Rob has always loved building things that go fast. He started his career as an aerospace engineer and auto engine tester, then became an investor in early stage technology companies. In the depths of a tech downturn, Rob took a risk to launch a new venture firm, Shasta Ventures. Over the years Rob has supported more than 100 founders in their quests to build lasting businesses that deliver breakout products and services.
Rob has embraced our company and become an evangelist for our brand. Getting his first-hand feedback makes for a more insightful and valuable relationship. His unique perspective sets him apart from everyone else on our board.
CEO - Turo
Rob is looking to work closely with entrepreneurs who are creating disruptive approaches to mobile and networked devices, as well as technology applications that leverage novel infrastructure technologies. He is particularly interested in high-risk startups that are rapidly scalable, impact the lives of millions of people and connect the "real world" to the Internet, whether via smart phones, low-cost sensors, or other devices.
Rob is passionate about anything with an engine, including robots, satellites, and new modes of transportation. He is particularly interested in smartphone-based businesses, collaborative consumption, connected hardware, and The Internet of Things.
Before co-founding Shasta in 2004, Rob was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates. At Shasta Ventures, his investments include Nest (acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in 2014), Fetch Robotics, and Turo.
Earlier in his career, Rob served as a lead integration engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta, where he helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft. Rob earned an MS in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.
Rob enjoys modifying his street cars to go faster on the track. He's driven his cars at Laguna Seca, Thunderhill, Road America, Road Atlanta, and Sears Point, and loves driving long distances at high speeds on the German Autobahn.
Cloud applications and management
Mobile & wireless
Big data and analytics
Subscription business models
Consumer internet and mobile
Cloud-based marketing services
SaaS / cloud applications
Customer lifecycle applications
Mobile developer infrastructure
Open source software