Our Team
George Deeb - Managing Partner


George has a passion for start-ups and formalized his consulting efforts as the Founder and Managing Partner of Red Rocket in 2010. George has consulted over 500 startups since launching Red Rocket. George has a very deep base of relationships in the startup, digital and venture community, in Chicago and nationwide. George desires to help other B2C and B2B entrepreneurs navigate through their start-up, fund raising or other business issues. George’s skills are particularly deep in strategy, corporate development, business development, fund raising, financial planning, sales, online marketing, e-commerce and online media/monetization.  As author of 101 Startup Lessons-An Entrepreneur's Handbook, George is also an featured speaker/mentor for many startup-related organizations.  George was named to the 2012 Crains Tech 50 in Chicago, was a finalist for the 2012 "Mentor of Year" by Built In Chicago and is a contributing blogger on entrepreneurship for Forbes, Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, The Next Web, Alley Watch, Founder InstituteStartup BeatCrains Chicago and others.

 

From 2009-2010, George was the CEO of MediaRecall, a B2B digital video services and technology business.   George lead the sale of the business to Deluxe in February 2010 at up to a 10x return on invested capital. George helped to build a $25MM sales pipeline from big brand entertainment clients and cut a strategic content monetization and strategic distribution relationship with Getty Images.  George provided growth capital for MediaRecall prior to the sale to Deluxe.

 

Between 1999-2008, George was the Founder and CEO of iExplore.com, the #1 adventure travel website with over 1MM visitors per month (now a division of TUI Travel PLC, the largest seller of leisure travel in the world). Here is where George sharpened his skills in digital marketing and monetization for ten years, including launching an ad sales business from scratch. iExplore was a venture backed business, including a strategic relationship with National Geographic.  George was the seed capital for iExplore.  George was named an Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2001, for his efforts at iExplore.

 

Between 1991-1999, George was an Investment Banker with Credit Suisse First Boston, doing mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance in the retailing/consumer industry group. Key clients included Home Depot, Pep Boys CVS, CompUSA, Linens N Things and Babies R Us. George was a top ranked banker amongst his peers and completed over 50 corporate finance and M&A advisory assignments.

 

George received his BBA in finance from the University of Michigan in 1991.  He is also a founding mentor of the Chicago chapters of TechStars and Founder Institute.

 
Follow George:
 
   Twitter:       http://www.twitter.com/georgedeeb
   Klout:          http://www.klout.com/#/georgedeeb
   AngelList:   http://www.angel.co/georgedeeb
 
 
Jay Stocki - Partner


Jay is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in strategy development and process execution in the technology industry.  He is passionate about solving problems through new technology and is working diligently to help make Chicago a global technology center.  Jay's skills include product strategy and marketing, business and revenue development, positioning and brand marketing, financing, digital marketing and executive team development.

 

In addition to his role at Red Rocket, Jay is also the Head of Digital Services at Experian Marketing Services, leading their digital advertising solutions and product innovation.  Prior to Red Rocket, Jay was an executive with Bering Media (via the acquisition of his startup, DirectGeo), leading the use of big data in local display advertising.  Jay has also held management roles with several large digital businesses, including Yahoo! (Regional Director of Sales & Operations in Chicago, and launched enterprise sales efforts as National Account Director), NVIDIA (helped to grow from $60MM to $2BN and IPO as Industry Evangelist and Director-Products) and Corio, now part of IBM (helped to IPO as Senior Director--Products & Markets).   Prior to that, Jay was senior strategy consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in their high tech practice from 1990 to 1998.  Jay has also run his own consulting business, Talmont Consulting, in the ISP industry.  Some of Jay's consulting clients include:  Verizon, Verizon Wireless, CenturyLink, Embarq, Qwest, McDonald's, Snap-On Tools, Quaker Oats, Federal Express and Sony.

 

Jay has his MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  Jay serves on the Innovation Committee for Choose Dupage.  He also serves on the board of Practical Philanthropy and is President of the District 58 Education Foundation.

 

Follow Jay:

 
   Twitter:       http://www.twitter.com/jstocki
   Klout:          http://www.klout.com/#/jstocki
  
 

Other Partners

 
Red Rocket has a network of other successful entrepreneurs that it taps on an as needed basis, depending on the needs of a particular project. This includes seasoned founders, CEO’s, venture capitalists and other industry veterans in both the B2C and B2B space. 
 
Ensemble Alliance
 
In addition, be sure to check out the digital dream team members of our alliance partners at Ensemble, who are pros in technology development, search engine marketing, social media marketing, public relations and other high ROI marketing tactics needed to profitably grow your businesses.

 



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