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 Nest (acquired by Google), Fetch Robotics, Turo and Vector Space Systems. 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.”