PROFILE

SUMMARY

I work with companies facing significant challenges. I build scalable innovation systems from the bottom up.
My solution: I coach in setting up Kanban, working in pairs, and changing culture. We may discover that you don't need a COO, HR head, or other leaders - your people can rise and thrive.
Expert in corporate transformation, coaching, culture change, incremental innovation, leadership, talent transformation, loyalty and trust, agility, strategy, communication, process, learning, and engagement. Founder/CEO of a 25-person digital agency, management and strategy consultant to Fortune-1000; 30 years of business experience and coaching. Thought leader: wrote 5 books and gave over 100 professional speeches. Stanford computer science and Harvard business. CTI business coach for Swiss start-ups.
My three-day Business Agility course outline: http://ht.ly/QXHfS
Read The Culture Deck (11,000 people have): http://ht.ly/Od5zH
Previous clients: Amazon, Sony, NASA, Hewlett Packard, Office Depot, CSC, Motorola, Lucent, Gartner, KPMG, etc.
AGILE INVESTING builds portfolios that thrive under volatility. Keywords: convexity, barbell portfolio, quantitative finance, long volatility, antifragile, tail-risk hedging, extreme-value theory, probabilistic modeling, pareto, portfolio insurance, growth-optimal, kelly criterion, new ideas in venture capital. See my 2-minute video on agile investing principles: http://ht.ly/Gycql
I have been to 93 countries and teach classes in dark chocolate.

EXPERIENCE

SuperBricks

2008 November - Present

Board Member

Phnom Penh , INDIA

Superbricks is the only concrete brick/block/paver company in Cambodia that sells international-quality products to all businesses.

Commission for Technology and Innovation

2015 March - Present

Start-up Coach

Eastern Switzerland , SWITZERLAND

Helping Swiss entrepreneurs and the Swiss start-up ecosystem.

Business Agility Workshop

2013 February - Present

Founder

New York , UNITED STATES

I'm now consulting: helping managers and executives do experiments, improve measurement and analytics, make better decisions, and create a resilient culture. I've heard people say "You don't add simplicity in, you take complexity out."? I believe that's false. I believe you actually add simplicity in. It's a skill. Few people have it. For funds and investors, please see: http://ht.ly/Gycql Contact me to discuss how I can help you and your company become more effective: david@businessagilityworkshop.com

Parlay Labs, DBA Highfive.com

2013 March - 2014 August

Consultant

Palo Alto , UNITED STATES

advisor

Siegel Vision

1987 June - 1994 January

Typeface designer

San Francisco , UNITED STATES

I designed 2 of the world's bestselling typefaces: Tekton and Graphite. I also produced one of the world's most popular new typefaces: Zapfino.

Siegel Ventures

2000 July - 2012 January

Angel Investor

San Francisco, , UNITED STATES

Invest in startups, hedge funds, and VC funds. Investing my own money in alternatives since 1999. I have helped seed new funds, start new companies, and helped build several portfolios. I have sat on many boards and helped dozens of entrepreneurs innovate.

Macmillan Computer Publishing USA

1995 January - 2010 January

Author

USA , UNITED STATES

Wrote 4 books about the web and business: "Creating Killer Web Sites," "Secrets of Successful Web Sites," "Futurize Your Enterprise," and "Pull."

Cresta Capital Strategies

2005 January - 2006 March

Founder

Greater New York City Area , UNITED STATES

Founded Cresta Capital, a "nickel BD," to help with capital introductions to hedge funds. Sold the BD to its current owners.

Siegel Vision

1998 January - 2011 January

Author/Public Speaker

San Francisco , UNITED STATES

I have written a book on the semantic web and business. You can learn more at http://thepowerofpull.com Books I've written: What is Worth Doing? (1991) Creating Killer Web Sites, editions I and II (Macmillan, 1995, 1997) Secrets of Successful Web Sites (New Riders, 1997) Futurize Your Enterprise (Wiley, 1999) Pull (Penguin, 2009) Represented by the Leigh Bureau - have given over 100 speeches worldwide, keynote addresses on technology and the future of the Internet.

Studio Verso

1994 January - 2000 July

CEO

San Francisco , UNITED STATES

Founded one of the first web strategy and design boutique agencies in San Francisco. Built to 22 people and sold to KPMG in 2000.

PRATT INSTITUTE

1991 January - 1991 June

Instructor

Brooklyn , UNITED STATES

I taught graduate-level digital color prepress at Pratt. Every student who finished my course got an A. One got an A+.

Siegel Vision

1998 January - 2011 January

Author/Public Speaker

San Francisco , UNITED STATES

I have written a book on the semantic web and business. You can learn more at http://thepowerofpull.com Books I've written: What is Worth Doing? (1991) Creating Killer Web Sites, editions I and II (Macmillan, 1995, 1997) Secrets of Successful Web Sites (New Riders, 1997) Futurize Your Enterprise (Wiley, 1999) Pull (Penguin, 2009) Represented by the Leigh Bureau - have given over 100 speeches worldwide, keynote addresses on technology and the future of the Internet.

CM2 Limited

2014 February - 2014 March

Senior Advisor

Washington D.C. Metro Area , UNITED STATES

Consulting and advising a very experienced team on strategic projects for clients from industry and government.

Siegel Vision

1998 December - 2001 December

Consultant

San Francisco , UNITED STATES

I have done high-level strategic consulting to Hewlett Packard, CSC (on retainer), Lucent, Amazon.com, the United Nations, NASA's Misson to Mars, Travel Planet, and many others. Based on my business books, I have had the opportunity to work on high-level strategy and business-design issues. I am available to work with companies both in the US and Europe.

PROJECTS

Global Beta Ventures

June 2015 - June 2015

Agile Coach

Working on designing a new kind of venture fund that will provide strong consistent returns to investors while helping launch thousands of new start-ups. Contact me to learn more.

Agile Investing General Principles

December 2014 - December 2014

Agile Coach

A two-minute teaser for my lecture series on agile investing. Enjoy!

My new YouTube channel on business agility

September 2013 - September 2013

Agile Coach

A series of short 5-minute videos on various aspects of business agility.

My workshop on business agility

September 2014 - September 2014

Agile Coach

I'm now leading 1- and 2-day workshops for corporate clients to learn the frameworks and basics of business agility. Please see the topic list and tell me if you think this is needed.

Skills

  • Consulting
  • Digital Media
  • Enterprise Software
  • Private Equity
  • New Media
  • Content Strategy
  • Digital Marketing
  • Finance
  • Online Marketing
  • Product Management
  • Public Speaking
  • User Experience
  • Management Consulting
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Thought Leadership
  • Business Planning
  • Venture Capital
  • Digital Strategy
  • Hedge Funds
  • Investments
  • Start-ups
  • Analytics
  • Big Data
  • Blogging
  • Emerging Markets
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Negotiation
  • Business Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • E-commerce
  • Business Strategy

EDUCATION

  • Harvard Graduate School of Business

    2008-2008

    Executive Ed course, "Making Corporate Boards More Effective"

  • Stanford University

    1982-1986

    MS, Computer Graphics

  • University of Colorado Boulder

    1978-1982

    Applied Math, Computer Science, Math

CERTIFICATION