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Engineering Software

Location:
Poway, California, United States
Posted:
March 25, 2019

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KEY ROLES

EDUCATION

ABOUT ME

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- Masters Business Administration

- Bachelors of Science, Technology Management, CIS Lecturer — UCSD Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

- Courses in Software, Internet of Things, Product Development

- Awarded “Lecturer of the Year” in 2017

Co-Founder: Goju Labs (ongoing)

- Boutique software products and hardware engineering

- Startup investment, board activities, partnerships Chief Innovation Officer: Empowered Education

- Delivered innovative product design/architecture; technical hiring

- Product was acquired by Qualcomm

Chief Technology Officer: Bridgepoint Education

- Fastest growing education company in the US; $1B IPO in 2009

- Responsible for enterprise technology strategy, architecture, customer and mission-critical IT systems/services, integration, and support Enterpreneur-in-Residence: Maveron/Howard Schultz

- Advised investment team on technical investment opportunities

- Mentored Associates on technology, software, enterprise Co-Founder, VP-Engineering: DigitalStyle (acquired by Netscape) Chief Engineer / Director Engineering: Netscape

- Founded, architected and built web-products, including Gecko

- Firefox — Product of the year, 2005

Software Architect - Pages

- Architected and built layout engine - desktop publishing app

- Shipped the first commercial HTML site-editor

- Experienced entreprenuer, executive, technology leader

- 25 years of startup experience: enterprise, education, consumer

- Software architect, product designer, inventer, musician, lifelong learner 2

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PRODUCT OF THE

YEAR AWARDS

DAUGHTERS

250+ TEAM SIZE

500+ STAFF HIRED

2 BLACK-BELTS

Rick is an experienced entrepreneur who thrives in challenging, fast-paced environments. He brings creativity, technical expertise, business acumen, and a passion for building innovative products that delight customers. Rick Gessner

RICK AT A GLANCE

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EXPERTISE

OPERATIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

TECHNICAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

BUSINESS/PRODUCT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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- Developed and operated high-scale, distributed, reliable, secure services with zero downtime of mission-critical business systems, telephony, internet

- Architected, developed, and operated fully-automated SOA that allowed company to reach customers 5x faster than competitors for 20% of cost; served as basis for organization-wide process business process management system

- Developed automated inventory management, tracking, and deployment system for phones, workstations (etc) with auto-backup, anti-virus, configuration management, auto-restore

- Developed and managed automated “high-touch” technical customer services for 2500 users, that guaranteed first-touch in under 5 minutes

- Maintained 100% uptime of mission-critical systems, internet, telephony, SANs, across 5 sites in 3 states — even during San Diego wildfire / brownouts

- Consulted and educated organizational units on emerging technology, best practices, needs analysis, investment opportunities

- Established rigorous security and scalability policies, annual review process, and created automated monitoring of key metrics in most organizational units Page 2 of 2

- Responsible for managing and meeting requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley for IPO, as well as federal regulations regarding HIPAA, FERPA, Telecommunications

- Identified and managed vendors/consultants of hardware, software, services, including PC’s, telephony and networking, customer and business facing systems

- Responsible for strategic planning, technical investments, architecture, and execution of technology, infrastructure, platforms, services, and processes

- Founded, designed, built “Gecko” — layout engine for Firefox web-browser, and awarded numerous patents, including 3 patents for individual contribution

- Co-founded successful startups that returned ~10x to investors; 3rd employee at Bridgepoint Education that returned 70x to investors after successful IPO

- Designed, architected, built products that won “Product-of-the-year”: Pages and Firefox

- Developing innovative new “Systems Engineering” program at UCSD, including new curriculum, industry engagement, and modern teaching practices

- Reported to board as excutive partipant in 4 companies, once as board chair

- Served as mentor and investor to numerous startups in California, Arizona

- Repeatedly created culture-of-excellent in technology group(s), with lowest turnover, and winner of serveral “technical leadership” awards Product Mgmt.

Strategy

Business Operations

Hiring/Retention/Culture

Software Engineering

Full-stack / Web

Product Lifeycle

Integration

User Experience

Security

Scalability

IT Operations

Budgeting

HIPAA, FERPA

Analytics

Machine Learning

Vendor Mgmt.

Outsourcing

Rick Gessner



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