I'm proud to be the CEO over at Coplex, a startup studio focused on truly collaborative product design, development and growth strategy. Coplex builds startups and digital products using lean and agile techniques. I’ve been in the digital marketing and startup world since getting paid to build my first website around the time of Y2K. Is that still a thing? Beyond Coplex, I really enjoy elevating, serving and connecting entrepreneurial communities around the world.
My break into the entrepreneurial world began at 15, before I even knew how to spell entrepreneur. I started a car stereo business called Concept Customz. Apparently, I didn’t know how to spell that, either. Shortly thereafter, I started BounceHost, a web hosting and computer repair company in my hometown of Bellevue, Ohio.
After realizing that I could design and build websites from the comfort of my own dorm room I decided to pivot BounceHost to a web design company. This was the start of BounceFire, which, by college graduation, would grow to be a quarter-million dollar business.
In 2010, I had the honor of representing BounceFire at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards as one of the top 33 student entrepreneurs in the world. While we didn’t win, I connected with a final round judge who later acquired BounceFire in May of 2011.
After the acquisition, I had the opportunity to come on as a partner with Ilya Pozin at Coplex in 2012. Over the years we've rebuilt the company and focused in on our goal of being the best startup studio in the world.