Recipe for success according to SMRTGuard’s Rob Kao: Start your company during the financial ruin of 2009 and then make some lemonade.
Rob Kao is an entrepreneur — make no mistake about that. He took what was a limitation in the BlackBerry world and built a product to fill the void. All this during the worst global recession since, well, ever.
The first thing that struck me about Rob and his story is the absolute resolve he has at making a product that changes with the needs of his customers and partners. The second is the tireless effort that he has expended over the past 14 months building SMRTGuard into a fledgling and respected player in the data protection business on BlackBerry and Android.
I’m not sure if Rob thought of himself as an entrepreneur before this venture but it is easy to see that he has been bitten by this affliction and life as he knew it is over. Welcome to the club buddy!
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About Rob Kao
Robert started out his career in the finance industry developing BlackBerry applications and trading systems for top investment banks in New York City. He also co-authored numerous books for the Wiley Publishing, including BlackBerry for Dummies, 1st, 2nd, 3rd edition. He is currently working on a BlackBerry development title to be release in 2010.
As the Founder of SmrtGuard, Robert drives sales strategy and form relationships with network carriers, and large resellers from across the world.
Robert graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering.