Advisory Board Member (Corporate & Finance)


Chief Executive Officer of Blackbird Ventures, and San Diego News Network, LLC, U.S. Local News Network, Inc., Enviroclean Technologies, Oberon Fuels, Lono Cloud and Quanlight, Inc. 

Neil is the classic serial entrepreneur transitioning from writing sitcoms in Hollywood to real estate development and then technology – he has serve as CEO or Chairman of nine companies and invested in another dozen.

He is currently CEO of Blackbird Ventures, a small fund focused on very early stage companies.

Neil also teaches entrepreneurship, including courses at San Diego State University, UC San Diego, and an innovative program for inmates at Donovan State Prison.  An author of three books about lessons learned from his entrepreneurial journey, he writes a weekly column for the San Diego Union Tribune.  Neil holds a BA from Tufts University, a Master of the Arts, Photo Journalism from University of Missouri, a Master of the Arts, Cinema from New York University, a Fellowship with the American Film Institute, and a Certificate of Entrepreurship from Babson College.

He is a frequent featured speaker throughout Southern California and beyond, and has won multiple technology and entrepreneurship awards.