Internet Entrepreneur/Real Estate Services Executive

Mr. Sambrotto has extensive experience creating and delivering services via the Internet and extensive experience in the areas of corporate operations, strategic planning, financial services, residential real estate services, administration, national media, and ecommerce. He has a proven ability to create profitable internet based businesses focused on real estate services and a proven ability to recruit and lead professionals.

Work History

Work History
Oct 2007 - Present


An Internet startup enabling users to buy, sell, and value their businesses; launched 4/08 in 10 countries and 2 languages with 3 staff, 20 consultants, 9 outsourced software developers in India, and 3 marketing consultants in Russia; ~$500K in revenue.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Seized entrepreneurial opportunity to establish and launch this business. In charge of strategic planning for new business development, all operations and marketing, as well as staffing and the oversight of software development. Challenged to leverage years of operational leadership success to drive higher levels of revenue, traffic, market share, sales and profits. Introduced a disciplined and measured approach to generating and servicing new business. Instrumental in controlling costs to maximize EBITDA and business growth. Develop business relationships to raise capital. Control communications with investors.

¨Built business from scratch, creating company, its design, and functionality.

¨Site has acquired 25K business listed for sale, and tens of thousands registered users within 8 months.

¨Authored and presented business plan, and raised ~$1M for launch.

¨Conceived and built in collaboration with the developers and a financial consultant the proprietary business valuation software that is used on the site.

¨Created the marketing plan that includes PPC, SEO, affiliate marketing, email marketing, online display advertising, and blog marketing.

¨Initiated, instituted, and built a proprietary distribution network targeting individual business for sale listings.

¨Built a national network of business brokers to handle referrals of individual business sellers.

Aug 1999 - Aug 2007


An online real estate site that enabled homeowners to list and sell their homes without paying real estate agent commissions.

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Designed and launched business functionality. Strategically guided growth to profitability and revenue of $11M. Spearheaded business development, built staff to 30, and directed CIO, Head of Business Development, Customer Service Manager, Magazine Publishers, and In-house Counsel. Raised capital and built 25 magazine network that worked in conjunction with the Website. Controlled $2M - $3M operating budget.

¨Expanded revenue from $70K annually to $11M within 6 years without raising additional capital.

¨Lifted traffic from 10K visitors per month to more than 1.5M.

¨Created a national network of real estate agents to facilitate reduced commission real estate transactions throughout North America.

¨Outsourced manufacture of yard signs to China and software development to India.

¨Launched 3 successful subsidiaries.

¨Changed the landscape for how homeowners sell their properties.

¨Appeared on CNN, The Today Show, and in The Washington Post as industry spokesperson for the “for sale by owner” concept and process.

¨Orchestrated company sale at a high valuation to the Tribune Company.

May 1997 - May 1999

Equity Research Editor

Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette

·One of nine financial editors responsible for all of DLJ’s global equity research, printed or otherwise.

·Worked with over one hundred analysts around the world, and edited on average over 600 pages of research per month, and wrote articles for DLJ Direct (individual investors).

·Enforced adherence to compliance issues, which required working closely with legal department.

·Summarized all research published in any given week for inclusion in DLJ’s proprietary weekly product—Portfolio Manager’s Weekly (PMW).

·Regularly wrote segments of PMW regarding DLJ’s Top Pick List.


Aug 1989 - May 1993

Bachelor of Arts

·Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; B.A. History, May, 1993

·Columbia University, New York, NY, summers 1991, 1992

·Ithaca College, London, England, 1989-90