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Erik Groset
Co-Founder, Zipbuds

CSU San Marcos

B.S. Business Administration (2007)
  • Co-founded Zipbuds with former CSUSM classmate Robin DeFay and created a solution to tangled earphone and headphone cables using a tangle-free, zipper-integrated design.
  • Zipbuds continues to turn heads worldwide with industry experts touting its ingenuity and even caught the attention of television host Ellen DeGeneres who debuted the product on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show as part of her “12 Days of Giveaways.”
  • At the age of seven, he began his first business venture. Capitalizing on the sweltering Chicago heat of his suburban neighborhood, he zeroed in on the lucrative market of selling Kool-Aid by the gallon to thirsty construction workers. That summer he made over $1,000 in a matter of weeks.
  • Credits the faculty mentorship he received as a student as a vital contributor to his success. “The wealth of experience my professors brought to the classroom transformed the way I saw and thought about business, and it undoubtedly played a role in how I built my business and got me to where I am today.”
  • At the age of 25, he was inducted into the Young Inventors International Hall of Fame and was recently recognized by President Barack Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30.
  • He is the primary inventor on over a dozen assigned patents worldwide and is also a software developer for apps, several of which have reached Top 5 in Social Networking paid apps on iTunes and Top 10 free Social Networking Apps on Google Play. Today the serial entrepreneur is working on his next big idea in technology.

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