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Jeff is a long time hardware, operating systems, and application developer. He has also been an executive at a number of companies for the past 35 odd years.
Highlights including Principle Engineer at Digital Equipment Corp, where he cut his teeth in the Traditional Products group (PDP-8/PDP-12 and PDP-15). He also worked on a couple of PDP-11 systems, notably the PDP-11/20S and the KXT11-CA IOP module. Jeff was one of the founders of the VAX Workstation group at DEC and was lead on a number of the VAXStations produced there. Jeff then moved to the VAX/VMS group to write the support for new VAX products, and was chosen to join the nascent AlphaVMS team to port VMS to the Alpha RISC processor. After successfully working on the bootstrap and kernel, Jeff moved to Seattle Washington to work on the port of the Windows NT operating system to the DEC Alpha RISC processor. Jeff was responsible for the HAL/IO/Networking of the OS on the Alpha, and regularly spent time with the NT team at Microsoft.
In 1994, Jeff left DEC after 16 years and joined McCaw Cellular, which became AT&T Wireless Services. There he worked as a systems engineer on the CDPD digital packet system, and provided solutions to various platforms to enable them to use CDPD.
In 1996, Jeff joined some of DEC’s DECWest former compiler team at BSQUARE Corp. Jeff was named CTO and worked to build the OEM services team, and to initiate a software re-use program which allowed cost savings to be passed onto BSQUARE’s clients. He also initiated the use of these re-usable software models to be licensed to OEMs wanting to do their own integration. Jeff was named VP of Products, as well as his CTO role, and started initiatives such as iWin, which later became smart screen, and led the teams that built Windows Based terminal solutions for customers such as Walmart and to get Symbol Technologies to adopt Windows CE for they handheld scanners. Jeff authored the book “Programming Embedded Systems for Microsoft Windows CE” (Microsoft Press), in addition to being published in various embedded systems magazines.
In 2001, Jeff left BSQUARE and join SavaJe Technologies, of Chelmsford, Mass. SavaJe had built a Java API based operating system, and Jeff was hired to get the OEM integrations team up and running, and to manage the QA team, based in Chicago, Il. Jeff also contributed to the SavaJe core kernel, devices and later, the SavaJe phone service that ran on a phone handset.
Jeff formed MochaWorks, Inc, along with Seattle based SavaJe engineering lead David Vawter. They continued to contribute to the SavaJe platform, but focused their other time on building a audio/video media player, based on SavaJe OS, called Typhoon, eventually selling that technology to an OEM.
After MochaWorks, Jeff joined Real Networks to help develop the Rhapsody portable music player, code named “Joey”. Jeff became General Manager of the Rhapsody Device Ecosystem, and worked with customers like, SanDisk, Sony, iRiver, etc to get their devices to support the rich features that the Rhapsody Music Service supported. He expanded support for the new Rhapsody Direct backend service to other OEMs such as Sonos, Logitech (former Slim Devices), TiVo, Denon, Sony, etc. Jeff and one of the Rhapsody server developers, Michael Glover, embarked on getting Rhapsody running on the new iPhone, using the jailbreak SDK in 2007, and later the real SDK in 2008.
Jeff, left the Rhapsody team to become General manager of the new Real Networks cloud initiative.
In 2010, Jeff left Real Networks and joined a new startup of a friend, called SocialEyes. SocialEyes was a multi-chat video/audio system, browser-based on the desktop. Jeff worked on the iOS implementation to bring SocialEyes to the mobile handset. In 2011, the company decided, with Jeff’s input, to pivot and focus on the mobile world, and improving calls, texting and sharing of media. The company was re-branded as Sidecar.me. Sidecar got accolades for it’s V1.0 product, and Jeff grew the team and set out on building version 2, that focus less on the actually calling, but more of the ability to keep friends and family connected, via mobile on Sidecar. In 2012 , group message/calling/sharing was introduced, as well as sharing videos/photos and locations.
In 2013 Jeff joined the nascent digital agency, Blackpixel, and eventually became the head of products. Jeff led the team to shipping NetNewsWire for Mac and IOS, along with a integrated sync system. In the fall of 2015, NetNewsWire for tvOS was shipped.
In 2016, Jeff left Blackpixel to become Chief Executive Officer at Sycamore Labs, LLC. Sycamore Labs is a IoT device products company, focusing on using secure cellular connections to pass telemetry from devices in the field. Jeff led the HW design of the first secure device from the company, and wrote the support for the Firmware to have the device report its status for the on board sensors and location to the ThingSpace service. Jeff also helped write an IOS app, interfacing to the ThingSpace APIs, that allowed the sensors being reported, to display location and the sensor data in a human readable form. Category M1 and NB-IoT are the product focused from Sycamore Labs. In addition, work on LoRa packet systems have been prototyped.
Jeff currently resides in Beaverton, OR. with his wife and two Schnoodles. His hobbies are amateur radio, fine wine, fine Scotch, and maintaining and polishing a refurbished 1954 Willys Overland Pickup truck, as well as opening as much time as possible on the Oregon Coast.