I’m a founder, CEO, brand builder, investor, tech geek, family man and juggernaut. I’m most known for RevZilla. Expect a bit of storytelling, inspiration and insight as my different roles and perspective continue to evolve. I won’t settle and neither should you.
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I love customer feedback.
Great prices and excellent video reviews…keep it up. I took an e-commerce class and my final project was an analysis of revzilla.com…got an “A” thanks
After being at the co-helm of a start-up (which is now an emerging business) for the last 3.5 years, I have learned a ton about what I know, what I thought I knew and what I need to learn more about. There are many online resources that I follow and digest daily, as well as some which serve as great reference points on a slew of business topics which are both leading edge and fundamental.
Since I graduated in ’04, I have always had a twinge of “would an MBA be coming in handy right how” as we have enacted strategies for RevZilla.com addressing business elements which we know have been solved by every other company in their comeuppance. Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling of reinventing the wheel.
These days I have more of a comfort level in the fact that over my education and early career I had “learned how to learn”. If I don’t know something, I am confident in my ability to get the answer through a number of channels; the interwebs, my colleagues, advisors, mentors etc. Being secure on that front helps me to sleep a bit better these days.
One of my favorite daily resources is AVC.com, the blog of venture capitalist Fred Wilson. It’s a great commentary on the current start-up ecosystem, market trends, investment community and his “MBA Mondays” section continues to be interesting and valuable. The community leaving comments on any of his posts are the icing on the cake.
My co-founders and I always joke that we are getting the “start-up MBA”. On the fly. On the web. Putting it to use, every day. We are living our own case study.
It’s thanks to guys like Fred, who are sharing a career worth of knowledge and insight, daily, which continue to make this possible and allow us to learn from his wins and losses, albeit at an arms length. I hope to be able to pay it forward like that at some point. It would also be nice to bump into him and get a chance to say “Thank you” in person as well. The tech entrepreneur world is becoming big and small at the same time. It will probably happen.
If you still are not sold, they also have Fake Grimlock. Find his comments. Thoughtful and funny. You will laugh. Unless you are unfunny.
A friend recently turned me onto StellaService – they are positioning themselves as the Michelin Guide for online retailers. Seeing as “customer experience” is what we believe to be RevZilla’s holy grail, I am eager to get enough nominations for them to take a peek at us – and hopefully shower us with rose petals, adulation and potentially Cristal.
I also had a chance to chat with one of their co-founders on the phone and ended our conversation thinking they were pretty sharp in their approach to an already crowded space. I wish their company success in the start-up ecosystem.
If you would like to nominate us I would greatly appreciate it. You can find the RevZilla StellaService nomination page here.
I guess the silver lining on the flurry of sales call’s I will be getting soon would probably be RevZilla’s name in “lights” again.
Even still, its pretty cool to be on the merchant side of things building something that has been deemed noteworthy by an industry I have spent so much of my professional life involved in.
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Very proud to be included in the list of Philly’s favorite sons for 2011. The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is a well respected entity and this year marks their 28th Annual Business Awards for the Region. We are obviously ecstatic to be chosen at the winner of the Emerging Business of the Year.
You can find the full article on GPCC.com at this link to the full RevZilla Article.
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“RevZilla is a proof that innovation and teamwork can still allow you to make your own luck, even in tough economic times.” – Anthony Bucci, RevZilla.com
In 2006, no online retailer addressing the 38 billion dollar per year power sports vertical had truly adopted a next generation, consumer-centric online strategy. The “big bet” was that a “Zappos style” approach to customer service coupled with leading edge eCommerce technology could enable three friends to bootstrap and launch a multi-million dollar online business from the living room of their apartment – without external investment.
From rough idea to a launched eCommerce site in about four months, RevZilla.com began selling motorcycle gear and parts online in November 2007. In spite of the failing economic climate, at the ninety day mark RevZilla.com was cash flow positive and Matt, Nick and Anthony had a feeling their “big bet” could be a winner.
From time to time RevZilla’s founding team can be heard referring to the business’s near instant success as the “perfect storm” of ingredients. Their complimentary skills in internet technology, marketing and design for consumer-facing eCommerce coupled with a shared passion as motorcycle hobbyists lent itself well to developing new ways to serve other motorcyclists online…..
For more check out the Revzilla article on the GPCC web site.
As you get older, don’t lose Halloween. There is plenty of other time to be a parent, work hard, do old people stuff. Don’t miss Halloween. Do it every year. Rope your wife in. It will keep you young.
Russell Brand, Katie Perry and Elmo had a night out on the town.
Like I said. It’s not to be missed.