Hi I'm Colin - a creator, bicycle lover, and tinkerer.
You'll find me at the intersection of technology and art.
With a career spanning mobile & web, enterprise software, b2b services, and even a little Architecture, I spent a couple years helping Founders at MIT get off the ground as an Entrepreneur in Residence.
Today, most of my time is spent helping hardware and software companies build great products.
Sonos has given me the remarkable opportunity to work on a world-class product with world-class people.
You can find out more about the ultimate home music experience at Sonos.com.
Entrepreneurship at MIT
Entrepreneurship at MIT
The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship provides the expertise, support and connections needed for MIT students to become effective entrepreneurs. We serve all MIT students, across all schools, across all disciplines.
Since 2011, they have involved me in a variety of roles, from full-time staff helping students and launching new programs like the Global Founders' Skills Accelerator, to teaching IAP classes and guest speaking.
Do we want the same things? My values are simple, but tough: building world class products, with people that are the top in their field, in an environment where we can do our best work. How about you? Let’s make it happen.
Entrepreneur in web and mobile ventures, consultant in product development for hardware and software, and educator in business strategy and execution. Mentor to many, ally to many more.
How can I help you?
2016 - Present
Product & Operations / Freelance Consulting
Software and Hardware products companies work with me on initiatives ranging from early product definition and audience / customer validation, experience mapping and product story, through roadmapping and building partnerships for Design, Engineering, and Development.
2013 - Present
Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship / Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Working with hundreds of students at MIT looking to turn research, projects, and ideas into scalable businesses. Teaching courses, guest speaking, and collaborating with early-stage student Founders on business model generation, product development, product marketing, brand strategy, team development, and go-to-market execution..
Courses taught: ● IAP 2013: 15.S56 (in)Validating Your Startup Ideas ● IAP 2014: The Five Questions to Ask Before Building a Startup.
Product Manager / Sonos, Inc.
Building a new kind of player for the Sonos home music system. Leading a growing 65 member cross-functional team of spanning Design & UX, mechanical and electronics engineering, acoustics, and software for hardware. ● Took product from concept to Build1 readiness ● Owner of Product Brief, PRD, Product Story, and Business Case including COGM management ● Initiated and led advanced development programs for Sonos core technology
Consultant / BOLD & Co
BOLD & Co is a hybrid agency that launches its own brands and helps select clients with similar marketing and design needs. By solving the challenges related to building our own brands, BOLD & Co is able to help clients with levels of experience, understanding, and insight that are truly rare. Client projects and internal initiatives included web development, operations, and project & product management.
Founder / Fitgiver
It started with a simple question: charity running and cycling events happen all the time, why can't we turn everyday jogs and rides into contributions to causes we care about? Apparently, a few other people were inspired too: what started with an award-winning demo grew into a native advertising platform.
Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) & Program Manager, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship / Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Often described as the "Primary Care Physician" for students at MIT looking to turn research, projects, and ideas into scalable businesses.
Connected students with resources such as mentors, teammates, and peer groups to help them accelerate their growth. Worked with students, student groups, and other organizations to promote entrepreneurship across MIT's ecosystem.
● Creation of a new course with Bill Aulet, Applications in Advanced Entrepreneurship (15.378/15.3781) ● Led Sloan study tour for Silicon Valley (15.360 SVST) for 150+ students ● Started HackingIAP program (one week, for credit course, now a one-month program) ● SXSW programs for 2012, and baseline work for 2013 panels ● Launched the Global Founders' Skills Accelerator (GFSA), now the top university-backed startup accelerator program in the world.
Founder, CEO / Grinnit.com
Bootstrapped startup focused on solving the problems with collaborating and organizing digital photos. Led product management, UI/UX functional design, engagement of external development partners, customer development initiatives, advisor and backer relationships. ● Ideation and customer research through 4 different product/market strategy pivots ● Customer Development focused Product Management for 14 initial releases and acquisition of 700+ users ● Product Management for iOS, mobile web, and desktop web applications; oversaw UX design with freelance teams ● Completed MassChallenge (masschallenge.org), the world’s largest startup accelerator program. Joined the intensive three month accelerator program encompassing entrepreneurial finance, market modeling, legal, product management, customer development, and marketing
Founder, CEO / Ringtela
Ringtela sends the power of your CRM to your mobile phone on demand, so when a call comes in from an unknown number you can answer it with confidence. Led customer development and customer acquisition. ● Executed LEAN Startup Product Management through four month closed customer pilot program in partnership with Bullhorn CRM (bullhorn.com) and integration with Salesforce.com ● Second place winner in Startup Weekend Boston Fall 2010 Ringtela sends the power of your CRM to your mobile phone on demand, so when a call comes in from an unknown number you can answer it with confidence.
Senior Process Manager / Randstad USA
As a Senior Process Manager, I consulted with clients nationwide to analyze, design, and implementa variety of workforce solutions, yielding millions of dollars in client cost savings. By streamlining and automating workflow processes, linking workforce measurements to business performance KPI's, and introducing innovative strategies and technologies, our team enabled organizations to extract maximum value out of every dollar spent on human capital programs.
Areas of expertise include: ● Business process re-engineering ● Customized HR solutions and product development ● Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) / Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) ● Supplier management and rationalization ● IT systems integrations (Billing, procurement, etc.) ● Vendor Management Systems (VMS) implementations & integrations ● Workforce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis and optimization ● Development, measurement, and streamlining of internal operational processes
Sample accomplishments ● Cut cost per hire by 24% and improved cycle time by 50% for the retail storefronts of an electronics company through design and implementation of a national-scale RPO ● Saved a leading financial institution over $250,000 per year, while reducing the transactional error rate for from 70% to 0.5%, by improving efficiencies and implementing VMS ● Successfully project managed an internship program with 65+ students for a leading biotechnology company
Functional Lead for PeopleSoft VMS / Randstad
Functional Lead for the development and market introduction of Randstad's SaaS VMS tool, built using PeopleSoft 8.9 Services Procurement (sPro). ● Reported to Executive Board as Member of Steering Committee on market approach and implementation strategies ● Wrote specifications and worked with development teams to add functionality and improve usability ● Led development of training documentation and integrated Flash tutorials ● Worked with clients to customize and mesh operational processes and software configuration ● Project Manager for six implementations within the first year (up to four concurrently), for instances with up to 600 users, 50 suppliers, and 500 locations spanning 32 states; owned data collection, analysis, validation, functional testing, training, and oversaw roll-out for each implementation
Senior Engineering Agent / Randstad
As Randstad’s first Engineering-specific Agent, responsible for implementing Engineering as a specialty practice and developing the business. ● Full lifecycle of the staffing process, from client identification and development, recruiting and assigning candidates, to Talent relations and employment services. ● Supported overall account leadership for four other specialty teams, including coaching, running meetings, mentoring, and on-boarding new staff. ● Led projects ranging from retention improvement initiatives, third party vendor selection and management, software integration, and mission-critical cross-functional staffing ramp-ups. ● Regional-level projects in recruiting best-practices and technical skill set knowledge training, encompassing developing training materials and facilitating sessions to advance Randstad’s market competitiveness. ● 85 Engineering assignments nationally within the first year, with a permanent conversion rate of 42%, growing business by more than 60% year over year
IT Technical Recruiter / Oxford Global Resources
Accessed consultants through direct recruiting and referrals to produce a network of high quality prospects for a staffing firm specializing in enterprise information technology; worked with ERP, CRM, Business Intelligence, and advanced commercial applications.
Contributed to pre-production development through analysis and testing of prototypes on the 10K RPM hard drives for server-side products. ● Conducted lab tests for thermal, vibration, and longevity evaluation ● Ran MATLAB analysis to deduce malfunctioning vibrational mechanics and components, and identify necessary product design changes.
Importing and US street-legalization of European market Ferraris for a licensed Independent Consumer Importer (ICI). ● Customized bumper brackets, rollover valves, and exhaust systems to meet DOT guidelines. ● Wrote the documentation to gain ICI certification from the federal Department of Transportation.
Belmont High School
Dynamic Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control
Activities: Chi Phi Fraternity (Psi Chapter), University Productions (UP), Lehigh University Rhythm Experience (LURE)
I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
This year, the team from SVB was kind enough to invite me to join them for the Best Buddies Challenge. We’ll be riding our bikes together for 100 miles from Boston to Hyannisport in support of Best Buddies.
What is Best Buddies?
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.
These bike rides are great challenges and amazing events, but the real value is in supporting Best Buddies. In years past, I’ve supported the ride while working at the bike shop, and I’ve always been impressed with this organization and how it transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, from middle school into adulthood. Please help me raise at least $1500 for Best Buddies; to kick things off, I’ve already gotten us past 50%. Your support will make a real difference in the lives of people.