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Colin Barceloux

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Colin Barceloux
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materSanta Clara University
Stanford Graduate School of Business
💼 Occupation
Entrepreneur, businessman
📆 Years active  2004-present

Colin Barceloux is an American serial entrepreneur, businessman, and technology investor. He is known for founding, the first online textbook rental company. He is also the founder of Techmate and Axious and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the company.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Barceloux graduated with a bachelor in Management Information Systems in 2003 and a minor in information technology from Santa Clara University. He received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2005.[2]


In 2006, Barceloux launched his first startup, in Silicon Valley, funded by Storm Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, and Adams Capital.[3][4] While studying at Santa Clara University, he founded the company with an idea to minimize the cost of educational materials and allow students to rent textbooks less than the retail price. It was one of the first online textbook rental service providers and served 6 million students on over 5,000 campuses in the US. Barceloux was the Chief Executive Officer of BookRenter from 2007 to 2009 and later served as the Vice-President of business development.[5]

In 2011, Bookrenter raised $40 million from its investors including Storm Ventures, Adams Capital Management, Comerica Bank, Lighthouse Capital Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Focus Ventures.[6][7]

In early 2012, Barceloux and other executives decided to rebrand Bookrenter as Rafter Inc. after introducing cloud-based course materials management services to colleges and universities. Through the cloud based platform, students could obtain course materials and college administrators, professors access and manage their educational materials.[8] Barceloux served as the director of the company before it was sold to in 2017.

Prior to BookRenter and Rafter, he held business development roles at Decide Interactive which was later acquired by 24/7 Real Media and Google.

In 2015, Barceloux founded Techmate, an on-demand startup providing technology support based in Sacramento and San Francisco, California.[9][10] The company was incubated by Y Combinator in 2016.[11] He has served as the CEO of the company until May 2017.

In 2017, Barceloux founded Axius, a venture-backed startup that provides smart home device management for homeowners’ IoT devices.[2][12] It works through a piece of networking hardware called the Axius Sense.[13][14][15] He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the company.


  1. "Colin Barceloux: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "An Interview with Colin Barceloux, CEO of Axius". Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  3. "Company Gives College Students The Option To Rent Expensive Text Books". CBS Boston. August 23, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  4. Goldfisher, Alastair (June 16, 2010). "BookRenter competes for huge textbook market". Reuters. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  5. " Names Mehdi Maghsoodnia Chief Executive Officer as Company Witnesses Explosive Growth". June 24, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  6. "BookRenter Takes In $40M, Seeks to Overtake Chegg in College Textbook Rentals". February 23, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  7. "BookRenter raises $40M". February 23, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  8. Geron, Tomio (February 28, 2012). "Bookrenter Becomes Rafter, A Content Platform For Colleges". Forbes. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  9. Yeung, Ken (July 18, 2016). "Techmate launches to take on Geek Squad with its technology concierge service". Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  10. Bloom, Jonathan (December 28, 2015). "Bay Area startup brings tech support to your front door". KABC-TV. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  11. "All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1". TechCrunch. August 23, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  12. "Axius Partners with Real Estate Developers to Build Smart Homes". Digital Trends. November 6, 2017.
  13. Hughes, Neil C. (17 August 2017). "The startup aiming to support your smart home". The Next Web. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  14. "Axius - Getting Started With Smart Home Management, IoT Devices and Security". Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  15. "Smart Apartments Require More Than Hardware". Retrieved May 7, 2018.

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