Pleased to meet you, I'm David Beckemeyer
Welcome. I'm an entrepreneur, developer and executive-for-hire in the San Francisco Bay Area with over 20 years experience in technology and executive leadership, including 10 years as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer EarthLink, Inc. My strength is identifying promising contrarian opportunities, conceiving strategies to exploit those opportunities, and executing on those strategies to full effect.
What I Do
My passion is helping to build great companies, products, and services. I work with early stage startups to help prepare them for growth and investment. I have a proven track record of clarifying a vision and inspiring and engaging a team around that vision.
I combine business acumen with technical expertise to help develop and refine pitch decks, financial models, technical strategy, and business plans; and I serve as Advisor or Interim CTO for growing companies.
The Post-PC era has arrived. I'm focusing almost all my energy on mobile -- smartphones and tablets, and related services.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
About David Beckemeyer
David Beckemeyer is the provocative serial entrepreneur, trusted strategic advisor, consultant, and executive-for-hire to private entrepreneurial and corporate clients; and he influences even more thought leaders globally through his writings and talks across a wide spectrum of technology and industry categories. He has been involved in technology IPOs, acquisitions, and numerous private investment and strategic partnership deals.
David is probably most well known as the founding CTO of EarthLink, Inc. where he served for ten years, from 1995 to 2006, variously as VP Engineering, CTO, and VP R&D.
EarthLink pioneered the "all-you-can-eat" consumer Internet service model and was the first ISP to offer nationwide $19.95 dial-up Internet access.
Beckemeyer Development (BDT.COM) was a pioneering Internet startup founded in 1985. Long before there was a World-Wide-Web, David guided BDT.COM in providing general Internet consulting and design engineering services, large scale distributed systems, Intranet design and implementation, network security, firewalls, intruder detection and response, and Internet integration to a world-wide client base.
After leaving EarthLink, David founded TelEvolution, Inc. an Internet telecommunications firm with a patented platform that dramatically improves the economics of developing and delivering next-generation communications applications and services. TelEvolution provides the technology behind PhoneGnome, Voovox, Phweet, and other private-label VoIP brands and services.
David has worked with startups on strategy, technology, corporate development, and venture / exit issues throughout his careeer. He has consulted to startups across diverse industries-- from software, networking, cloud services, and social media, to mobile, entertainment, and consumer products-- and he has been an advisor or investor in numerous funded startups with several exits.
David has also served in interim VP Software Development and CTO roles, and helped several firms deliver products and position for investment. David has founded or co-founded three technology companies and has served on the Advisory Boards of both startups and large corporations.
David is an active speaker and participant on conference panels.
On the content side, David authors the thought provoking, and sometimes controversial, Mr Blog technology, business news, and analysis site, as well as other blogs, and guest articles for various publications.
David began his career in the early 1980's as a Software Engineer for Nicolet Zeta, developing firmware for pen-plotters, regarded among the highest quality at the time, and, subsquently, at Integrated Automation (a Teknekron Company), developing high-end document automation software, at the forefront of that technology.
David is a father, husband, and avid San Francisco Giants baseball fan. He enjoys camping, hiking, motorcyling, and the occaisional pub-crawl (not at the same time).
Projects and Open-source
Below are some other projects David has worked on, or continues to work on:
reInsta is a mobile social photo sharing app for iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, with a unique “Bring Your Own Cloud Storage” Dropbox option.
Whispergram is a cross-platform instant voice messaging app for iPhones, iPods and Android smartphones. Combine the brevity of a text message with the expressiveness of the human voice.
140Plus is a service that lets you quickly and easily publish pages longer than 140 characters to Twitter.
My work generally falls into the categories of capital raise consulting, executive coaching business modeling and planning, software development, and technology strategy. This includes review and development of pitch decks, business plans, and financial models, as well as technical strategy and recruiting plans. I also assess teams and software, perform due diligence and provide practical guidance on software development and product delivery.
My focus these days is almost exclusively on mobile: smartphones and tablets, and related apps and services. However, my work has been both broad (across multiple industries and company stages) and deep (within technology, strategy, software, and operations) so don't be shy in communicating your company's needs.
Startup Consulting and Advisory
Over the past several years, I've helped launch companies, scale companies, develop products and deploy services. I've served (and continue to serve) on several startup advisory boards, and helped recruit others for advisory boards.
Examples of startup consulting include:
- Business model design and development
- Executive coaching
- Technical development and startup CTO work
- Hands-on software development and / or management
- Best practices deployment and operations
- Advisory board recruiting and / or participation
This work is usually structured on a project basis or as a part-time interim operating role.
Many startups need an interim or part-time CTO to balance out the founding team and bring a technical best practices lens to the business. I've been the "technical guy" with deep and broad expertise supporting a wide variety of businesses for over twenty years and I look forward to bringing this experience to your startup.
Seed, Angel, and Venture Capital Consulting
Despite the image often presented in tech. publications, raising capital is hard - very hard. For example, a typical Sand Hill Road VC will receive 10,000 business plans and do 10 deals-- a 0.1% hit rate.
I've been through the process and can help in a number of ways:
- Financing strategy within the context of founder needs and objectives (who, when, how much)
- Positioning of the company in an optimal manner; Pitch development and refinement
- Preparation and refinement of other investor-related materials
- Investor research; Creation of target investor lists; Management of "collective rolodex"
- Investor outreach and networking: getting meetings
- Investor introductions, presentations, diligence, and negotiations
I've served as As Technical Co-founder, Advisor, Consultant, or CTO to help companies accelerate the funding & closing process.
I get paid through a combination of fees, equity, and deferred compensation:
- For pitch decks and business plans, I typically charge an hourly or fixed fee.
- For Advisory Board work, I typically receive a nominal amount of equity.
- For Capital Raise, remuneration is usually a blend of retainer, equity, and deferred consulting fees (paid after the deal closes).
- For Interim CTO I get paid via a blend of retainer and equity.
Allow me to put proven software best practices to work for you. I help companies implement software engineering best practices that are best suited for their needs.
The results are better team productivity, greater project predictability, and overall improved product quality.
I can help you answer questions like:
- How long should this project take?
- How much should this project cost?
- Should I build or buy?
- How many people will I need to achieve my objectives?
- What should we focus our technology resources on first?
With the popularity of smartphones and tablets today, it’s hard to remember the kind of dominance enjoyed by laptop and desktop PCs - as recently as 2008, 97% of web usage happend on PCs. The prevalence of smartphones and tablets may be obvious now, but back then, the notion of Post-PC was a difficult sell.
Users have spoken. Worldwide, many continents have already crossed over to mobile-majority. In 2014, smartphones and tablets accounted for 60% of total digital media time. In October 2015, Google reported that more than half of all Google searches are performed on mobile devices. In 2015, comScore reported that, for the first time, the number of mobile-only Internet users exceeded the number of desktop-only users in the U.S.
Your mobile strategy may be the most important part of your business.
Smartphone and tablet adoption is changing the way consumers shop for products and interact with brands. About a quarter of all Internet shopping traffic on Black Friday 2012 was conducted using either a smartphone or tablet, up from just 6% in 2010. Apple iOS shopping was four-times greater than Android.
If you want to reach people, smartphones and tablets are critical. But simply reaching them isn't enough. Companies still need to offer something consumers really want and, with small displays that restrict placing ads, along with slower networks and slower CPUs, smartphones and tablets require that companies re-examine business models designed for the PC era.
All the big players - Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook - have been spending millions of dollars toward optimizing their businesses for the Post-PC era. Not all problems are solved however, and this is where the opportunities lie.
Examples of projects and services I've built and deployed, and other saved moments.
- Pinewood F1