Ron Wiener

Ron Wiener

I have founded and run eight investor-back tech companies since 1987, and been an angel investor since 1999. Starred in the TV series "Startup Junkies" (2008, viewable in Hulu, iTunes) when CEO of Earth Class Mail. Currently running

Accredited investor
Member since April 16, 2018
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Investor interests
Type of investor Angel Incubator Consulting Venture Debt
Typical investment size Under $25,000 $25,000 - $50,000 $50,000 - $100k $100k - $250k $250k - $500k
Categories of interest
Credentials Accredited Investor
Investments made Max-Viz, Azure Technology, Measurecast, Prosodic,, Venture Mechanics, LLC, Market Mechanix, Distribution Sciences Corp., EquaShip, iMovR (Thermogenesis Group, Inc.), delve-networks, SnapNames, Earth Class Mail
Board seats iMovR (Thermogenesis Group, Inc.), Earth Class Mail, Max-Viz,, Venture Mechanics, LLC, Market Mechanix, Azure Technology, Distribution Sciences Corp., EquaShip, SnapNames, Measurecast

I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Earth Class Mail, iMovR (Thermogenesis Group, Inc.), EquaShip, SnapNames,, iMovR (Thermogenesis Group, Inc.), EquaShip, SnapNames,, Distribution Sciences Corp., Market Mechanix, Venture Mechanics, LLC
Companies I work or worked for:
iMovR (Thermogenesis Group, Inc.), Earth Class Mail, EquaShip, SnapNames,, Eagle Computer, Orchid Technology, Computer Factory, Central Point Software, ImageX
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

Starred in TV's Startup Junkies season 1 (2008).

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Too much focus on raising VC and building temporary technologies, not enough focus on building real businesses that last, and make a profit.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Incorporating, adding co-founders and raising capital too soon.

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

1. If you don't want to go belly up just don't run out of money.
2. Be careful about your sources of capital and how much influence they will have on your business strategy, funding strategy, and major decisions (i.e. keep controlling interest).
3. Also surround yourself with sage advisors who are *not* material investors in your company.

Full bio

Ron is the CEO of Thermogenesis Group, Inc., which includes several companies all devoted to the Office Fitness industry. Best known of these is, manufacturer of standing desks, treadmill desks, and a broad array of active workstations and ergonomic accessories. TGI also owns and Office Fitness Media.

Ron is also the "Chief Mechanic" at Venture Mechanics, a unique incubator where investors write the business plans and hire the founders when the companies are ready to launch - among many other differences. See for details. Venture Mechanics LLC is also the legal entity for Ron's angel investments and for his occasional consulting on business strategy and capital formation for early stage companies.

Prior to going full-time with ThermoGenesis Group Ron served as Chairman and CEO of EquaShip, a direct competitor to FedEx and UPS focusing on small to medium-sized online retailers. Previously he served as CEO and Postmaster General of Earth Class Mail Corporation from founding in 2004 through May, 2009 (fka Document Command and Remote Control Mail), and served as Chairman through Feb, 2010. Prior to that Ron was founder and CEO of four other investor-backed high-technology companies; two in aviation, two in dot-com: Azure Technology (San Jose), Distribution Sciences Corp / JetStream (Hillsboro, OR), (Portland, OR) and (Portland, OR). 

In 2007 Earth Class Mail was honored to be the sole subject of the first season of the first TV documentary series of its kind, "Start-up Junkies," about people like me who apparently can't do anything but start-ups and stay sane. (Viewable online at or

Specialties: Envisioning, launching, running and financing early stage, rapid-growth technology companies. I have been a serial entrepreneur for over twenty years. Industries have included aviation, ecommerce, direct marketing, domain name infrastructure, and postal mail logistics.