Robert Swisher

San Diego, California, US

Founder of Frendli and CTO/Cofounder at FestPop. Previously CTO at Business.com.
Robert's Skills
Product Management
Technical
User Experience
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

Age Group

36-55

About Robert

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, Robert has unique experience in taking a company from early stages into rapid growth.

Robert is currently Founder of Frendli, a startup making the process of meeting new friends easy and CTO & Co-Founder at FestPop, a music festival and travel startup. 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, and 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 quickly expanded his skills into system ops and architecture. Having risen through the ranks as an engineer he has a unique perspective to tech leadership. Robert has lead teams of Alexa Top 800 properties 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.

Quote

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. - Reid Hoffman

Work Experience

Founder & CEO

Frendli

January 2017 - December 2016

Frendli helps people who are trying to grow their circle of friends by connecting them with other people who share their interests, activities, tastes and lifestyle and then driving them offline to share unique experiences and build friendships by incentivizing through deals and discounts on those experiences.

CTO & Co-founder

FestPop

August 2014 - Today

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!

CTO

Business.com

February 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

Education

Colorado State University

BSCpE, Electrical and Computer Engineering

1999 - 2003