I live in Melbourne Australia and run Annex Products, a Startup I Co Founded with my mate Chris Peters. Annex was born off the back of a couple of successful Kickstarter projects, the Opena Case (iPhone Bottle Opener) and Quad Lock (iPhone Bike Mount).
Currently at Annex, Quad Lock is our main focus with extremely strong growth over the past few years. Over 1 million Quad Lock products have now shipped to over 100 countries and we hold stock in Australia, UK, USA, China & Canada. The Quad Lock range now supplies Smartphone mounting options for Running, Cycling, Driving, Motocycling and Lifestyle.
I enjoy inventing, fishing, photography, basketball, talking startups and coming up with new ideas and different ways of doing things.
Cheers – Rob
Quad Lock Overview Video
Facebook video on how we used video to scale Quad Lock
www.quadlockcase.com – iPhone Mounting System
www.openacase.com – iPhone Bottle Opener
www.annexproducts.com – Main unbrella company
www.instatagapp.com – iOS App for Instagram (OLD)
Power Retail Top 100 2017
Annex Products was listed by Power Retail in the top 100 ecommerce businesses in Australia.
Deloitte Tech Fast 50 2016
Smart Company Smart 50 2016
BRW Fast 100 2016
Deloitte Tech Fast 50 2015
Annex Products was awarded 18th in the 2015 Deloitte Tech Fast 50 held at the ASX in Sydney.
Deloitte Technology Fast 500 2015 Asia Pacific
Smart Company Smart50 Awards 2015
Annex Products was awarded 19th in the 2015 Smart Company Smart 50
BRW Fast Starters 2015
Annex Products came 41st in our debut in the BRW Fast Starters list for 2015
CeBIT Innovation Award 2013
Shopify Build A Business Competition 2011
Media and Appearances
Company profits jump 26%…
The Change Journey
How your business can secure an Export Market Development Grant
The Entrepreneur Club (Melbourne) – September 2015
Spoke at Entrepreneur Club about scaling our startup business. Event details here
Facebook – Adelaide Boost your Business Event July 2015 (guest speaker)
Speaking along side Hon. Christopher Pyne MP on how Quad Lock has used Facebook Video ads to scale.
Facebook – Melbourne Boost your Business Event May 2015 (guest speaker)
Speaking along side Hon. Bruce Billson MP, Madman Media and Grocery Butler on how Quad Lock has used Facebook to grow into multi-million dollar international business.
SmartCompany – SMEs waiting to build revenue before seeking funding
Facebook for Business – Mounting A Global Expansion Plan
THE AGE – Pre-tailing can make you a fortune
FROM LITTLE THINGS – More to a bottle ‘Opena’ than a Kickstart
BUSINESS REVIEW WEEKLY – Anyone can cash in on internet crowds
TIM FERRISS FOUR HOUR WORK WEEK – The Start-up’s Secret Weapon: Contests
FAST COMPANY – Tim Ferriss on how to start your million dollar Business
STARTUP SMART – The rise of hardware startups – why investors are starting to get interested
STARTUP SMART -Inspire9 to host crowdfunding crash course
STARTUP SMART – Shopify launches $200,000 Build-A-Business competition
STARTUP SMART – Making waves in mature Melbourne
STARTUP SMART – Aussie entrepreneurs win big in Shopify competition
STARTUP SMART – iPhone start-up Annex Products seals global distribution deal
STARTUP SMART – Five stand-out start-ups from CES 2012
STARTUP SMART – iPhone innovators look to US after securing Kickstarter funds
GIZMODO – Quad Lock Case Kickstarting Secure Mounting For Your iPhone
AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW – What is Crowd Funding?
SHOPIFY – Shopify Announces Build A Business Competition Winners
GIZMODO – How Two Aussies Got Their Gadget Idea Funded By Kickstarter
REUTERS -Global distribution deal
POWER RETAIL – Guest Author
THE INNOVATORS – From corwdfunding to crowd pleasing
MTBR – Quad Lock iPhone Mounting System
INSTAGRAMERS – Is Instatag app the easiest way to tag your instagram pics
MELBOURNE GEEK – Melbourne Entrepreneurs win category in build a business contest
ITB DIGITAL -How 3D Printers will change the world
SHOPIFY -Kickstarters using Shopify as an e-commerce solution
DIGITAL TRENDS – Is Instatag responsible for the hashtag problem on Instagram
GIZMODO – iPhone Bottle Opener Case Is The Perfect Aussie Kickstarter Project
The Sydney Morning Herald – Want to win 50K and a mentor?
DEPO8 – Crowdfunding Q & A
MELBOURNE E-COM CONVENTION – Social and Crowd-funding
Other TV and Newspaper appearances on:
MX – Here’s a phone application that’ll flip your lidTHE AGE – iPhone Entrepreneurs
THE AGE – Technology section