Tuesday March 11, 2014 | Roland W. Schumann III
Roland Schumann co-founded SwapDrive, Inc. in 2000 to enable businesses to backup and share their mission-critical information online using secure data centers located off-site, creating one of the first consumer Internet ‘clouds’. Mr. Schumann served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and as a Board member, playing a key role in the development of new products and strategic plans, until the acquisition of SwapDrive by Symantec Corporation in 2008. Mr. Schumann continued to manage day-to-day operations of the cloud storage business unit as an executive at Symantec, overseeing one of the largest data storage infrastructures in the world. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Schumann left Symantec Corporation to concentrate on his investments, mentor students, and advise entrepreneurs.
Prior to SwapDrive, Mr. Schumann was a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided technical risk management services to the company’s clientele, and a senior project manager and information systems developer for the Advanced Technologies Group within the Thomson Corporation (i.e., Reuter’s, Westlaw, First Call, Janes’), overseeing complex technical projects for investment banking, research, and publishing firms.
Mr. Schumann attained the rank of captain as an intelligence officer and paratrooper in the US Army for 10 years before pursuing a civilian career in business. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a M.Sc. in Information Systems from the George Washington University (GWU) Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Schumann frequently lectures to on entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and post-graduate students at leading business schools including Thunderbird School of Global Management, George Washington University, and Georgetown University. In addition, he serves as a judge for multiple university business plan competitions.
Mr. Schumann is an active member of the Angel Capital Association and the Sierra Angels, an angel investing group based in the Lake Tahoe Basin. He is a member of the Sierra Angels Selection Committee, where he screens investment opportunities and chooses companies to pitch to the broader membership. Mr. Schumann is also a mentor in GWU’s StarMBA program, a specialized MBA for individuals with strong personal brands such as professional athletes, artists and musicians. He was recognized by GWU as the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award.
He and his wife Karen reside on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada. They have two grown children.