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Vistaprint / Cimpress
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Waltham, MA 02451

Vistaprint    Cimpress

tl;dr   I'm a long-time software geek / architect / leader at Vistaprint. I write code in many languages, grow and mentor teams, and ensure big systems get built right. I have a history of repeatedly delivering real production software, that has actually been scaled out and proven to be maintainable over many years.


Vistaprint lets anybody design something with custom graphics, that will get custom manufactured and delivered to their doorstep. Everything runs globally and at web-scale. Paul currently works in multiple areas:

He leads the Omnichannel Experience technology team building cloud apps, in-store technology and click & mortar integration between the Vistaprint website and Vistaprint's physical presence -- Vistaprint STUDIO. Customers work via remote technology, with graphics professionals, to achieve a customized design.

He also works on Vistaprint's Design & Content systems and backing infrastructure, with a focus on algorithms and machine intelligence for design. The heart of what Vistaprint does is making small businesses look good in print. Intelligent software ensures that every customer can create attractive, unique & personalized products - that look like they were professionally designed - even if the customer doesn't have graphics expertise.

Previously, Paul was in charge of the Commerce & Customization engineering teams at Cimpress, the parent company of Vistaprint and of many acquired custom printing companies. These teams launched a global web platform for commerce in custom manufactured products -- cloud-based microservices for merchant websites and manufacturing plants to tie together into a custom-print wholesale network. While leading this effort, Paul was tickled to be a finalist for the first Boston's Best Technology Manager award by Tech In Motion, in 2015.

Prior to the formation of Cimpress, Paul led Generate Demand engineering teams at Vistaprint, responsible for attracting new customers, product selection, design customization, global payments, pre-press processing, and white-label integration for Fortune 500 partners.

Right before VistaPrint, Paul was CTO at Evare, leading the technology groups responsible for the Evare Data Network™. The EDN was a high-availability service that linked financial institutions around the world, performing acquisition, transformation, and delivery of critical financial data. This service was particularly valuable in STP (straight through processing) applications or when financial data must be quickly consolidated/distributed in one-to-many and many-to-one situations. The EDN was used for portfolio synchronization, treasury management, trade allocation, clearance & settlement, custody reconciliation, and securities lending. Evare was acquired by SS&C in 2009.

Prior to Evare, Paul was First Vice President of Merrill Lynch Intelligent Technologies Group where he led the Merrill development group based in Cambridge MA. This group specialized in web-enabled financial services for finance professionals (investment advisors, money managers, and middle office), online client access, and the back-end technologies to support that access. Paul was responsible for bringing Merrill Lynch to the internet for domestic retail access ( Merrill Lynch Online, Merrill Lynch Direct ), for making Merrill professional tools available via the internet ( TGA Online, Money Manager Services ), and for creating a suite of Wealth Management tools that let advisors apply Modern Portfolio Theory techniques to high-net-worth households. While at Merrill, Paul assisted Merrill's venture arm in Boston-area venture capital activity, served on the Board of Directors of InteQ, and advised the allocation of a $20M research partnership with MIT (funding programs at the Media Lab, Lab for Financial Engineering and CSAIL).

ITG was acquired from D. E. Shaw & Co by Merrill Lynch in 1999. Prior to the acquisition, Paul was Senior Vice President of D. E. Shaw Financial Technology, LP. (DESoFT), where he built the team and the technology responsible for the ORBIT system. ORBIT was a real-time online brokerage product that enabled financial institutions to rapidly bring their traditional investment services available to their clients over the web. ORBIT was first deployed for FarSight Financial Services in 1995 and then provided on an OEM and ASP basis to larger institutions, eventually leading to the Merrill Lynch acquisition.

At DESoFT, Paul ran a design/build team across three locations (Cambridge, Santa Clara, and Hyderabad, India). He participated in the hire of the senior management team and in the sales and development of OEM applications to national banks and brokerages. Paul was intimately responsible for the technical architecture, user experience, and external APIs. Paul also served as a member of the IT Executive Committee for the parent company, responsible for coordinating the enterprise use of all technology for D.E. Shaw & Co, a prominent hedge fund in NYC.

Prior to joining DESoFT/FarSight, Paul was Vice President of R&D at Attain , where he built groupware applications for Windows and Mac. Even earlier, he was a founder and technical lead of New England Technology Group, where he led the development of innovative public interaction systems for large corporations, government agencies and public institutions. NETG was one of the first companies to commercialize interactive video and computer graphics technology developed at the MIT Media Lab. Paul was instrumental in the sale of NETG to Dynatech Corporation in 1987.

Before graduating from MIT in 1980 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Paul worked at the MIT Architecture Machine Group and Media Lab developing user-interfaces, highly graphical database systems and interactive video applications.