Paul Kenjora

Paul Kenjora

Local Economy And Sustainability Entrepreneur

Phhoenix AZ

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I believe in the economic viability of a sustainable life. Everyone has the potential to live debt free, responsible, productive lives that move the world forward.

My experiences as an immigrant, carpenter, college student, employee, athlete, entrepreneur, patent holder, volunteer, husband, and dog's best friend have shown me the power of local community.

I see the advantages of local not just in terms of environment but also economy. It is my goal to build tools that let both individuals and small businesses benefit by participating locally.
Work History
  • February 2012 - Present

    Founder & CEO

    TabHere, LLC

    TabHere is a comprehensive rewards program that helps business gain local customers by directly rewarding regulars who share tabs with friends.

    The system is a virtual gift card that patrons can use at the cash register. This allows the business to save on credit card fees and give tab holders 20% rewards. The tabs can be shared with friends driving up new customer engagement.

    TabHere works because it directly rewards regulars and gives them the ability to market the business to other locals.
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  • July 2011 - Present

    Co - Founder / CEO

    AwareLabs, LLC.

    AwareLabs is a marketing guide for small business and startup owners. The marketing process is broken down into simple tasks like creating social media profiles, getting the business website listed in directories, and eventually pitching press releases.

    Small business owners and startups often cannot afford large marketing campaigns from agencies. AwareLabs is designed to fill that gap with a do-it-yourself package that enables small business to execute a well designed marketing campaign with a lower budget. AwareLabs also offers a full service package
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  • July 2011 - Present

    CEO

    Aware Labs, LLC.

    AwareLabs is a PR task list assembled to help guide startups through the initial phases of launching a campaign. While marketing my own startups I spent weeks researching PR, following successful entrepreneurs, and discussing strategy with PR professionals. Through the process I came to a conclusion.

    Most startups don't know how to transition from development to PR and marketing effectively. PR Agencies are too expensive and most startup teams don't have PR expertise. I built AwareLabs to provide a bridge for early startups.
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  • March 2008 - July 2011

    Co - Founder / CTO

    BlogGlue / Arkayne, Inc

    Renamed to BlogGlue, Arkayne is an online marketing tool that suggests related articles for online publications. Paul Kenjora was the chief architect on the BlogGlue plugin and algorithms that can be embedded on any website, the technology delivers a 2% - 35% CTR, depending on subject matter.

    BlogGlue has grown to encompass several million pages of content and thousands of users. The system interacts with thousands of viewers on an hourly basis. In June 2011, BlogGlue was growing at 10,000 users per month.

    In July of 2011, the CEO decided to cease pa
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  • March 2007 - July 2011

    Co - Founder

    BlogGlue / Arkayne, Inc

    Took Arkayne, Inc from concept to implementation by summer of 2008. Joined with Nicholas Aretakis, and pitched to Arizona Technology Investment Forum by early 2009. We assembled basic startup team and raised a 2 year runway by summer 2009. By fall of 2009 were engaging first customers and moving up PR and marketing efforts.

    We've now pivoted several times and are on track to nailing down product market fit. This isn't as easy as it looks folks.
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  • 2003 - 2009

    Co-Founder / CTO

    AwareLabs, LLC.

    The original version of AwareLabs, before it was changed into a marketing tool, provided near real time IT statistics for companies that provide employees with desktop computers.

    The technology was able to securely gather non-personal IT data such as hardrive capacity, installed programs, and usage patterns to help companies prioritize software and hardware purchases.

    Paul Kenjora was responsible for executing the technology behind AwareLabs.
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  • 2003 - 2009

    Co-Founder, CTO

    AwareLabs, LLC.

    I'm currently involved in 2 major startup efforts under Aware Labs. One is ongoing for the last few years, it involves IT metrics and feedback automation. The core of the IT product is a client server system that automatically gathers data across an IT infrastructure and combines the numbers into simple easy to interpret information. Automation and deployment are key concerns.

    The second product is a content linking engine called Arkayne. The service takes any page on the web and finds other pages like it ranked by similarity. This is way more powe
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  • February 2006 - February 2008

    Staff Engineer

    eBay

    Responsible for eBay.com / PayPal.com customer onboarding.
    Awarded “PayPalian of the Year” for fostering positive change.
    Received “Meteorite” award for multi order shipping project.
    Presented “Tech Talks” on several developer productivity tools.
    Submitted and developed 5 independent projects to improve PayPal.
    Worked remotely with eBay and PayPal team in US / China / India.
    Volunteered to teach new employee training courses.
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  • February 2006 - February 2008

    Software Engineer III

    eBay

    Marketplace development and integration. On starter team for Phoenix area, involved in linking third parties to PayPal.

    Internal tools initiatives and R&D efforts. Awarded PayPalian of the year award in 2008 for exemplary technology leadership.
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  • 2007 - 2008

    Software Developer

    OpenRain

  • 2006 - 2008

    Staff Engineer

    PayPal

    Responsible for eBay.com / PayPal.com customer onboarding.
    Awarded “PayPalian of the Year” for fostering positive change.
    Received “Meteorite” award for multi order shipping project.
    Presented “Tech Talks” on several developer productivity tools.
    Submitted and developed 5 independent projects to improve PayPal.
    Worked remotely with eBay and PayPal team in US / China / India.
    Volunteered to teach new employee training courses.
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  • 2006 - 2008

    Senior Software Engineer

    PayPal

  • November 2003 - February 2006

    Software Engineer II

    Tucson Embedded Systems, Inc.

    Developed OS independent product line software for avionics radio control.
    Designed and implemented a deterministic XML parser.
    Traveled and interacted twith Army customers as company representative.
    Designed standard API for radio communications suite.
    Generated several publications relating to new company products.
    Collaborated with enginers outside the company on technical product solutions.
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  • November 2003 - February 2006

    Software Engineer II

    Tucson Embedded Systems, Inc.

    Developed OS independent product line software for avionics radio control.
    Designed and implemented a deterministic XML parser.
    Traveled and interacted twith Army customers as company representative.
    Designed standard API for radio communications suite.
    Generated several publications relating to new company products.
    Collaborated with enginers outside the company on technical product solutions.
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  • February 2002 - September 2002

    Software Engineer

    Mobiltrak, Inc.

    Translated a large proprietary database into Microsoft SQL Server 2000.
    Created server translation and maintenance software on a Windows NT platform.
    Implemented full image and text PDF creation C++ classes based on Adobe product specifications.
    Developed fast data mining routines handling hundreds of gigabytes of data on demand.
    Designed and developed customer centered web delivery interface.
    Reduced sales to customer response times from several hours to a few minutes.
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  • February 2002 - September 2002

    Software Engineer

    Mobiltrak, Inc.

    Translated a large proprietary database into Microsoft SQL Server 2000.
    Created server translation and maintenance software on a Windows NT platform.
    Implemented full image and text PDF creation C++ classes based on Adobe product specifications.
    Developed fast data mining routines handling hundreds of gigabytes of data on demand.
    Designed and developed customer centered web delivery interface.
    Reduced sales to customer response times from several hours to a few minutes.
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Education
  • Arizona State University

    1997 - 2002
  • Arizona State University

    1997 - 2002