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John Cwikla

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Engineer - VPE/CTO - Founder - Advisor. Looking to partner with a great business/product person. Let's chat..

Engineer - VPE/CTO - Founder - Advisor. Looking to partner with a great business/product person. Let's chat..

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Primary Skillsets

  • Back End Engineering
  • Front End Engineering
  • Full Stack Engineering
  • Mobile Engineering
  • Operations
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Immediately

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Front End Engineering
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering
  • • Operations
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

The Giant Pixel Corporation
Tello

Advisor

Geni.com
HelloBit
Grovo
Geni.com

Positions

Partner The Giant Pixel Corporation July 2012 - March 2016
Founder The Giant Pixel Corporation July 2012 - March 2016
Advisor HelloBit March 2014 - January 2016
CPO Nama August 2014 - November 2015
Advisor Grovo March 2014 - July 2015
VPE Radius Intelligence November 2010 - July 2012
CTO/Founder Tello May 2010 - September 2010
CTO GameLayers May 2009 - October 2009
CTO / VP of Engineering Doostang February 2007 - December 2008
Technical Advisor Geni.com July 2006 - July 2008
CTO / VP of engineering xoom.com January 2004 - January 2007
BackEnd Engineering Manager Biz360 January 2002 - January 2004
Senior Software Engineer Synovial February 2001 - September 2001
Technical Yahoo! Yahoo November 2000 - February 2001
Senior Engineer eGroups July 2000 - November 2000
Lead X Engineer Brio Technology August 1999 - July 2000
Lead X Engineer Wolfram Research Inc March 1992 - July 1999

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign CS/Math 1988 - 1992

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Sales
  • • Marketing
  • • Fundraising
  • • Business Development
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Financial Services
  • • Local
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Smart Home
  • • Video

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Python • Software development • CTO • APIs • Recruiting • Leadership • Ruby on Rails • Architecture • C++ • Electronic Payments • Fullstack Developer • Objective C • OOP • Team Building • Xml • International Payments • swift • Debug

Key Accomplishments

I've made a career out of building companies from years 1-4, from back of the napkin to business stable teams.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I've been an engineer for a long, long time. I can build anything, make things run themselves, expert at project management (I get things done), and have hired and ran entire teams. I need someone who can take care of growing the business, marketing and sales sides, as that is not my expertise - and has the drive to match my own.

Let's chat about ideas - yours, mine and new, and see if we come out with something interesting.

As an Advisor

I'm interested in helping you get your MVP out the door - I'm an expert at project management, and I can teach you how to run a team (especially outsourced) and frame your resources and goals so you are successful in getting a project complete. I can make sure you won't be someone who spends cash and time on an MVP that overruns and never sees the light of day. Maybe it's a day conversation which I do for fun, or maybe you need a more hands on approach. I can remove the uncertainty of bringing your idea to market.

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Kunal Agarwal
We worked together  •  Strategic Development Principal, Mozilla. Previously Entrepreneur in Residence, The Giant Pixel Corporation.
One of the smartest people I know. Very driven and a great sense of process
Bruce Chu
We worked together  •  Software Consultant, Sole Proprietorship. Previously VP of Engineering, 50cubes. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Jon is a great engineer and leader.
David Jeske
We worked together  •  Angel Investing, Exploring, Self-Employed. Previously Engineering Director, Google.
John believes in KISS (keep it simple stupid) and gets stuff done, today.
Alan Steremberg
They're my friends  •  Previously Presidential Innovation Fellow @ NOAA, White House Presidential Innovation Fellows. Stanford grad. University of Michigan grad.
John knows how to build software.
Elliot Loh
We worked together  •  Founder, The Giant Pixel Corporation and Mentor, StartX. Stanford grad.
John Cwikla is a talented and entrepreneurial engineering manager with biases toward data-driven decisions and practical solutions. When nec ... essary, he will step down to write bullet-proof code that works for years, but perhaps his best role is mentoring less experienced engineers towards efficiency and durability. He also has a very deep network and can seemingly make a team of engineers and designers appear out of thin air. Cwikla stays current, runs the numbers, and does not suffer a fool.
Mark DeLoura
They're my friends  •  Previously Senior Advisor for Digital Media, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Previously Fellow, Learning Games Network.
John is a brilliant technologist and also an unstoppable force - exactly the person you want on your team if you are starting up a new co.
Jared Kopf
We worked together  •  Expander & Wonderer, Worldly and Rolled-up Sleeves, Office Hours. Stanford grad.
He's zero BS.


David Jeske
We worked together  •  Angel Investing, Exploring, Self-Employed. Previously Engineering Director, Google.
Always one of the smartest guys in the room, has an astounding array of diverse technical knowledge.