Robert Deignan is an American entrepreneur who is a co-founder of ATS Digital Services. He is this company’s chief executive officer and in this roles sets the overall strategic vision of this company. He was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was able to enroll at Purdue University with a full football scholarship and he graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. After graduating he played for both the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins before hanging up his cleats.
After leaving the NFL he decided to start his own business. Along with a business partner he co-founded Fanlink, Inc. This was a business that helped people get tickets to sporting events. He managed this company up through 2011 before establishing ATS Digital Services in August of that year.
Robert Deignan had experience in the technology industry prior to founding this company. Along with some of his business partners he had started an anti-malware software firm which sought to keeps pcs safe. He says that beginning in 2009 the people buying their software package couldn’t get it to load. They identified the problem as being the creators of malware were purposely blocking his company’s software from being installed.
He says that they brainstormed on a solution to this problem and came up with putting their phone number on the loading screen. If a customer ran into a problem they could call his company and one of the support staffers would remotely connect to their pc in order to get the anti-malware software installed properly. This led to their coming up with charging for this service and helping people’s computers be free of malware and operating efficiently.
Robert Deignan says that he comes up with his best business ideas when he is out enjoying the great outdoors. He isn’t connected via a phone or computer which allows his mind to think more clearly about things. He will take notes about his better ideas and then flesh them out using a spreadsheet. The good ideas get researched and further developed before being implemented at his company.