Kevin is a coder and entrepreneur who lives in the Chicago area, where he makes things out of words, bytes, scarce resources, and even flour, water, salt and yeast.
As an entrepreneur and investor, Kevin has so far had two successful exits. In 2011, Obtiva was acquired by Groupon and in 2014, MadMimi was acquired by GoDaddy.
As a CEO, Kevin has earned several awards. In 2010, he was nominated for “CEO of the Year” by the Illinois Technology Association. Also, in 2010 and 2011, Obtiva was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the country’s fastest growing private companies, growing 99 percent and 142 percent over a three-year period, respectively.
As an educator, in 2011, Kevin was awarded a Coleman Fellowship by the Kaufman Foundation for innovation in teaching Entrepreneurship.
Kevin has suffered from a lifelong obsession with entrepreneurship and is an angel investor and advisor for early-stage start-ups. He has a current interest in businesses that improve, and even turn on their heads, tired business models, ones that are ripe to receive exponential boosts by properly leveraging technology, operational, and business model innovation.
He also consults with dev shop, design firm, and other tech service business leaders who want their businesses to be amazing. His software development company, Obtiva, demonstrated that there is plenty of room for creativity and innovation in tech services.
He has formally advised, mentored, and consulted for dozens of startup and small to medium-sized business founders and management teams in diverse industries.
He is a co-founder of the Software Craftsmanship North America conference and has organized and presented at numerous technology and entrepreneurship conferences and events.