David ☁ Watts

David ☁ Watts

Cloud: Helping Businesses Discover a Better Way to Work

Greater New York City Area
Information Technology and Services

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David ☁ Watts's Overview

  • Co-Founder & Evangelist at MakeMyAppNow.com
  • Director of Systems Management at SBR
  • Sales Engineering Director at Evolution CE
  • Director Business Development at Ambit Networks
  • Sales Engineer at Terminal Exchange
  • Leonard Stern
  • The King's College

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David ☁ Watts' Summary

Well-connected Cloud Influencer & Google for Business Evangelist, HQ'd in NYC's Silicon Alley. "Startup Kid", founder of & adviser for multiple Startups, white paper author, advisory board member, blogger, speaker, DC³: Data Center & Cloud Computing Group Founder, LI LaunchPad Director, NYC Jelly Coworking Group Founder, Enterprise Social SME, Google for Business expert & Cloud Visionary.

Email: dwatts@cumulusglobal.com
Voice: 917-719-1297
Google: www.google.com/+DavidWattsCloud
Twitter: @wattsdr
Blog: http://youworkfromhere.blogspot.com/
Site: www.cumulusglobal.com
Google Apps: http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/business/landing/campaign/gonegoogle/

"Hand-curated" Daily Business/Tech/Cloud News: http://daily.cumulusglobal.com/

David ☁ Watts' Experience

Sr. Cloud Consultant

Cumulus Global

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

July 2013Present (1 year 3 months) Greater New York City Area

Cumulus Global helps businesses, non-profits, governments, and educational institutions thrive by delivering cloud computing solutions. We align technology with our clients' goals, objectives, and bottom lines. We leverage consulting services and key relationships with Google for Business (original Partner), Rackspace, GoGrid, Amazon AWS and other solid players in the Cloud to drive both efficiency and business agility. Customers like Crunch Gyms, Fig & Olive Restaurants, Mother NY, Maker Media and 16 Handles trust Cumulus Global to help them drive value from the Cloud.

The Cloud Solutions Daily: http://daily.cumulusglobal.com

Cloud Computing Advisory Board Member

Agile Equity

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Investment Banking industry

April 2012Present (2 years 6 months) Greater New York City Area

Since 1996, Agile Equity has provided outstanding M&A Advisory services driven by the highest level of market research and analysis to public companies, private equity sponsors and closely held businesses. Agile combines deep industry expertise and experience with over fifteen years of transactions in the IT Services, Software, Cloud Computing & Healthcare Information Technology sectors.

-Advisory insight into M&A for Tech and Cloud based companies
-Collaboration, content creation and industry events with a team of experienced Cloud visionaries and thought leaders

Enterprise Cloud Consultant

White Stratus

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

May 2012June 2013 (1 year 2 months) Greater New York City Area

White Stratus is a Global Google Partner that specializes in helping Google’s largest customers to take advantage of the Apps platform to transform their enterprises. We focus 100% on Google technologies; our expertise covers strategic planning, technical development and change management services. We have direct offices in 6 countries (USA, UK, Ireland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand) and solution delivery centers in regions like Mid-west USA and Eastern Europe, to ensure cost-effective delivery of our expertise. Customers like Ahold, Burberry, Trinity Mirror and Sealed Air trust White Stratus to help them drive value from their Google Apps platform.

-Work for a global Google Enterprise Premier Partner, collaborating directly with the Google Enterprise Apps Team on 5k+ seat deals with Fortune level organizations
-Sales and management of software seats and agile development deals relative to business productivity, collaboration, enterprise social networking, intranets, cloud platform, Big Data & more

Co-Founder & CMO

Cloud Guru Inc.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

November 2011May 2012 (7 months) Greater New York City Area

"Cloud Guru helps SMB businesses on their journey to the Cloud."

Cloud Guru, Inc. leverages an Enterprise strategy tailored to SMB involving a unique blend of agile analysis, consulting services and relationships with Google for Business, Rackspace, Amazon AWS and other solid players in the Cloud to drive both efficiency and business agility.

CrunchBase: www.crunchbase.com/company/cloud-guru

-True Lean Startup, built from the ground up that grew rapidly
-Wore many hats, from Salesman to Evangelist and CMO

VXNet Director, Intrepreneur

Vinci Consulting Corp.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

February 2011November 2011 (10 months) Greater New York City Area

VXNet is a new & unique BGP-free technology that allows IP address portability (think mobile phone number from one carrier/device to another), consolidates and improves data traffic and application performance in WAN environments & gives global networks more speed, more flexibility and more reliability at a reduced cost to existing solutions. www.VXNet.com

Vinci Consulting is a network architecture and performance company that also specializes in Data Center, Cloud services, colocation, Security, WAN optimization, Managed IP Services and more.

Co-Founder & Evangelist


October 2009March 2011 (1 year 6 months) Greater New York City Area

An affordable custom smartphone app for your organization and an innovative model that pays for the development and earns residual income for your brand!

-True Lean Startup, built from the ground up that grew very quickly
-Wore many hats in this role, ranging from Salesman to CTO & COO

Director of Systems Management


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Sporting Goods industry

September 2009February 2011 (1 year 6 months) Greater New York City Area

-Managed IT infrastructure, integration & maintenance, capitalizing on experience to maximize ROI and streamline legacy systems to a more efficient Cloud model
-Spearheaded the planning and deployment of a new website, including content/layout and integrating related systems to another using Cloud-based Quickbooks, Magento, eCC, Wordpress, etc. while adopting ITIL practices
-Markedly increased web traffic via strategic partnerships, ad-words, social media campaigns, dynamic email marketing and customer database micro and macro management

Sales Engineering Director

Evolution CE

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Networking industry

April 2007September 2009 (2 years 6 months) Greater New York City Area

-Broke new ground in the consulting of Open Source-based salesforce automation/CRM, ERP, Groupware, SaaS, Cloud and storage solutions
-Administrated in all aspects of network design, project management, deployment and support for each project, excelling in demonstrating proof of concept and ROI
-Marketed and networked for new and recurring projects by thinking out-of-the-box and effectively utilizing social media, email marketing, expos, conventions, etc.
-Planned and oversaw training of new systems for client workforce, tapping an unrealized talent for technical training in a corporate environment

Director Business Development

Ambit Networks

July 2002April 2007 (4 years 10 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

-Increased company sales of Managed Service contracts and network hardware by 60%+
-Grew vendor and strategic partnerships exponentially, successfully expanding brand awareness, B2B contacts and ultimately, company revenue
-Established support policies and relevant documentation, a DMS system for content and user manuals for frequently used hardware and software

Sales Engineer

Terminal Exchange

19982002 (4 years) Greater Boston Area

-Increased sales into Public sector and untapped vertical markets, expanding revenue
-Utilized Network Architecture/Design drafting and documentation as a visual selling tool to improve proposals and increase sales
-Refocused the strategy of TES from an IT reseller to a Managed Service Provider, reinventing the business model to increase residual sales
-Managed a team of top-ranked Network Engineers (Cisco, Microsoft, Nortel, etc.), honing both personnel management and Project Management skills

David ☁ Watts' Skills & Expertise

  1. WAN
  2. Data Center
  3. Cloud Computing
  4. Virtualization
  5. Management Consulting
  6. VDI
  7. Network Security
  8. Sales Management
  9. Network Architecture
  10. Technical Training
  11. Team Building
  12. Entrepreneurship
  13. Product Marketing
  14. Colocation
  15. Clustering
  16. SaaS
  17. IaaS
  18. PaaS
  19. DaaS
  20. Cloud Consulting
  21. Google Apps
  22. Rackspace Services
  23. Amazon Web Services
  24. Unified Communications
  25. Managed Services
  26. Solution Selling
  27. VMware
  28. Gmail
  29. Business Development
  30. Co-location
  31. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  32. Social Networking
  33. LinkedIn
  34. Management
  35. Salesforce.com
  36. Security
  37. Cisco Technologies
  38. Networking
  39. Google Docs
  40. Google+
  41. Google API
  42. Google Analytics
  43. Google Groups
  44. Cloud Security
  45. Cloud Applications
  46. Big Data
  47. Social Enterprise
  48. SMB
  49. SMB Sales
  50. Mobile Applications

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David ☁ Watts' Certifications

  • Google Apps Certified Specialist

    • Google Enterprise Solutions
    • April 2012
  • VMware VSP5

    • VMware, Inc.
    • August 2011
  • Cisco CSE 646-205

    • Cisco Systems
    • July 2011
  • Advanced IP Communications 646-230

    • Cisco Systems
    • July 2011
  • Life Cycle Services Subject Matter Expert 650-393

    • Cisco Systems
    • July 2011
  • Advanced Security 646-578

    • Cisco Systems
    • August 2011
  • Data Center Unified Computing 650-987

    • Cisco Systems
    • August 2011
  • Data Center Storage Networking 646-985

    • Cisco Systems
    • August 2011
  • Business LAN/WAN Architecture

    • Nortel

David ☁ Watts' Organizations

  • DC³ Data Center & Cloud Computing Group

    Founder, Director
    • June 2011 to Present

    DC³: Everything about Data Center and Cloud technologies: from architecture and design, to efficiency, virtualization, management, energy control, green tech and more. Collaborate with CIOs, managers, users and visionaries to network, improve and stay on the cutting edge. www.Meetup.com/DC3NYC

  • Long Island LaunchPad


    We're a community of visionaries passionate about building and delivering impactful products and services. We created this Meetup Group to share ideas, skills and best practices. Each month we host at least one networking event featuring distinguished speakers. Based on your feedback, we offer focus groups in specific areas. Members are encouraged to offer their insights either formally or informally. Our mission is to help you develop and refine a skillset which will allow you to transform your ideas into great businesses.

    As stated by Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup; "A startup is a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty."

    To increase the likelihood of success, we focus on:

    Perfecting your pitch
    Legal advisory
    Venture finance
    Professional networking

    No person is too young, old, or knowledgeable to join this group. It's the best time in the history of the world to be an entrepreneur. Come join us!

  • Greater NYC Jelly Coworking Entrepreneurial Group

    Founder, Director
    • January 2012 to Present

    Greater NYC "Jelly" Coworking Meetup for Entrepreneurs, Startups, Tech Ventures & more! www.Meetup.com/NYCJelly/

  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

    • September 2013 to Present
  • AITP: Association of Information Technology Professionals

    National & Regional Member, Volunteer
    • January 2009 to Present

    AITP is the leading worldwide society of professionals in information technology.

  • Surfrider Foundation

    Lifelong Member & Volunteer

    Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

  • LISTnet Cloud Computing SIG

    Subcommittee Member / Contributor

    It is our hope that by bringing together companies from a wide spectrum, we will help both customers and vendors make well informed decisions on how to deal with this disruptive change.

  • The Internet Society

    Global Member & Contributor

    The Internet Society engages in a wide spectrum of Internet issues, including policy, governance, technology, and development. We establish and promote principles that are intended to persuade governments to make decisions that are right for their citizens and each nation’s future.

  • Triathlete Magazine Triathlon Symposium

    Presenter, Round Table Speaker
    • February 2009 to February 2010

    “The most amazing event for triathlon education east of the Mississippi river”

  • IT Process Institute

    Member, Contributor

David ☁ Watts' Education

Leonard Stern


The King's College


David ☁ Watts' Additional Information


Environment, surfing, diving, biking, climbing, travel, triathlon/multisport, martial arts (Shodokan & Uechi-Ryu), running/ultra distance running (sponsored), mentorship, tech, pie, gadgetry, photography, personal development. (yes, pie)

Groups and Associations:

LISTnet Cloud Computing SIG, IT Process Institute, ExecuLeaders, AITP, LIFTit, LIWorks, multiple IT SIGs & IT/Business Meetup Groups, DC³ Data Center & Cloud Computing Group (http://www.meetup.com/DC3NYC), Cius User Group (http://www.meetup.com/CiusNYC), Spiceworks (http://community.spiceworks.com/profile/show/wattsdr)

Honors and Awards:

DC³ Data Center & Cloud Computing Group Founder, Cius User Group Founder, IT Process Institute Contributor and Honoree, White Paper Author, President's Awards and multiple Sales and Performance Honors

David ☁ Watts' Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • French

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • Spanglish

    (Limited working proficiency)

David ☁ Watts' Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • How to Build a Startup, Steve Blank (EP245)
    • Law and the Entrepreneur
    • Design Thinking for Business Innovation I, II
    • Startup Engineering (CS183)
    • Competitive Strategy
    • Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses I, II

David ☁ Watts' Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Sandy Disaster Relief

      Long Beach Surf Association
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      October 2012 present (2 years)
    • Volunteer, Organizer

      Outward Bound Adventures
      • Environment
      September 2001 September 2004 (3 years 1 month)
  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Children
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Economic Empowerment
      • Environment
      • Science and Technology
    • Organizations I support:

      • Surfrider Foundation
      • American Red Cross
      • Sierra Club
      • Outward Bound Adventures
      • Ducks Unlimited
      • 1% for the Planet
      • PADI Aware

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