The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) at Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics introduced the virtual version of the Founder Friday after popular demand, on November 6, 2020. Featured in this session is Robb Monkman (MBA’08), CEO of React Mobile, a global leader in providing best-in-class panic button solutions for the hospitality industry. The Founder Friday series is open to the public and highlights the stories and lessons of entrepreneurial alumni.
Robb sat down in a virtual fireside chat with IEC Interim Director Amelia Marckworth and an audience comprising of students, alumni, and community members. He discussed using technology and innovation to ensure health and safety. As a visionary for the company, Robb’s passion for safety and commitment to helping others is the backbone of the organization.
As a strategy to grow React Mobile, Robb participated in the Jones Progress Awards, an alumni business accelerator run by SeattleU IEC and received $10,000 and six months of expert business coaching. React Mobile’s safety system is used by some of the largest hospitality brands in the world including Hilton, Accor, and Las Vegas Sands, among others.
Founded in 2013, React Mobile’s hospitality safety platform helps hotels keep their employees safe and allows management to deploy resources to the exact location of an emergency within seconds of an alert, getting help to where they need it fast. In an emergency quick response times are essential. Hoteliers realize that housekeeping staff that needs to enter into guest rooms alone can sometimes find themselves in vulnerable situations. Having help available at the press of a button is not only reassuring to staff it could potentially prevent serious emergencies or additional liability from occurring in the first place.