About Me

“My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” – Jim Henson

I am an experienced business and product lead who focuses on early stage products and businesses, particularly ones focused on social and societal impact. I am currently the product lead and director of a cross-disciplinary business, engineering and marketing team for Jetpack at Automattic, serving the 37% of global websites and businesses using the open source WordPress platform. At Automattic, I also helped lead the acquisition and integration of Tumblr, and directed product efforts to serve the massive ecosystem of WordPress developers and web professionals.

My work is driven by a passion for building products and businesses that enable people to overcome problems—or pursue dreams—that no one thought they could. After working as a software engineer for Apple and Rockwell, I used an MBA in sustainable enterprise as a springboard to building products for developing and emerging markets. I then spent seven years guiding clients like SC Johnson, DuPont, and Ascension Health to run product experiments and launch new business lines in Kenya, India, Ghana and the U.S.

In 2010, I co-founded The Hoop Fund, a crowdfunding platform that supported Fair Trade artisans and brands in nine countries around the world. As a product-focused CEO, I designed and architected the Hoop’s crowdfunding platform, but also partnered with Fair Trade and ethical brands to create a marketplace of high-impact projects and products from communities around the world. The Hoop was the winner of 2011 Hub Ventures accelerator and was covered by publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. After the Hoop Fund, I lead product for eParachute, a startup based on the career bestseller, “What Color is Your Parachute?”, then spent several years at Facebook, leading early stage product partnerships for Facebook’s commerce and business platform products.

As an engineer, I have worked on a range of technologies including crowdfunding platforms, mobile payment systems, networking protocols, wireless mesh networks, expert systems, and data aggregation and visualization tools. I have an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I served as President of UNC’s MBA Student Association, and a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Testimonials

Shane Dyer, CEO of Irrigreen, Founder/CEO of Arrayent

Patrick has an amazing ability to both understand the technical considerations of a problem at depth, and put together a cogent and creative business strategy to make the product he is working on successful. Very few people I have worked with can hold consideration for unique people and business landscape and have the deep credibility with software teams. Frankly most companies have to try and find this skill set across two people. Patrick has the intellect to crack hard problems that trip up products and was always able to cut through and lead the team to focus on the key issues that would make us succeed. I would highly recommend him to lead projects where technology is a key component. Patrick makes the people around him better.

Erik Simanis, Director of Market Creation Strategies, Cornell University

… Patrick has moved up quickly to assume a leadership role in highly-unstructured, high-pressure efforts demanding creativity and persistence, cultural adaptability, and decision- making under extreme complexity. It is a role in which he excels.”

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Kevin Jones, Co-Founder of Good Capital, Social Capital Markets (SOCAP), and the Hub Bay Area

Patrick has demonstrated a remarkable ability to empathize with others and to earn their trust. In my experience, the world of Fair Trade and social enterprise has its fair share of egos and purists, who can be a tough crowd to break into. Patrick has done a remarkable job of earning trust, even when first viewed as an outsider.”

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Shara Senior, Senior Global Product Manager, Philips Ultrasound

Patrick was an excellent coach, mentor, and advisor for my work at Ascension Health. Our team regularly sought out his advice on many complicated and sensitive challenges while we were working to create a new business. Our project benefited greatly from Patrick’s unique ability to develop creative and innovative solutions and new ideas. I hope to have the opportunity to work with Patrick again in the future.”

Edwin Otieno, Touch Kibera Foundation

Patrick is a focused-detail oriented individual who works in a team and gets the best out of it. He has a good working relationship between individuals and groups as was the case with Bottom Of the Pyramid (BoP) groups in Kibera slums, Kenya.”

Honors and Awards:

  • Winner, 2011 Hub Ventures Accelerator
  • Kenan-Flagler Integrity Award
  • Kenan’s Flagler’s Management Development Fellow
  • Thomas M. Belk Premier Fellow
  • Kauffman Social Entrepreneurship Scholar
  • Chairman’s Team of the Year Award, Rockwell International
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, Business Honor Society