Rob is an experienced entrepreneur & proven product leader that has successfully developed and launched over 50-market leading products. He has built 3 venture backed start-ups with successful exits. He sold first Company in 1995, pre-Yahoo and his second company to Lycos, where he became VP & GM of the number 2 Internet portal at that time. Affinnova, his third company is currently a market leader within its space, achieving exceptional growth.
An Internet pioneer, even before the world knew names such as Yahoo and Netscape, way back in 1994, Rob had the VISION of creating a company focused on ecommerce and online personal finance. While studying for his MBA at Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School, he and his business partner, Joel Maske, decided to start Galt Technologies, one of the first companies focused solely on ecommerce.
As CEO, Rob guided Galt’s investment websit, NETworth, from inception to become one of the premier Web finance destinations before selling the company to Intuit in 1995. NETworth was the first commercially available stock quote web site on the Internet. Today the site is integrated within the Quicken Financial Network.
Since the early days of Galt, Rob has successfully created many other companies. He has pioneered search engine technology among many things creating the first available MP3 search. He established one of the largest online communities and built a significant 3D virtual world. One of his companies even uses genetic algorithms to do consumer product design. Rob is always looking beyond the horizon for the next opportunity to create something extraordinary.
A wonderful guest speaker, Rob has inspired countless budding entrepreneurs to “jump on in” and take the steps necessary to follow their visions and accomplish their dreams.
Rob has spoken at several investment conferences and has been featured in several publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Newsweek. Rob has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration and Babson Graduate School of Business.