While still in college, she started her career with the American Red Cross. In a short time she learned all major functions of chapter operations and was promoted to Assistant Executive director at 22 year of age.
A change of careers in 2000 led Karlie to technology sales and then the decision to focus solely on Webpath Technologies and On-Disk.com. Although she began experimenting with websites and online businesses in 1998, in 2001 she opened her First eCommerce business. She bootstrapped a second, On-Disk.com in 2003 and in it’s first full year, it grossed nearly $100k.
After years of working with developers of cutting-edge technologies and selling services world-wide she was able to gain a unique perspective on Internet Marketing and online presence management for highly technical products.
In October of 2007, She joined SCORE Chapter 23 in Rochester NY to help other small business owners live their dream. Since then, She has counseled hundreds of businesses and individuals on topics ranging from business planning to effective use of technology in their businesses. She was appointed to a term on Chapter’s executive committee and won the SCORE Association Gold Member Award in 2009 for Exceptional Contribution and Meritorious Service.
Selected Articles -
Save Time and Money on Your Website––Beginning With the finishing touches. – eCommerceforbeginners.com
Marketing Software Skills – OpenSource.com
Fedora 10 Live SD Card for the XO Laptop – OLPC News
First Steps… Avoid Winging it – CodeSnippers.com
Recorded Presentations and Interviews-
WAHS Podcast #138 Bootstrapping Your Business with Karlie Robinson – WorkAtHomeSuccess.com
Bridging the Digital Divide – TEDxRochester 2010
The Business of Linux – How individuals can get in the game – Talk synopsis and video
What others are saying -
Osnik Blog – SCORE!
“The presenter, Karlie Robinson, was extremely engaging. She owns her own computer business in Rochester, NY and has been part of SCORE for about three years now. I loved her lecturing style; she was engaging, honest, witty and encouraging. She fluctuated her voice so it wasn’t a three hour presentation of monotonous jargon like workshops can be. She made her information understandable, interactive and she paused occasionally to see whether anyone had questions.”
Frontiers in Education 2010 Session F4D – Work in Progress – Rochester Institute of Technology, One Laptop Per Child and Open Source; a Unique Approach to Service Education
“At the regional and local level FOSS communities in Western New York in general, and Rochester in particular, are extremely active and well connected. Within a month of the start of the local OLPC group, FOSS community member Karlie Robinson had linked RIT to Fedora and Red Hat, resulting in a donation of 25 OLPC XO laptops for class use as development platforms. This, and the willingness of Robinson and community member Fred Grose to join the class sessions, helped create a solid base of supporters and mentors within the open source world.”
OpenSource.com The Course-to-Co-op Lifecycle: OpenInnovation@RIT
“This decision resulted in a wonderful confluence of circumstances that grew the course and its impact beyond anyone’s initial expectations. It began when Karlie Robinson (Arguably one of the most involved Hacktivists in the Upstate NY region) attended the User Group.”
Girl With Computer Blog – One year ago today – Learning to Embrace the Tech Community.
“I saw another talk on the OLPC/XO by an awesome woman, Karlie Robinson, who detailed the effort and reached out to the tech community to engage their skills towards a cause for education. I could relate. I even brought myself to go up to her after the talk and give her my e-mail address, given my experience in education, thinking maybe I could help. For the first time, I thought, maybe there is something worthwhile that I can contribute to the tech community.”