Rob is a founder of Shasta Ventures and a 22-year veteran of the Silicon Valley venture capital industry. At Shasta Ventures, Rob focuses on investing in emerging platforms – Robotics, Space, the Connected Home and AR/VR. His investments include Accion Systems, Doctor on Demand, Nest (acquired by Google), Fetch Robotics, and Turo. He is also a Board Observer at Flyhomes. Early in his career, Rob served as an engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta, where he helped build the first A2100 satellite, a platform which is still in production today at Lockheed. Rob earned an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.

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.
—Andre Haddad, CEO, Turo

Rob spends his weekends car-racing and believes similar skills are needed to be a successful entrepreneur. “I like going fast,” Rob explains. “Racing requires you to focus and make good decisions quickly.”