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Steve Meyer

Founder / CEO at Avanti Technology, Inc.

Dripping Springs, TX

www.avanti-technology.com

Boot-strap Entrepreneur with 30+ years hands-on technical & business expertise, 20+ on Server & Web projects. Author, columnist & speaker.

Introduction
About Me

Diversified experience in emerging technologies and global markets. Rare blend of hands on leadership skills in both management and development, as well as product evangelist. Recognized for delivering high quality, reliable solutions, along with exceptional customer service, by building small teams of over-achievers. Experienced from concept to delivery in software design, development, distribution and support across multiple development and network platforms. Almost 20 years of full stack web development along with social media marketing. Specific expertise creating award winning and industry leading products in: Network communications and management; Server automation and management; And data distribution, management and security, including encryption and disaster recovery.

Business Description

Re-launched Avanti shifting focus to consulting services as a way to remain current in and involved with the latest emerging technologies. Provide volunteer and low cost consulting services to non-profits and select small businesses. Participate in start up and co-founder events offering leadership and business expertise as an adviser/mentor.

Some of the projects include: Re-designed several non-profit websites to incorporate more current technologies, functionality and responsiveness capabilities. Designed, developed and implemented custom eCommerce solutions, both direct merchant and third party (PayPal) processing, for several non-profits to handle on-line transactions. Integrated scheduling and resource management tracking systems. Reviewed and tested systems security. Designed and developed a custom cross browser compatible insurance quotation and rating system as a responsive HTML5 web application fully supporting all platforms from mobile to tablet, laptop and desktop with a single UX/UI.

My Skills
ajax community service css customer service data management databases disaster recovery enterprise software entrepreneurship international business javascript leadership marketing marketing strategy network communications network management applications networking operating systems server management software engineering start ups strategic leadership technical leadership unix web application design web development wordpress wordpress plugin development
Profile Questions
  • What do you like most about your profession?

    The great thing about technology is that the only constant is change and the minute you stop learning you become obsolete which creates both enormous challenges and fantastic opportunities.

  • What are 3 attributes you need to be successful in your industry?

    An insatiable desire to learn.
    A commitment to being exceptional.
    Recognition that teams accomplish more than individuals.

  • What are the most important things to consider when hiring a service provider in your field?

    How well do they communicate with you. Are they just seeking work or are they interested in helping you to succeed? Do they offer more than just what you sought for them to provide? Pay close attention to your first impressions.

  • How are you different than others in your profession?

    I have been around long enough to recognize the circle of evolution which exists in our industry and have been fortunate enough to enjoy some success thanks to great mentors and team members so I am not driven as much by the need to prove something as the desire to do things right and pay back some of the good fortune I've received.

  • What are your biggest professional influences (books, mentors, events)?

    Family and friends who hold me accountable for all I do.

  • How do you typically handle disagreements with clients?

    Communication. Most disagreements are the result of a failure to communicate by one of all of the parties involved. In most cases, simply communicating can lean to common ground resolutions.

  • Describe your proudest professional accomplishment.

    Bootstrapping start ups from scratch without outside investments by working hard and surrounding myself with people who I could inspire to exceed their own expectations and challenge me to be even better.

Work/Experience
  • Founder / President / Consultant at Avanti Technology, Inc.

    Location: Dripping Springs, TX

    March 2014 — Present

    Re-launched Avanti shifting focus to consulting services as a way to remain current in and involved with the latest emerging technologies. Provide volunteer and low cost consulting services to non-profits and select small businesses. Participate in start up and co-founder events offering leadership and business expertise as an adviser/mentor. Some of the projects include: Re-designed several non-profit websites to incorporate more current technologies, functionality and responsiveness capabilities. Designed, developed and implemented custom eCommerce solutions, both direct merchant and third party (PayPal) processing, for several non-profits to handle on-line transactions. Integrated scheduling and resource management tracking systems. Reviewed and tested systems security. Designed and developed a custom cross browser compatible insurance quotation and rating system as a responsive HTML5 web application fully supporting all platforms from mobile to tablet, laptop and desktop with a single UX/UI. Mentorship/Advisory Roles: DeadEye Marksmanship, Inc. (San Antonio, TX) - 07/2014 to Present CEO (Advisory role) - Started providing advice and mentorship in July 2014 to this UTSA incubator launched start up. Was approached to assume the CEO role in October 2014. Working with inventor/lead engineer and co-founders of this boot-strapped start up to create a viable business strategy, build market connections and secure funding necessary to produce an updated prototype and a minimum viable product. Currently struggling with uncertainties caused by the delays associated with the USPTO's final decision on the patent application (pending since 2012). Jam Packed Mobile, LLC (Austin, TX) - 10/2014 to Present CTO (Advisory role) - Provide technical oversight and project management expertise to this emerging start up. Peepsqueeze (Austin, TX) - 01/2015 to Present Mentor/Advisor - Provide business leadership, market development and technical advice to this emerging start up.

  • CEO (Interim role) at Teachers Notebook LLC

    Location: Freehold, NJ (remotely from Austin, TX)

    October 2012 — February 2014

    Teachers Notebook is a K-12 educational eCommerce site featuring teacher created, classroom tested resources offered by teacher-preneur shop owners. Approached by a friend and former Avanti employee who, as the Co-Founder and Chief Architect, sought business and technical guidance towards growing the company and better positioning it for investment or acquisition (Oct. 2012). After providing advice and mentorship over a couple of months, was extended the opportunity to come on board in the role of interim CEO. Assisted with the site redesign, including helping design a more scalable database schema and the migration to multiple, purposed cloud servers to improve content delivery and data security, as well as overhauling the business model towards improving revenues and profitability. Additionally, identified and created new approaches to site promotion while also expanding market outreach and brand recognition by working to improve social media and public relations campaigns. Combined efforts generated in 200-300% growth in all metrics (Sales, Teacher Shops, Products, and Members). Site traffic averaged +650K/month in Q4 2013 of which 45% was unique. Additional reorganization of site advertising was projected to increase ad revenues 200% (2014 over 2013) with the introduction of selective email advertising to members further increasing revenue potential. Developed and vetted multiple investor contacts then spearheaded the negotiations resulting in the acquisition of Teachers Notebook by OverDrive (Feb. 2014).

  • Founder / President / Chief Software Architect at Avanti Technology, Inc.

    Location: Austin, TX / Colorado Springs, CO

    August 1990 — December 2012

    Re-launched Avanti shifting focus to consulting services as a way to remain current in and involved with the latest emerging technologies. Provide volunteer and low cost consulting services to non-profits and select small businesses. Participate in start up and co-founder events offering leadership and business expertise as an adviser/mentor. Some of the projects include: Re-designed several non-profit websites to incorporate more current technologies, functionality and responsiveness capabilities. Designed, developed and implemented custom eCommerce solutions, both direct merchant and third party (PayPal) processing, for several non-profits to handle on-line transactions. Integrated scheduling and resource management tracking systems. Reviewed and tested systems security. Designed and developed a custom cross browser compatible insurance quotation and rating system as a responsive HTML5 web application fully supporting all platforms from mobile to tablet, laptop and desktop with a single UX/UI. Mentorship/Advisory Roles: DeadEye Marksmanship, Inc. (San Antonio, TX) - 07/2014 to Present CEO (Advisory role) - Started providing advice and mentorship in July 2014 to this UTSA incubator launched start up. Was approached to assume the CEO role in October 2014. Working with inventor/lead engineer and co-founders of this boot-strapped start up to create a viable business strategy, build market connections and secure funding necessary to produce an updated prototype and a minimum viable product. Currently struggling with uncertainties caused by the delays associated with the USPTO's final decision on the patent application (pending since 2012). Jam Packed Mobile, LLC (Austin, TX) - 10/2014 to Present CTO (Advisory role) - Provide technical oversight and project management expertise to this emerging start up. Peepsqueeze (Austin, TX) - 01/2015 to Present Mentor/Advisor - Provide business leadership, market development and technical advice to this emerging start up.

  • Vice President at Applied Computer Management

    Location: Dublin, CA

    August 1989 — July 1990

    Applied Computer Management was a large Novell NetWare Server systems integrator and consulting firm marketing across the U.S., Europe and Australia. Oversight responsibility for all technical aspects of marketing, sales, and support operations, including multi-$MM budgeting and P&L. Insured customer satisfaction while expanding the client base.

  • Managing Director (Business Development Consultant) at Sunbelt Software International

    Location: Rueil-MalMaison, FRANCE

    January 1989 — July 1989

    Sunbelt Software, founded by the former French reseller of Sunbelt Computer Systems, was a new venture focused on developing and expanding the software utility distribution market throughout Europe. Assisted in the launch and development of the market for distributing utility software throughout Europe. Recruited away from Sunbelt Computer Systems to become Managing Director responsible for developing and implementing the initial business plan to include recruiting, training and managing full-service resellers throughout the ECC. Originally a multi-year contract, returned to the U.S. due to family issues and work VISA complications.

  • Co-Founder / President at Sunbelt Computer Systems, Inc.

    Location: Tulsa, OK

    February 1983 — December 1988

    Responsible for all business operations and staff management, including the role of company visionary, while also assisting in the development of ancillary support utilities as needed, for this market leader in DATABUS (PL/B) language compilers and utilities. Established working relationships with technology leaders, including 3Com, Novell, and SMC, to expand market opportunities as the DATABUS (PL/B) compiler suite was ported to virtually every major single and multi-user PC OS platform, as well as the most prominent LAN networks and Unix environments. Negotiated custom porting agreements and OEM distribution rights with Bluebird Systems, Datapoint, HP, NCR, The Software Link, Unisys, and others. . . . . . Co-Founder / Head of Marketing & Support August 1983 – February 1986 Assisted the President and V.P. in acquiring Sunbelt from its original investor in order to gain control over company direction. Prepared a business plan, participated in negotiations, and helped secure financing in exchange for a partnership role. Attended, exhibited, and spoke at conferences and user group meetings world-wide on behalf of the company and as an evangelist for the DATABUS (PL/B) programming language which was now being supported on multiple OS platforms, including single and multi-user OS', as well as early PC networks. Built and trained a reseller network covering the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Created and produced the DataBuzz newsletter along with organizing and presenting annual Developer Conferences both of which are still active and popular among Sunbelt DATABUS (PL/B) users. . . . . . Marketing & Support Engineer Sunbelt Computer Systems, Inc. - Subsidiary of Sunbelt Holding Corp. February 1983 – August 1983 Joined Sunbelt as it was introducing its first DATABUS (PL/B) programming language compiler product which supported porting Datapoint ARCNET networked business applications written in DATABUS to the emerging PC multi-user and networked environments. As one of the first programming language compiler companies in the PC market, Sunbelt was also a Beta site for Novell's NetWare, SMC's PC-ARCNET, and numerous other multi-user and peer-to-peer network platforms. Responsible for defining the new market then creating the appropriate sales and support strategies, including all product advertising, flyers, manuals, and newsletters. Helped organize and promote user groups to assist with the promotion and support of the company's products and market expansion.

  • Marketing & Support Engineer at Sunbelt Computer Systems, Inc. - Subsidiary of Sunbelt Holding Corp.

    February 1983 — August 1983

    Joined Sunbelt as it was introducing its first DATABUS (PL/B) programming language compiler product which supported porting Datapoint ARCNET networked business applications written in DATABUS to the emerging PC multi-user and networked environments. As one of the first programming language compiler companies in the PC market, Sunbelt was also a Beta site for Novell's NetWare, SMC's PC-ARCNET, and numerous other multi-user and peer-to-peer network platforms. Responsible for defining the new market then creating the appropriate sales and support strategies, including all product advertising, flyers, manuals, and newsletters. Helped organize and promote user groups to assist with the promotion and support of the company's products and market expansion.

  • Regional Sales & Support Engineer at P.B. Industries, Inc.

    Location: Oklahoma City, OK

    February 1982 — January 1983

    Provided pre and post sale software customization and technical support to clients of this California based HP mini-computer VAR that ended up declaring bankruptcy and closing its doors leaving numerous employees unpaid and unreimbursed for expenses.

  • Regional Sales & Support Engineer at PB Industries, Inc.

    February 1982 — January 1983

    Provided pre and post sale software customization and technical support to clients of this California based HP mini-computer VAR that ended up declaring bankruptcy and closing its doors leaving numerous employees unpaid and unreimbursed for expenses.

  • Manager of Technical Recruiting / Placement at Lear Siegler, Inc. - Management Services Division

    Location: Oklahoma City, OK

    May 1981 — January 1982

    Managed a department with several support staff charged with recruiting, vetting and hiring specially skilled and trained technical personnel for DoD contracted support services around the world. Reorganized recruiting operations to include designing a method to code applications and resumes so that they could be input to a database then selectively retrieved to specific positional requirements. Improved recruiting efficiency and placement significantly by automating most procedures.

Education
  • Wichita State University

    Field of Study: Business

Honors/Awards
  • Best Products of 1995

    Issuer: PC Magazine

    Chief Architect behind NConsole server management software recognized as one of the Best Products of 1995 by PC Magazine while CEO of AVanti Technology, Inc.

Certifications
  • Intel Software Network (ISV)

    Authority: Intel Corporation

  • Microsoft Partner Network (ISV)

    Authority: Microsoft, Inc.

  • Novell ISV Silver Partner

    Authority: Novell, Inc.

Languages
  • English

    Proficiency: Native or Bilingual Proficiency

  • French

    Proficiency: Limited Working Proficiency

  • Italian

    Proficiency: Professional working proficiency

Publications
  • Baseline Sampling for Netware

    Publication: CRC Press

    Date: March 1, 2001

  • Columnist (1993 - 1995)

    Publication: Networking Solutions - Austin, TX

    A leading national monthly magazine covering the integration and support of computer networks.

  • Columnist / Reviewer / Technical Contributor (1991-1995)

    Publication: LAN Times - San Mateo, CA

    A leading weekly national magazine covering local area network and general technology.

  • Under The Hood (Technical Tips)

    Publication: Networking Solutions - Austin, TX

  • Weekly Columns (Product Reviews / Technical Tips)

    Publication: LAN Times Magazine - San Mateo, CA

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Austin, TX
Dripping Springs, TX. 78620
Phone: 512/607-6541

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