Ramon Rodriguez

Chicago, Illinois, US

Passionate about collaboration and innovation
Ramon's Skills
Business Development
Marketing
Programming
Technical
Sales
Product Management
Management
Finance
Operations
Strategy
Background

Startup Experience

First time founder

Age Group

36-55

About Ramon

I am a classically trained Marketer and the Founder of Collaborate.Biz, a first-of-its-kind platform that acts as a match maker for businesses that are looking for strategic partners. I like to describe it as "LinkedIn meets Match.com," where strategically compatible businesses unite to share referrals, pool resources, and collaborate on large projects.

Collaborate.Biz is among an exclusive group of companies invited to join the first-ever Hispanic Tech Incubator at 1871, a highly selective program co-sponsored by 1871 and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

I am looking for two types of partners. The first one is a Full-Stack Technology Whiz who can help me further craft this vision and bring it to life, as well as a Business Development Pro who can unlock untapped opportunities and accelerate growth.

Quote

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. - Theodore Roosevelt

Work Experience

Marketing Director

Conagra Brands

October 2014 - December 2016

Global Brand Manager

Abbott Nutrition

December 2011 - September 2014

Brand Manager

Procter & Gamble

August 2006 - November 2011

Senior Consultant

Mercury Interactive

November 2002 - July 2004

Consultant

Accenture

August 2000 - October 2002

Business Engine Developer

TenFold

August 1999 - July 2000

Founder/CEO

Collaborate.Biz

December 2016 - Today

Led vision, strategy and execution of a technology startup serving small businesses, taking it from initial concept to subscription-based recurring revenue. Built first on-line platform that helps businesses find, connect and engage with compatible partners in order to share referrals, collaborate, and grow. “Match.com meets LinkedIn” • Validated idea’s appeal through customer interviews, market research, and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) • Formulated the company’s Value Proposition and Business Model Canvas using Lean Startup principles • Traction: Acquired 400+ users and signed 5 partnership deals within 4 months of product launch. • Graduated Hispanic Tech Incubator by 1871 and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC)

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science - Electrical Engineering

1998 - 1998

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master of Engineering - Electrical Engineering

1999 - 1999

Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University

MBA Marketing

2006 - 2006

Accelerator/Incubator

1871 / IHCC Incubator

2016

Co-working Space

1871

2016 - Today