April 25, 2014
Rick Duggan has been an advisor to Rolltech since they first got their start, so it made sense when he announced earlier this week that he’d be stepping down from Zappos to join Rolltech CEO Rich Belsky full-time. The bowling-focused startup is on a good growth trajectory, according to Duggan, and he’s excited to be a part of the smaller, startup game once again.
For Belsky, it’s a dream come true. He isn’t a technical founder and while Rolltech has had great growth, he’s been searching for the last two years to find a fit for a high-level technical position. Having Duggan on board has brought new energy, more professionalism, and a depth of experience that will allow Rolltech to pursue their goals in an effective manner.
“The situation was very natural how it unfolded,” says Belsky. “Rick made some decisions, he chose to follow his passions, and it coincided with our desire to bring somebody new on.”
Zappos has been a tremendous ally for Duggan during this transitional period as well.
“The pseudo-Zappos mantra is to always follow your passion, and sometimes that means following it outside of Zappos,” says Duggan. “I’ve been in job situations before where I’ve left because of frustrations, but in this scenario I’ve felt like I’m running towards something.”
Together the duo is looking forward to growing Rolltech beyond their wildest dreams now that Belsky has a well-qualified CTO in Duggan.
“I’m really excited about the scaling opportunity that’s presented,” says Duggan. “I’m looking forward to going out and kicking some ass.”
All of us here at Tech Cocktail wish Duggan and Belsky the best of luck as they move forward with Rolltech. Go out and kick ass, you two.
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