Welcome to My World.

Entrepreneur, Founder, CEO, Innovator, Connector, Philanthropist, & VC

About Me

For the last year, I ran an accelerator in Las Vegas, strategically focused on hospitality and gaming startups. Prior to that, I was CEO of a Startup Studio, swiftly developing ideas into products, into companies. From 2006 to 2013 I owned and operated Negri Electronics, the nation’s most popular online store for unlocked wireless devices, and scaled that company to ~$60M in revenue in 7 years – bootstrapped, before exit in 2013. Prior to selling the company, I started another. Frustrated by limitations in software, a 10-year friend and I founded Laicos (“social” backward), as a development company, building our own technology. This spawned into Laicos, the Startup Studio, creator of over 30 web, mobile, and enterprise applications.

Over the course of my career, I have amassed an incredibly valuable network of talented engineers, project managers, designers, and have forged meaningful relationships with notable clients, such as Google, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, The Department of Defense, and others. When it comes to technology, I’m the one introducing new products to my network. I’m bullish on AI, AR, and commerce as emerging industries, and passionate about e-commerce and helping other founders succeed. I’m a well-respected local community leader, connector, mentor, and investor.

History

I’m a Wisconsin-born tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor. Using my knack for finding solutions to difficult problems and a keen interest in technology, I have a unique vision that helps others identify, simplify and solve problems. I’ve always been passionate about solving problems and giving back to others and my community.

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I grew up in Northern Wisconsin near a golf course. At 4, I opened up my own golf ball sales company and sold used golf balls to passing golfers. At 14 I purchased my first vehicle and have since owned 33 more! (I sold my car at the end of each summer, to buy a truck each winter.) My father owns his own business selling heavy machinery. Needless to say, I was groomed into a seasoned salesman by my senior year in HS.

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I attended St. Cloud State University from 1999-2003. I played golf for SCSU (DII) from 2000-2002. During my sophomore year, frustrated with alternative-campus accommodations, I purchased my first home. To pay for school, I rented the extra rooms to a few of my friends. I ended up selling the home 3 years post-graduation – pre-market crash.

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In 2006, I founded Negri Electronics with two credit cards, working from my girlfriend’s (now wife’s) apartment. I took the company from $0 to $53M in total revenue, ($18M in 2013) to exit Christmas Eve, 2013, without raising outside capital or taking on debt. During my time at Negri Electronics, I worked in and managed every department from Accounting to Warehouse. Founders wear many hats; that extensive experience has helped me learn the most efficient and effective ways to create and scale companies (See: Laicos).

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I co-founded Laicos in 2012 with my good friend Kyle, and set out to create a new concept called a Startup Studio. In a Studio, we develop ideas into products and products into companies. We developed close to 15 applications, and the majority of which were wholly owned by Laicos and ready to be spun out as their own entities. In 2016, instead of pursuing the startup studio model, I shifted our focus to a consultancy to continue to help companies grow and open myself up to other opportunities.

In April 2016, I joined Iron Yard Ventures as Managing Director of a new tech accelerator in Las Vegas, and now I’m looking for my next challenge in my career.

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I’m a husband to the beautiful Amy Negri (the photographer) son to Scott & Cathy, brother to Eric & Philip and dad to two miniature golden retrievers, Mozy and Millie, 2 of the cutest pups you’ll ever meet. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, golfing and staying in shape by running and/or playing basketball – when time permits. Also, I’m always working on becoming a better man, husband, son, brother, and dad.