Rob is an established international venture capital investor. He is currently leveraging his background in telecom, mobile and internet investing to fund companies that apply IT to the food and agriculture sectors via Better Food Ventures, a seed stage investment entity established in 2013. From 2012-2014 he was a Venture Parter with Swisscom Ventures. From 2008-2012 he was founding Senior Managing Director of SK Telecom Ventures. From 2004-2008 he was co-founding Partner of Nokia Growth Partners, the global growth-stage VC arm of Nokia. From late 2000-2004, he worked at Nokia Venture Partners (now BlueRun Ventures). Prior to working in venture capital, he worked at DIRECTV in LA and Tokyo in operational and business planning roles. He also worked at a D.C.-based think tank, the Center for Strategic & International Studies. He holds a M.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Rob has also started organizations that link companies to venture innovation. In 2001 he co-founded the Service Provider Investment Forum (now part of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley). In 2011 he started the Corporate Innovators Huddle and its Corporate Venture Forum. And in 2013 he started the Mixing Bowl to link food, agriculture and IT innovators.
Rob also enjoys engaged philanthropy. Since 2008 Rob has been an active member of social impact giving organization Full Circle Fund, joining its board in 2012. He also started the Silicon Valley chapters of Net Impact and the United Way’s Young Leaders United.
He plays ice hockey and splits his time between Menlo Park and Pescadero, CA.