December 18, 2019
Dear IEC Members & Friends,
Please welcome Brent Freeman, Founder & President of Stealth Venture Labs, Inc., as our next confirmed founding member of the International Executive Council (IEC). We have included his bio and LinkedIn profile below for your review.
Brent Freeman is a serial entrepreneur who’s passionate about using business to generate both profit and social impact. While finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, Brent started a commodities trading firm with offices in Dubai and Los Angeles where the sole premise was to make as much money as fast as possible to pay back $250k in student loan debt. He naively thought that chasing the money would bring him the happiness he was seeking — so he chased this dream vigorously. At the age of 23, he closed a $10M deal and on paper was a millionaire — but the day after closing this large deal, in his heart he felt more empty than he had ever felt before. He realized that day that his entrepreneurial spirit was not rooted in making money for its own sake, but rather in using business to make a positive impact in the world. When the Global Financial Crisis hit, the millions disappeared overnight and Brent had the opportunity to “fail forward”, shut down his first business and dedicate himself to a passion that has lit him up ever since: using for-profit businesses to create real social impact in the world.
In 2009, Brent founded tech startup Roozt.com (pronounced “roo-st”) with a vision of connecting the millennial shopper with socially conscious brands online. Roozt researched each brand’s socially conscious business practices and then marketed the brands to online shoppers. Mashable labeled Roozt the “Etsy for Social Entrepreneurs” and as one of the pioneering advertisers on Facebook, Roozt grew into an industry leading, seven figure revenue platform with a community of over 250k people. For every member who joined, Roozt donated a meal to an Americans in need. One member, one meal. Roozt were recognized by Forbes as a “2011 Name You Need To Know” and was featured on The Today Show, INC.com, Mashable, Huffington Post, PandoDaily, NBC, and ABC. In 2012, at the age of 27, Brent was featured by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a “Top 20 in Their 20s” for the Greater Los Angeles area. Brent has been a public speaker all over the country on topics like social impact, entrepreneurship and startup life, including a TEDx on social enterprise, and has been a writer at both Entrepreneur and INC on similar topics. Roozt was acquired by National Geographic partnered Novica.com in 2014. After Roozt, Brent joined the venture capital firm Crosscut Ventures as Entrepreneur in Residence and Venture Partner where he helped vet & source consumer internet deals while advising their portfolio companies on digital marketing.
In 2014, Brent founded Stealth Venture Labs with the vision of creating a turnkey, world class digital marketing agency that could help incubate and accelerate ecommerce brands in a faster and more cost effective manner than they ever could do themselves. These days Stealth Venture Labs continues to execute in the weeds alongside founders, executives and their teams to help scale brands online and currently manages over $1MM+ per month in media spend across multiple platforms, channels and verticals and has generated $300M in recurring revenue for its clients in the last 5 years.
In 2018, Brent and his team launched the Stealth Venture Labs 501(c)3 Microfinance Fund that provides $1,000 – $10,000 startup loans to traditionally “unlendable” inner-city teenage entrepreneurs in the US from disadvantaged backgrounds. Brent lives in San Francisco, travels the world often and due to his love for everything Italian, will fly to Italy any chance he can get.
IEC Founding Member, Brent Freeman, Founder & President of Stealth Venture Labs, Inc.
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