Robert Swisher is a serial entrepreneur and startup CTO
Robert Swisher's Bio:
Robert Swisher is a seasoned technology executive with 15+ years experience leading development of applications and systems running some of the most high traffic sites on the web. As a startup veteran and serial entrepreneur, Robert has unique experience in taking a company from early stages into rapid growth.
Robert Co-Founded Frendli, a friendship and experiences marketplace, and FestPop, a music festival and travel startup. He also serves as CTO to SignWebb, a startup disrupting the real estate open house market. Previously Robert served as CTO at Business.com. Robert was instrumental in both the capital raise and acquisition of Business.com from Dex One Inc., as well as the sale to strategic buyer, Purch. The only member of the executive team to do both.
Robert Swisher studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University and has a hands on background in both engineering and operations. Robert began his career as a software engineer and expanded into operations and architecture. Robert has lead teams of Alexa Top 500 sites and was among the first to develop a method for live streaming to the iPhone. He is a strong proponent of Agile and Lean Methodologies and the DevOps movement. Robert has experience managing people, products, process and tech to work together in the most effective way possible as well as deep experience in all aspects of web application stacks. In 2015 Robert Swisher was selected by San Diego Magazine as a recipient of the annual Top Tech Exec Award, honoring outstanding leadership in the technology community.
Specialties: Leadership, Strategic Planning, Product Development, LEMP/LAMP, MEAN/MERN, Nginx, MySQL, MongoDB, VMware, Memcached, Redis, Netapp, FCP, SAN/NAS, BGP, TCP/IP Networking, Cloud, SaaS, Caching, Load Balancing / Mitigation, SEO, Highly Available Systems, High Traffic Websites, Object Oriented Programming (OOP), Online Marketing, Digital Media, Agile, Lean, Mobile Apps, Android, iOS
Robert Swisher's Experience:
Startup Mentor at CONNECT ALL @ The Jacobs CenterMay 2019 - Present | San Diego, CA
Helping to give early stage startups technology and business advice.
CTO Advisor at SignWebbMarch 2017 - Present | San Diego, CA
Never put up another Open House sign!
CTO at biproxiFebruary 2019 - August 2019 | San Diego, CA
biproxi is a global online commercial real estate marketplace for brokers, buyers, and tenants. biproxi will focus on the middle market (property sizes up to $25 million) and connect local commercial agents with global buyers and tenants. There are 300,000 commercial brokers in the US and over 150 million commercial real estate investors and tenants globally. The brokerage landscape in the US is highly fragmented, with 75% of agents working at independent brokerages that have limited marketing resources. biproxi was founded by the senior executive team that built the leading online commercial real estate exchange in the US. biproxi has identified an underserved market segment in the commercial real estate industry and has designed a technology-based real estate marketplace specifically tailored to the needs of the commercial real estate middle market.
Founder at FrendliJanuary 2017 - April 2019 | Encinitas, CA
Frendli is creating a better way to meet great friends and share unique experiences.
Investor & Board Member at FestPopOctober 2017 - November 2018 | San Diego, CA
Transitioned to a Board Member and Investor role after previously serving as CTO & Co-Founder
CTO & Co-founder at FestPopAugust 2014 - October 2017
We eat, drink and breathe music festivals... And like you, we are always on the lookout for the next great music festival where we can find the next great band and experience. But the more we looked, the more we realized that there wasn't just one easy place to do it all. We wanted a website where we could discover new music festivals, buy tickets and book travel in one convenient location. So we created FestPop. FestPop is the easiest way to find new music festivals. You can buy tickets, book travel, reserve hotels, rent cars, as well as shop for all of your music festival essentials, all in one place! At FestPop, you will find the most informative and engaging music festival content. Stay updated on music festival news like lineups, press releases, festival reviews and more. And... no other music festival website offers you the ability to book your entire trip in one place! We are committed to helping music festival fans of every generation easily discover, prepare and plan their next music festival journey. So whether you're into EDM, Country, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, Classical, Indie, Jazz, Bluegrass or Christian... you're sure to find a music festival for you. So, take a look around and find your next music festival adventure, right here!
CTO at Business.comFebruary 2011 - September 2016
Business.com is the premier online destination for business professionals to find the knowledge, products and services they need to grow their businesses and careers. During my tenure at Business.com: - Participated in the capital raise and subsequent acquisition of Business.com from Dex One Inc. - Served as the product and technology leader of the company - Built a world class Software Engineering and DevOps team from scratch - Instituted modern development techniques, processes and procedures - Architected and lead the build out of infrastructure for the operation of Business.com - Lead the development of a from the ground up rebuild of the entire Business.com platform using modern technology and development techniques - Pivoted the business away from a dying AdSense syndication and directory listing model to a modern content marketing platform with huge growth potential and lean into where the market was headed - Maintained better than 99.9% uptime over a 6 year period - Advised the Board of Directors as to the product and technology direction of the company - Won San Diego Magazine's Top Tech Exec Award - Successfully sold Business.com to strategic buyer Purch - Only executive to be a part of both the acquisition and sale of Business.com
CTO at Resource Nation, Inc.July 2010 - February 2011
Resource Nation helps business purchasers save time and money as vendors compete for your business. We have interactive tools, buyer guides, and the comprehensive resources you need to find the best vendors at the best prices. Since inception in 2007, our company has grown every quarter to become one of the largest marketplaces for business buyers and sellers to connect online.
Director of Engineering at La Touraine, IncAugust 2009 - July 2010
Most senior technical employee, acting CTO, oversee all technical aspects of the company as well as take a hands on role in the development of projects. Responsible for interfacing with executive level management to plan and achieve company goals, project planning and management, high level architecting of all projects. Develop programming standards and technology procedures. Directly manage and mentor developers and other staff, as well as hiring of employees. Maintain uptime and quality of service of all web properties, and lead the R&D process as well as maintaining awareness of emerging technologies and their potential application. Manage and cultivate relationships with third-party vendors and outsourced projects. Lead the development of new cutting edge technologies to the web.
Senior Web Engineer / System Administrator at La Touraine IncAugust 2008 - August 2009
Lead the development team, assisted in planning of all web projects and assisted other developers in completion of projects. Worked directly with the web project manager to bring all projects to completion. Mentored more junior developers and assisted with their projects. Assumed responsibility for high-level development projects. Implemented highly available systems to handle massive web traffic and multi-million dollar monthly transaction amounts. Lowered IT costs through server consolidation and code optimization.
Senior Developer / System Administrator at On-Line Creations, Inc.August 2005 - August 2008
Responsibilities entailed many system administration tasks in a wide variety of areas, including mail, DNS, webservers, database servers, fileservers, and load balancing. Lead PHP/MySQL developer, involved in every technical facet of the business. Number two technical officer in the company and instrumental involvement in all projects. Developed credit card processing and accounting systems which accounted for multi-million dollar annual revenues, as well as extensive administrative intranet systems. Lead the development team and many projects from inception to release, in many cases with sole responsibility.
PHP Developer at America's Note NetworkOctober 2004 - August 2005
PHP developer, directly involved in complete redesign of all company websites and development of new custom CMS system. Developed web interfaces and internal reporting scripts in addition to custom sales monitoring tools and intranet sites.
Robert Swisher's Education:
Colorado State University1999 – 2003BSCpE
Robert Swisher's Interests & Activities:
Music, Travel, Tech, Marketing, Startups