Nick Burling

Head of Product Strategy at ACME General Corp.

Concord, MA

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I currently head up product research and development activities with ACME General, a leading provider of bespoke innovation and advisory services to the United States Department of Defense (USDoD) as well as other public sector national security organizations, traditional members of the defense industrial base, and non-traditional solvers with relevant dual-use technologies. Previously I was part of the executive team that defined the strategy and product roadmap for BlueStripe Software, ultimately leading to the acquisition of BlueStripe's leading application performance monitoring and management solutions by Microsoft. I am an accomplished entrepreneur and IT product executive with experience in managing all phases of the product lifecycle. I have proven skills in identifying new market opportunities, building business cases, and delivering against product requirements to capture market share. My background includes broad experience building and leading winning teams with Fortune 500 companies and leading startups from launch to successful exit. Contact: ★ nburling@acmegeneral.com ★ 919-475-5488 ★ Specialties Product Management & Strategy, Market Definition, Executive Leadership, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, SaaS, IT Operations Management, IT Performance Management, Startups, Entrepreneurship

Work experience
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Nov 2020 - Present

ACME General Corp.

Head of Product Strategy

Head up product research and development activities with ACME General, a leading provider of bespoke innovation and advisory services to the United States Department of Defense (USDoD) as well as other public sector national security organizations, traditional members of the defense industrial base, and non-traditional solvers with relevant dual-use technologies.

May 2020 - Present

illume hire

Co-founder

At illume hire, we're building a platform to empower professionals age 45+ by providing career resources and community, mentoring, and customized bootcamps to maximize their mid-career momentum. I'm focused on building out our tech stack and operations.

Jan 2018 - Nov 2020

StackForce

CEO and Co-founder

StackForce is a seed-stage startup building a global marketplace for peer-vetted talent. Currently I wear many hats as we build out our platform and work toward product market fit.

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Jun 2015 - Jan 2018

Microsoft

Principal PM Manager

Led a team of program managers to drive the delivery of application monitoring and management as part of the Microsoft Operations Management Suite, a next generation IT management as a service offering. Responsible for developing the strategic product vision and road map, driving product planning, and aligning technology investments following the acquisition of BlueStripe Software by Microsoft.

Nov 2008 - Jun 2015

BlueStripe Software

Vice President of Product Management

Led the strategic direction for BlueStripe’s market-leading application management solutions for IT Operations resulting in Microsoft’s successful acquisition of BlueStripe. As a BlueStripe executive, played a key role in creating a culture where everyone felt connected to the customer, keenly understood the impact of the products we developed, and was personally responsible for customer success.

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Apr 2007 - Nov 2008

IBM

Program Manager, SOA Strategy

Managed a team that developed and drove execution of the business strategy for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) across IBM. Formulated and executed portfolio strategy across lines of business to drive internal and external adoption of IBM’s SOA product and services offerings. Developed business cases to enable entry into new markets, expanding IBM’s SOA business opportunity.

Aug 2005 - Apr 2007

IBM WebSphere Software

Product Manager

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Aug 2002 - Aug 2003

CMG Partners

Management Consultant

Education

2003 - 2005

Duke University Fuqua School of Business

MBA, Business Administration and Marketing

President of the Technology and Fuqua Music clubs, and selected as one of only 24 MBAs in IBM's Extreme Blue internship program.

1996 - 1997

University College, Oxford University

M.St., Modern British History

Master of Studies in Modern British history at University College, Oxford University, England.

1992 - 1996

Amherst College

B.A. Cum Laude, History and French

Graduated Cum Laude with a double major in history and French. Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team.

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