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Bob Summers

Chief Geek @ Fitnet

Roanoke, Virginia Area
  1. Fitnet,
  2. TechPad
  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Bob Summers has developed and marketed consumer Internet applications since 1994. He is currently Chief Geek @ Fitnet, his fifth startup. Fitnet uses gigabit Internet and computer vision technology to help you achieve health goals with mobile interactive fitness sessions. Bob is passionate about creating compelling online video experiences having grown iSpQ VideoChat, desktop video conferencing software, to over 3.0 million users from 196 countries/territories.

Beyond his work responsibilities, Bob plays an active role in Southwestern Virginia’s economic development by serving on the board of directors of the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council, Virginia Tech Entrepreneur Club and sponsoring FIRST Robotics. His 10 year vision for Blacksburg, "Open Source Village" captured at the Community Voices forum.

With the help of 182 others via a $92,400 crowdfunding campaign, Bob led the deployment of gigabit fiber access into downtown Blacksburg and created the worlds first free open access gigabit wifi network.


Chief Geek

– Present (3 years 6 months)Blacksburg, virginia


– Present (3 years 11 months)Blacksburg, Virginia

Honors & Awards

Winner: Gigabit Explorer Challenge

Google Fiber + US Ignite

Best overall application demonstrating capabilities of advanced low latency, deeply programmable networks. 14 teams hacked at Google Fiber space over a weekend and presented.

RBTC Innovator Award

Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council

This award recognizes an individual, a group of individuals, company, or organization that sets the standard for thought-leadership and innovation in their respective field. Their innovation represents a significant technological breakthrough or addresses a great market opportunity or both.

Windows Startup Challenge Winner


Recognized as the best new Windows 8 application out of over 190 applications created in a 30 day period and two phases of development.

DEMO Mobile 2013


DEMO is the premier launch conference. Selected to join 24 other mobile applications to launch in front of over 450 people, including 100+ tech press.

Additional Honors & Awards

NSF/Mozilla Ignite: Gig App of the future (4 awards)
GAP50 Top Virginia Entrepreneur 2012
Charlotte Venture Challenge, IT Category runnerup, 2012
Community Voices, 2012:
Mentor Award, Virginia Tech Entrepreneur Club, 2011
SURA IP2M Winner, 2008
Montgomery County, Entrepreneur of the Year, 2002
Top 20 under 40, Blue Ridge business Journal, 2002
Published Works:
Unleash Conferencing Server, Exchange & Outlook Magazine, July 2001 (cover)
First Look at Conferencing Server, Exchange & OutLook Magazine, August 2000.


Official Netmeeting Book(Link)

Microsoft Press
May 1998

Microsoft NetMeeting conferencing software lets you meet and work face to face with colleagues and friends, no matter how far apart you are, via the internet or your corporate intranet. And this guide - the first of its kind - helps you understand and learn how to use this remarkable software. Here you'll find clear, detailed descriptions of video conferencing, application sharing, and every other component of NetMeeting - which makes this a great book for corporate network managers as well.


No Walls, No Limits: A guide to exchange conferencing server

Faucette Technical Publishing
March 2001

“No Walls, No Limits,” a forty-two page step-by-step tool, helps Exchange users quickly enable enterprise conferencing. The book guides business users through each step from installation to deploying a conference. Exchange conferencing, an extension of Microsoft’s Exchange 2000 Server, allows business users easy and quick access to desktop videoconferencing.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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