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Robin Jones 5 November 2012

Robin Jones

Enjoys being the first business person @newco, growing a company

Robin Jones has broad experience in the mobile and semiconductor industries, including founding and serving as an executive at startups, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investment, strategic planning and project management.

She most recently was Chief Operating Officer of Geoloqi, which was acquired in September 2012 by Esri, and she has just been tapped to head a new business unit at the company focused on bringing the power of Esri’s GIS tools to the application developer market.

Previously, Robin ran the wireless streaming audio business for Avnera, a Beaverton-based venture-backed fabless semiconductor company. As co-founder and VP of Business Development at FonJax, she led all the company’s financing and early sales and partnership activities, eventually selling the company to Keynote Systems and returning ~2.5X capital to its investors. Prior to her own startups, she directed business development for top companies such as Freescale Semiconductor’s Wireless and Mobile Systems Group and led Motorola Ventures out of Silicon Valley. Her first job out of school was with Motorola Lexicus Division, where she was project manager for several advanced wireless communications devices for international markets, including the first smartphone for Greater China.

Robin earned her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BS from Stanford University.

What are you up to?

I am currently hard at work creating a new business within Esri that harnesses the power of their GIS software platform into a set of products and related business model that is easily consumed by web and mobile app developers. The plan of record is to establish Esri as the web and mobile app developer’s defacto go-to for all thing geo.

I also juggle life as a mom of two kids (4 & 7 years old), trying to stay relatively fit, running the largest annual fundraising event for my son’s elementary school, and occasionally seeing my husband at a time other than when we are both trying to cram kids into jammies at bedtime…

Why Portland?

Originally, we moved here for quality-of-life related issues. Living in San Francisco with one kid and another on the way, we were staring down the barrel of $50K/year in tuition fees, whereas living in Portland’s Ladd’s Addition puts us into a gem of a local public school. Plus, my inlaws are here, which means free babysitting!

Now that we’re here, I have grown to love the way Portland starts up. The community of entrepreneurs is creative in a way that booksmart Silicon Valley-types just aren’t. The local DIY culture really permeates Portland startups, as evidenced by the resourcefulness and creativity of the people, products and business models that we see here. It’s a heck of a lot more fun, and the beer is so much better here too!


Tags: #mobile #bizdev #strategy #bizmodel #momwife

Now that you’ve met Robin, why not introduce yourself to Portland?

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