Episode 239 features Nick Crabbs, a partner and founding member of Vynyl, a product development firm that works with corporations, institutions, and investors to build unique mobile, and web, applications that are technically excellent, visually appealing, and create real & measurable business value.
Nick is a partner and founding member of Vynyl, a product development firm that works with corporations, institutions, and investors to build unique mobile, and web, applications that are technically excellent, visually appealing, and create real & measurable business value.
Prior to his work with Vynyl, Nick spent nearly a decade working for some of the nation’s largest banking institutions, local municipalities, and large enterprise environments as an IT specialist and manager. Embracing his more entrepreneurial endeavors, community engagement, and tech evangelism Nick has worked with several start-ups, local community organizations, and leadership with large-scale events to leverage his knowledge and expertise in technology, management, and recruiting to judge events, offer mentorship, speak on panels, and contribute to a growing tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Coop is the Founder and CEO of Fixt, a venture capital-backed technology startup (acquired in 2020 by Assurant, AIZ:NYSE) focused on providing on-demand smartphone repair services to large enterprises. As Founder of Fixt, Cooper guided the company to 400% year-over-year growth, raised a $7 million Series A, earned enterprise clients such as Home Depot, New York Police Department, The Carlyle Group, and IBM. In 2020, the Company was purchased for 11X revenue by Assurant, a $10B Fortune 500 leader in mobility protection.
Before moving into entrepreneurship, Cooper started his career as an attorney at DLA Piper and then as In-House Counsel at State Farm. His first entrepreneurial experience was joining CTS, a cybersecurity software startup, as employee No. 1. On a single round of funding of $180,000, Cooper guided CTS to a $60 million exit to CACI within two years.
His diverse trench experience as both a leader and entrepreneur has earned him a place on the TEDCO board of directors and as a trustee of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). In addition to a JD from Syracuse University, he holds an MBA from Babson College and was a scholarship basketball player at Adelphi University.
Episode 97 features Rebecca Habbershaw, Founder & CEO of Learning Lab 360, a company bringing the best educational VR experiences to students. Rebecca is local to me in the Raleigh, North Carolina area and I love her passion for helping kids improve their learning through using technology to create unique learning experiences.
Rebecca started out as a middle school teacher, teaching mostly language arts to 6th and 7th graders. In the fall of 2017, she left the formal classroom setting to be the CEO of Learning Lab 360 full-time. Since then, the company has grown exponentially, visiting schools in several counties across the state of North Carolina and inspiring thousands of students and adults. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband, CIO and VR developer for Learning Lab 360, and daughter at home. She also tutors students part-time and enjoys working on miniature dollhouses.
The Learning Lab visits schools, public or private (events or during classes) in order to bring the best educational VR experiences to students.