Russ' Story

Trusted advisor. Strategy executive. Entrepreneur. Strategic catalyst. Widely published author/writer. Highly valued speaker/teacher. Inventor. Husband. Father. Christ-follower.

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Russ McGuire has been a leader in technology industries for over 30 years. He has served as a strategy executive in large corporations and has founded or co-founded several technology startups. More than anything he is an excellent listener who asks good questions to uncover real needs and then applies his experience and wisdom to help others overcome challenges.

Consultant/Advisor

SDG Strategy – Founder/Chief Strategist (2014-present)

  • Helping leaders make hard decisions:
  • Coached seed-stage software startup founder through building team and establishing strategic plan
  • Guided small construction firm in planning transition from founder to second generation leadership
  • Developed and facilitated growth planning workshop for private mid-sized landscaping company
  • Defined new product category and category launch plan for publicly traded semiconductor company
  • Developed 5-year planning retreat for mid-sized publicly traded manufacturing firm

BetaBlox – Advisor/Mentor (2016-2020)

  • Served as advisor/mentor to 14 startups helping build companies with focused vision to maximize their opportunity.

Oklahoma Christian University – Entrepreneur in Residence (2015-2019)

  • Encouraged and guided students, faculty, and staff to realize startup dreams and gain startup experience:
  • Mentored 3 winning business plan competition teams in state-wide competitions
  • Collaborated with university leadership in support of existing funding sources and development of new business models
  • Launched 2 software startups leveraging university developed intellectual property

Sprint TechStars Accelerator – Mentor (2014-2015)

  • Mentored startup founders
  • Supported the managers of the accelerator as the program launched and grew

TeleChoice – Vice President/Chief Strategist (2000-2002)
As the strategic catalyst for the telecom industry, TeleChoice accelerated strategic decision making for startup and established telecom companies:

  • Developed business and market strategies for large and small technology providers and operators
  • Collaborated with innovative startups, venture capital firms, and industry giants  to help drive innovation across the industry
  • Modeled industry fiber optic supply and demand for telecom carrier capital planning

Strategy Executive

Sprint – Vice President, Corporate Strategy (2003-2014)

  • Led strategy formulation and strategic planning:
  • Led development of strategic plan to become market leader in prepaid. Business grew from 2.6 million subscribers in 2005 to 10.7 million in 2009, largely through acquisitions and launching new brands
  • Led development of strategic plan to improve financial performance of long distance business by $1B+ through tightening product and market focus
  • Facilitated senior leadership team rhythm
  • Led strategy formulation and strategic planning
  • Managed monitoring of internal and external environment
  • Identified opportunities and threats
  • Developed strategic alternatives
  • Analytically evaluated options
  • Collaborated across the company to develop appropriate plans 
  • Coordinated with product/GTM/technology in pursuit of organic opportunities
  • Collaborated with corporate development/finance/legal teams in pursuit of inorganic (M&A) opportunities
  • Coordinated with CS/IT on CEO agenda initiatives, especially around the Customer Experience
  • Acted as company champion to the global innovation ecosystem and helped launch the Sprint Accelerator

Williams Communications – Vice President, Strategic Development (1995-2000)

  • Led cross-company strategic planning and formulated business, product, and market strategies:
  • Developed strategic communications for NYSE IPO, private placement, and debt offering, raising $3.2B
  • Led development of the company's initial strategic plan integrating three previously separate divisions established through acquisitions and organic development with total revenues of $500M+.
  • Developed initial strategic framework for construction of $multi-billion nationwide fiber network
  • Developed Internet hardware, software, and content solutions for business customers
  • Built computer telephony integration systems for corporate clients

Entrepreneur

Altimeter Software, LLC – Co-founder/CEO (2016-2019)

  • Developed and provided SaaS+Mobile software solution for universities to strengthen community health:
  • Supported 569,850 student checkins to 13,420 events at 5 universities and 2 high schools

VisuALS Technology Solutions, LLC – Co-founder/CEO (2017-2019)

  • Developed an affordable integrated hardware and software device to enable patients with debilitating conditions to communicate using only their eyes:
  • Enabled over 100 loved ones to communicate with their family and friends and to say goodbye with grace and dignity

Christian Homeschool Network, LLC – Co-founder (2009-2016)

  • Led team of homeschool students in creating an online social network – “the Facebook alternative for Christian families”:
  • Served over 1,000 families
  • Helped 10 students gain startup experience

Seek First Networks, LLC – Founder (2002-2003)

  • Developed Internet-based tools to enable small churches and ministries to better connect with those they serve:
  • Used by hundreds of churches in dozens of countries

Digital Frontiers, LLC – Co-founder/CTO (1995)

  • Launched the first web development firm in Oklahoma: 
  • Developed first-in-the-world innovations with clients including a local hospital’s “Internet nursery” and a trade publisher’s portal for the Oil and Gas industry.

Education

Oklahoma Christian University – Edmond, Oklahoma

  • Masters of Business Administration: Finance Focus
  • Cumulative GPA 4.0/4.0

Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, Virginia

  • Bachelor of Science: Electrical Engineering
  • Study Abroad at the University of Essex, Colchester England
  • Firmware Development Internship at Alnor Oy (Nuclear Power Industry) in Turku, Finland
  • Software Development Internship at Delex Systems (Defense Industry) in Vienna, Virginia
  • Cumulative GPA 3.51/4.0

Patents

  • US 8,244,832 Providing Location Information to Website Providers
  • US 8,166,189 Click Stream Insertions
  • US 8,126,129 Adaptive Audio Conferencing Based on Participant Location
  • US 9,880,799 Extendable Display Screens of Devices

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