Robert John Rissé

About Robert John Risse

Entrepreneur, Founder, Executive Coach, Start-up Coach, Event Producer, Entrepreneurship Evangelist

BS / MS Engineering Stanford University – MBA Harvard

Robert has a solid track record in creating and building early and mid stage companies. His success is due, in part, to his relentless coaching of his team members to create and build smarter and better.

Robert is an excellent coach and a catalyst in helping other people start and build new businesses and organizations. But it’s not just about business, Robert is driven to help people understand themselves, improve their situations, to grow and to self-actualize.

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B.S. Economics and an M.S. Engineering from Stanford University

MBA Harvard Business School (HBS)

While in high school at 15 years old, Robert won a scholarship to go to Kenya, East Africa as an AFS exchange student. It was a life changing experience which set the foundation of his ongoing education, human understanding and international business orientation.

At Stanford, Robert worked in the Computer Engineering labs and worked summers and a year off at IBM in Fishkill, NY.

Between Stanford and Harvard, Robert was a Corporate Strategy Consultant with Theodore Levitt’s Management Analysis Center (MAC Group) and worked on business strategies for a major Airline, Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream, and Siemens (in Munich)

After Harvard Robert was Corporate Strategy Consultant with the LEK Partnership in London and then Los Angeles. His Primary client was the Walt Disney Company where he consulted to Meg Whitman in the development the original Business Plan for Disney Stores.

Robert left consulting to assist Claude Ganz, a noted Holocaust Survivor and successful entrepreneur (DYMO) to create and build the Environmental Engineering and Clean-Up Company, RESNA Industries. Within 2 years the company was making $23 million in annual revenue. As per his plan, the company then recruited professional management with strong industry experience. Robert helped recruit the new executives and designed himself out of a job. Company acquired by CH2M Hill.

The economy in the early 1990’s in the USA was not good and in California it was bad. But the was “buzz” about Interactive Media, so Robert became an expert on Interactive “New” Media and the Internet.

Consultant, New Media + Internet Partners: Clients TriBeCa Productions, Random House, Hearst Magazines, Pop Rocket and The Walt Disney Company. With Peter Rosenthal, started Robert De Niro’s TriBeCa Interactive.

Founder + Host: Convergence, The Monthly Gathering for the Creators of Internet Future. Secured 12 new Internet Founders to be Co-Hosts. Arranged for Strauss Zelnick (CEO, Paramount) to be the featured speaker at the inaugural event which took place at my house.

Founder Mercury Seven, Inc. the early Internet company and de facto “StartUp Incubator”:  “We Build Internet Businesses for Clients”  Sold to a Shell Company Xceed, Inc. which went Public. Clients included Rodale Press, Gary Gannaway,, the New York Times, Hearst Magazines, the US Postal Service, CBS Television, the Walt Disney Company, and Warner Music.

Co-Founder, – Internet Magazine for the new Internet Professionals. It became the bible for the emerging Internet Advertising industry. The Company grew to include Channel Seven Europe, Channeleven Brasil and Channel Seven Latin America. Sold to Alan Mekler who went Public as

Founder: The M7 Ad Network. Sold to DoubleClick which was sold to Google.

Founder: The Internet Advertising Awards and the Millennium Internet Awards

Co-Founder + President with Carlos Barba (CEO): Uno Dos Tres, Inc. Internet company which secured the rights to South American Cable TV content to “broadcast” globally thru internet video. Sold to NBC/Universal.

Co-founder, OUT | New Media. The networking group for Gay New Media Professionals. Overtime the organization grew and evolved to become the global Gay networking organization, Out Professionals

Event Producer: Charity Fundraising Events in New York City and Miami

Real Estate Developer: Developed Residential + Commercial Properties in Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta. Renovated Properties in Miami Beach, Paris and Mallorca

Stanford University School of Engineering: Ambassador to the MENA Region Countries

Crucible Labs: StartUp Business Consultant in Dubai


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