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Melbourne Investments

Melbourne Investments is a family owned angel investment fund that focuses on early stage startups that are typically producing revenue and are on target to profitability.  In particular we specialize in emerging technologies including robotics and machine learning.  Due to our long career history in the human resource industry and having built and sold an HR software company we have also invested in an HR startup company called ProFinda.

Meet the Team

Lois and I met at a friends Super Bowl party in 1988 and got married on Super Bowl Sunday 5 years later.  We built an enterprise HR software company called Aquire which had over 3,000 customers in over 100 countries.   In 2011, with zero debt and 100% ownership, we sold the company to a private equity firm.  We have a 16 year old son who is our real success story.

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Ross Melbourne

Partner

Ross Melbourne is a life long innovator, an entrepreneur and patent holder. He has lived and worked in the US for 30 years but grew up in England making stuff for fun.  He graduated from Stevenage College of Further Education in the UK with an ONC in Business Studies.  As a programmer he has written software for almost every type of computer from mainframes to iPhones.  Ross developed the world's first fully automatic organization charting software.  He then co-founded ‘Aquire’ an enterprise software company with his wife of 25 years Lois Melbourne.  Ross is a proven business executive and technology leader using what he calls 'family-first ethics’.  After the sale of their software company, Ross and Lois were able to retire in their 40’s.

Ross was the Founder and CEO of Sensori Games who developed ‘Save Dallas’, the worlds first mobile game set in a real 3D city.

Ross Melbourne is now an angel investor.  He is a partner at Melbourne Investments, which makes angel investments and mentors startup companies.  Ross is responsible for finding investment opportunities and for providing technical and financial due diligence.

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Lois Melbourne

Partner

Co-founded and grew Aquire to a global technology talent management company delivering solutions to over 2500 of the world's greatest companies.
Externally responsible for global reseller development, technical partner development, customer relations, analyst relations and public relations.
Internally nurtured culture development, operations, finances, sales and marketing with a strategic voice in product design.
Public Speaking, Industry Blogging and Contributed Writing added to the various industry boards and committees I served upon to advance our field and human resource practices.

Lois is now the Chief Story Officer for My Future Story, a company she founded to help kids explore their career options.

My Future Story is helping kids explore career options for their future, based on their interests and dreams. The first two books she authored are "The STEM Club Goes Exploring" and "Kids Go To Work Day".

INVESTMENTS

Robin

ROBIN TECHNOLOGIES

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Founded by Justin Crandall and Bart Lomont, Robin solves the biggest headaches around mowing your grass and maintaining your yard. The first of its kind, Robin gives customers a powerful way to limit air and noise pollution, impacting meaningful environmental change via their choice of lawn care service.  Their fully electronic robotic lawn care service is a more reliable and more affordable path to a clean cut lawn and clean air, and reduces as much pollution every week as replacing both family cars with electric cars!  They bring robot lawn mowers and 21st century convenience to the $40 billion lawn care market. The market is highly fragmented with no brand names to rely upon.  Robin AutopilotTM is a commitment to the future—clean air through reliable, affordable lawn care.

Koantic

KOANTIC

Koantic.com

Koantic lets you create highly interactive content from a web browser with drag and drop. With everything you need available to you in one robust tool, creating interactive content has never been easier.