Rob specializes in developing high-growth companies with a particular focus on sustainable energy, technology, emerging and disruptive innovations, and ventures that bridge financial opportunities, spanning Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Rob is a serial entrepreneur and investor whose previous early and mid-stage personal and professional investments have resulted in over a dozen high-profile exits, and public offerings on major exchanges, including: Lyft ($25 billion IPO), Didi Chuxing ($73 billion IPO), Compass ($7 billion IPO), Qihoo 360 ($62 billion IPO), Coursera ($4.5 billion IPO), Rong360 ($3.5 billion IPO), Casper ($575 million IPO), Accolade ($1.2 billion IPO) and Mobileye ($15 billion acquisition by Intel).
Rob has also been an early investor in private firms with significant venture capital commitments and value growth, including: Better Mortgage ($4 billion current valuation), Impossible Foods ($4 billion current valuation), Ola ($6.5 billion current valuation), Dataminr ($1.9 billion current valuation) and SenseTime ($7 billion current valuation).
Rob joined Parkway from Alumni Ventures Group, the third most active venture capital investor in the U.S. and 7th most active globally, where he was the Managing Partner of Fission Ventures, and a shareholder in the parent company. Prior to Alumni Ventures Group, Rob was Managing Director, Partner, and member of the Investment and Risk Committees of Hong Kong and Shanghai-based Sailing Capital, a venture capital fund with $1.2 billion of assets under management.
Before joining Sailing Capital, Rob advised a series of ultra-high net worth individuals on venture capital and private equity investments, including very early investors in: Skype, Mail.RU and the precursor firm to Virgin Media. Rob also served as Partner and Global Head of Direct and Co-Investments for Atlantic-Pacific Capital in London.
Prior to working in venture capital and private equity, Rob served as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, UBS, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank. As an investment banker Rob worked globally, living extensively in: New York, London, Zurich, Beijing, and Hong Kong. He worked as an advisor on M&A, debt, hybrid and equity transactions with an aggregate value of approximately $100 billion. Among these were, the acquisition and financing of RJR Nabisco by KKR, which to this day remains one of the largest leveraged buyouts ever completed, the demutualisation of Prudential Financial, one of the largest demutualisations in U.S. history, and the initial public offering for China Life, China’s largest life insurance company.
Rob has lived in: Canada, China, France, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College and speaks four languages.