I'm a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, innovator and computer security expert who spent 15 years and $300,000 to hack his own biology. Along the way, I created one of the first cloud computing services, ran strategic planning for two public companies, and worked for a Sand Hill Road VC firm. Years before that, I was the
I'm a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, innovator and computer security expert who spent 15 years and $300,000 to hack his own biology. Along the way, I created one of the first cloud computing services, ran strategic planning for two public companies, and worked for a Sand Hill Road VC firm. Years before that, I was the first human to sell anything using ecommerce.
Now I'm a professional biohacker and run the #1 ranked health podcast on iTunes, with more than 5 million downloads. My blog gets more than two million visitors a month, and countless people (even the LA Lakers) use Bulletproof® Coffee to upgrade their performance.
I offer very limited executive performance coaching to Billboard artists, CEOs, hedge fund managers, world poker champs, pro athletes, and other high performance people looking to take control of their biology to be radically better at whatever it is they're here to do. Check out 40yearsofzen.com for an example.
The Financial Times calls me a "bio-hacker who takes self-quantification to the extreme of self-experimentation" because I used techniques to upgrade my brain by 20 IQ points, lowered my biological age, and lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise. You may have seen me in Men's Health, Rolling Stone, Vogue, or Forbes, or on CNN or Nightline talking about smart drugs.
My writing has been published by the NY Times and Fortune, and I'm a columnist for The Daily Beast. I'm a sought-after public speaker, with 1000's of hours on stage globally. I'm on the adjunct faculty for Singularity University.
For 10 years, I've been on the board of the Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI), an anti-aging non-profit based in Palo Alto.
I'm available for limited board seats or advisory roles for interesting cloud, quantified self, anti-aging, and consumer med-tech companies. I've sat on Advisory Boards for IBM, JPMorgan, Sierra Ventures, and startups acquired by IBM, Sun, Citrix, Cisco, and Savvis.
Specialties:Product management, product marketing, strategic planning, CTO, cloud computing, WAN optimization, web infrastructure, performance management, hosting, data center, ISP, MSP, CDN, IT, venture capital, life extension, health, wellness, Quantified Self, medtech, heart rate, HRM, remote patient monitoring, alternative health, vitamins, supplements, aging, nutrition, yoga, SaaS, modafinil, smart drugs, EEG, neurofeedback, biofeedback
Founder @ The Bulletproof Executive blog was born out of a fifteen-year single-minded crusade to upgrade the human being using every available technology. It distills the knowledge of more than 120 world-class MDs, biochemists, Olympic nutritionists, meditation experts, and more than $300,000 spent on personal self-experiments. It's what I do for fun.
21 months after I started blogging, I reached the Alexa top 50,000 most viewed websites on the internet and I've been featured in Forbes, The Financial Times, the LA Times, and MSNBC. CNN and Nightline ran stories on me. My line of Upgraded Coffee is a smash success and it's used by MMA fighters, the Thiel Foundation's 20 Under 20, and lots of high performers to enhance mental performance!
I've traveled the world, from Tibet to private brain upgrade facilities outside the US, and used hacking techniques and tried everything myself, focused on discovering:
What are the simplest things you can do to be better at everything?
I upgraded my brain by >20 IQ points, lowered my biological age, and lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise.
My writing has been published by the New York Times and Fortune, and I've presented at SXSW (twice!), TEDx, Voice & Exit, and Wharton, Kellogg, the University of California, I'm an adjunct professor at Singularity University.
Stop on by to learn about being bulletproof, the state of high performance where you take control of and improve your biochemistry, your body, and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or just acting like a stressed-out jerk. It used to take a lifetime to radically rewire the human body and mind this way. Technology has changed the rules.
This is real. It's what happens when you hack the human body the same way you'd hack a website. It's why I can do what I do.
My content is free. Read about The Bulletproof Diet. Try Bulletproof Coffee made with butter and Brain Octane oil. From September 2010 to Present (5 years 2 months) The InterwebsVice President, Cloud Security @ I'm Trend Micro's cloud computing and virtualization evangelist, responsible for thought leadership and strategy. I work with press, analysts, customers, partners, the Cloud Security Alliance, and the cloud and virtualization community in general to bring more cloud knowledge into Trend Micro, and to share Trend Micro's innovative new cloud and virtualization strategy.
If you know me personally or look at my career history, you can tell I wouldn't have joined Trend Micro if I didn't actually find differentiated and interesting cloud (public and private) things happening here! I'm really excited.
I blog about cloud security at http://cloudsecurity.trendmicro.com. You can also follow me at http://www.twitter.com/daveasprey where I tweet all of my blog postings, along with commentary on a mix of cloud and virtualization. From November 2010 to November 2013 (3 years 1 month) Chairman @ Smart Life Forum is a non-profit 501(c)3 based in Palo Alto, with 135+ members who attend our monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. See SmartLifeForum.org for details.
Our members range from people wanting to get more life out of their years to highly sophisticated anti-aging and preventive wellness oriented laypeople and physicians.
Each month, we provide a short forum for our members to raise questions or new findings on health, then invite leading experts in alternative health to present to our members, One of our advisors is a top-ranked antiaging physician (who runs antiaging.com) and another is the leading authority on cognitive enhancement (smart drugs).
Past speakers include Aubrey de Grey (Cambridge-based creator of the SENS aging model), Julian Whitaker (chelation pioneer and author of "Reversing Heart Disease"), John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus), Bruce Lipton (The Biology of Belief), and Bruce Ames (Berkeley mitochondrial aging expert).
I'm 100% certain that Smart Life Forum has shared knowledge that has transformed the health of many people, and in some cases even saved lives.
I've been a board member of Smart Life for several years, and now serve as President and Chairman. From January 2002 to Present (13 years 10 months) Strategy & Funding Consultant / Board Member @ For larger companies, I do strategy consulting, in industries where I have deep domain expertise. Typical projects involve implementing usage based pricing, virtual appliance strategy, cloud strategy, WAN optimization,or market messaging. Clients have included publicly traded software companies and telecoms.
For revenue-stage startups, I focus on target market, messaging, and business development strategy, and often write a white paper or two. I also conduct sales training or speak at lead generation events. I recently trained all the salespeople for a division of a large telecom - the topic was how to understand and sell cloud computing.
For pre-revenue startups, I help entrepreneurs translate what they do into venture-fundable presentations, then I help them connect with the right VC investors. There is usually also a good dose of strategy, marketing, and market segmentation in the mix. A recent client was a Kleiner Perkins backed startup, where I transformed the existing product into a cloud-connected service model.
Clients are in mostly in the cloud, SaaS, virtualization, VDI, WAN optimization, networking, and health/wellness industries. I am very well networked at senior levels in these industries, and I bring this network to my clients.
I am on the advisory boards of 3 prominent VCs and quite a few startups and I even sat on IBM's advisory board for a while.
I am a (currently not investing) angel investor in tech startups. One of my recent investments was followed by Battery, Sierra, and Canaan, and others have been acquired by IBM and Sun.
At this time, I am working with startups and VCs as a board member, advisor, or consultant. Open to equity-only arrangements for the right people. From January 1999 to November 2010 (11 years 11 months) Co-founder & CTO @ I discovered this interesting company (originally called Pulsetracer, now called Basis) while I was an EIR at Trinity Ventures. As one of 3 co-founders, we absorbed a Canadian entity that had developed some IP around heart rate monitoring from the wrist.
The goal was to create a consumer-focused cloud-based health and wellness service with social gaming mechanics to motivate behavior change around heart rate, exercise levels, amount of stress, quality of sleep, etc.
I joined to focus on R&D, technology operations, and strategy, but spent most of my time on venture fundraising and product use cases. The company was eventually funded by Norwest and DCM after I left. From June 2010 to September 2010 (4 months) Entrepreneur in Residence @ Completed Trinity's 3 month EIR program where I identified new areas of investment in cloud computing, virtualization, infrastructure, SaaS, etc. Met with early stage tech companies seeking venture funding, and networked with some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and technologists with the potential to create the next big thing, now or later.
EIR programs are particularly powerful because they let you see the inner workings of venture capital, making you that much more effective in fundraising and managing your board later. My thanks to Trinity for a very impactful experience! From January 2010 to April 2010 (4 months) VP Technology, VP Business & Corporate Development @ I had 3 primary responsibilities at Blue Coat.
I was Blue Coat's primary spokesperson and evangelist, working frequently with press and analysts, communicating and shaping technology strategy for Application Delivery Networking. Internally, I worked with product and engineering teams to take advantage of disruptive technologies like virtualization, cloud computing, and SaaS. I was one of the core team of 5 people who created Blue Coat's SaaS strategy.
I lead the team responsible for all business development activities, including relationships with Microsoft, VMware, Brocade, Symantec, HP, Dell, Tandberg, Polycom, Adobe, RSA, etc., along with the broader Technology Integration Partner program. I grew the team to focus on the Blue Coat relationships with Oracle and SAP. In a recent quarter, my team was responsible for $6 million in co-selling, $5 million in reselling, and renegotiating royalties to save ~$1.25m. We generated more than $11,000 net revenue per hour spent on Business Development!
I founded the Application Delivery Alliance to help F5, Cisco, Citrix, Brocade, Blue Coat and other companies reduce customer confusion around Application Delivery, expanding the market and reducing sales cycle time.
I was also responsible for corporate development (M&A) activities across the company, including creating and delivering M&A business cases, performing diligence, and evaluating deals, both inbound from bankers, and outbound strategic opportunities. From November 2008 to January 2010 (1 year 3 months) Vice President, Marketing & Technology Strategy @ Zeus is in the application delivery industry, aka load balancing. Competitors include F5 Networks, Cisco, Citrix, Foundry. Zeus sells software, virtualization-based appliances, and hardware. 50-100 employees, UK based, revenues 50%.
I joined Zeus as VP Technology Strategy, a CTO-like role, but was promoted to VP Marketing. My UK/US team was responsible for strategy, product management, product marketing, pricing, channel marketing, and marketing communications
•Positioned the company to take advantage of cloud computing, creating innovative utility-based pricing that differentiated Zeus from hardware players, resulted in several cloud service providers proactively contacting us, and more than 140 hardware appliances being replaced with Zeus software
•Positioned Zeus as the only privately held ADC company to make it in Gartner's prestigious Magic Quadrant
•Major new product release at Interop From July 2007 to September 2008 (1 year 3 months) Senior Advisor @ Corventis was the first company I found that was bringing health monitoring to the cloud; I started consulting with them when they were still incubating in Kleiner's offices on Sand Hill. I architected the flow of data from the Corventis device through a gateway, to various wired and wireless networks, to the data center, through a multi-tenant SaaS front end, to back-end software for health analytics, reporting, and storage.
I also wrote the RFP for the first Corventis SaaS / cloud software development project, a project worth >$1m. I designed the deployment architecture for the data center components (apps, OS, servers, networking, storage, provisioning, monitoring, change management, etc.) and ran a selection process to choose an outsourced technical operations team and hosting platform, a contract worth >$500k. This was an advisory role, not a full time job. From May 2007 to August 2008 (1 year 4 months) Director, Technology Strategy @ I owned the strategic planning function for Citrix's $700M Virtualization Systems Group, reporting directly to the CTO. I focused on desktop virtualization and SaaS business and technology models. I also ran early product marketing efforts for the launch of Citrix Desktop Server and the Citrix Dynamic Desktop Initiative, a cross-vendor desktop virtualization initiative to encourage interactivity between VMware, XenSource, Citrix, and ecosystem partners. I moved to this position at Citrix after leading technical due diligence for the Application Networking Group (NetScaler) to acquire and integrate Orbital Data, resulting in the creation of the WANScaler product line. Total time spent at Citrix/NetScaler was about 3 years, spanning product management and strategy across the networking and virtualization business units. From December 2004 to May 2007 (2 years 6 months) Director, Product Management @ Citrix acquired NetScaler, where I was Dir of Prod Mgt - described in that section. From July 2005 to July 2006 (1 year 1 month) Director, Product Management @ I managed the product feature set for optimization functions including WAN optimization, caching, network compression, application acceleration, performance monitoring, and TCP optimization. From December 2004 to July 2006 (1 year 8 months) Sr. Director, Product Management @ Created FlexComputing, the first service in the CDN industry able to run any application on any OS, resulting in about $2.5 million in sales, arguably one of the first cloud computing services to be launched, combining virtualization and data center automation
2 patents filed
Created SpeedRank, a KeyNote-like index comparing performance of 100 public web sites across 5 verticals that generated hundreds of leads
Full web site redesign through outsourcing to India
Various other product management and product marketing duties including writing white papers, creating presentations, service pricing, cost modeling, financial modeling, etc.
Thought leadership through data center markup language (DCML) standards body work From March 2003 to August 2004 (1 year 6 months) Director, Strategic Planning @ Cable & Wireless acquired Exodus Communications; please see my description under Exodus Communications. My total time at the combined Exodus entities was slightly more than 6 years. From September 2001 to March 2003 (1 year 7 months) Director, Strategic Planning @ I developed technology strategy, identified opportunities, and worked cross-functionally to execute investment, partnering and acquisition transactions. I met with >100 early startups who would have an impact on the internet infrastructure space.
I created, funded, and helped launch the Performance on Demand service, one of the 1st working examples of utility computing and data center automation, a predecessor to modern cloud computing.
I was a founder of the Professional Services Group, which grew to 1200 people generating >$200m annually. This was a major intrapreneurial effort that was not tied into the hosting business until we had a $17m run rate. I personally architected approximately 100 large scale internet sites as a consultant.
I also served as Exodus' primary technology spokesperson for press and analysts, and conducted dozens of interviews with the media & spoke at conferences (including ISPCon, WebHeads, TIE, Giga Middleware Conferences, VC events, Comdex, etc.) From October 1998 to March 2003 (4 years 6 months) Program Manager, Web & Internet Systems Engineering Program @ I managed the Web & Internet Systems Engineering Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz office in Silicon Valley. In addition to setting curriculum and hiring instructors, I created five different classes, including:
*Web Systems Architecture & Protocols
*E-business Product Technology Survey
*Hands on Web Site Systems Administration
*Business Class Internet
Each class lasted 10 weeks with up to 30 hours of lecture, and I taught up to 16 classes per year on evenings and weekends. The classes were for working professionals; 90% of whom had advanced degrees already. I believe the total number of professionals who have attended one of my classes is about 1500 people.
Teaching is the best way I know of to really learn a new subject. I am grateful to have been able to spend so much time teaching so many smart people - I'm sure they taught me as much as I taught them.
I would love to teach again sometime. From October 1997 to March 2002 (4 years 6 months) Internet Business Application Architect @ I went to 3Com to architect a web interface for their SAP installation. I ended up working on high-end web search engines, log file analysis, web content management, document management, and intranets. Wrote code when needed. I spent a lot of time on EAI solutions, particularly with TIBCO before they went public. I brought CIOs from Fortune 500 companies into 3Com and demonstrated our TIBCO installation, increasing 3Com sales by $10 million, and adding many marquee customers for TIBCO. I was also part of a deal where 3Com embedded TIBCO's protocol into 3Com NICs. From May 1997 to October 1998 (1 year 6 months) IT Manager @ Ran all network and Windows servers for a mid sized food brokerage. Built the first intranet in the industry and used it to integrate the 7 companies that we acquired in one year. Built a frame relay & ISDN network to connect a dozen locations. Ran all desktop support operations for 500+ users in 3 states. Implemented Citrix. Introduced email to the company and deployed Lotus Notes. Other normal IT duties including EAI, vendor negotiation, VAR management, light coding, license management, monitoring, etc. From 1995 to 1997 (2 years) IT @ See the Brandshaw North description - SalesMark bought Bradshaw North. From 1995 to 1997 (2 years) IT @ PC support manager for 500+ seats in about 10 buildings in a hospital and healthcare setting in one metro area. Responsible for all desktop installs, purchasing, and helpdesk support. Ran GroupWise servers and Novell servers. From 1995 to 1997 (2 years) Early Internet Journalist @ I wrote articles on early internet technologies for PC Novice, PC Today, Home Office Computing, and other magazines. I specialized in "how to use the Internet" articles, and I contributed to early books on Internet marketing. I wrote a review of Netscape 1.0 vs NCSA Mosiaic that was published nationally! From January 1995 to December 1996 (2 years) Entrepreneur @ I paid my way through my undergraduate studies in Computer Science by selling caffeine T-shirts over the Internet to more than a dozen countries. This was long before the Internet was commercialized, before spam, before Amazon, and even before AOL could spell "Internet." I was profiled in Entrepreneur Magazine, and about 40 or 50 other national publications, including Home Office Computing and The Miami Herald. I was probably one of the first 10 Internet entrepreneurs. Too bad I couldn't even spell "VC" back then... From January 1992 to December 1995 (4 years)
MBA, Business @ University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School From 2002 to 2004 BS, Computer Information Systems @ California State University From September 1994 to 1995 4 yrs study..., Computer Science @ University of California, Santa Barbara From September 1990 to 1994 Dave Asprey is skilled in: cloud computing, Internet Security, Nutrition Consulting, Product Management, SaaS, Data Center, Venture Capital, Hosting, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Product Marketing, Infrastructure, Nutrition, Strategic Planning, Start-ups, WAN Optimisation, Virtualization, Professional Services, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, IT Strategy, Security, Lead Generation, Networking, Management, Enterprise Architecture, Selling, Strategic Partnerships, Solution Selling, Business Development, Business Alliances, Go-to-market Strategy, Competitive Analysis, Personal Development, Integration, Marketing Strategy, Team Leadership
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