Ombligo is a team of inspired individuals as diverse as the city and the country in which we operate. We believe in encouraging experimentation, despite the stress it causes on internal resources. Ombligo believes in sharing information across the entire company; our successes and our failures too – especially our failures. We say “we” and not “me”. Ombligo believes that the lessons learned from our mistakes can, and should, be used to educate and strengthen our team.
We started out small because we believe that bootstrapping drives innovation. We also believe that small companies should be self-funded because financial independence allows for creative freedom. We believe that it is still possible to start a great American company in a garage (as we did) and expand across the country (as we continue to do).
We wanted to make big mistakes and learn from them while we were still small. We made mistakes. We learned from them. We were honest about what we knew and what we didn’t know. We experimented. We failed. We experimented more. We succeeded. We improved upon our successes. We listened to our teammates and our partners. We worked hard. We believe we are making a difference. You can help.
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Harris, our Founder, Chief Executive Officer and acting Chief Technology Officer, leads Ombligo’s vision and business strategy. He began his career with the Cisneros Group in 1996 where he was the Director of Corporate Strategy, and helped advise and lead a variety of strategic transactions in the US and Latin America. Harris left in 2000 at the midst of the dot.com boom to join the Urban Box Office – an online media startup – as Vice President of Business Development where he focused on forging new partnerships and improving the Company’s overall growth prospects. In 2002, Harris joined TechSmart – an Information Technology (IT) refurbishing and remarketing Company – as Vice President of Business Development. While at TechSmart, Harris developed a passion for the IT services industry, and realized how much more could be done in the industry with a management team who cared about more than just top-line growth. In late 2003/early 2004, Harris decided to start Ombligo, based on the premise that what is good for the community is also good for business. Ombligo was founded to save the world, one used computer at a time. Harris strongly believes that creating policies and practices that incorporate societal aspects creates economic value, which, in turn, allows companies to succeed.
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Hani, our Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Financial Officer, works closely with Harris on strategic growth initiatives, and helps run the day-to-day business. He began his career in 2001 as a Financial Analyst at TechSmart, where he and Harris originally met. Hani left TechSmart in 2003 to join Rho Capital Partners – a leading global Venture Capital fund – as a Senior Analyst where he helped recommend investments in software, biotechnology and energy startups in the US. Hani left Rho Capital Partners in 2005 to earn his M.B.A. at the Columbia Business School where he combined his studies with a consulting role for Bitshelter, a New York technology startup. After completing his postgraduate studies, Hani joined Merrill Lynch (later Bank of America Merrill Lynch) as an Investment Banking Associate, later promoted to Vice President. In that capacity, he advised companies in the Consumer Products and Retail Sectors on a host of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, new debt issuances, equity offerings and divestitures. Hani left Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2012 to return to his startups and operations roots, and consulted for a wide range of technology startups in the US primarily on management and strategy. He reconnected with Harris in 2013, and joined Ombligo on a full-time basis later that year.
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Mayssam worked for PCM IT Solutions and Services as a sales rep between 2011 and 2012. At PCM, Mayssam demonstrated an incredible ability to provide strategic solutions and personalized services, which resulted in her consistently exceeding monthly sales quotas and ranking among the top 5 of a 130-people sales team. Mayssam left PCM in 2012 to join Telegraphe where she managed complex web development projects, and developed digital marketing campaigns for clients across a wide range of industries. Mayssam left Telegraphe and moved to New York in 2014 to join Ombligo as an Economist. She currently works closely with our CEO on strategic growth opportunities and shares his passion for technology and the concept of creating shared value. In her free time, Mayssam loved to produce electronic music, DJ and plan events. Mayssam holds a degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Montreal.
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- Donate to Charities
We provide our partners the option of donating all, or a portion of, their used IT equipment to a charitable institution of their choice. Donations can be in the form of used IT equipment that is refurbished and redeployed by Ombligo, or from the cash earned through monetizing used equipment in the secondary market. Our partners are able to make a difference, while enjoying the tax benefits associated with the value of their donations.
- Bridge the Digital Divide
With the rapid pace of technological innovation, several markets and economies are left with little to no access to technology. We help bridge this digital divide by working with our partners to supply these underprivileged economies with a much needed access to technology, in the way of refurbished and accessible IT equipment.
Our partners are also able to directly fund specific projects that are aimed at serving these markets, such as providing data center equipment to schools, or providing computer and lab equipment to colleges and universities.
- Protect our planet
We have an explicit commitment to reduce electronic waste and find solutions to reuse or repurpose our partners’ used IT equipment instead of recycling it. To that end, we maximize the proportion of used IT equipment that we resell, and we even up-cycle obsolete equipment whenever possible prior to responsibly recycling it.
When Ombligo has to responsibly recycle equipment, we hold ourselves to the highest industry standards. We have earned several key certifications that allow us to ensure that all recycling work done by our downstream vendors, is done in the most environmentally-friendly manner.
We provide our partners with full visibility into our recycling process, which allows them to set, track and achieve environmental goals. Our detailed reporting provides our partners with specific weights responsibly recycled periodically, broken down by raw material type.
- Recycle Responsibly
We believe that there should be an electronics-recycling bin next to every garbage bin and paper/plastic recycling bin in the world. We believe that, if given the opportunity, people want to do the right thing. With that in mind, we have designed and have started distributing Ombligo Bins, which are recycling bins for electronics. Ombligo Bins are locked bins that encourage employees of large companies and tenants of large industrial buildings to properly dispose of their used and out-of-service IT and AV equipment securely and responsibly. We recently launched a successful Ombligo Bins pilot project in select buildings and data centers in NYC.
- Ombligo studio up-cycles sounds
There’s nothing like the raw sounds you hear in a warehouse. We up-cycle a variety of sounds for DJs & producers to use in their productions.