Robert Manasier is a serial entrepreneur and brand builder, with experience in over 130 international startups and over 400 products/services commercialized, 1000s of acceleration/commercialization campaigns, as the CEO of In Focus Brands (a branded go-to-market acceleration firm).
In addition to In Focus, Robert currently serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the NYS Innovation HotSpot Program, Ignite U, UAlbany Innovation Center, and the Sage Colleges; Managing Director of the EDA Fund and the Diamond Point Co-Development Fund; Chief Strategy Officer for the SaaS firm: The CrowdBuild; Board Member for Autonomy Distributors and Parkhurst Field Foundation and President of IFP Films, EDA Labs and Empire Custom.
He also currently serves as the Saratoga Springs NY Sports Tourism Chair and Saratoga Springs Recreation Commission Member.
With over $100M raised for startups, an average of 20—25% uptick in revenue for his acceleration clients, over $1B in sales and a 2.6x return on his management of the DPCD Fund and a nearly 100% retention of staff over decades, strong culture creation and fiscal controls are coupled with clear and direct revenue results.
Safe to say this guy knows his stuff, and is a fascinating interview.
I had the chance to hang with Robert for the better part of a day, watching him in action.
His down to Earth real world practicality and action taking has helped so many people and startups.
This is the first of several interviews with the Ignite U NY staff.
He is also a good friend.
This is Episode 121
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