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Hello, I'm
Alex I. Miller

And I'm Aiming Huge

About

The Brief

I am a multi-talented entrepreneur and leader with deep technical, product management, and marketing experience.

I was born and raised in New York City's West Village. After September 11th, 2001, I moved to Beijing to pursue studies in Chinese, as well as entrepreneurial enterprises.

In September of 2011, after five years of freelance work and entrepreneurial ventures - teaching, writing, translation, photography, real estate, tour guiding, etc - and five years of product management in tech companies, I turned 30, got married, cashed out of Renren.com (NYSE:RENN), and founded Frogo.tv - now Boardmonks.tv. Frogo.tv embodied a new vision for journalism and TV set top box experiences on the web and mobile. Since that time, I've founded or cofounded several funded startups in the chat and marketing automation spaces.

Currently, I am aiming to transition my career and help solve huge problems in climate, education, health, transportation or food-related technology. I am also accepting consulting engagements related to growth, marketing and technology in any space.

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Skills

Silicon Valley and China Entrepreneur

I have a wide range of entrepreneurial and work experiences, having lived in China for more than 10 years and founded or co-founded three funded startups, including ChatCenter.io, Grata.co, and Boardmonks.tv. Prior to startup life, I was Senior Product Manager for Advertising at Renren.com (NYSE: RENN), China's largest social network.

Full-Stack Startup Engineer

As the founder or co-founder of three funded Startups, I've been through the paces of startup life.

Product

  • Seven years experience running product teams, defining roadmaps for many product lines simultaneously, training PM's on how to develop requirements documents, running scrum, and ensuring the success of all stakeholders
  • Grew ad revenue from $5m to $50m during my tenure as Senior Product Manager for Advertising
  • Hired and lead a team of five product managers executing on products across the spectrum of social media products.

Engineering

  • Started with Visual Basic and Perl in the 1990's
  • Built dozens of web and mobile sites and apps
  • CTO of TexTurner - The Slackbot for Translations
  • Fluent and well-tooled in Javascript, Angular.js, Ionic.io, Node.js, and many APIs and connective technologies
  • Master of shortcuts and quick hacks - this website was built in one day, including photography.
  • Stickler for documentation, and test-driven development.

Marketing

  • Privy to, and instrumental in the success of the marketing and advertising campaigns of China's top 300 brands.
  • Recieved mentorship from Donna Li and training from top execs at Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, JTW, Google, Autodesk and Pepsi
  • Developed many different kinds of brands, and run dozens of guerrilla, paid, and social media campaigns

Language Skills

I was drawn to many subjects in school, from computer science at Cornell university, to maths, and their history at Oberlin College, to Photography and Travel Writing at Harvard. During my second year at Oberlin, I become enthralled with Chinese and moved to Beijing. I was just 19 years old. After 10 years, and 5 years in Chinese-only corporate environments, my Mandarin Chinese is both confident and technical. I also speak fluent JavaScript.

Engish Native Speaker with strong multi-channel communication skills
中文流利 - Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, written and spoken
Solid Full Stack JavaScript, Node.js, Angular.js, Ionic.io, and of course HTML and CSS. Passable knowledge of Linux, SQL, Google Query Language, Perl, PHP, Python, and Objective-C.

Experience

Experienced cross-functional leader and dreamer

How is the world changing? Where are consumers engaging and what new technologies and opportunities are there to

TexTurner Translations

CEO/CTO

July 2015 - present
Developed TexTurner, the human translation bot for Slack as a weekend project with some friends. Got paying customers within a week of the first line of code. Written in Node.js and AngularJS.
ChatCenter.io

COO

May 2014 - June 2015
Joined forces with founder Yusuke Takahashi and pivoted AppSocially into the chat space. Went to Japan for a summer and picked up several huge enterprise clients based on a few slides. Developed MVP product myself and then hired and worked with team to develop version 1.0. As of Novemeber 2015, the product is finally live inside one of Japan's largest real estate marketplaces.
Grata.co

Chief Growth Officer

2013 - 2014
Oversaw the brand and marketing at Grata, a Beijing-based start-up focused on bringing messaging to the enterprise. Cut deals with four early customers, and raised investment capital from 500 Startups.
Frogo.tv & BoardMonks.tv

CEO

2012 - 2013
Frogo.tv was a next generation Internet TV platform, allowing citizen journalists and curators to compile the best of online video into easily browsable channels. I wrote the initial MVP of Frogo, then hired and lead a diverse team of talented leaders to develop and productize this technology. We quickly ran out of money and pivoted it to BoardMonks.tv, a surf, snow and skateboarding site based on the Frogo.tv platform.
Renren.com

Senior Product Manager for Advertising

2009 - 2012
I built a team that was responsible for the advertising and marketing product line at China's largest social networking site. We partnered with engineers and stakeholders throughout the organization to design, build and iterate innovation across consumer touch-points. In 2010, we built the first social advertising system in China. By 2012, we had built a variety of location based mobile and social solutions to drive brand equity for top local and global brands.

Our products integrated the social graph and other core social applications such as sharing, fan pages, virtual gifts, video, and commenting, as well as “Like” directly into brand advertising.

In addition to developing social display advertising, we were involved in building monetization models, and played a central role in developing our properties and educating our sales teams and partners for all of our new products and platforms, including: Fan pages – a comprehensive social communications offering for brands; Renren Mobile and LBS – the third largest mobile internet site in China; Renren WaiKuai – an Offerpal-like model integrated directly into our payment system; And Renren Music - a social music sharing platform.

Clients who bought these products include: Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, GM, Ford, Intel, HP, DELL, LG, Samsung, Canon, McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Converse, Estée Lauder, P&G, Watsons, Mengniu, Kangshifu, etc. etc.

Awards:
2009: Geek Award.
2010: Innovator Award.

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Alex Miller
San Francisco, Beijing
New York, Singapore

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