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About Bizinate

Bizinate started to help start startups. Sure, that sounds like a tongue twister, but the idea is really simple. By making it easy to start a company, Bizinate is helping unleash the entrepreneurial energy of a whole new generation of startups. We’re doing for entrepreneurship what YouTube did for entertainment – making it easy for anyone with ambition and a dream to get in the game.

We know that building your own web presence, deciding what producst and services to offer, setting up banking relationships, marketing, creating business cards, etc. can be difficult and expensive. For that reason, lots of us never get started.

We’re here to remove those barriers. We’ve imagined a world where everyone can tap the creative energy that we all have through their own startup. We start by making it simpler than anyone else ever has. In fact, it’s so simple that we’ve committed to helping a million new startups launch through Bizinate. A whole BiziNation of entreprene

Got an idea? You can “bizinate” that idea – turn it into a business – in just 3 minutes. Join us in the movement.

Young Entrepreneurs of All Ages

Bizinate users come in all ages, shapes and sizes. We have a particular commitment to helping the next generation of great entrepreneurs – those who are now in High School or College, or even younger, get started.

For example, through Bizinate Kids, we offer sophisticated account management so that parents can sign up, start companies for their kids and hand over the wheel when their kids are ready.

The rest of us can launch a company independently. But you’re not alone. We offer coaching, ideas on what to offer, marketing tools and support.

There are no age requirements for good ideas.

The Bizinate Team

Management
Rudy DeFelice, CEO

Rudy is one of 4 children that grew up in a small town in New England. He had his first job at 10, delivering the local paper. By age 11, he was the delivery boy for all three regional newspapers. He worked on a farm, painted houses and played sports. He was the first kid in his family to go to college. He eventually graduated from Law and Business school.

He is the proud father of 3 great kids – two boys and a lovely girl recently adopted from Pune, India. The DeFelice kids are carrying on the entrepreneurial tradition in the family, proposing jobs and negotiating fees. They have an active role in their financial future and support various charitable causes with their own money.

Rudy was a corporate lawyer for many years at McDermott, Will & Emery and Kelley Drye, two premier international law firms, before taking a sabbatical to explore what he wanted to do with his professional life. At the end of that sabbatical, he founded Practice Technologies, Inc., a VC-backed software and internet information company based in Los Angeles. He left PTI after 9 years as CEO and founded Bizinate.

He sits on several corporate boards and is an active investor and supporter of growing companies. He graduated from Harvard Business School and The University of Connecticut School of Law, and lives in Pacific Palisades, California, with his wife Wendy (an attorney and founder of a foundation that is building schools for destitute children) and their 3 kids.

Sean Kelly, Head of User Experience

Sean Kelly has been an entrepreneur from an early age. His parents ran a family owned advertising agency, which would win Apple Inc.'s marketing contract for the South East US. As a result, Sean was the first kid to test the Apple IIgs series Macintosh in Florida. This led to an interest in technology that would shape his career path.

His career has focused on design, programming and user experience in the travel, legal, banking, Social CRM and marketing analytics sectors. Sean has served within or consulted on projects involving companies such as Expedia, Sephora, DoubleClick, WellsFargo and Intuit at both national and international levels. Additionally he continues to serve on non-profit projects such as Community Stepping Stones helping teens gain job experience in the field of art and design technology as well as non-profit related technology initiatives in South America.

Sean is only just embarking on the voyage of building a family. Yet, being from the generation that essentially grew up during the rise of the internet, his understanding is clear and intimate with regard to the speed at which children must adapt to technology and commerce in the digital age as well as the momentous opportunity it can provide for their own future. As he is fond of saying, "My kids won't use the next facebook, they'll build it."

Bill Gausman, Head of Web Development

From the Internet's untamed beginnings to the latest new media industries, Bill Gausman has helped to shape the technological triumphs of numerous online entities in the greater Los Angeles area. In his 20 years of experience, he has filled a variety of business functions in everything from idealistic Web startups to heavy-hitting online goliaths. He has managed teams from seven to 50 people with equal command and efficacy; however, he is most proud of his entrepreneurial savvy and familiarity with the challenges of smaller organizations.

Bill has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and is the father of two boys.

Advisors
Michael Kraus

Michael is the managing partner of Krest Capital LLC, a Los Angeles based private investment firm.  Mr. Kraus began his career with the New York based private equity firm, Chancery Lane Capital and Chancery’s principal investment, Big Flower Holdings.  Between 1995 and 1999, he oversaw the acquisitions of more than twenty companies for Big Flower, a multi-billion dollar marketing services company, culminating in a $2 billion go-private transaction in 1999.  Following the sale of Big Flower, Mr. Kraus was a chief architect of Chancery’s PIPE investment in Moore Corporation in 2000 and subsequently joined Moore and engineered the sale of Moore’s successor, Moore Wallace, to RR Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD), creating what is now approximately an $11 billion global printing and marketing services business.  During his tenure at Chancery Lane, Big Flower and RR Donnelley, Mr. Kraus had responsibility for all acquisitions, divestitures, investments and financings.  Mr. Kraus served on the pension committee at RR Donnelley and was responsible for managing over $2 billion of assets and also served in various operating roles for RR Donnelley, including responsibility for the company’s Asia and Europe operations which represented approximately $300 million in annual revenue.  Mr. Kraus graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bucknell University in 1994 and currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors of Bucknell University.

Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin has been a recognized leader in executive search since 1999 completing over 500 assignments. He founded Safire Partners in 2006, which has completed over 250 successful searches for emerging growth companies. From 2002 to 2006, Todd was a Principal with a retained executive search firms in Southern California. From 1999 to 2002, Todd worked as a Search Consultant with a top retained search firm exclusively engaged to recruit Chief Financial Officers for the tier-one venture community. Earlier in his career, Todd founded and served as CEO of CareerCreations.com, a venture-backed software company that focused on leveraging technology to develop integrated recruitment programs and job search methods for college students. Todd has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from California State University, Chico. He served as a Board Member for Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), and on advisory boards of Brighthouse, Lagovent Venture Group, TigerText and Peer Media Technologies

Bruce Gordon

For the most recent ten years of his three decades at The Walt Disney Company, Bruce was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the worldwide Disney Interactive Media Group (one of the five Disney segments), responsible for all branded online activities, console games, social games and media, virtual worlds, mobile, and digital publishing. He led all operational and strategic functions including finance, accounting, revenue operations, IT, HR, commercial/business development deals, partnerships, and real estate operations, and has been a leader in numerous start ups and new business acquisitions, integrations, launches, and divestitures – bringing rigor around decision-making to balance both economic and strategic objectives. Further, Bruce has been a guiding hand in strategic planning, financial/capital modeling, and human capital strategy for Disney’s future initiatives in an ever-evolving entertainment environment of highly connected, highly social consumers and content creators.

Bruce's first twenty years with the Disney organization were with ABC Television, where he rose to the level of President and General Manager of WTVD-TV, the ABC-owned station in Raleigh-Durham, increasing the station's revenues by 50%, profits by 75%, and audience by 30%. In this role he had ultimate responsibility for the P&L, sales, news, programming, marketing and promotion, engineering, and community and government relations. It was during this time that he acquired a deep understanding of leadership and the importance of team-building, where he built, trained and inspired his teams to achieve sales dominance through innovative sales techniques, creative thinking, and commitment. Earlier career roles at ABC included Assistant Director of Finance for San Francisco’s KGO-TV, and the chief financial role at KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the Disney organization, Bruce was a senior financial consultant for Price Waterhouse and Company in New York City, and previously was a successful entrepreneur, starting up and later selling a niche-market travel agency that catered to bridge players and other gamers.

Bruce earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Syracuse University, and an MBA from Hofstra University. He and his wife Beth have three children and live in the Los Angeles area, where he is the current National Treasurer of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, has been actively involved with several not for profit organization Boards, and is a long-time triathlete and marathoner.