About

JHsmallWhy Begin the Begin? Good question. First, I’m a huge R.E.M. fan and Begin the Begin is one of my favorite songs of theirs (along with I Believe). Both are on the amazing CD Lifes Rich Pageant. Buy that immediately and thank me later.

What I like about the phrase is that to me its a call to action.  It applies to startups and entrepreneurs. It applies to marketers. It applies to anyone that believes they can be something better but is hesitant to take that next step. Begin the begin, people.

Who am I? I’m someone that’s fascinated with entrepreneurship, startups, technology, the Internet and specifically mobile apps and gaming. I tweet, I linkedin, and I Instagram, but this blog represents who I am and where I am in life at any given time.

–> Want to meet with me (or someone even smarter) for startup / entrepreneurial advice? Check out Advice For Good.

In 1998 I founded my first company, Spunlogic, with some friends and ten years later we were acquired by Engauge in March of 2008. I then served as President and Chief Digital Officer of Engauge until we sold Engauge to Publicis Groupe in August of 2013. I then immediately started my next company, Dragon Army, a mobile-first game studio based in the Atlanta Tech Village.

I’m a graduate of the 2013 Leadership Atlanta class and a member of the 2012 Atlanta 40 under 40 class. I’m also a founding member of the Shotput Ventures Team, a technology accelerator in Atlanta, and a part of the GA Tech incubator program, Flashpoint.

I’m on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Venture AtlantaJunior Achievement of Georgia, CCAI (adoption services) and The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. I’m also on the marketing advisory board for Zoo Atlanta.

And in 2014, I founded two organizations to try to “do good” in the community: Advice For Good and MATCH.

~ Photo courtesy of Sara Hanna via the Simply Buckhead Jan/Feb 2014 issue.