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Bob Reiss grew up in Brooklyn and attended the New York City public schools. He is a graduate of Columbia University (where he played on an undefeated basketball team), a U.S. Army veteran, and a Harvard Business School graduate. He has been involved in 14 start-ups, and is the founder of a number of highly successful companies, including Reiss Games, R&R, Inc., and Valdawn, Inc., a division of R&R. (R&R/Valdawn was named to the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing companies in 1992, 1993, and 1994.) He has been the subject of two Harvard Business School cases—taught at some 80 institutions around the world—and has been a guest speaker in entrepreneurship classes at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels. He is married to an entrepreneur and has five daughters.