Resume
Resume

Resume

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Open to New Opportunities, Freelance Consulting Work in Business Strategy, Writing, and Business Development

Hey! I am Nick Robinson a curious generalist and a compulsive problem-solver with roots in technical theatre and experience in the daily trials of building and operating a startup. Equal parts creative and analytical, I see the big picture and execute on the minutiae.
Whether creating and automating business processes, copyediting, building a website, business development, or developing a financial model โ€“ I'm the kind of person who can wrangle just about any problem and lend a broad perspective along the way.
The common thread among all of the roles I've played โ€“ from stage manager to startup operator โ€“ is a love for the messy, genesis stage of an idea or a project. My passion is harnessing that chaos potential and molding it into something beautiful and concrete. To go deeper, check out my story.

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๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป Contact Info

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๐Ÿ’ผ Experience

Business Associate | Techstars MetLife Digital Accelerator

Sept 2020 โ†’ Dec 2020

  • Built an airtable system to automate operations and reporting for the accelerator, saving 100+ hours of menial work over 3 months.
  • Advised cohort startup on pricing strategy, leading to the roll out of a new pricing scheme that increased revenue and EBITDA 3x.
  • Built custom conference space in Remo, facilitating 200 mentor meetings with startups over two weeks.
  • Consulted on venture capital fundraising strategy and deck development with 10 startups driving $1mm+ in committed capital during the program.

Traveling to Grow in SE Asia

Jan 2020 โ†’ Aug 2020

  • Broke my leg in Pai, Thailand; sheltered in place on an island in Malaysia for 3 months during COVID-19; and, was culturally enriched in ways I could never have imagined.

Quicken Loans Family of Companies & Woodward Original

Aug 2016 โ†’ Dec 2019

My principal project at Rock Ventures โ€“ the parent company of the many startups in the Quicken Loans Family of Companies โ€“ was to help Woodward Original, an in-house video production company, to roll out and become a standalone company. I was thrust into financial modeling, project management, and building an operating infrastructure for the young company.

On February 1, 2017, Woodward Original launched as a standalone creative house with a mission to change perception through story for brands, causes, and cities. I chose to join them in the roll-out, spending the next three years managing the company's operations and subsequently working in business development.

โ†’ Business Development + Account Manager | Woodward Original

June 2019 โ†’ Dec 2019

  • Built a $1mm+ pipeline and closed over $400k in new work
  • Reengaged and strengthened past client relationships resulting in a 300+% increase in lifetime value of key clients

โ†’ Director, Finance & Business Operations | Woodward Original

Aug 2018 โ†’ June 2019

  • Oversaw day-to-day operations of 20-person film company
  • Built an operating system for the firm including CRM, systemized project budgetting tools, financial analysis, and SOPs that led to 40% average YOY growth for 3 years.
  • Implemented staggered billing system, smoothing AR and cash flow by 50%
  • Adopted EOS company-wide, unifying leadership team and driving team-wide mission alignment

โ†’ Project & Operations Manager | Woodward Original

Feb 2017 โ†’ Aug 2018

  • Project Managed 300+ videos and a creative team of 15, meeting or exceeding gross margin goals 90% of the time.
  • Managed key operating functions with professional services teams at Rock Ventures including HR, Legal, Accounting, Finance, and Tax.
  • Adopted Monday.com and built project management schema that reduced project related email by 90% while increasing efficiency.
  • Helmed 60-day coordinated effort to develop the media component of Detroit's Amazon HQ2 proposal.

โ†’ Special Projects Coordinator | Rock Ventures

Aug 2016 โ†’ Jan 2017

  • Special Projects support to Dan Gilbert (Chairman, Quicken Loans) primarily focussed on Arts, Culture, and Media initiatives.
  • Developed and iterated initial financial model for Woodward Original with assumptions from co-founders and advisory team, leading to successful company launch.
  • Joined team as a Venture for America Fellow.

Production Coordinator | Boston College Arts Council

Apr 2013 โ†’ May 2016

  • Coordinated a 3-day, campus wide Arts Festival including 8 venues and 40 performance groups.
  • Hired, trained, and managed a 20-person staff and over 100 student volunteers.

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“ Education & Affiliations

Venture For America | 2016 Fellow

  • A two-year fellowship program, founded by Andrew Yang, that pairs recent grads with startups and entrepreneurial opportunities to drive job growth in post-industrial cities
  • Completed 5-week Training camp with intensive courses and project work including consulting skills and system thinking (McKinsey), design thinking (IDEO), and Excel (Train the Street)

Boston College | Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Theatre Arts & Political Science Class of 2016

โ†’ Catalyst Summer Business Program | Carroll School of Management Summer 2015

Theatrical Credits Include:

  • Director โ€“ Bug by Tracy Letts
  • Stage Manager โ€“ A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Clean House
  • Light Design โ€“ Cabaret, Red, Next Fall, & many dance shows
  • Technical Director โ€“ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Dancing at Lughnasa

๐Ÿ›  Skills

  • Design Thinking
  • Systems Thinking and Design
  • Writing: copywriting, communications & proofreading
  • Data-Driven Decision making: financial analysis, budgeting, and modeling
  • Excel + Google Sheets (pivots, SQL queries and basic macros)
  • Methodologies: EOS, Human Centered Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Keynote Presentations & Public Speaking
  • Relationship Building
  • Negotiation
  • Leading Brainstorming Sessions
  • Project Management
  • Process Design and Improvement
  • Event Planning, Production, and Design
  • Basic Web Design + CSS
  • Lighting Design

๐Ÿงฐ Tools

  • Monday.com
  • Notion
  • Google Sheets
  • Excel
  • Keynote
  • Hubspot
  • Quickbooks
  • Workday
  • Harvest
  • Airtable
  • Squarespace
  • Microsoft + Google Suite
  • Vectorworks
  • Lightwright

๐ŸŽญ Work for the Arts

THE CATAPULT PROJECT | Fundraising Strategist

2020 โ†’ Present

  • Developing business plan and fundraising assets for nascent non-profit at the intersection of arts and entrepreneurship.

DETROIT SESSIONS | Young Professional Committee

2017 โ†’ Present

  • Executive Produced and Directed two documentary shorts capturing innovative collaborations between the Detroit Sessions and visiting artists.
  • Strategic advisor to founder on programming, fundraising and donor cultivation

OPERA MODO | Board of Directors

2018 โ†’ Present

MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE | Young Patrons Circle

2018 โ†’ 2019

  • Host Committee Co-Chair for BravoBRAVO! 2019 Gala

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