A little about me...
I am a General Partner at Matrix, a Venture Capital fund that invests in early technology companies looking to have big impact on the world (companies like: Apple Computer, Sandisk, Veritas, Sycamore Networks, Phone.com, Starent Networks, JBoss and Gilt Groupe).
Before that, I've been, for lack of a better term, a "serial" entrepreneur. I come at it from the hacker side, and happened to get really lucky in that I got out of undergrad in the mid 1990s when the web was just beginning to assert its influence on every part of regular everyday life. The son of a telecommunications engineer, I couldn't ask for a better context than what the Internet brought to work in.
For the last two and a half years I've been at HP post the acquisition of Tabblo (see below), most recently as CTO of the consumer printing group. While here I've had the pleasure of working on a whole host of projects: from mass customization to making the web more "printable," to e-reading, to mobile platforms, all of which have centered around the ways in which we can better combine the best parts of the Internet with the physical world of ink-and-paper as well as the vast quantities of information that are not yet "Internet ready."Before that I was the CEO and founder of Tabblo, a web-based application that enabled regular folks to do great stuff with photos, words— all guided by what we called "an art direction in software."
Before Tabblo, I was VP of Engineering at MyPublisher, an on-demand book publisher (much like Lulu, CafePress, or Zazzle) that kicked off the "photo book" explosion back in 2000.
I also co-founded and ran product at a company called Memora which set out to make the first Personal Server and worked in product at a company called abuzz (sold to the New York Times in 1999) which was doing social networking, human search engines, and user-generated content when we didn't realize how important these things were going to be.
I really dig open source anything including this flavor of Linux, this dynamic language, and this somewhat well-kept secret for doing just about anything you want to get done with files on a network. If you Google around, you can see where I've piped up on each of these projects over the last few years.
Oh, and I'm originally from Venezuela where I was exposed to English, America, and computers at the tender age of nine via an Apple ][ so unless you are too young to do so, or not a tech person, be ready to talk to me about the Apple ][ and how it started a revolution that still has the "Progress...3%" dialog flashing on it.