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About me

I'm a serial entrepreneur. Lots of people say they are. So for reference, I've started:

  • Acquia Inc (2007; #1 software company in Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest Growing Companies 2012)
  • Plum Canary Corporation (2005; terminated)
  • Pingtel Corporation (1997; acq'd by Nortel 2006)
  • Energy Logic Systems (1985; acq'd by D&B in 1986)

Some won; some didn't.  My wife & I are an entrepreneurial family; she's had her own businesses over the years, too, where some won, some didn't. I think the didn't teaches as much as the did.

In my spare time, I like to DJ electronic dance music. When I'm DJing, I often overlaying multiple tunes simultaneously to mix a new, unique track. I think starting new tech businesses is often just like that - it involves mixing and overlaying known good techniques with new ideas to create new, totally great businesses. Thus the domain name for my blog, startupDJ.

I DJ under the name catalyst. (I like this because I hope my music is a catalyst to trigger a dancing reaction!)  I have a bi-weekly show at 4pm Eastern time on Dogglounge. You can listen live, or subscribe to the Podcasts of all the DL DJs using the link at the site. All my Dogglounge sets are posted there, though I also have a wider variety of wounds on my Mixcloud page, which cross-post on my site here as site blog entries.

These days, I'm mentoring startups to accomplish this, including working with TechStars Boston, MassChallenge, and numerous startups one-on-one.

(For those of you who need a Bio to put in your own announcements, try this):

Jay is passionate about growing tech startups. Having founded three, and worked at several started by others, he's spent the bulk of his career creating value for young companies. From his engineering, product management, industry analyst, or founder / executive roles, he has learned how to help young companies discover product/market-fit, build great teams, acquire key customers to establish value, and raise the capital to accomplish all of this. Most notably, he was the founding CEO of Acquia.