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Fractional CTO at MarkLummus.com

Atlanta, GA

www.marklummus.com

I assist non-technical entrepreneurs and business owners in launching new software products.

Introduction
About Me

Agile software product management and development professional with more than 25 years of experience building software companies and products spanning mobile, cloud-based, desktop, and embedded.

I provide fractional and interim CTO services to small software companies, where I apply my deep experience driving the development and launch of complex software products and services.

I have broad experience leading product management, product development, business development, product roadmap planning, QA, process improvement, primary/secondary market research, product definition & product direction, market requirements analysis, evangelism and outsourcing.

I am comfortable building a product vision and product roadmap, and driving a product through its complete product life cycle process. I have led product management activities in both large and small companies

Career Highlights:
• Incubated AppForge at Ratio DesignLab (an ATDC company) and spun it out as a separate VC-backed business.
• Raised $15 Million in two rounds of venture capital, including a personal investment from Tim Draper.
• Launched multiple SaaS applications targeting prosumer and enterprise customers.
• Launched 7 iPhone/iPad apps.
• Co-Inventor US Patent #6,986,148 for platform-independent mobile software components.
• Awarded FDA Approval for a portable medical device.

Areas of Expertise
• Launching new software products using Lean Startup techniques
• Transforming organizations using Agile development methodologies
• Designing and building complex software applications ranging from mobile products to desktop applications to SaaS web applications
• Leading and building interdisciplinary teams that are distributed globally
• Creating force multipliers with outsourcing while protecting intellectual property and core skills

My Skills
agile enterprise software mobile applications product development product management saas scrum software development web applications
Profile Questions
  • What do you like most about your profession?

    I really enjoy taking an idea and turning it into something tangible. I love the creative process and the discovery process. Building a new product is an incredible journey, exhilarating and painful and challenging. I want to take other people on that journey and show them what it takes to build great products.

  • What questions do clients most commonly ask you? How do you respond?

    People unfamiliar with the software development process typically want to describe a product (simply) and then want to know how much it will cost and how long it will take to build. It's impossible to predict/forecast, but that is ultimately what they want. I typically try to educate them about the process that I take and to get an understanding of what they need to build to deliver a compelling solution.

  • Describe a recent client engagement or project.

    Last year, I build a version 1 product for an Atlanta entrepreneur. The product is a player performance management solution for college and professional sports teams. I started with the entrepreneur who had an idea and some conceptual drawings. I worked with him to build a proof of concept. When we agreed that was what he needed to build, I formed a small team and lead the implementation of the production system.

Work/Experience
  • CTO at GoDeep Mobile LLC

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    October 2014 — September 2015

    Served as the fractional/interim CTO, for an Atlanta-based startup targeting professional and college football teams with a performance management solution. Lead the design, architecture, and development of a web application using a team of near-shore developers that I hired to implement my design.

  • CTO at Domino Solutions

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    July 2014 — December 2014

    Served as the fractional/interim CTO for an Atlanta-based startup that offers an enterprise marketing management SaaS solution. Lead the development team including internal and outsourced resources. Researched and selected the business intelligence (BI) technology (Logi Analytics) that has been integrated into the version 1 product offering.

  • Vice President, R&D and Operations at Wren Solutions

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    January 2011 — September 2013

    Executive in charge of product development, product management, IT, support and services, with a 25-person team comprised of software engineers, mechanical engineers, product managers, network administrators, and supporting staff.

  • Senior R&D Manager at Nokia

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    November 2006 — May 2009

    Senior Manager responsible for Quality Assurance, Field Testing, Device Compatibility Testing, Automated Testing, and Release Engineering, with a global QA team of 100 employees and contractors based in USA, China, Finland, Mexico, and Romania.

  • Senior Product Manager at Nokia

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    September 2004 — November 2006

    Senior Product Manager responsible for complete product lifecycle of several products and online services running on mobile devices. Drove cross functional teams spanning program management, software development, technical support, quality, documentation, product marketing, legal, and operations. Drove product requirements, positioning and pricing using requirements, feedback, and trends gathered from primary/secondary research.

  • Vice President Product Management at AppForge, Inc.

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    May 2003 — September 2004

    Executive responsible for complete product lifecycle of several products running on Windows desktops, and mobile devices. Drove cross functional teams spanning project management, software development, technical support, quality, documentation, marketing, and operations. Drove requirements, positioning and pricing derived from customer feedback and primary/secondary research.

  • Vice President Business Development at AppForge, Inc.

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    June 2000 — May 2003

    Executive responsible for business development activities including licensing software to mobile device manufacturers and building alliances with independent software vendors.

  • Founder, President at AppForge Software, LLC

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    April 1999 — June 2000

    Founded and led commercialization of first software products at AppForge Software, LLC, leading to the reincorporation as AppForge, Inc. and the first round of Venture Capital in 2000.

Education
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

    Degree: Bachelor of Science

    Field of Study: Information and Computer Science

Location
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1040 W. Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA. 30318

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