Al made his first “life-pivot” in 1998 when he moved from the Detroit auto industry (electrical engineer + developer) to being the 2nd employee and equity owner at a San Diego startup which was later acquired. He’s been involved with startups ever since, and his career has taken him down the business path.
He’s also founded two companies, sold one, raised money from both VCs and angels, and is a graduate of both TechStars and The Founder Institute. He was most recently the CEO of Email Copilot which was acquired by Return Path, and is now the VP of Data and Analytics at Seismic.
He’s got a loving wife, a son, a dog, a beach volleyball addiction, and a startup that keep him (in)sane!
Presentations and pitching, raising money, product design and user experience, lean processes, and partnerships. Mostly focused around SaaS, B2B, Operations, and Technology.
I know myself. I’m athletic and exercise regularly, volleyball is my sport. I’m empathetic. I’m a good judge of character. I’m good at figuring things out, whatever they may be. I’m loyal, occasionally to a fault. I’m good at being a geek. Build vs. Buy, I like both. I’m constantly tinkering with one thing or another (finished project or not). I’m a good wing-it cook. I regularly downsize. I’m into little pubs or dive bars more than loud clubs. I’m a bit of a beer snob, and love a good (red) wine…but am nowhere near wine snob status. I’m not a fan of cold weather (growing up in the Detroit area will do that to ya.) I’ve got a kick-ass wife and son and dog that keep me (in)sane and I love scuba diving.