SIGMUND A. FIDYKE III
25532 Gloriosa Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 ? 949.637.1806 ? email@example.com
VP Development / Business Unit
Technology executive with over 25 years experience managing development and marketing teams and focusing them on creating and selling innovative solutions. Logical and goal-oriented, but enthusiastic about people, products and bringing them together. Proven proficiency in:
; Building and managing focused, innovative teams
; Delivering products to market on schedule and within budget
; Bridging technology and marketing to define successful solutions
; Creating successful teams of in-house and contract (onshore and offshore) developers
; Launching products worldwide: APAC, EMEA and Americas
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY 2008
Computer Science Advisory Board
; Working to keep Math and Computer Science department of Chapman University connected to
the high-tech industry and helping them identify and attract students.
CUSTOM SOFTWARE, INC. 2007-2008
Contract Product /Business Management Firm
; Working with entrepreneurs with ideas to create business plans, prototype development plans
and funding plans.
Provider of Security Risk Management and Compliance Solution
; Replaced departing Chief Strategy Officer in determining the direction and features of the
company’s product. Connected development and marketing departments to move company from
operating on best guesses to a researched and prioritized plan for moving forward.
WATCHGUARD TECHNOLOGIES, INC. / BEADLENET 1999-2004
Worldwide Provider of Internet Security Solutions
Director of Broadband Internet Security Division, Director of Engineering, Senior Product Manager
; Directed software and hardware development teams, as well as marketing personnel, to increase
worldwide acceptance of a desktop firewall product line. Grew product line to over 25% of the
corporate revenue using less than 5% of the development resources.
; Organized hardware and software development teams to design and launch one of industry’s first
integrated wireless firewalls – expanding the product line and revitalizing the company’s
reputation for innovation.
; Coordinated and organized the on-time completion of a development and testing project which
was required for completing the purchase of BeadleNet by WatchGuard.
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KISS SOFTWARE CORPORATION 1996-1999
Publisher of Windows Software Utility Products
Founder and Chief Technical Officer
; Created development department from scratch for a software publisher by identifying and
capturing independent developers.
; Successfully developed consumer software products using offshore development teams.
Continued success of product line with in-house work on subsequent versions.
; Succeeded in growing a start-up company to a size and revenue that gave outside investors a
10-fold return in two years.
TOUCHSTONE SOFTWARE CORPORATION 1993-1996
Publisher of Windows Software Utility Products
Vice President of Development
; Expanded the company’s product line from two unknown technician-only offerings to a catalogue
of eight award-winning products for the general consumer. This was a critical step in moving the
stock from a pink sheet value of 25 cents to a small cap value over $10 in 2 years.
; Created and improved a general utility software product that became a market segment leader –
outselling Norton Utilities for Windows 3.1.
; Improved product quality by creating a Quality Assurance testing department and reorganizing
the Technical Support department to better communicate with the developers.
CUSTOM SOFTWARE, INC.
Contract Software Development Firm
Founder and President
; Founded a contract services company. Grew and strengthened it for 15 years, transforming the
company from two programmers to a respected firm of over 20 people with sales, marketing and
; Expanded the company beyond a dependence on hourly contract work by adding more profitable
product development projects.
Graduate Study in Information & Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
B.S., Information & Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
Orange County AeA – Small Business Growth Chair, High Tech Awards Judge
American Association of Senior Executives – Membership committee
Boy Scouts of America – District Vice-Chairman, District Award of Merit
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Products Developed by WatchGuard
SOHO and SOHO 6: Internet appliance offering premier firewall protection, IP Sharing, Internet content blocking
and Virtual Private Networking for businesses and home offices.
Awards: SC Magazine: ;;;;;, Pick of 2000, Best Buy Award, Datamation: Product of the Year 2000,
PC Professionale (Italy): Best of Breed
SOHO 6 Wireless: Innovative firewall appliance with an integrated wireless module.
Awards: Computer Reseller News: “best on the market for the money”
Firebox X Edge and Edge Wireless: Redesigned and renamed firewall appliance, serving as both a small
business firewall and a large company perimeter protection device.
Packaged Software Developed and/or Published by Kiss Software Modem Wizard: Created a new category of software for testing modems and monitoring Internet connections.
Copied by two other utility software companies.
Awards: ZDNet: Editor's Pick, PCWorld: Editor's Pick, PCComputing: Silver Award
KeyView Pro: The most versatile Windows file viewer on the market.
Awards: Windows Magazine: Editor's Choice, PCComputing: ;;;;;, Lan Times: ;;;; (highest
rating), Windows Magazine: Best of Breed
Speed Surfer: Innovative product that speeds up Internet surfing while offering online security.
Awards: ZDNet: Editor's Pick, PCComputing: ;;;;, PC World Online: Editor's Pick, Home Office
Computing: Best Buy
ShortCuts: A utility that makes it easy to perform complex tasks with a single keystroke.
Awards: PC World: Editor's Pick, ZDNet: ;;;;;, Into Tomorrow: “Favorite Program”
Undo & Recover: Created a new category of product with the ability to recovery any overwritten file. At least three
competitors followed our lead.
Awards: Computer Shopper: Top 100, Komando's: Pick of the Week, ZDNet: ;;;;;
Packaged Software Developed by Touchstone Software
WINCheckIt - Best selling Windows utility package for over 10 months (beating Norton Utilities).
Awards: Windows Magazine: Top 100, InfoWorld: Top Score, Home PC: Top 100
PC-cillin 95 - Anti-virus program with dynamic protection & automatic Internet scanning. Also introduced automatic
pattern file updates for a yearly fee.
Awards: PC Computing: Best Buy, Home PC: Top 100
WIN’95 Advisor - Utility that aided users in the arduous task of upgrading to Windows 95.
Awards: Windows Magazine: Top 100
FastMove - A low-cost, full-featured file transfer program that competed successfully with LapLink.
Products Developed By Custom Software
MacTools Deluxe - First Macintosh disk optimizer to use bi-directional optimization. The result was faster than
Norton’s. (Central Point Software)
XTreeMac - Macintosh file management program before the advent of System 7. The first real drag-and-drop tree
file structure program. (XTree Company)