The Tech Whisperer


Hi. I'm Loren Davie, a 20 year veteran of software and web development.

Previously I led technology at New York digital agencies HUGE and Cake & Arrow, before starting Axilent in 2011.

I can help you scope, plan, and manage your tech projects, protecting your organization from unexpected problems.

Additionally, I can help you scale out your technology services, enabling you to expand your capabilities to meet your clients' demands.

I work with the tech staff you have, or I can help organizations where there is no tech leadership yet in place.

Let's start the conversation now.

Contact Loren

loren@axilent.com

I Can Help You With...

Technology Leadership Coaching

Even experienced technologists can use a hand sometimes.

Many senior technology people in organizations start out as developers and are new to management issues. Through regular weekly coaching, I work with your tech leaders to create and reinforce a sustainable, scalable technology practice, solve problems and improve their leadership abilities.

I give concrete, practical advice, and help establish clear goals and objectives for those I coach. Each week I meet with the tech leader, work through issues as they arise, and follow through on progress from the previous week.

Coaching sessions can be done in person (in New York City), or via video conference.

Technology Project Management Workshop

A one-day workshop on how to lead, manage, and succeed at technology projects. (And prevent them from blowing up.)

Managing technology projects is difficult at the best of times. Typically it involves managing risk and unknowns while working in an environment of fixed constraints. The consequences of a project going off the rails can be disasterous for all involved.

In this workshop, I teach:

  • How to properly scope projects through living estimates.
  • How to identify and properly mitigate project risks.
  • How technology can work well with project management, user experience, visual design and account management team members.

Interim CTO / VP Technology / Director of Technology

Hands on Leadership, In House

If you just want someone to take over for awhile, fix problems and set you up for success moving forward, I can act as an interim technology leader within your organization. I focus on specific goals over the course of the engagement, with mutally agreed-upon metrics for measuring success.

I can focus on addressing any of the kinds of problems I outline above (in "I Can Help You With..."), during my engagement. I can also help you search for a permanent technology leader hire, and typically I will write an operating manual for that hire so they are set up for success when they do come on board.

What People Say About Loren

Loren is a pleasure to work with. He is the special type of engineer who is able to express complex concepts in simple terms. He speaks intelligently to both developers and business people...We knew right away that he was the person to take over the work that I had started and to continue growing the company, putting key processes in place, and help find more staff.

- Lon Binder, CTO, Warby Parker
Loren provided great technical leadership, guidance and motivation to a very large technical department at HUGE. He is very sharp and has the ability to work with Business, Creative and Technology to come up with the best direction for a project. I would definitely work with Loren again.

- Lawrence Edmondson, Director of Technology, MullenLowe Profero
At Ai [now Cake & Arrow], Loren had built a reputation for consistently taking ownership of a spectrum of challenges - technical, organizational or otherwise, getting to the core of the concern and creating a solution to handle it. The ease with which he articulates the essential, solves problems and involves his colleagues, coupled with his genuine care for the people around him makes him a particularly valuable individual to know and work with. Personally, Loren's positive energy, wit and encyclopedia knowledge make him a joy to be around.

- Alice Grantham, Senior Interaction Designer, Idean

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