Roderick Morris is Co-founder and President of Lovevery, the award-winning children’s playtime company that’s reimagining what kids’ toys can be, steeping their products in child development science and research in order to make it especially easy for modern parents to give their kids the best possible start in life. Under the direction of Morris and cofounder, Jessica Rolph, Lovevery has launched a series of highly successful products since the company’s launch in 2017, including The Play Gym, now #1 in its sales category on Amazon, and a recipient of a Red Dot Award for High Design Quality; The Play Kits for Babies, a subscription box service delivering precisely the toys infants require for brain development, at precisely the right moment in time, which TIME Magazine named a “Best Invention of 2018;” and The Play Kits for Toddlers, which Business Insider says “greatly benefit,” not only the child, but also “the caregiver who’s also involved in a learning process.”
Prior to Lovevery, Morris built and led the marketing and operational teams at Opower, where he helped create the largest behavioral science experiment in the world and helped more than 100 million people around the world save energy. Morris took the company from early stage to IPO, leading half the company at the time of his departure to start Lovevery. His professional experience prior to Opower includes roles in leadership at technology businesses, as a management consultant, an investment banker, and a Peace Corps Volunteer. Morris received his MBA from Stanford University, and his BBA and BA from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two children.
Host Karl Ulrich is joined by Roderick Morris (Co-founder and President, Lovevery), Patrick Cozzi (CEO, Cesium), Ryan Pandya (Co-Founder & CEO, Perfect Day), Perumal Gandhi (Co-Founder, Perfect Day), Andrew Beltran (Co-founder, Original Grain), and Ryan Beltran (Co-Founder, Original Grain) on the Wednesday, August 7, 2019 edition of Launch Pad.