Roy Rodenstein is a recognized product visionary and active startup advisor and investor, most recently as co-founder of HackerAngels and mentor for 500 Startups and Founder Institute. Currently Director of Business Planning at AOL, Roy leads initiatives in the Local & Ventures group following the acquisition of Going, Inc. in 2009. Roy co-founded Going and was CEO the first two years, from concept to product-market fit to venture funding, and board director with executive role leading product development and engineering, online marketing, and editorial content.
A recognized pioneer in Location Based Services, Going was an early leader in user-generated content covering local events as well as the first mobile web application allowing users to ‘check in’ while going out with friends. Going’s audience of millions of young, urban influencers across 30 US cities attracted clients such as Virgin America, Live Nation, BMW and Bacardi. Previously Roy was at IBM after it acquired iPhrase Technologies, a natural-language search company where he managed business lines with $10M annual revenue.
Roy holds an SM from the MIT Media Lab, where his thesis explored early Instant Messaging and Social Networking, and MS and BS degrees in computer science from Georgia Tech. He has also worked at leading Human-Computer Interaction research labs such as PARC and AT&T Labs, and has published in the top international journals and conferences on usability including CHI and CSCW. A frequent panelist and speaker at events such as Harvard Business School Ignite, MIT Enterprise Forum and Future Forward, he is also a contributor to Mass High Tech, Silicon Alley Insider and other publications. Roy blogs on startup advice at How2Startup.com and on twitter @royrod.