The concept-to-launch phase is the crucial, formative period of your business. 

For a first-time founder of a new business, the most important success factor during this phase is total commitment.   

A majority of startups never make it to commercial launch because they fail to develop a brand or to define a need and a market. They may also fail to develop operational skills, or in the domain of financing, or in scaling the business after launch.

Applying best practices in this crucial early phase can make the difference between a solid foundation for launching a rocket or burning out on the launch pad.
Meet the Expert

Philip Bouchard

San Francisco, CA
  • English

About Philip

  • Founder and CEO of TrustedPeer
  • 30 years professional experience in Internet infrastructure services, telecommunications, business applications, and healthcare applications
  • CEO, COO, and CFO for seven technology companies resulting in five acquisitions
  • Director of Finance and on IPO Team for Electronic Arts
  • SEAL Team 2 - BUD/S Class 99

Skills and Expertise:

Experience

CEO • TrustedPeer, Inc.
Sep, 2010 — Present
  • Providing high-quality consulting expertise, helping business professionals make critical decisions with certainty - and with the immediacy demanded by today's fast-changing business world
Chief Executive Officer • Global Netoptex, Inc.
Nov, 2007 — Nov, 2009
  • Value-added, mission-critical, Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions to leaders in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), financial services, Web 2.0, online games, and digital media in North America and Europe
  • GNI's customer-centric infrastructure, delivery model, and commercial approach offer a robust, reliable IT foundation for optimizing the delivery of production instances of on-line applications
  • Investor: Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
  • GNi was acquired by FusionStorm in March 2010
Chief Operating Officer • Health Hero Network
Dec, 2004 — Nov, 2007
  • Healthcare IT providing a HIPAA compliant cloud application, health management programs and a proprietary FDA Class II medical device for remote symptom management of chronically ill patients covering more than 120 chronic diseases and co-morbidities
  • Investors: Psilos Group, Oracle Strategic Partners, Integral Capital, California Technology Ventures
  • Health Hero Network was acquired by Robert Bosch Healthcare
Chief Operating Officer • Avasta
2000 — 2002
  • Automated and proactive enterprise application management by embedding best practices into a proprietary technology platform for ISVs to deliver Software as a Service (SaaS) to the Mid-Market
  • Investors: American Express, Alliance Capital, Bayview Partners, CommVest LLC, Convergence Partners, Mentmore Holdings, Sand Hill Capital, Robertson Stephens and ThomVest Holdings
  • Avasta was acquired by Navisite (Nasdaq: NAVI)
Chief Financial Officer • ThinkLink
1998 — 2000
  • Cloud-based, unified messaging application that consolidated voice, e-mail and voicemail
  • Utilizing VoIP technology including enhanced telephone features such as find-me, follow-me, call forwarding, unique telephone #, e-mail address, text-to-speech with credit card billing and usage tracking
  • Investors: SoftBank Ventures, Mayfield Fund, and Microsoft
  • ThinkLink was acquired by Microsoft
Director - Finance • Electronic Arts
1989 — 1994
  • Director - FP&A responsible for annual Financial Plan, quarterly forecasting, new business analysis.
  • Board Auditor - EA Japan (a joint venture with JVC)
  • IPO finance team
Senior Financial Analyst • IBM
1984 — 1989
Operations Specialist 2nd Class • United States Navy
1977 — 1982
Naval Special Warfare SEAL Team 2 (BUD/S Class 99)

Education

University of Chicago
MBA, Finance, 1984
Princeton University
BA, Economics, 1982

Thesis

Interdisciplinary Approach to Defined Benefit Pension Plans

Boards

  • Board of Directors - TrustedPeer, Inc.
  • Board of Directors - Phoebe Hearst Preschool (2005-Present)
  • Board of Directors - Global Netoptex Inc. (2007-2009)
  • Board of Directors - Avasta, Inc. (2000-2002)

Academia

  • Lecturer, Tepper School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Linda Argote Organizational Behavior, Professor Art Boni - Capstone Program, 2017.
  • Judge, Entrepreneurial Programs, University of San Francisco, Professor Gleb Nikitenko, 2017.

What People Are Saying About Philip

My TrustedPeer Expert Session with Philip Bouchard was strategic and immediately actionable. I implemented several important next steps within 24 hours after my TrustedPeer Expert Session.
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Managing Director - U.S. Head of Technology Investment Banking
UBS Securities LLC
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