Rob is currently a Venture Partner at Akkadian Ventures. He has over a decade of experience scaling a wide variety of companies as both co-founder and early stage executive. He was most recently CEO of DataSift, a leading Big Data platform that serves more than 1,000 corporate customers in 40+ countries. The company has grown explosively since launch and was named to JMP Securities' Hot 100 Best Privately Held Software Companies. The company is venture-backed and has raised more than $70M in capital. Rob has a BA from Brown University and MBA from MIT Sloan.
Rob's areas of experience include Big Data, SaaS, Mobile, PaaS, Social Media, B2B and B2D (Business to Developers).
Rob has also worked as an advisor to several funds focused on early stage start-ups (Cendana Capital, SoftTechVC) as well as early stage companies (Nuzzel, Urban Airship, SocialEdge, Liquor.com, AdMarvel & others). Rob has extensive experience working with technical founders and helping them scale companies.
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|Jul 2, 2014||Venture Beat - DataSift works with the United Nations to analyze social data for humanitarian missions|
|Jun 5, 2014||Hunter Walk - “I Run My Business Out Of My Cell Phone:” How Mobile Is Powering a Fitness SMB|
|Dec 20, 2013||TechWeek Europe - DataSift Offers Access To Sina Weibo Data|
|Dec 5, 2013||Mashable - 5 Budding Social Data Startups to Watch|
|Dec 4, 2013||ZD Net - DataSift raises $42m in funding, aims at enterprise data|
|Dec 3, 2013||FinSMEs - DataSift Secures $42M in Series C Financing|
|Dec 3, 2013||EU Startups - Social data platform DataSift raises $42 million|
|Dec 3, 2013||Venture Beat - DataSift grabs $42M to grow its social data platform|