Rob is Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investor organization targeting high growth women-led ventures, and a Limited Partner in Golden Seeds Fund 1 and Fund 2, ARC Angel Fund, Canrock Ventures and BluePrint Health, all of which invest in seed and early-stage companies with high growth potential. He is also a Limited Partner and on the Advisory Board of AccelFoods, a platform that positions emerging food companies to scale more efficiently. Rob serves as an Advisor, The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia University where he has co-taught the MBA-level classes “Introduction to Venturing” and as 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. He currently serves on Astia’s NYC Advisory Board. Rob has also been a mentor for The Founder Institute, the world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs, Springboard Enterprises, a leading platform where entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts meet to build great women-led businesses and The Daily News Innovation Lab.
Rob has made over 125 direct and indirect (via funds) investments in startup companies. His current portfolio of direct investments includes: Bergen Medical Products, Blue Spruce Productions, CabinetM, CourseHorse, Cybersettle, Crimson Hexagon, EcoTouch, Gracious Eloise, Hatsize, Kalot SuperFood, LoveSac, NailSnaps, Proseeder Technologies, Soft Tissue Regeneration, Sweetriot, TowerCare Technologies, Vystar, 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 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 Bronze Medal winner in tennis for the USA Maccabi Team.