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Robert Williams

Entrepreneur • Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

Strategic Advisor & Management Consultant, 21CT, Inc.. Previously Chief Product Officer & Chief Operating Officer, 21CT, Inc..

Strategic Advisor & Management Consultant, 21CT, Inc.. Previously Chief Product Officer & Chief Operating Officer, 21CT, Inc..

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Primary Skillsets

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

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Operations
  • • Product

Involved In

Advisor

21CT, Inc.
21CT, Inc.

Side Projects

Wanuh

Positions

Strategic Advisor & Management Consultant 21CT, Inc. May 2015 - present
Chief Product Officer & Chief Operating Officer 21CT September 2006 - April 2015
Chief Executive Officer KRS Enterprises, Inc. November 2002 - June 2007
Vice President, Business Development Precision Traffic Systems November 2001 - June 2002
Vice President, Business Development Texas EDGE June 2001 - November 2001
Vice President, Client Relations marchFIRST/USWeb/CKS November 1998 - January 2001
Global Strategy Consultant Samsung Group September 1997 - September 1998
Telecom & Applications Specialist Texaco, Inc. June 1990 - June 1995

Education

MIT Sloan School of Management Strategic Management, Consulting, Information Systems
The University of Texas at Austin Management Information Systems

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering
  • • Marketing
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Events
  • • Green
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Recruiting
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Records
  • • Wellness
  • • Professional Networking | Social Networking | Clean Tech | Healthcare | Cybersecurity

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Product management • Business Development • Product Development • Product Marketing

Key Accomplishments

I love working through complicated product-market fit challenges and threading the magic needle to delight customers

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Working off each other to create a fusion energy reactor that creates and radiates more energy and progress than either could on their own

As an Advisor

I like to get to know the person behind the entrepreneur - to really understand at a human level what drives them; then inventorying strengths and weaknesses of the team and the company via probing interviews and active listening; and then holding up a mirror to let them realize on their own their growth areas and most important priorities for the year and upcoming quarters - culminating in a written plan and accountability measures to achieve it.

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Luis Aburto
They're my friends  •  President, Venture Traction and Founder, Cloudancy.
Strong experience building products and companies.
Steve Odom
We worked together  •  Currently web engineer at Spredfast. Previously Founder & CEO, Gelato Dating. Previously Developer, Infochimps.
Robert is very experienced at building and leading companies. He's the guy you want on your team.
Logan Gilbert
We worked together  •  CISO, 21CT, Inc. and Vice President of Business Development and Analysis Services, 21CT, Inc.. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Robert does a fantastic job of evaluating a market, and/or a customer and really narrows the focus of a team on how to attack that opportun ... ity. From his analysis of a market, Robert can quickly create and steer product direction to best meet the market need.
Amit Malhotra
Managing Director, Product, The Advisory Board Company. Previously Director, Product Management / Corporate Development, BakBone Software.
Scott Burton
We worked together  •  Corporate Finance Consultant, Burton & Associates, Renewable Energy Industry Practice and Principal, Burton and Associates.
The measure of a leader is the degree to which they have followers, and people seek to work for Robert and want to work with Robert. He is t ... houghtful, knowlegable, inquisitive and confident. He is able to replicate success because he is willing to search for the best answer and supports others in driving to a common goal. What is amazing about having known and worked with Robert over many years is that he takes these important, broad management skills and applies them across an amazing range of business situations within the software/technology industry, which is exactly what makes an entrepreneur a great entrepreneur. He has led IT teams in Kuaiti oil industry, developed new businesses at Samsung Global HQ, built a company within the US emerging Ecommerce industry, rebuilt a software platform company then sold it , advised many Austin tech startups, and developed big data products teams selling multimillion dollar solutions to the biggest of US-based customers. And when it came time to move on from these projects, I've heard people say to Robert, "I'd work for you again", and so would I.

Amit Malhotra
Managing Director, Product, The Advisory Board Company. Previously Director, Product Management / Corporate Development, BakBone Software.

Scott Burton
Corporate Finance Consultant, Burton & Associates, Renewable Energy Industry Practice and Principal, Burton and Associates.
Having worked with Scott in a variety of settings, foreign and domestic, I can say he has great entrepreneurial DNA and chops. In thinking t ... hrough business problems, he easily flexes between the strategic and the pragmatic, the latter especially informed by his do-it-yourself, hands-on, Austin, TX, style. Whether seeking someone to soundboard a new, startup business model or a mechanical problem with your car; whether seeking advice on landscaping your yard, or how to creatively finance a multimillion-dollar, greenfield, clean tech investment, Scott is the guy you’d be lucky to know. He has broad experience across many industries, business models, and financing types, affording him extraordinary breadth of perspective. But most importantly, to me, is that Scott is one of the most genuine and grounded people I know, and an all ‘round stand-up guy. He’s the guy I think of when I think of someone living a wholehearted, genuine life. He’s a guy I want to be more like.