Paul Mestemaker is founder and CEO of CleverPoint LLC, a technology consulting firm founded in San Francisco and CTO of Circadian Risk Inc., a startup in this year’s batch of the Desai Accelerator at the University of Michigan. Paul splits his time as CTO and advisor to startups and consultant on strategic projects at hedge funds and financial firms.
Previously, Paul was a co-founder of Mythly Studios Inc and Head of Product at Close Inc. During his tenure at Microsoft, he was one of the original founding members of the System Center Advisor team and co-authored a book on database performance tuning. He has been a top rated speaker at conferences as well as a guest lecturer at colleges and universities across the world. He was the co-host of a weekly tech news show with over 6 million views.
Current Venture: CleverPoint LLC
Helping startups, established businesses, and nonprofits apply clever uses of technology to achieve their goals.
Current Venture: Circadian Risk Inc
Building software to assess risk with physical infrastructure.
Previous Venture: Close Inc
Invite-only network to help executives get deals done.
Previous Venture: Mythly Studios
Building immersive advertisements and editorials for the iPad.
Paul got his start in technology at an early age. He was one of the world’s best Tradewars players. The key to his success was the custom scripts he wrote to play the game on his behalf. Shortly thereafter, his programming hobby turned into a business building custom software for Fortune 500 companies. His initial projects were to author simple Excel macros, then fix Access databases, then design new Access databases, and ultimately build web applications integrating SQL Server, Oracle, IIS, and ASP. Paul loves helping others and has a knack for teaching. He helped design and teach a C++ programming class. He accomplished all of this in high school before he was legally allowed to drive!
Paul Mestemaker is one of the original founding members on the System Center Advisor team at Microsoft. In his ~7 years at Microsoft, he focused mainly on server manageability and supportability tools. He co-authored a book: Professional SQL Server 2005 Performance Tuning (Programmer to Programmer). He has been a top speaker at TechEd, MMS, PASS, Connections, and other Microsoft and industry conferences. He is also a guest lecturer at colleges and universities across the U.S. He is the co-host of Ping, a weekly tech news show on Microsoft’s Channel 9.
Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO)
Paul enjoys learning new skills and building things in his spare time. His current passion is using conversion rate optimization (CRO) to help businesses and nonprofits all over the world simplify their signup processes and donation funnels as well as improve their newsletter engagement. He is available for a free 1 hour consultation for nonprofits and can provide a quote for businesses of all sizes.
Paul is not quite a master of all media, but he has co-authored a book that is available on Amazon.com and in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. He is also the co-host of a weekly web show called Ping on Channel 9 that has a loyal following of about 30,000 viewers and over 5 million total views.
Paul Mestemaker got his start in standup comedy by incorporating humor in presentations at conferences and motivational speeches at colleges and universities. Paul first tried standup at Giggles Comedy Club in Seattle, WA in 2008. Since then, he’s performed all over the country (Chicago, L.A., Las Vegas, Boston, Charlotte, et al). He’s opened for household names like Jeff Dye (from Last Comic Standing, Money from Strangers), the Roast Master General himself, Jeffrey Ross, and the late Greg Giraldo.
His comedy tells a story of how his life has changed since moving out to Seattle from the Midwest. He reflects on some of the mistakes he’s made along the way, and some of the absurdities of modern dating. Most recently, Paul combined his standup with his motivational speaking style into a very fast-paced and hilarious PowerPoint presentation. Paul also makes a great host/MC for charity events as he has a clean sense of humor and can think on his feet and interact with diverse sets of crowds.