About Robert May
Robert is a serial entrepreneur, CEO, and board member with extensive hands-on management experience and twenty years of global high-level business contacts. His passion is assisting talented entrepreneurs to find the capital, connections, and strategies that deliver stratospheric success.
Mr. May has raised private, debt and venture capital; founded start-up companies and subsidiaries; worked alongside senior management teams at Fortune 500 companies; sold, merged and closed subsidiaries and companies; managed P&Ls through triple digit annual growth and cyclical downturns; and delivered significant returns to shareholders. He is a skilled negotiator and salesman, knowledgeable in intellectual property, technology, corporate governance, human resources, media and press, and growth company issues.
Since 2010, Robert has been founder/CEO of RingGuides Inc., a developer of "over-the-top" entertainment software and apps. From 2006-2009, Robert served as non-executive director of Mobix Interactive Limited, (www.mobixinteractive.com) a leading European provider of mobile video software and services. For two years, he worked monthly in Mobix’s London headquarters, assisting management in business strategy, sales, product development, fund-raising, marketing and general management activities, and led Mobix’s successful sale to SeaChange International (NASDQ: SEAC) in November 2008.
In 2005-2006, Robert served as CEO of Pulse Entertainment Inc. following an investor-led recap. He solved challenging investor relations issues, raised additional capital, renegotiated debt, terminated unproductive staff, refocused the company’s strategy to a user-generated content, fully-hosted, direct-to-carrier mobile model selling innovative mobile messaging services to global wireless carriers, re-branded the company “Pulse Mobile” (www.pulsemobile.com), reorganized disparate offerings into logical product suites with consistent pricing, launched new websites and marketing initiatives, oversaw closing of major carrier deals including AT&T and KDDI (Japan), and recruited a new team who sold the company in 2009.
Previously, Mr. May was principal of the Robert May Organisation, a private investor in various consumer retail and B2B companies. He co-founded and served as non-executive chairman of TheRightSize.com, a developer of patented software that reduced returns in the global apparel business. He was an investor and advisor to AllBusiness.com (sold to NBCI in 2000), and an investor/advisor to RedEnvelope, which IPOd in 2003 (NASDQ: REDE). In 1985, Robert founded Destinations Interactive, a pioneering interactive travel guide company, transforming the startup into Ikonic Inc., a leading international developer of interactive television, satellite, and web 1.0 software and services. As chairman/CEO, Robert grew Ikonic to 150 employees in New York and San Francisco, led the company’s business strategy consultancy, started several spinoffs, raised venture funding from CMGI, and sold Ikonic to USWeb (NASDQ: USWB) in 1998. During the 1970s, he co-founded and served as managing partner of MOJO, an international design practice that he sold in 1979.
Robert holds several US and international patents, has been featured on CNN, CNBC, Canal Cinq, BBC, Deutsche ARTS networks, in Newsweek, Red Herring (including a cover), Industry Standard magazines, and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He attended several Annual Meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, various Regional WEF Forums and Aspen Institute’s Socrates Seminars, and served three terms on San Francisco’s Mayoral Multimedia Commission.”