About Me & Media

Rob Ward Quad Lock Annex ProductsHi, my name’s Rob and I was once once a qualified toolmaker, but now I’m an unqualified entrepreneur.

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.  Quad Lock products have shipped to over 100 countries and we hold stock in Australia, UK, USA and Canada. The Quad Lock range now supplies iPhone mounting options for Running, Cycling, Driving and Lifestyle.

I enjoy inventing, fishing, photography, basketball, mentoring and coming up with new ideas and different ways of doing things.

You can follow me on Twitter @robyward or Instagram @robyward

Cheers – Rob

Quad Lock Overview Video

Facebook video on how we used video to scale Quad Lock

Quad Lock Fb vid

Links

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

www.indepthangler.com.au – Aussie fishing blog

Business Awards

Deloitte Tech Fast 50 2015

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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

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Smart Company Smart50 Awards 2015

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Annex Products was awarded 19th in the 2015 Smart Company Smart 50

BRW Fast Starters 2015

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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

https://www.shopify.com.au/blog/5803903-shopify-announces-build-a-business-competition-winners

Media and Appearances

The Change Journey

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http://www.smartcompany.com.au/inside-innovation-how-6-smes-shook-up-business/49705-the-change-journey.html

How your business can secure an Export Market Development Grant

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http://www.smartcompany.com.au/growth/49163-how-your-business-can-secure-an-export-market-development-grant.html

The Entrepreneur Club (Melbourne) – September 2015

The Entrepreneur Club (Melbourne)

Spoke at Entrepreneur Club about scaling our startup business. Event details here

Facebook – Adelaide Boost your Business Event July 2015

Christopher Pyne MP at Facebook Boost Business event

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

Bruce Billson MP and Rob Ward from Annex Products

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

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http://www.smartcompany.com.au/finance/45934-smes-waiting-to-build-revenue-before-seeking-funding-study.html#

Facebook for Business – Mounting A Global Expansion Plan

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https://www.facebook.com/business/success/quad-lock

CoffeeScroll – Business That Run On The Cloud: Annex Products
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Crunch Base – Annex products

Crunch Base

http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/annex-products

THE AGE – Pre-tailing can make you a fortune

The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/small-business/trends/pretailing-can-make-you-a-fortune-20140515-38bpf.html

FROM LITTLE THINGS – More to a bottle ‘Opena’ than a Kickstart

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http://fromlittlethings.co/2012/09/24/more-to-bottle-opena-than-a-kickstart/

BUSINESS REVIEW WEEKLY – Anyone can cash in on internet crowds

BRW

http://www.brw.com.au/p/sections/emerging_companies/anyone_can_cash_in_on_internet_crowds_JZhbu6CbFARuYdc7lkX7oK

TIM FERRISS FOUR HOUR WORK WEEK – The Start-up’s Secret Weapon: Contests

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http://fourhourworkweek.com/2012/02/29/the-start-ups-secret-weapon-contests-or-how-to-turn-9k-into-100k-or-100k-into-12000000/

FAST COMPANY – Tim Ferriss on how to start your million dollar Business

FAST COMPANY

http://www.fastcompany.com/3000096/tim-ferriss-how-start-your-million-dollar-side-business

STARTUP SMART – The rise of hardware startups – why investors are starting to get interested

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http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/the-rise-of-hardware-startups-why-investors-are-starting-to-get-interested/2014031911904.html

STARTUP SMART -Inspire9 to host crowdfunding crash course

Inspire 9

http://www.startupsmart.com.au/financing-a-business/venture-capital/inspire9-to-host-crowdfunding-crash-course/201210017738.html

STARTUP SMART – Shopify launches $200,000 Build-A-Business competition

Startup Smart

http://www.startupsmart.com.au/financing-a-business/venture-capital/shopify-launches-200000-build-a-business-competition/201207116890.html

STARTUP SMART – Making waves in mature Melbourne

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http://www.startupsmart.com.au/growth/how-i-did-it/making-waves-in-mature-melbourne/201204025909.html

STARTUP SMART – Aussie entrepreneurs win big in Shopify competition

Startup Smart

http://www.startupsmart.com.au/financing-a-business/venture-capital/aussie-entrepreneurs-win-big-in-shopify-competition/201203015556.html

STARTUP SMART – iPhone start-up Annex Products seals global distribution deal

Startup Smart

http://www.startupsmart.com.au/growth/growth-strategy/iphone-start-up-annex-products-seals-global-distribution-deal/201202065293.html

STARTUP SMART – Five stand-out start-ups from CES 2012

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http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/five-stand-out-start-ups-from-ces-2012/201201165087.html

STARTUP SMART – iPhone innovators look to US after securing Kickstarter funds

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http://www.startupsmart.com.au/financing-a-business/venture-capital/iphone-innovators-look-to-us-after-securing-kickstarter-funds/201201135073.html

GIZMODO – Quad Lock Case Kickstarting Secure Mounting For Your iPhone

Gizmodo

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/12/quad-lock-case-kickstarting-secure-mounting-for-your-iphone/

AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW – What is Crowd Funding?

AFR

http://www.afr.com/p/howto/budgeting/what_is_crowd_funding_PzZQndeuYVPs4zmrgpbnaP

SHOPIFY – Shopify Announces Build A Business Competition Winners

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http://www.shopify.com.au/blog/5803903-shopify-announces-build-a-business-competition-winners

GIZMODO – How Two Aussies Got Their Gadget Idea Funded By Kickstarter

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http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/07/how-two-aussies-got-their-gadget-idea-funded-by-kickstarter/

REUTERS -Global distribution deal

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http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/02/16/idUS224609+16-Feb-2012+BW20120216

POWER RETAIL – Guest Author

Power retail

http://www.powerretail.com.au/getting-started/start-online-business-quick-guide/

http://www.powerretail.com.au/author/robward/

THE INNOVATORS – From corwdfunding to crowd pleasing

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http://info.shipwire.com/rs/shipwire/images/FROM%20CROWD%20FUNDING%20TO%20CROWD%20PLEASING.pdf

MTBR – Quad Lock iPhone Mounting System

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http://reviews.mtbr.com/annex-products-quad-lock-iphone-universal-mounting-system

INSTAGRAMERS – Is Instatag app the easiest way to tag your instagram pics

Instagramers

http://instagramers.com/apps/instatag-app-the-easiest-way-to-tag-your-instagram-pics/

MELBOURNE GEEK – Melbourne Entrepreneurs win category in build a business contest

Melbourne Geek

http://www.melbournegeek.com/2012/03/melbourne-entrepreneurs-win-category-in-build-a-business-contest/

ITB DIGITAL -How 3D Printers will change the world

In The Black

http://www.itbdigital.com/tools-of-the-trade/2013/08/02/how-3d-printing-will-change-your-world/

SHOPIFY -Kickstarters using Shopify as an e-commerce solution

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http://ecommerce.shopify.com/c/manufacturing-and-kickstarting/t/kickstarter-using-shopify-as-an-e-commerce-solution-107543

DIGITAL TRENDS – Is Instatag responsible for the hashtag problem on Instagram

Digital Trends

http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/is-instatag-responsible-for-the-hashtag-problem-on-instagram/

GIZMODO – iPhone Bottle Opener Case Is The Perfect Aussie Kickstarter Project

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http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/06/iphone-bottle-opener-case-is-the-perfect-aussie-kickstarter-project/

DEPO8 – Crowdfunding Q & A

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http://depo8.com/2012/11/29/crowd-funding-qa/

MELBOURNE E-COM CONVENTION – Social and Crowd-funding

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Other TV and Newspaper appearances on:

TODAY TONIGHT Interview – Weird Inventions

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7WXYZ ACTION NEWS

 MX – Here’s a phone application that’ll flip your lidTHE AGE – iPhone Entrepreneurs

Rob Ward and Chris Peter in MX Melbourne

THE AGE – Technology section

Rob Ward and Chris Peter Featured in the Age

 

4 thoughts on “About Me & Media

  1. Mark Hampton

    Hi Rob,

    I’m working on a ShopifyShipwire site and would like to know more about how you guys managed multiple warehouses. In particular for Hong Kong. Did you register Annex Products in Hong Kong or create a company or ?

    It looks like a painful process so I’m hoping there is an easier way – maybe in collaboration with a local trading company ?

    Regards,
    Mark

    Reply
  2. Rob Ward

    HI Mark,

    Yes we did run a HK, UK, LA Shipwire 3PL with locale shipping out of our office in Melbourne. We already had the LA warehouse setup and working so we just turned on the HK warehouse and shipped product there. We have recently shutdown the HK warehouse as we found it lacking compared with the UK and LA warehouses. We now just ship more product from UK and Melbourne. For the UK warehouse we have also registered for VAT as this has been necessary since december last year… I think.

    Hope this helps – Rob

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  3. Jane Zhe Jing

    Hello Rob,

    My name is Jane,

    I am a master student of monash university.

    Recently my partners and me are working on an assignment about innovative entrepreneur. You are the first person come up to my mind. I am very admire you and what you have done. I will be highly appreciate if you can give me a chance to interview you. Please contact me if you agree with this.

    Thanks, Jane.

    Reply

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