Startups

I create, buy, and grow small businesses and startups through Utopic, my startup studio.

  • Utopic is a lab and factory for my startup ideas.
    • Pro Benches is our first product.
      • On January 1, 2022, I acquired Electra-tec, a product line of technical workbenches that has been made in Michigan since 1979.
        • I’m relaunching it as Pro Benches, with a new brand and website I made myself.
          • I’m embracing the #buildinpublic movement to share my story of solo entrepreneurship!
  • Utopic Ventures will be my fund to invest in other founders.
    • I want to create a Founder Accelerator to invest in the best founders before they start their next startup.

I also co-founded three other startups, including the last two as creator and founding CEO:

  • Air to All (2020) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit medical device startup designing low-cost respirators and ventilators for COVID-19 and beyond. We recruited 700+ volunteers to design open-source nonprofit medical devices, and raised donations from angels and fundraisers.
  • Labdoor (2012) a consumer watchdog that independently tests and ranks supplements and other health products for its 20M+ users. We raised a 2013 Seed led by Mark Cuban, joined Y Combinator in Winter 2015, raised a 2016 Series A led by Floodgate, and are now operating profitably.
  • Avomeen (2010-) is a full-service chemical testing laboratory. I helped drive the business from formation to profitability, running key marketing, sales, finance, legal, and regulatory projects including launching our website, developing our first sales channels, setting up our accounting and HR systems, and applying for FDA and DEA registration. Avomeen was acquired for $30M+ in 2016.