as general management. I served as president (under the CEO) of the company for the first year after the acquisition.
1995 to 1996 Chicago, IL – computer consultant and trainer in Macromedia (later Adobe) products
1991 to 1995 Chicago, IL, Princeton, NJ, Independent Computer Consultant, then acquired by Peterson’s Guides, Inc. (Thomson Media)
Petersons’s Guides, Inc. IT contractor and then Program Manager
1991 to 1995, Worked as a computer consultant with a largely university client-base. My practice was acquired in 1994 and I worked for Peterson’s Guides, Inc. for one year doing the same thing in Princeton, NJ for the acquirer.
1990 to 1991, AT Kearney, Management Consultants, International Department
1989-1990, various temporary computer-related jobs including Computer Associates, KK, Koei, KK, HAL Kenkyujo, KK.
Summer 1988, McDonald’s (Japan), Ltd.
Worked summer of 1988 programming management system for McDonald’s Japan, Ltd. Returned in fall of 1989 and for several months as System Engineer (sales support) for Computer Associates, Japan.
Classical Piano and French Horn, Rock & Mountain Climbing, Squash, Yoga, Karate (Black Belt in Shotokan) & Acting/Standup. Languages: conversational Italian and Japanese and basic French and Spanish. Irish (EU)/US Citizenship.