Firinn Taisdeal


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September 2018-present - Founder, Zivot
Invented data visualizations and data analysis tools of time use, and turned them into a commercial product that can be applied in the areas of fitness, goal achievement, life transitions, performance tracking and project management. Zivot measures how you use your time, then presents vivid data visualizations that help you use your time more wisely and effectively.

2012-2018 - Consultant in Business, Tech & Communications - Swarton Consulting
Strategy development; business analysis; business research; project management; business process design & optimization; technical advising in web technology & other communications technology; effective communication: memos, meetings, presentations, documentation; public speaking & presentation skills training; effective advertising practices on Facebook, Google, YouTube & other services; user experience evaluation and optimization; planning and running effective meetings; training materials development.

2012-present - Independent Author
Author of two books of non-fiction, both published on Amazon. Currently working on a total of seventeen additional books, all non-fiction.

2003-2012 - Founder - Linkup Central
Created a social networking service in 30 cities around the world, based on in-person events and a unique accountability system. Subscriptions were sold at $4.95 per month. Roles & skills: Business strategy; project management; business process design; feature design; interface design; writing and delivering presentations; marketing communications; technical writing; programming in HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, MySQL, shell scripting.

1996-2012 - Founder - Westporters.com
Created a subscription-based service for those with connections to the town of Westport, Connecticut. Subscriptions were sold at $20 per year. Roles & skills: Business strategy; project management; business process design; feature design; interface design; technical writing; programming in HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, MySQL, shell scripting.

2000-2003 - Business Consultant & Instructor - Independent
Business consulting on business process design, workflow design, sensible use of technology. Instructor at The Art Institutes in San Francisco, teaching technology and business classes.

1999-2000 - Program Manager - Phone.com
Phone.com developed the very first browser and data server systems for cell phones, five years before the iPhone. The project I managed involved building the first instance in the world of an information service which would appear on both web sites and cell phones, driven by the same database. Roles & skills: Project management; feature design; creation of technical specifications; technical writing; programming in HTML, JavaScript, Tcl.

1998-1999 - Project Manager - Netscape Communications
Launched the largest web directory in the world, the Open Directory Project, just as AOL reached temporary dominance and purchased Netscape.

1997-1998 - Research Staff Member - Interval Research Corporation
Participated in the design and creation of an automated movie making machine using sensing systems, software control of cameras and lighting, and automated editing.

Professional Certifications
Agile Project Management Certification - LinkedIn Learning (10 hours of study)
Change Management Certification - LinkedIn Learning (10 hours of study)
Data Science Certification - LinkedIn Learning (16 hours of study)
Data Visualization Certification - LinkedIn Learning (17 hours of study)
Business Intelligence Certification - LinkedIn Learning (26 hours of study)
100+ other certifications in specific skills, listed on LinkedIn profile

Education
B.A. in Film, U.C. Berkeley

Skills
Business analysis & strategy, writing, public speaking, running effective meetings, facing difficult issues, programming, preparing & delivering presentations, musical composition, professional narration, video editing, graphic design, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL.

Acting
Multiple years of training at A.C.T., Jean Shelton, and with Richard Seyd. Intensive voice training at Voicetrax. Member of full-time improv group for one season.

Other
Concert pianist. Ten years training in ballet. Reading knowledge of German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian.

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