Founder / CEO
Robert founded LumaTax in 2016 and serves as the company's CEO. Prior to LumaTax, Robert co-founded Taxcient - a sales and use tax software company that served Fortune 1000 enterprises prior to merging with Avalara (NYSE: AVLR) in 2010. Robert's career in sales tax technology was preceded by his work as a Senior Tax Auditor for the State of California.
Marc, a sales tax technology veteran, leads the product team at LumaTax. Along with Robert, he co-founded Taxcient in 2003 and served as the company's CTO before the merger with Avalara. Prior to joining LumaTax, Marc was a Senior Engineering Manager at GoFundMe, where he was responsible for their cloud infrastructure, site reliability, and security.
LumaTax was founded by Robert Schulte, a veteran of the sales tax industry, and launched out of Pioneer Square Labs in the fall of 2016. Pioneer Square Labs is a startup studio in the heart of Seattle that has gone on to successfully spin out a number of exciting startups, since LumaTax became its first funded spin out.
Prior to LumaTax, Robert worked as a Senior Tax Auditor for the State of California. In this role, he learned the ins and outs of sales tax - and came to fully appreciate the burden placed disproportionately on small businesses when it comes to sales and use tax calculation, reporting, and remittance. Robert went on to found Taxcient, a sales tax software company, in the early 2000's. Taxcient eventually merged with Avalara, and Avalara has since become the industry leader in the sales tax software space, catering primarily to large, enterprise customers.
Robert, a lifelong entrepreneur, has always been aware of the fact that there are no adequate, affordable sales tax solutions for the "little guys". At the same time, these small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy. Ultimately, LumaTax evolved over the course of a decade from an idea, to an opportunity, to a company - one that Robert is uniquely qualified to lead.
LumaTax has raised more funding and inked a key partnership with Square to help small businesses automate their sales tax reporting process.
In this week's Pitch, we take a look at LumaTax, a startup aimed at small businesses that need help filing sales taxes.
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LumaTax which offers automation for small business tax reporting, received $2 million in funding.