Rob is an active angel investor and a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investor organization targeting high growth women-led ventures. Rob is a Limited Partner in Golden Seeds Fund 1 and Fund 2, AccelFoods, ARC Angel Fund, BluePrint Health, Canrock Ventures and Las Olas Ventures, all of which invest in seed and early-stage companies with high growth potential. Rob is a frequent lecturer at The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia University where he also co-taught the MBA-level class “Introduction to Venturing” and was an executive mentor in “Launching New Ventures” and “The Greenhouse Program.” He has also co-authored a published Columbia Business School case on Family Business and is a Lead Instructor for the Golden Seeds Knowledge Institute.
Rob was previously Vice President, NY for Astia, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs in high growth businesses and currently serves on Astia’s Global Advisory Board. Rob is a mentor for The Founder Institute, the world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs and has been a mentor for a multitude of incubators and accelerators including Monarq, Springboard Enterprises, and The Daily News Innovation Lab.
Rob has made over 150 direct and indirect (via funds) investments in startup companies. His current portfolio of direct investments includes:
- Bergen Medical Products
- Blue Spruce Productions
- Crimson Hexagon
- Gracious Eloise
- Proseeder Technologies
- Soft Tissue Regeneration
- Salsa Labs
- Work Truck Solution
From 1985-2000 Rob was a principal and President of Delco International Ltd., a successful manufacturing and distribution company of tableware products for the food service and transportation industries. During Rob’s tenure, sales increased from $34m to $76m and top-line revenue per employee increased from $618k to $982k. Delco was often a recipient of both the Long Island Top 50 Private Companies and 25 Fastest Growing Private Companies award sponsored by KPMG Peat Marwick and Hofstra University School of Business. In 2000, Rob orchestrated the successful sale of the company to Oneida Ltd, the world’s largest tableware manufacturer and stayed on as President of the Delco foodservice division through 2003.
Rob holds a BS in Marketing from Syracuse University and an MBA from Columbia University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel; is a member of the World President’s Organization New York City Metro chapter and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society; was awarded the Human Relations Award by the American Jewish Committee; is an Outward Bound graduate; and is a multi-Bronze Medal winner in tennis for the USA Maccabi Team.