Today's Entrepreneur: Robert Rice

Kristin Karaoglu · May 23, 2012 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Building the wrong team

Today's Entrepreneur is Robert Rice, Founder and CEO of LocalSense. According to his VEQ Robert is a thought leader and is  project development and technology design.

LocalSense is one of the top contenders competing in the Splash LA competition. Check it out here. 

Vator’s community is the home to entrepreneurs who embrace their passion and follow their dreams. Our profiles allow members to express themselves by sharing their interests, lessons learned, as well as bits and pieces of their roller-coaster journey.

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I am a(n):
Serial techpreneur, CEO, and Wrangler of Tesseracts

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Arckosian Entertainment, ZReality, Orchid Media International, Neogence Enterprises

Startups I worked for:
Alternate Worlds Technologies, Nayantara Studios, Others

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:
LocalSense, of course.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Frustrating: The days when no one believes or understands what you are doing, that it can't be done, or "what if Google does it first". Then seeing someone else grab a ton of press and funding doing something similar.

Rewarding: Building something that consumers or customers love and can't stop talking about. There is nothing more satisfying than building something from nothing, sometimes by pure willpower, and seeing people appreciate it and finding it useful.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Building the wrong team. Everything else can be fixed or dealt with, but the wrong team is a killer and can be devastating.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1) The right investors are as important as the right team.
2) "It can't be done" until you do it.
3) If you aren't "all in", you aren't going to make it.

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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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LocalSense makes it easy for businesses and brands to connect with consumers and real social influencers to capitalize word of mouth, amplify social sharing, and increase revenues. Consumers are engaged, and have fun discovering local deals and helping their friends save money.

LocalSense is a simple yet powerful social commerce and viral geocentric marketing platform that proves with 100% confidence the ROI of social media advertising and promotions by measuring and quantifying the exact chain of events that lead to a purchase.

Our web-based dashboard gives businesses and brands drag and drop functionality to create and deploy location-based special offers and promotions that consumers discover, unlock, share, and redeem. The dashboard tracks all activity, sharing, sentiment, and transactions at each location.

We help businesses and brands LEAP ahead:

  • Learn: What people are saying and where.
  • Engage: Create promotions and offers
  • Act: Target your offers to your ideal customers
  • Prove ROI: We validate and prove it based on real numbers.

LocalSense just started limited private beta testing and will be opening public beta testing in mid-June.



Robert Rice

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CEO LocalSense. Experienced Techpreneur. Pioneer in VR, online games and Augmented Reality. Author and Keynote Speaker. Focused on Mobile/Social/Local/Virtual