Thisistheaj
Designer - Developer - Entrepreneur

About


I am a serial entrepreneur from Philly. Since my skills include lean startup methodologies, user-centered design research, and software development, I like to think of myself as a full-stack entrepreneur. I am currently the CTO of LawDecoder, a legal tech startup, and CEO of ZenMobile, my agency which consults with lean SaaS startups. I advise other startups in the Philadelphia area around tech and growth.

I've been on my entrepreneurial journey for a number of years now and at various times have thought of myself as a full-stack entrepreneur, a serial entrepreneur, a parallel entrepreneur, and many more things. I'm mostly here to learn and grow with the community of interesting people around me. Come, be a part of that journey.

Journey

Here is my story.

  • Sept. '14

    In Deep Shit

    Literally. I was at brick-bottom. Over a year of toiling in engineering school and all I had to show for it was a shitty internship - wading in the sewers to install sensors below the city. Did I mention that within a week of getting that job my girlfriend of three years left me, and my best friend and I had a falling out? Yikes.

  • June '15

    100s of Sleepless nights

    Over the next six months I would work 12 hour days with a two hour commute, only to come home and teach myself programming and design. I would be at one starbucks until they closed. Then another. Then move to my school's oldest building until I started nodding off. Sleep 3 hours. Repeat. Riding around in a van at work also afforded me time tp read tons of books on startups. Everything else was still pretty dim.

  • Oct. '15

    Stumbling Upon Software

    Half a year later and three program changes later I found myself studying and interning in software. I worked in a very collaborative and interdisciplinary space where I learned to develop mobile apps, manage projects with clients, create learning material, and run events. Things were starting to look up and learning was the air I breathed. Oh, and I met the cofounder of my first company too.

  • Oct. '16

    Starting Up

    Moonlighting a startup that year taught me more than anything else I had ever done. Continuing the trend of accelerating my learning constantly. Unfortunately, it was a painful messy process with lots of disagreement, disorganization, and wndering around with our heads off. We got really close and somehow managed to get a product built despite knowing all the wrong things.

  • Dec. '16

    Shutting Down

    Just over a year since it's creation, our startup had grown stale and our team de-motivated. It looked like everything I had been working towards so far would be for nothing. But I couldn't deny that the work I was doing then was sucking the life out of me. So I had one of the toughest conversations I have had to have and landed on my feet with all my friendships and connections from the past intact, but my team split apart.

  • Now

    Diversifying

    Since then, I have been doing consulting building products for interesting startups that seek me out. In an inconceivable trend of continuity, I still learn more each day than I ever have before. Going from would be engineer to wantrepreneur, to entrepreneur, to full stack entrepreneur, to parallel entrepreneur, to SaaS app buddha. I am the proud founder of ZenMobile, a small agency that focuses on building and growing products with SaaS Startups.

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