Rob Emrich

Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy, Travel

Below are the companies I have founded and led, and some of the lessons I have learned along the way.


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Startup 6:
Gimbal (FKA The Mobile Majority)
Marketing automation for the physical world

Status:
Fastest growing tech company in 2016 by the LA Business Journal. #66 on the 2017 Inc. 500.

Funding:
$90 million


BULX.com is the first private sales site for high end home improvement. Founded in 2010 it was acquired by  a division of International Purchase Systems in 2011.

Startup 5:
BULX
Flash Sales E-commerce for Durable Goods

Action & Result:
Signed exclusive online distribution agreement with Angie’s List (Nasdaq: ANGI), in less than 1 year BULX became the worlds first & largest private sales company for home improvement products. It was acquired by a Division of International Purchase Systems in 2011

Funding:
Bootstrapped

Lesson:
The right team is critical


Boundaryless Brands is a multichannel online retailer operating with a unique leasing model for B2B distributors or hard goods.

Startup 4:
Boundaryless Brands, 
Enterprise E-commerce, Logistics, and Marketing Technology Platform

Action & Result:
Built e-commerce and marketing technology for medium sized ($20MM to $120MM) distributors of durable goods. Acquired in 2011

Funding:
Bootstrapped

Lesson:
Focus on the opportunity, not on control


The worlds largest marketplace of public speakers. The speaking industry is $2B/year but over 95% of speakers are not represented by bureaus. SpeakerSite.com helps speakers by giving them the tools and exposure to get booked, and helps planners find the perfect speaker for their event.

Startup 3: 
SpeakerSite
Online Marketplace of Public Speakers and event planners

Action & Result:
Large adoption, little revenue, three years of 'ramen profitability,' ceased operation

Funding: 
Bootstrapped

Lesson: 
Take on a big market with a burning problem, focus on one company at a time


Startup 2.:
B.A. Mensch Consulting
Digital Marketing and Technology Consulting

Action & Result:
Scaled to seven figure annualized revenue, evolved into next three ventures

Funding:
Bootstrapped

Lesson:
Be a good person, treat people right


Health promotion curriculum for children.  Road of Life has authored and distributed over $70M of curriculum to more than 250,000 children around the world.

Startup 1: 
Road of Life | The Keren Emrich Foundation
Nonprofit, Social Enterprise

Action & Result: 
Sold car and stocks, built the first online health curriculum in wiki format, scaled to $70M in distribution to over 250,000 children internationally

Funding: 
Stage 1, Bootstrapped; Stage 2, Grew to Government, Corporate, Foundation Grants & Major Gifts

Lesson: 
Meaning trumps everything, do something you care about

 

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