Chris Reimer


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*Chris Reimer * is an American entrepreneur. Chris started Boosa Tech in 2017 and is based in Saint Louis, MO.[1]

Chris Reimer , founder of Boosa TechChris Reimer , founder of Boosa Tech

Company

Boosa Tech

Twitter

@ChrisReimer (43.8K followers)

Instagram

@chrisreimerog (2.24K followers)

Career

Early Career

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Boosa Tech

Chris started Boosa Tech in 2017. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on Boosa Tech?

Boosa is (for now) my side hustle. I do not consider myself an entrepreneur at heart; this stuff does NOT come natural to me, and I don’t typically feel a burning desire to leave whatever job I’m working. But Boosa was a business idea that I just had to execute on. I said to myself, “You’re going to regret it forever if you don’t do this.”

My first entrepreneurial experience was on the golf course directly behind my house. My younger brother and I would search the woods for lost golf balls, clean and scrub them, and sell them back to the golfers from our backyard on the 16th tee of the golf course. When you’re 10-15 years old making hundreds of dollars every weekend and you’re not selling weed, that’s something to be proud of! The golf course tried to shut us down, but the golfers loved our prices.

> Boosa is (for now) my side hustle. I do not consider myself an entrepreneur at heart; this stuff does NOT come natural to me, and I don’t typically feel a burning desire to leave whatever job I’m working.

My grandfather started a window manufacturing company in 1949, and that was my first taste of real business, a large entrepreneurial venture. I spent time there as a child, watching salespeople milling about, factory artisans building windows, my grandpa and his team running the whole show. I was wide-eyed and amazed.

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I wanted a strong business background and was always good at math, so accounting seemed like the right career for me. I graduated from Marquette University with a degree in accounting, passed the CPA exam just a few years later, and eventually served as the CFO of various organizations in my hometown of St. Louis, MO. My CFO experience included a stint at my grandpa’s business, then run by my uncles. I got us Y2K compliant by launching a new computer system on December 21, 1999. Timely!

Halfway into my final accounting job, where I was CFO of a nonprofit, I launched Rizzo Tees, a funny t-shirt company with World Headquarters in my basement. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this was the launch of my marketing career. When my site went live on October 31, 2008, I had no customers, so I had no choice but to jump on Twitter and Facebook and get to know people. Often times, I was having so much fun talking with people, I was forgetting to market the t-shirts. Nevertheless, many of those people bought tees, and I knew I was on to something.

I was using Twitter so much that I was ranked the most influential Twitter user in St. Louis in 2010 and 2011 - this was before TV stations and big brands and the Cardinals figured out how to use it. Still, in a metro area of 3 million people, this feat seemed impressive to people. Entrepreneur Magazine named me one of the top five Twitter follows in the world if you're new to Twitter. So all these crazy awards and accolades were happening around me - sometimes it was even hard to believe - and I finally decided to capitalize on it. I took my new “particular set of skills” and started my career in marketing. I was done being a CPA, and as I joke with people, “I’m much better now.”

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During the last 10 years, I’ve been glued to my smartphone, doing my job of social media, video production, and communication consulting. Now I have two phones, work and personal, and like every busy person with a phone, I’m burning them down to zero every day. When I first discovered the utility of portable phone chargers, I felt like I just got the cheat codes to my favorite video game. It’s crazy, I still feel that way, and the reason is that too many people still try to work, spend time away from home, and travel without a portable phone charger.

There’s no shortage of competition in this space, but there is a shortage of understanding of what these devices really provide you. I still see people sitting on sticky airport floors, stuck to the wall outlet (if someone else isn’t already using it). Or they turn it off on the airplane to conserve battery. Flights are so damn boring, we need our phones! People spend $1,000 on a smartphone but don’t spend $33 to make it invincible? I saw a business opportunity.

For love of mission and financial reasons, I’m not yet leaving my day job. So no one is relying on Boosa to put food on the table. That’s both a blessing and a curse. I feel no pressure to make it succeed, but... I feel no pressure to make it succeed. So I have to find ways to motivate myself, to stay on top of my game. I do appreciate the fact that I’m able to build this business without having my family’s back against the wall. I’ve been laid off a few times and we’ve felt the pressure, and I see no need to feel those feelings again.

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Source [1]

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