|Founders||A.J. Steigman and Shane Robinson|
Soletron is a social networking and ecommerce platform in lifestyle retail verticals. It is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and holds offices in Philadelphia, New York City, and California. Their revenue model is similar to Etsy.[dead link]
Soletron was founded in September 2010 by former Merril Lynch bankers A.J. Steigman and Shane Robinson with the goal of becoming a social networking and ecommerce company. In March 2011 they launched their blog and their app debuted in October 2011. Their ecommerce platform was established in December 2011.
The Soletron platform is designed to facilitate the interaction between consumers and independent brands. Soletron has a structure similar to Etsy as it does not hold any inventory.[dead link] Sellers sign up through the website to post their inventory online. Soletron brings a social element to retail as users can create profiles to follow brands or other members. They can also favorite products and share them with the online community. Soletron features a lifestyle blog meant to keep their visitors up to date on sneakerhead trends.
Soletron is known for launching the first ever sneakerhead comic book as part of their marketing efforts and have been deemed a source of authority for the community. They cater mainly to sneakerheads and streetwear consumers, that are between the ages of 15-25.
In November 2012, the company transitioned into a full content platform for the youth community.
Soletron hosts as many as 300,000 unique monthly visitors and makes 9,000,000 impressions per month. This company has an online presence in over 200 countries.[dead link] As of February 2013, the company had over 200,000 Twitter followers and 100,000 Facebook fans.
Soletron's advisory board consists of the following individuals:
- Bruce Chizen (Former CEO of Adobe Systems)
- Santonio Holmes (Super Bowl MVP and current member of the New York Jets)
- Tom Austin (Founder of AND1)
- John Friedman (Founder of Easton Capital)
- Bob Rice (Founder of Tangent Capital and Bloomberg Contributor)
Press and accolades
- "How These Former Merril Lynch Bankers Got Some Big Investors For Their Startup". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 2012-02-10.
- "Soletron's iPhone App Is The Holy Grail for Sneakerheads". BroBible.
- "Soletron Ceo on Sneakerhead Trading Platform". Bloomberg TV.
- "Premium ContentStart-Up, Soletron.com, Leases Office in Buckhead" (PDF). CBRE.
- "Karmaloop buys VC-backed Soletron". Reuters PE HUB.
- "E-retailer Karmaloop acquires blog and content publisher Soletron". Internet Retailer. Archived from the original on 2014-08-14.
- "Karmaloop, Inc., Acquires Soletron to Create Verge Culture Epicenter". PR Web.
- "Karmaloop buys Broward-based Soletron". Miami Herald.
- "Streetwear E-Retailer Karmaloop Acquires Content Publisher Soletron". BostInno.
- "Soletron targets $60 Billion streetwear industry". Reuters. 2011-12-23.
- "Wall Street Bankers Quitting to Start their Own Business". CNBC.
- "Wall Street Bankers Quitting to Start their Own Business". Huffington Post. 2012-01-13.
- "10 VCs and Founders Share Their Tips on how Startups Should be Fundraising". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14.
- "This Comic Book Strip Shows Exactly What Startups Should Be Doing Right Now". Business Insider.
- "A Complete Guide What Not to do When Launching a Startup". Business Insider.