Fabian Schonholz

Executive-Level Technology Focused Manager

 Execution focused and goal driven technology leader; equipped with over 20 years of progressive success within technical capacities, focusing on leading edge projects from conception to strategy and market rollout. Effectively identifying and addressing business and operational needs through the use of advanced analytics. Team builder who provides staff with guidance, mentoring, and motivation to achieve company goals. Expert on Cloud, SaaS, IaaS, Web and Mobile.

Scope of Excellence

Executive: Business Operations and Technology Strategy ♦ IT Operations ♦ International Operations ♦ Product Management (Mobile/Web) ♦ Regulatory Compliance (SOX/PCI/HIPAA/BITS/ISO9000)  ♦ Team Building/Leadership ♦ P&L ♦ Vendor Selection, Management & Relations ♦ B2B/B2C  ♦  24x7x365 Operations ♦ Project Management

Technical: Mobile Technologies (iOS/Android/WAP) ♦ Responsive Web Design ♦ PaaS/SaaS ♦ Cloud Computing/AWS/EC2 ♦ Cloud Storage ♦ Web-centric Architectures ♦ Software/Systems/Network Architecture, Development & QA ♦ Unix/Linux/BSD ♦ LAMP ♦ J2EE ♦ PostgreSQL/MySQL/ Oracle/SyBase ♦ Lucene/Solr ♦ AFS/Hadoop/GFS ♦ Agile/Scrum


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Career Summary


Ninja Metrics [California, Minnesota, India]                                                                       5/2013-present

Privately held.

Chief Operating Officer.


Prodege/ [California, Israel, India]                                                  11/2010-5/2013

Privately-held company focused on allowing users to earn virtual currency in exchange for performing certain tasks.

Member of the Board of Advisors

Assisted in various areas of the organization, including:

¨   Lead the internal Mobile Strategy Group to devise a mobile strategy focused on user growth and  expansion beyond current demographic

¨   Business Strategy & Budgeting

¨   Product Strategy, Management and Processes

¨   Engineering vendor selection.

¨   Technology operations and processes

¨   Operational strategies and Growth

¨   Security Best-Practices

Cenoplex [California]                                                                                                    8/2009-3/2010

Privately-held company focused on mobile messaging insertion at the point of call with actionable follow through.

Member of the Board of Advisors

Assisted in various areas of the organizations, including:

¨   Engineering vendor selection

¨   Scalable architectures

¨   Cloud infrastructure best practices and deployment

¨   Sales Support

Gumiyo [California]                                                                                                    10/2011-4/2013

Privately-held, is a provider of mobile centric cloud infrastructure, mobile web site hosting, mobile application development and developer of cross-device products and services. Acquired by Talus Lab.

Chief Operating Officer

Responsible for overseeing Account Management, Customer Service and Support, Account Monetization and Retention, Product and Project Management, Development and QA, and System Operations.

¨   Managed a team of 16 including direct and indirect reports

¨   Directly oversaw recurring revenue and hit projected goals

¨   Instituted a product team and product processes, including documentation and reviews resulting on a new product:

¨   Grew the technology and account management teams

¨   Stabilized revenue by focusing on higher performance and quality supporting over 180M of mobile page-views per month

¨   Participate in board meeting and continue to drive strategic thinking focused in execution

¨   During my tenure I drove revenue and company growth

Internet Brands [California, Virginia, Argentina, China, Switzerland & Mexico]        4/2010-10/2011

Privately-held, (currently – used to be publicly-traded [NASDAQ:INET]) is an Internet new media company which owns and operates more than 100 websites in several vertical markets, driving more than 55 million unique visitors per month

Vice President of Technology

Responsible for vBulletin, a forum based social and community software designed to build content around vertical topics generating $6+M in annual revenue. In aggregate, vBulletin sites represent in the order of the billions of page views a month. I oversaw technology and product and was also responsible for marketing and operations.

¨   Manage a team of 34 including direct and indirect reports. Personnel includes technology, marketing and operations

¨   Turned around product and declining sales by focusing on quality and a balanced approach to development

¨   Rebuilt and expanded team with in-source and out-sourced resources, including direct hires and contractors

¨   I managed and rolled out the following products:

  • vBulletin core 4.02 through 4.1 – the premier community digital publishing platform in the web with more  than 180K sold and 70K+ current active licenses
  • vBulletin 5 – Designed and guided the implementation of a new approach to designing websites leading to filing a patent No. 61/844,837
  • vBulletin Mobile – iPhone and Android mobile apps with customized branding options for each forum
  • vBulletin Facebook App – integration and content publishing with Facebook
  • vBulletin WAP – A mobile browser based styling of vBulletin highly customizable


Zumbox [California & Argentina]                                                                                12/2007-1/2010

Privately-held, web-based alternative paperless postal system with 46 employees.

Chief Technology Officer

Oversee all technology functions, including strategy, development, project management, quality assurance, systems administration, systems operations, and NOC. Control $2M annual budget and supervise 6 direct reports, including Vice President of Development. Provide pre- and post-sales support and contribute to client integration activities. Administer vendor selection and management related to technology and systems operations, including agreements with outsourcing partners.

¨   Played key role in start-up and launch of company, along with client acquisition

¨   Architected software and system currently processing 2.5 billion pieces of mail annually, directing development and launch within 6 months

¨   Achieved more than $2M in CAPEX savings through utilizing Cloud Computing technologies

¨   Implemented PCI/BITS and HIPAA compliance policies/procedures, including network and application security; created security measures by implementing ethical hacking practices

¨   Contributed to securing series A and A2; built and developed team across US and Argentina

¨   Collaborated with international partners to bring company back to their local countries

Hoodiny Entertainment Group [California, Florida, Argentina, Spain]                       5/2006-12/2007

Privately-held digital media and social networking company featuring web properties targeting young Hispanic audience.

Chief Technology Officer

Directed entire technology group, including product management/development, product roadmap, systems and software architecture, design, systems operations, desktop support, project management, and quality assurance. Headed vendor relations and negotiated with data centers, outsourcing partners, and hardware providers. Led 7 direct reports and controlled $4M budget; managed Los Angeles office. Ensured customer service.

¨   Played vital role in growing company from zero to $3M in annual sales; assisted in securing 2nd-round funding of more than $10M

¨   Deployed V1.0, achieving 99.99% uptime and migration from single cabinet to cage

¨   Built company infrastructure from ground up and established offices in Miami, Los Angeles, Madrid, and Buenos Aries; architected secure music streaming application

¨   Devised automated processes by which labels were able to upload content with ease; partnered with labels to ensure content was showcased in secure manner

¨   Grew team from 1 developer to 35 FTEs

¨   Rolled out white label version of product Cyloop with Telefonica.


Pictage, Inc. [California & Argentina]                                                                        10/2000-5/2006

Privately-held, web-based application post-production service provider for professional photography studios.

Vice President of Technology

Directed all technology functions, including 24×7 system operations, project management, architecture, development, desktop support, and security. Developed and negotiated agreements with outsourcing partners. Controlled $4M personnel and $3M CAPEX budgets. Reported to CEO.

¨   Contributed to start-up and generation of more than $20M in annual revenues and successful sale to $2B private equity firm, Apax Partners

¨   Played key role in driving company revenues from $5K to $40M and growing staff from 15 to 250.

¨   Championed successful completion of 63 projects within 1 year

¨   Designed and supported storage architecture to house over 150TB of high-resolution digital images (currently 900TB on same system); supported 45MBs of sustained traffic and 250,000 monthly visits

¨   Achieved 99.99% uptime of all systems; supported rapid growth to 6,000 clients and over 2.2 million consumers generating more than $40M in annual revenues


FES Consulting [California & New York]                                                                            1999-2000

Consulting company focusing on leading-edge web-based projects and strategies.


Provided strategic expertise to companies. Hired as subcontractor to perform technology strategy evaluations and turnaround proposals. Major projects include:

¨   Walt Disney Imagineering: Played pivotal role in development of Enhanced TV, which was ESPN/ABC product focused on web and TV convergence; served as key member of software architecture team and created all production and operation consoles

¨   Litronic Corp.: Architected and devised pilot using Smartcard technologies for online banking; assisted in development and rollout of pilot program

Xylan Corporation [California]                                                                                         1997-1999

Publicly-traded provider of networking hardware and network management software solutions; acquired by Alcatel in 1999.

Chief Java Architect

Architected and developed distributed network management system 100% in Java that scaled to 1 million managed ports. Created APIs for web- and non-web-based clients. Devised custom object model and XML messaging layers, along with expansion plug-ins for system. Led 3-member team.

Disney Online [California]                                                                                                   1996-1997

Publicly-traded web-based provider of Disney-branded entertainment content.

Director of Software Development/Server Group

Managed architecture and implementation of registration and security systems. Guided 4 team members.

¨   Generated $1M in revenue by spearheading back-end development of 2 products for online store

Additionally functioned as Development Manager for NetCount, LLC, Programmer at NASA Deep Space Network and Prudential Group Insurance.