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Brandon Evans

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Built two $50MM+ social tech businesses, most recently Crowdtap: #54 on INC 500/#4 in NY, #1 on Glassdoor places to work in NY.

Built two $50MM+ social tech businesses, most recently Crowdtap: #54 on INC 500/#4 in NY, #1 on Glassdoor places to work in NY.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Immediately

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

Lifehack Labs
Crowdtap

Advisor

Crowdtap
Funders Guild

Positions

CEO, Founder Lifehack Labs July 2014 - present
Investor/Advisor Funders Guild July 2014 - present
CEO and Founder Crowdtap January 2010 - June 2014
Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer MRY April 2005 - December 2010
CEO THREADCOUNTzzz Corporation January 2003 - December 2005
Brand Manager SKYY July 2001 - March 2004
Strategist Sapient August 1999 - July 2001

Education

The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business Marketing 1995 - 1999

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • IOS
  • • Mobile
  • • CTO
  • • Engineering iOS mobile
  • • IOS Design
  • • IOS Development
  • • Mobile App Design
  • • User Experience Design
  • • User Interface Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Mobile
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Content

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Crowdsourcing • Social networking • Social Media • Social Media Marketing • Word of mouth marketing

Key Accomplishments

• 4-time founder, experienced in turning ideas quickly into revenue generating companies
• Built two INC 500 companies from the ground up, most recently Crowdtap #54 and #4 in NY
• Sold one company (MRY) for $50MM+ to LBi/Publicis
• Only executive to lead 2 businesses in Crain’s Top Places to Work in NY in last 5 years (Crowdtap #3 & MRY #2)
• Raised $15MM in Venture Capital for Crowdtap
• Left Crowdtap in May 2014 after raising a Series B, achieving profitability and a revenue run rate of ~$20MM
• Experience managing 60+ people, achieving #1 company ranking on Glassdoor and perfect 5 Star ranking as CEO

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I prefer a highly collaborative environment where co-founders have complementary core competencies but are savvy across disciplines and able to help push each other and continually help each other build on ideas and execution. My last two companies have both achieved a Top 3 spot on Crain's Best Places to Work in NY as we created an environment where everyone felt that they could impact the company and contribute ideas beyond their job description. We also created a fun, humorous work environment where people truly enjoyed coming to work and viewed their colleagues at their friends. Crowdtap is also #1 in NY on Glassdoor and much of the culture we built can be seen in the comments here http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Crowdtap-Reviews-E725716.htm.

As an Advisor

I believe in being blunt but supportive. As an advisor, I seek to work with those I have chemistry with and who I believe have the talent, skills and mentality to attack the problem they seek to attack. I worry less about their initial idea and more to their approach to the problem they are trying to solve and the process they put in place to iterate and solve it. I work best with those who are both highly open to feedback and criticism, wanting to get better and smarter quickly but also know how to push back and stay strong to their core values and beliefs when they truly believe in something.

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Ryan Berman
We worked together  •  Founder/Chief Creative Officer, i.d.e.a.. Previously Founder/Chief Creative Officer, Fishtank Brand Advertising.
Since I first met him over 15 years ago, Brandon has always thrived on the bleeding edge of innovation.
Ron Lev
They're my friends  •  Founder & CEO, Stealth Startup. Previously Managing Director and Founder, DropGifts Solutions. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.
Super experienced in founding and growing startups. Very creative. Pleasant person to interact with.
David Aidekman
They're my friends  •  Founder, The Trip Tribe and Founder, Adventurati. Harvard grad. University of Pennsylvania grad.
Brandon is a great advisor because he knows how to succeed and he truly cares. He's a deep thinker on growing a business with the practical ... skills to make it happen.
Kareem Kouddous
We worked together  •  CTO & Founder, Crowdtap and Co-founder & Organizer, NYC Lean Startup Meetup.
Brandon is a gifted and very creative entrepreneur who knows how to identify an opportunity and quickly build and scale a business around it ... (proven by his success with Crowdtap & MRY).
Daniel S.
They're my friends  •  General Manager- Miami, Caviar, Inc. and Founder & President, 5oz. Factory.
Brandon is very tapped into cutting edge ideas and very generous with his connections and time. He is a team player and understands how to b ... uild businesses.


David Levy
Owner, Co-founder, The Levy Group. Previously Managing Director, Marketing Practice, Leap the Pond. University of Virginia grad.
Erica Boynton
Creative Director, Barry's Bootcamp. Previously Creative/ Content Lead, Freelance.
Passionate. Keen. Always one step ahead. An inspiration!

Ron Lev
They're my friends  •  Founder & CEO, Stealth Startup. Previously Managing Director and Founder, DropGifts Solutions. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.
Ron is a super smart guy who is always thinking. His experience with both big companies and in running startups and working across disciplin ... es is a huge asset to any team. I'd highly recommend Ron to those looking to rapidly grow an idea or business.

Sarah Ashley Schiear
We worked together  •  Founder, Salt House. Working on expansion to experiential home & kitchen emporium. The next 'Williams-Sonoma' for the millennial generation.
Sarah is passionate about the work she does and creative in finding new solutions to leverage that passion.