Software Engineer & Tech Entrepreneur
- Greater New York City Area
- Information Technology and Services
Arron Kallenberg's Overview
- Investor & Manager at Private Real Estate Investment & Management
- Founder at Kalbay Systems
- Western Washington University
- Homer High School
Arron Kallenberg's Summary
Arron grew up in rural Alaska in a beach house that he helped his father and grandfather build. Summers were spent as a deckhand on his family’s commercial fishing boat; and winters were divided between school, snowboarding and teaching himself how to write code.
In 2000 Arron moved to the “Lower 48” to study math, computer science and Cultural Anthropology at Western Washington University. An economic downturn in the commercial fishing industry prompted Arron to “dropout” of college and start Kalbay Systems, a web-based application development firm. Arron has been working in tech ever since.
In 2007 Arron moved to Boulder, Colorado to participate in TechStars, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment fund. In 2008 Arron co-founded Olive Interactive, LLC. Olive Interactive built and released two products called Claim.io and DandyID, which offered social media identity management services to businesses and brands respectfully.
In 2009 VaynerMedia, a social media agency co-founded by Gary Vaynerchuk, took an equity position in Olive Interactive. This provided Arron with the opportunity to work with Gary out of VaynerMedia's New York office throughout 2010. In 2011 Claim.io and DandyID were both acquired by a Canadian tech company.
Arron's firsthand experience being raised in a rural fishing community, combined with his intense interest in computer science and cultural studies provide much of the inspiration that he now applies toward Toutd.com.
Project Management, Business Development, Fundraising, Investor Relations, Software Development
Arron Kallenberg's Experience
Partnership; 1-10 employees; Internet industry
April 2008 – Present (6 years 6 months) Greater New York City Area
Olive Interactive, LLC builds web-based services that help businesses and individuals develop, manage, track and monetize their social media presence. The company currently offers two principal services Claim.io and DandyID.org. Claim.io (www.claim.io) is a paid service that establishes your brand on hundreds of the most popular social media and social networking sites at once. Choose the Business, Corporate, or Enterprise Package and Claim.io will create an account on 100, 150 or 300 social media sites respectfully. The service secures your name and/or vanity URL, and embeds your messaging, logo and links into each account.
DandyID (www.DandyID.org) is a free service for managing, sharing & tracking your online identities. It links with nearly 400 social sites and offers various plugins and extensions that allow you to port your complete identity across the web. In addition, DandyID Pro offers personalized tracking and analytics for $4.99 a
month, which collects data on traffic to your social media profiles anywhere that you are sharing your DandyID identities.
Founder & Advisor
Information Technology and Services industry
September 2010 – Present (4 years 1 month) Greater New York City Area
FanSignal.com is a music video discovery service and fan-driven promotional platform that is working to redefine the way fans gain access to and connect with their favorite artists. I started FanSignal as a side project in the fall of 2010 with a small seed investment from Gary Vaynerchuk. In 2011 Phase One Network took a 50% equity position in the project and has since agressively worked to mature and commercially launch the site. Although I do not currently maintain an official position at FanSignal, I am still actively involved in advising Phase One's management team as well as the development team, which I helped put in place.
Co-Founder & CTO
Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry
October 2010 – Present (4 years) Greater New York City Area
RevHarvest is a performance-based ad network co-founded by myself and Frankie Brannon. I assisted with business development and was also fully responsible for RevHarvest's proprietary ad serving and optimization technology. I architected and developed the technology from scratch to fulfill our specific requirements, which included serving millions of ads across multiple high traffic publishers. Needless to say, the project offered several unique technical challenges that were extremely rewarding to overcome. Incidentally, building on this experience, Frankie went on to join the Obama campaign's digital display ad team during the 2012 election.
Technical Co-Founder & CTO
Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Computer Networking industry
December 2011 – June 2013 (1 year 7 months) New York, New York
Villij.com is a social recommendation utility that allows consumers to make better informed purchasing decisions by leveraging the expertise of their social network. I originally co-founded Villij in 2006. One year later it was accepted into TechStars. The project was shelved for a few years while I worked on other ventures (see below). In 2012 Which Ventures Inc (toutd.com) announced that it had acquired Villij. As the CTO at Which Ventures, I hired the entire development team, worked with management to rethink the product and eventually rebuilt Villij from the ground up. Business Insider later named Villij one of the most successful startups to come out of TechStars.
June 2006 – April 2008 (1 year 11 months)
Between 2006 and early 2008 Localcents, Inc created two consumer facing applications: Localcents.com and Villij.com. Loclcents.com is a free online classifieds and local coupon site. Villij.com (currently inactive) set out to be a people & content recommendation engine for the distributed web. In 2007 Villij was accepted in to TechStars, a seed stage mentor-driven investment fund. Localcents, INC. also created a PHP development framework, which is available for license.
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry
May 2007 – August 2007 (4 months)
TechStars is a mentorship-driven seed stage investment fund for web and software startups. In 2007 I participated in TechStars Boulder as the one of the co-founders of Villij.com.
Investor & Manager
Real Estate industry
2004 – 2006 (2 years)
Bought, fixed up and flipped a 5 bedroom house in Bellingham, WA. Invested in a second property with my good friend Loren Castillo. After renovating the property, Loren bought me out, which in turn allowed me to focus full time on Localcents, INC.
2003 – 2006 (3 years)
I founded Kalbay Systems while attending Western Washington University in 2003. Kalbay was a consulting firm that specialized in creating custom web-based business process solutions. We had a wide variety of clients, including many in the real estate and manufacturing industries. We assisted Catholic Community Services with an early web-based fundraising campaign. We also did some interesting work for a boutique financial firm. In addition we built a remarkably successful proprietary data-driven sales solution for a local contracting firm. I shutdown Kalbay after Localcents received funding in 2006.
Arron Kallenberg's Publications
Authors: Arron Kallenberg
- May 12, 2011
Arron Kallenberg's Skills & Expertise
- Software Engineering
- Software Development
- Business Development
- Project Management
- Investor Relations
- Web Applications
- Product Management
- Web Development
- User Interface Design
- Social Media
- Social Networking
- Google Analytics
- Enterprise Software
Arron Kallenberg's Education
2000 – 2003
Homer High School
High School Diploma
1996 – 2000
Activities and Societies: I taught intermediate and advanced web design as part of the community schools program. I volunteered in the school cafeteria for all four years of high school. I was also an active member of the fencing club and competed in the western sectionals, successfully qualifying for Junior National in Foil.
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