Paul M. Allen

Startup accelerator leader, Tribe of Angels founder, strategist and business builder

Location
Greater Denver Area
Industry
Computer Software
Current
  1. SuperG Accelerator,
  2. Socrates Analytics, Inc.,
  3. InStore Finance
Previous
  1. inlaw.me,
  2. Qlovi,
  3. sharedwith.me
Education
  1. UCLA
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Background

Summary

Specialties: branding + positioning; business dev; mktg + product strategy; product design; teambuilding; product + market fit; usability; tech development; writing + promotions; social; research; digital health and wellness; innovation; business networking; fundraising

I'm a creative tech leader with a strong product, business dev and mktg background. I have over 20 yrs of experience in new pdct development, B2B and B2C software, educational IT, healthcare software, payment tech, gaming, sports, retail, venture capital, econ development, and the non-profit sectors. My leadership philosophy focuses on transparency, empowerment, communication, and growth.

I currently run a startup accelerator based in Ohio -- started by Dan Gilbert, Founder of Quicken Loans Inc. and majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

I consult with a range of startups and established businesses. Past projects include product strategy, design, mktg and business dev for large organizations including Intel, Motorola, Adobe, Palm, Ubisoft, Diebold, and Harvard Medical School and many high growth startups.

I'm the founder of Tribe of Angels, an international network of over 8000 angel investors, researchers, journalists, executives, and entrepreneurs in 25 countries.

Previously I was an advisor to 60mo (acquired); Chief Product Officer for Monarch Teaching Technologies; VP of Qbiquity (acquired) where I helped lead the team to secure over $12MM from investors whose portfolios included Overture, DoubleClick, CommerceOne, Wit Capital, and Epicentric; Director of Marketing for BetaSphere (acquired), where I led new product development initiatives for major technology vendors including Intel, Motorola and Adobe and was instrumental in positioning the company for investment by J.P. Morgan Partners, and GE Equity; Managing Director of the Connecticut Software Association and Vice President of the Connecticut Technology Council, a statewide economic development organization.

Experience

Mentor

SuperG Accelerator
– Present (3 months)Beijing City, China

SuperG is a 9-month mentorship-driven program that accelerates the development of startups. SuperG is backed by China Science & Merchants Capital Management (CSC), a leading and largest yuan-denominated PE/VC firm in China. CSC has 120 funds with total assets of more than RMB 60 B (USD 10 B) under management. CSC has more than 6,000 LPs who are entrepreneurs and founders themselves and run actual operating companies. In addition, CSC has very strong relationships with local government in cities and provinces all over China. As such, it has a vast network of connections and a large pool of resources for entrepreneurs and founders to tap in for mentorship and resources.

Board Observer

Socrates Analytics, Inc.
– Present (8 months)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

Socrates helps hospitals adapt to the current changes in reimbursement, which has shifted financial risk to the service providers. Socrates highlights and tracks achievable clinical process improvements and reveals the financial risks of all the services offered.

Board Member

InStore Finance
– Present (9 months)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

InStore Finance offers merchants a highly lucrative consumer financing solution that substantially increases sales and store productivity.

Board Member

Everchat
– Present (9 months)Brazil

Real time communication for the enterprise.

Board Member

Vesti
– Present (11 months)New York City

Vesti is creating content-based challenges for mobile around real life events like dating and dining. Each challenge comes with a very special, immediately gratifying, and heavily branded reward.

Board Member

Intraclinics
– Present (1 year 2 months)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

Intraclinics is revolutionizing healthcare communications with a powerful service that enables doctors to communicate easily and securely. Transforming digital health through better messaging.

Board Member

Sprav Water LLC
– Present (1 year 2 months)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

Sprav is developing affordable consumer products that use advanced technology and the "quantified self" concept to reduce one's personal environmental footprint.

Board Member

Betchyu
– Present (1 year 2 months)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

Betchyu harnesses one of the oldest tricks in the book, the double-dog-dare. It lets you set weight-loss and exercise goals and invite your friends to bet against you. Leveraging motivation to improve wellness and health.

Board Member

SnapBatch
– Present (1 year 8 months)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

Snapbatch offers professional sports teams and venues an exciting fan engagement app that transforms the fan experience.

Board Member

MascotSecret
– Present (2 years)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

MascotSecret enables teams and venues to offer fans amazing fan experiences at live events.

Board Member

eCollect, LLC
– Present (2 years 1 month)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

eCollect is a payment processing company that specializes in recovering returned payments using technologies that improve collection rates and minimize the negative customer experiences typically associated with the collections industry.

Board Member

NewCell, LLC
– Present (2 years 2 months)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

NewCells call interruption technology inserts targeted audio advertisements at peak attention points during telephone calls.

Board Member

Bookwork
– Present (2 years 6 months)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

Bookwork helps amazing technical students find awesome part-time and full-time gigs.

Board Member

Big River Online
– Present (2 years 9 months)Cleveland Ohio

Big River helps nonprofits build better donor relationships using cloud-based tools that are easy to manage, affordable, and compatible with existing donor management products.

Leader

Bizdom
– Present (3 years)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

Bizdom is a startup business accelerator that trains, mentors and funds aspiring entrepreneurs to launch innovative, growth-oriented startups in Detroit and Cleveland. Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans Inc. is the Founder and Chairman of Bizdom. Mr. Gilbert is also majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters, and is the operator of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Focused on digital health, wellness, sports, hospitality, and marketing technologies. Collaborators include American Greetings, Case Western University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic.

Advisor

ClickWell
– Present (4 years 3 months)

Stealth mode wellness product and education company.

Guest Lecturer (Product Design and Marketing)

John Carroll University
– Present (4 years 9 months)University Heights Ohio

Instructor in product design and marketing fundamentals, theory, practice and strategy.

Founder

Tribe of Angels
– Present (15 years 9 months)

Started international networking group for investors and entrepreneurs. Provide introductions and guidance to entrepreneurs to support business and fundraising efforts. Have advised over 500 startups and 3000 investors on issues relating to product design, technology, marketing and go-to-market strategy, fundraising, and business development.

Board Member

inlaw.me
(1 year 1 month)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

Inlaw connects attorneys with coveted job openings from the best in-house, law firm, public interest and university employers.

Advisor

Qlovi
(8 months)Greater Detroit Area

Edtech startup that's making reading more fun for kids.

Advisor

sharedwith.me
(2 years 11 months)

Sharewith.me enables organizations and causes to launch and manage viral social media promotions via Twitter.

Advisor

Whisteo
(1 year 7 months)Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Whisteo develops innovative social media promotion technology for the automotive industry.

Advisor

GroundBooth
(9 months)

Groundbooth is a revolutionary new social media platform for law students and law schools.

Advisor

Care-n-Share
(10 months)

Care-n-Share is an innovative social network that provides resources, connections, and support for family members caring for loved ones. Focused on long term care, wellness and digital health.

Executive Director

LaunchHouse
(1 year 7 months)

Provided management consulting services to LaunchHouse; help generate dealflow and assist with due diligence; assist with developing and expanding mentorship and startup coaching programs; aid fundraising and other development initiatives; and help portfolio companies with sales and marketing and general management coaching as needed. Provided some consulting as contractor for Small Business Development Center. LaunchHouse is a business accelerator for technology startups that provides capital, guidance, and connections to accelerate the growth of promising technology ventures in the Midwest. Portfolio companies include IT, biotech, and greentech ventures.

Principal

Bitemark Group
(6 years 9 months)

I provide strategic consulting and tactical resources for all types of technology businesses -- bringing Silicon Valley connections and know-how to Midwest startups. Product design, strategic positioning, go-to-market strategy and execution, marcom, Web promotions, PR, advertising (creative and execution) and coaching. Past and current clients include Diebold (NYSE: DBD), Dix and Eaton, Maple Fund, Indigo Media, Timeware, DimpleDough, Monarch Teaching Technologies, Cierant, MScript, Inedo, UbiSoft (PARIS: UBI.PA), Energy Focus Lighting (NYSE: EFOI).

Consultant

60mo
(7 months)

Consultant

DimpleDough
(2 years 11 months)

Provided strategic marketing services for rapidly growing enterprise software vendor.

DimpleDough is an innovative leader in the card payments industry whose SaaS technology and marketing intelligence capabilities help several of the world's largest banks and retailers increase revenue and lower costs. Our core products include the DimpleDough Card Management Platform, Gift Card E-Commerce, Online Card Customization, eGift, iPhone and Kiosk solutions.

Partner

Wonderlab
(3 years 1 month)

WonderLab is a Beachwood Ohio based startup greenhouse that partners with entrepreneurs and inventors to build exciting new businesses. We provide expert marketing and technical input, and broad industry experience to promising Midwestern businesses. Our specialty is applying multidisciplinary expertise to the development of Rich Internet Applications. Current and past clients include Intel, Adobe, Motorola, Palm, Chicago Board of Trade, Diebold, Abbott Labs, DimpleDough, Maple Fund, Benchmark Partners, and Timeware.

Chief Product Officer

Monarch Teaching Technologies, Inc.
(4 years 10 months)

Initially I was hired to design new SaaS product in conjunction with clinicians and researchers from Childrens Hospital Boston, teachers from The Monarch School, and parents of children with autism.

My role involved providing general business consulting and planning services to the CEO including assistance with venture and grant funding efforts; developing a consensus product vision informed by stakeholders, technical and clinical opportunities and limitations and market opportunities; building design and engineering teams; building and managing sales and marketing team; and introducing multi-award winning product to marketplace.

Based in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Monarch Teaching Technologies, Inc. (monarchtt.com) is committed to providing technology-enhanced solutions that can provide more effective yet cost-efficient support for children with special learning needs. After a four-year R&D collaboration with researchers from Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School and the Monarch Center for Autism, funded in part by NIH grants, the company introduced VizZle for the general market in 2009.

Investor

Zolio
(1 year 9 months)

Managing Director

Connecticut Software Association
(3 years)

Managed all aspects of statewide industry association. P&L, program design, promotions, fundraising, corporate relations, government relations, research and analysis, and business development. Worked closely with state agency officials, investors, universities, and executives with startups and large companies including: Gartner, General Electric, United Technologies, Aetna, Pitney Bowes, Praxair, and Xerox. Provided extensive coaching and guidance to startups in areas of business positioning, planning, business development, and fundraising. Won Governor's Economic Development Award for Excellence in Seed Stage Investment programming.

Vice President of Marketing

Qbiquity
(2 years)

Managed all aspects of corporate marketing including providing strategic product guidance based on market feedback; communications strategy and execution; investor and analyst relations; and Web and offline advertising and promotions management. Clients included American Express, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Visa. Helped position company for $12 million in venture funding from investors whose portfolios include Overture, DoubleClick, CommerceOne, Wit Capital, and Epicentric. Qbiquity was acquired by Collabrys in 2002.

Director of Marketing

BetaSphere
(3 years)

Initially worked with product teams at Intel, Motorola, Adobe, Palm, and several startups to help them design and develop more customer-centric products. Eventually became responsible for all aspects of marketing and business development. Managed all aspects of marketing strategy and execution including advertising, PR, promotions, and tradeshows. Instrumental in positioning the company for subsequent investment by J.P. Morgan Partners, and GE Equity

Founder

Social Software
(3 years)

Led startup that developed first generation Web-based social and business networking applications. Raised angel funding. Managed all product and project development including ideation, wireframing, designs, and development scheduling.

Executive Director

SOVA
(2 years 9 months)

Responsible for managing staff of four professionals and over 500 volunteers of social service agency serving Greater Los Angeles. Volunteers included case managers, warehouse workers, and fundraisers. Doubled annual giving. Expanded square footage of three service locations and increased population served by 30%. Developed relationships with executives, philanthropists, government agencies including FEMA, and state and local elected officials.

Projects

Midwest Accelerator Progress(Link)

Bizdom is a startup accelerator designed to help transform the economies in Cleveland and Detroit. Over the past two years amazing entrepreneurs from San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston have decided to come to these authentic Midwestern cities to launch their technology startups.

Bizdom creates $6 million venture capital fund to invest only in companies within Cleveland's city limits(Link)

Bizdom Cleveland has formed a venture capital fund that will invest only in companies within Cleveland’s city limits. The downtown Cleveland-based business accelerator has raised nearly $6 million that will be used to finance high-tech startup companies. Half of the money came in the form of a loan from the Ohio Third Frontier, a technology-focused economic development program.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Digital Marketing Advisory Group

Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Advisory Board Member

hiVelocity Media
Economic Empowerment

hiVelocity tells the story of the new economy in Ohio. It's a narrative of creative people and businesses and what they are doing to create jobs for today and tomorrow.

Midwest Judging Committee

Angelpool
Economic Empowerment

AngelPool is the largest organization of angel investors in the world. Over 200 (95%) of the top 210 angel groups representing over 5,000 angels share knowledge, deals, best practices and learn from each other. We are dedicated to finding and investing in the best tech disruptors and entrepreneurs globally to drive jobs, innovation and growth.

Judge

Startup Weekend
Economic Empowerment

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Mentor for Entrepreneurial Studies Students

Hawken School
Education


Founded in 1915, Hawken School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school serving 972 students in preschool through grade 12 from nine counties in Northeast Ohio.

Central to Hawken’s mission is our promise to “prepare students to navigate a complex and dynamic world with self-confidence and determination; embrace challenges with disciplined analysis and creativity; and engage others with empathy and integrity.” The fulfillment of this promise has earned Hawken a national reputation for educational excellence and innovative programming.

Mentor

JumpStart Inc.
Economic Empowerment

JumpStart's vision is to increase the economic impact and sustainability of Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, while leveraging JumpStart’s experience and expertise to catalyze entrepreneurship nationally.

Board Member

Ohio Economic Competitiveness Strategy Inclusion Committee
Economic Empowerment

The purpose of this organization is to improve the long-term economic competitiveness of the region through the coordinated of efforts of the private and philanthropic communities.

Digital Health Challenge Judge

Colorado PrIME Health Collaborative
Economic Empowerment

Founded in July of 2012, the PrIME Health Collaborative is a growing community of more than 450 health care administrators, physicians, technologists, academics, entrepreneurs and investors improving health care outcomes and reducing cost through the commercialization of emerging technologies. Together, we’re identifying and growing Colorado’s statewide Digital Health Ecosystem.

Opportunities Paul M. is looking for:

Causes Paul M. cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Children
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Environment
  • Health

Organizations Paul M. supports:

  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Jewish National Fund
  • Tribe of Angels

Skills

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public Relations
  • Angel Investing
  • Sales
  • Business Development
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Market Research
  • Email Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Product Marketing
  • Product Development
  • Product Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Web Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Change Management
  • Program Management
  • Software Development
  • Social Media
  • Start-ups
  • Fundraising
  • Product Strategy
  • Community Development
  • Advertising
  • Sales Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Management Consulting
  • Educational Technology
  • Viral Marketing
  • Lean Startup
  • Product Management
  • Venture Capital
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Coaching
  • Strategy
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Management
  • Consulting
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • E-commerce
  • Team Building
  • Project Management
  • Team Leadership
  • Go-to-market Strategy
  • Strategic Communications
  • Enterprise Software
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Publications

Psychology and self-help groups: Predictions on a partnership.

American Psychologist
January 1994

Patents

System and Method for Generating Customized Visually-Based Lessons

United States 2010/0167255 A1
Filed June 9, 2008

An interactive visually-based educational system and method that provides improved teacher-student, parent-teacher and teacher-teacher communication and collaboration.

Languages

  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Spanish

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Education

UCLA

MA, Psychology

UCLA

BA, Psychology

Additional Info

  1. Interests

    • women in technology,
    • violence prevention,
    • aging and technology,
    • sports training technology,
    • teamwork,
    • coaching,
    • interpersonal communications,
    • technology strategy,
    • paralysis and mobility,
    • art,
    • design,
    • startups,
    • israel,
    • gadgets,
    • creativity,
    • innovation,
    • economic development,
    • family,
    • hiking,
    • biking,
    • Vespas,
    • Chris-Craft boats,
    • Airstream trailers,
    • British motorcycles,
    • Hawaiian slack guitar.
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Organizations

Tribe of Angels

Honors & Awards

Connecticut Governor's Award for Excellence in Seed Stage Investment Programs 2003, EDDIE Educational Software Review Award 2008, Adobe MAX Semi-Finalist 2009, BESSIE Best Educational Software Award 2009, 2013 Ohio State One Fund Accelerator Funding Recipient, 2014 Ohio State One Fund Accelerator Funding Recipient, 2014 Ohio State Pre-Seed Fund Capitalization Award

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