2002 E&Y Entrepreneur of the year - Technology (Seattle)
8 time Founder/CEO, Currently Founder/CEO of Humanity Online, Start-up coach, Investor, geek, marketer, sold first company for $3 million, sold last company for $55 million
I started my first company with a $3,500 credit card loan from my dad. I've raised 100's of thousands from friends and family and millions from Angels and VC's. I'm strongly opinionated on this subject.
I've started over 8 companies over the past 30 years. Current CEO of Humanity Online. Coaching 3 local companies in the Seattle area.
Tips on how to prepare for and deal with divorce. I am unfortunately an expert on this subject. I survived a lengthy 3 year divorce with legal bills in the millions. I owned several companies at the time. I've been to family court 25 times pro-se (without an attorney). If we talk there will be blood.
For me this is where it all starts. You need a clear picture of how your customers see your product. What promise does your branding convey? Direct sales? Whats your plan B?
Lonnie is a powerhouse of vision, creativity and insight that combine to produce innovative and successful business concepts. His comapny philosophy encourages people to work together to do their best.
I had the opportunity to work with and for Lonnie for 3 years. Not only are we good friends, but I look at Lonnie as a mentor. I have always found him to be bright, fun to work with and I consider it a privilege to have worked for him. We were a great team and worked well together and the business grew greatly in our days together. Lonnie is very creative and any business goal he sets for himself will be achieved.
Lonnie is an exceptional entrepreneur, visionary and boss. He motivates you to go the extra mile and beyond, while you have an absolute blast doing it! He juggled being the Founder of the successful Who's Calling company, in addition to being a major partner of the entrepreneurial venture Ukuva i Africa, which was international in scope. Under his direction, the company received national reognition and awards. It was a thrilling and unique career choice that I will never forget. It was very rewarding to work for Lonnie Benson.