Who We Are
We started Greening Point to meet a need for solutions integration in
the green- and clean-tech area. We help businesses and communities understand and
manage their environmental impact. Our focus is on technology that
provides information to motivate action, communication between decision makers and
constituents, as well as communication and collaboration within organizations
Our backgrounds cover the gamut from
environmental clean-up to sustainability best practices on the eco front,
and from technology startups to large multi-national enterprises on the
business front. The founders have held senior executive positions in
public companies as well as CEO and
other key leadership roles in earlier stage companies.
Ian is a seasoned business executive with diverse experience in both entrepreneurial and
large corporate environments.
He led international business
development for Apple, when the company expanded into Europe, Asia
and Latin America. He oversaw the Apple University Consortium in Europe and
the partnership with Xerox, Apple’s channel partner in Latin America. He
established Apple’s first computer lab in Chengdu, China by partnering with
the University of Western China for the Medical Sciences. He devised the
innovative Apple Managers’ Seminar, and trained Apple’s Education sales
force that served 70% of the U.S. education market. At SCO, he led
the company’s partnership with Compaq in the Americas. At Nokia he
led business development, managing the strategic alliance with Check Point
Software that was responsible for over 95% of the company’s annual security
revenue. He filed a patent claim for a methodology to design user interfaces
for devices, Internet applications and services, and he facilitated the
consumer business partnership in China between Nokia and ETS that resulted
in English language learning via mobile handsets. Also at Nokia, he led the
company's pioneering messaging security initiative.
Ian is an exceptional
public speaker, a world class partnership executive, a highly effective
manager and a renowned 'out-of-the-box' strategic thinker. He serves on the
board of the Center for Electronic Business at San Francisco State
University, has served as advisor to The Coalition for a New
California Infrastructure (CNCI) and was a Nokia Diversity Champion. He
holds a BA from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a JD
from the Santa Clara University Law School. Ian describes himself as a
'mentorpreneur' given his commitment to helping others achieve their
personal business aspirations.
Technology & Operations
Mike has a successful track record as both a technologist and as a
business general manager.
Most recently Mike was Chief Technology Officer at
which provided an innovative customer/employee requirements gathering system for
companies like Oracle, Cisco, Disney and other major enterprises.
Previous positions include Senior
VP, Technology - Rainmaker Systems, which provides outsourced
customer relationship management services, Senior VP, Products - Tiburon,
Inc., a leader in mission-critical public safety software; GM, Service Division and CEO - Decisive
Technology, a pioneer in real time customer intelligence via
an application services model; VP WW Engineering, Senior VP Services and CIO - Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), a leading
supplier of Unix systems; CEO - HCR Corporation, a
Canadian software development company that created systems software for OEMs such as IBM.
Mike earned summa cum laude honors in
Physics and Mathematics at the University of Michigan and he has a graduate
degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. He has
served on the boards of several industry associations and community
Finance & Legal
Since receiving an MBA in Finance from Stanford, Steve has worked
in small and mid-sized growing enterprises in finance and general
Among those experiences most relevant to sustainability, he
spent ten years in the environmental industry starting as VP of Business
Operations at Applied GeoSystems, a professional consulting firm of geologists,
engineers and chemists providing site assessment and remediation services.
He founded a contaminated and hazardous waste management company, Integrated
WasteStream Management (IWM), specializing in assessment, transportation
and treatment or disposal.
Earlier in his career, following his
undergraduate degree cum laude from Yale in Development Economics, Steve
worked four years in emerging economies culminating in the position as
Controller with the Conseil de l’Entente in West Africa
responsible for $50 million in foreign aid funds directed to small business
programs and agricultural development projects in the region. Steve
currently also serves as CFO for the Environmental Institute of America.
We view community in the broadest sense -- groups of people with a common
relationship: customers or employees of businesses as well as
citizens of cities or counties.
We build partnering relationships with
technology leaders in green- and clean-tech. We strive to deliver the best combination
of products and services from the highest quality suppliers, along with our implementation,
consulting and analysis services.
We are committed to the triple bottom line:
- People - producing social benefit generally and specifically in
those communities where we operate.
- Planet - driving ourselves to be at least carbon-neutral while
contributing (through our products and services) to our clients achieving
a similar goal.
- Profit - being sustainably profitable for ourselves and our partners
while delivering value to our clients.
To reduce our own impact, we try to be as lightweight as we can be (but still
as heavyweight as you need us to be!) We use virtual office, virtual
server and conferencing technology to reduce our resource consumption.
reuse and recycle whenever we can. Indeed, as a solution integrator, we try to
avoid wasteful reinvention when we can find the right technologies and services
"ready to go." And we utilize carbon offset programs to mitigate high
impact activities (such as unavoidable air travel.)
If you'd like to know
more, please contact us today.