Ron Schmelzer is a Parallel Entrepreneur, having started and sold a number of successful companies. The companies Ron has started and run have collectively employed hundreds of people, raised over $60M in Venture funding and exits in the millions. Ron is founder and chief organizer of TechBreakfast - the largest monthly morning tech meetup in the nation with over 12,000 members and 2500+ attendees at the monthly events across the US including Baltimore, DC, NY, Boston, Austin, Silicon Valley, Philadelphia, Raleigh and more.
He is also a SXSW Interactive Judge and founder and CEO at Bizelo, a SaaS company focused on small business apps. Prior to Bizelo, Ron founded and ran ZapThink, an industry analyst firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, Web Services, XML, & Enterprise Architecture, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011.Ron was the founder and CTO of ChannelWave, an enterprise software company which raised $60M+ in VC funding and subsequently acquired by Click Commerce, a publicly traded company. Ron founded and was CEO of VirtuMall and VirtuFlex from 1994-1998, and hired the CEO before it merged with ChannelWave.
Ron is a well-known expert in IT, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), XML, Web Services, and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). He is well regarded as a startup marketing & sales adviser, and is currently mentor & investor in the TechStars seed stage investment program, where he has been involved since 2009. In addition, he sat on the working group committees for standards bodies such as RosettaNet, UDDI, CPExchange, and ebXML.Ron Schmelzer is the lead author of XML And Web Services Unleashed (SAMS 2002) and co-author of Service-Orient or Be Doomed (Wiley 2006) with Jason Bloomberg.
Ron received a BS degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He also started an apparel company called Zoptopz, but that's a whole other story.