Tchad Robinson is a Founder and Managing Director of CRC and is active in negotiating and structuring the firm’s acquisitions. Mr. Robinson’s educational background includes an MBA from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College where he was a Harvard College Scholar. Mr. Robinson’s professional experiences include private equity investing, management consulting and entrepreneurial management and are appropriate to finance and operate medium and large companies. His strengths in forging strategic partnerships, coordinating operations, leveraging technology and financing companies serve to assist management teams in achieving significant growth while maintaining the Company’s existing culture of quality.
Mr. Robinson developed his private equity experience while working at Bain Capital, a leading Boston-based fund with $12 billion under management and also at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice with $3.5 billion under management. While employed with these firms he worked on transactions across a variety of industries and transaction sizes ranging from $10 million to over $1 billion.
Mr. Robinson sharpened his strategic operational skills while a consultant at McKinsey & Company, the leading global management consulting firm. While at McKinsey, he analyzed strategic, organizational and operational issues as a team member in management consulting engagements. These engagements involved assisting the CEOs or divisional leaders of Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing, distribution and service industries.
Prior to CRC, Mr. Robinson was the Vice President of Operations and Business Development for Broadband 2 Wireless (BB2W) a national wireless telecommunications company. As VP of Operations he managed the majority of the firm’s employees and presided over the network construction and operations in 14 cities. Additionally, Mr. Robinson oversaw the technical development and integration of the Company’s network with strategic partners. As VP of Business Development, he negotiated partnerships with large multi-national equipment vendors. Mr. Robinson also led the Company’s international partnerships in Brazil, Europe and Asia where he structured and managed partnerships with government regulators, local investors and local strategic partners.
Rani is currently the CEO of Trend Media, an innovator in the new media and television space, incubating TV shows through an innovative and disruptive development process. The company is represented by CAA and has a development deal with Sony TV. Through Venvest Capital, Rani along with a group of tech investors seed and help develop companies mostly in the Los Angeles area.
Most recently, Rani was a director of Craftsman Capital, providing venture structure, financing and merchant banking services for both entrepreneurs and venture investors in the technology, biotechnology, hospitality, entertainment and fashion industries.
While President of USA Link, a provider of end-to-end mobile solutions and services for the marketing arena, his team launched the first text messaging marketing campaign in the US for P&G. Rani co-founded Cardionomics with a team of Harvard Medical School researchers. He helped secure initial funding for the company's Genomics research activities and spearheaded the licensing of its IP. Prior to Cardionomics, Rani was co-founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Enverta, a B2B platform for the US confectionery industry, where he led the corporate strategy and business development of its ebusiness software activities. Prior to eCandy, Rani was Managing Director of CIC, a telecom investment and consulting company based out of Paris France. At CIC, he developed and invested in infrastructure projects in niche markets in the Middle East and Latin America. He also consulted for multinational companies such as France Telecom and Korea Telecom on projects ranging from privatization of MPTs to GSM network operations.
Prior to CIC, Rani was a Junior Economist at Republic National Bank of NY (now HSBC), where he researched and analyzed country economic indicators and lending risks to minimize the bank's exposure.
He received his BA in Economics from Yale University and his MBA in Information Technology and Entrepreneurship from MIT. While at MIT, he worked on some of the first Internet commercial applications and on IT healthcare startups. He is still closely affiliated with the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and the E-Lab. He has also helped raise over $200 million for different ventures and investment funds and serves on the board of several companies.