Relevant Skills

Project Management
Large Scale Systems Architecture
Risk Management / Statistical Analysis
Customer Relations / Presentations
Startup Sales / Marketing
Travel Domestic / Abroad
Blogging / Social Media / SEO
Software / Hardware Development

Personal Skills

Resourceful and organized
Results driven and outgoing
Works well with teams
Calm and efficient under pressure
Good at presentations
Excellent problem solver
Self motivated, quick learner
Understanding of business and engineering

Professional Skills / Software

Presentations / MS Office
Graphics / Adobe Suite
Project Management / MS Project
Version Control / SVN / ClearCase
Meetings / WebEx / Skype
SEO / Social Media / UX / UI

Languages / Platforms

C / C++ / MFC
Python / Django / Ruby / Rails
PHP / WordPress / Java / Eclipse
MySQL / S3 / AWS / Map Reduce
Dos / Windows / Unix / Mac
CSS / HTML / JS

Education

Arizona State University
Graduated May 2002
Bachelors Of Science / Engineering
Computer Systems (CSE)

Board Member / Marketing Manager - Funds For Kids 501-C3

July 1, 2013 - Oct. 15, 2015

The organization was an Arizona School Tuition Organization, tasked with collecting tax contributions and awarding them to students at local schools. As a board member I worked with the software vendor to gather requirements and provide the right solution to the non-profit and its users. As the treasurer my responsibility was to track all operations and scholarship balances and put in place software to reduce fraud risk.

Worked with a team to solicit over $1M in charitable contributions.
Gathered and translated user requirements for software vendors.
Personally presented the program to school administrators in Arizona.
Reduced industry standard scholarship award times from months to days.
Funds For Kids merged with another non-profit in 2015.

Founder / CTO - Level Up, LLC

July 1, 2013 - Dec. 20, 2015

I was asked by the company co-founder to join as CTO and bring to market a tuition solution for private schools. My responsibility was to create a platform that collects tax contributions, verifies student eligibility, and awards scholarships based on strict state guidelines. The biggest challenge was creating a seamless UI / UX for school administrators, parents, and tax payers in one platform.

Directly responsible for gathering requirements and creating the platform.
Served over 300 schools, 7K tax payers, and $1M in tax contributions.
Devised scholarship risk and award algorithms to automate payments.
Ensured adherence to Arizona State Tuition Organization regulations.
Reduced IRS reporting man hours for our clients from weeks to minutes.

Founder / CEO - AwareLabs, LLC

Aug. 1, 2012 - Current

This was an opportunity for me to take on a problem I am truly passionate about, empowering ideas. As the product lead and business development lead I've has the opportunity to bring a concept to market and evolve it with actual customer feedback. AwareLabs has allowed me to tap into every aspect of the small business problem space.

Created an online website builder with a built in marketing guide.
Developed and integrated over 32 unique applications into the platform.
Led product design, UI/UX, testing, and development efforts.
Set up partnerships with agencies, consultants, and service providers.
Directly responsible for initial company marketing and user growth.

Founder / CEO - TabHere, LLC

Feb. 1, 2012 - Current

TabHere is a local solution to the issue of loyalty at coffee shops. Working under tight deadlines within the payment transaction space allowed me to explore risk mitigation and customer experience together. Unlike most loyalty solutions, TabHere does not require an app downloads or physical gift cards, it is truly virtual.

Coordinated design, sales and development to attain MVP.
Generated over $100,000 in gift card sales for local businesses.
Responsible for forming strategic partnerships and sales channels.
System averages over $1K in gift card sales per location per month.

Founder / CTO - Arkayne Inc

March 1, 2008 - July 7, 2011

Arkayne was a related links plugin that recommended content not just within publications but across publications. I was responsible for the initial algorithms that resulted in CTR engagement averaging 12%, peaking as high as 33% in sports for example. I was able to raise funds, build a team, manage a group of engineers, and attain positive revenue as CTO.

Created the proof of concept and landed first customers.
Raised $1.2M and a team of 7 people to bring concept to market.
Managed team of 5 employees in high pace environment.
Drove effort to bring the company 150K users in just 3 months.
Worked with investors to set up strategic partnerships.

Staff Engineer - Ebay, Inc

Feb. 17, 2006 - Feb. 17, 2008

Wanting to work for a Fortune 500 Silicon Valley based company at least once, I accepted the position at PayPal to experience new culture and innovation. As one of the first five engineers in the Phoenix office I helped build more in depth relations with the San Jose office. My engineering responsibilities included Ebay integration as well as building the software for completely new shipping integrations with USPS, UPS, and FedEx.

Responsible for eBay.com / PayPal.com customer on-boarding.
Awarded “PayPalian of the Year” and “Meteorite” awards.
Presented “Tech Talks” on several developer productivity tools.
Worked remotely with eBay and PayPal team in US / China / India.
Consistently delivered ahead of project schedule with fewer bugs.
Taught new employee training courses.

Software Engineer II - Tucson Embedded Systems

Nov. 1, 2003 - Feb. 1, 2006

Hired for my systems experience I was immediately tasked with helping reduce the integration of communications hardware into military rotary wing platforms. I was able to create a proof of concept, and deliver live demos to both military and private contractor demonstrating software for which i would eventually be awarded a patent. We succeeded in reducing integration cost and schedule significantly for a all military helicopter classes as well as several dozen communication devices.

Technical lead on flight control systems for US Army helicopter fleet.
Prototyped middleware framework for communications hardware.
Presented at Rockwell Collins, Boeing, Sikorsky, and Army Offices.
Adhered to CMMI level II practices and DO-178B guidelines.
Patent holder and co-author of winning CEDA contract.

Laurent Painchaud

Streamliner
"Kenjora-san is an Internet Samurai. He has the knowledge and experience, but also the good sense to know when and where to use both. Very proud of our collaborations."

Jonathan Confer

Attorney
"Paul has a knack for distilling complicated ideas into their most functional components and acting creatively to achieve a big result."

Jon Beekman

Founder / CEO
"Paul is an incredibly talented individual, combining keen product development and design insights with years of experience as an engineer and programmer - a very powerful combination. I've worked with Paul many times and love how he just rolls up his sleeves and gets stuff done - I've recommended him to friends and look forward to working with him again."

Paul Kenjora – Co-Founder and CEO of AwareLabs

Idea Mensch - Guest Writer

Paul Kenjora is a methodical entrepreneur, product developer, and trouble maker. A modern “Renaissance Man”, Paul spent his twenties working on everything from designing and constructing family homes by hand, to developing remote controlled military vehicles, and launching PayPal’s Phoenix office. Now in his thirties, Paul is focused on disruptive marketing and finance entrepreneurship.

NOW THAT’S CALLED BOOTSTRAPPING: WHY ONE ENTREPRENEUR STOPPED PURSUING INVESTORS

Tech Cocktail - Ralph Miller

Imagine using your media center as a server for your startup. You’re sitting there, watching Netflix, and suddenly, everything goes down. You realize your server just got hit because the Denver Post started using your startup. It happened to Paul Kenjora, and he proceeded to raise $1.5 million for that very same tech startup…in Arizona. Here’s his startup story.

Arthur and Paul Kenjora: Brothers Collaborate Naturally

AZ Central - Guest Writer

The brothers, who are 14 months apart in age, cite their parents for their desire to collaborate on business startups. "It was kind of ingrained in us," said Paul, 30. "They made it clear if we're going to work smarter, we're going to work harder. The best way to work smarter is to work for yourself and work with people that you can choose to work with."

Marketing Strategy Session

Need help getting clients for your small business?

Small business marketing is especially difficult and resource constrained. I can help you drive sales without breaking the bank or taking up all your time. My advice, when taken, nets my clients sales increases within days of implementation.

Speaking Engagements

Need an interesting and engaging speaker for your event?

I've given talks on every aspect of startups, product development, and upcoming technology trends. Currently I'm focused on small business website building and marketing. I can provide case studies.

Project Review

Sometimes getting a second opinion on a projects pays dividends.

Have a project you need a second opinion on? I can take a look at your numbers, timelines, and features and tell you if you are getting a good deal.