Person Overview

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Primary:
Partner at First Round
Past:
Director at Omidyar Network, Director, Palm Ventures at Palm, See All (5)
Education:
University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University in the City of New York

Detailed Description

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Rob Hayes is partner at First Round Capital in 2006. Rob came to First Round Capital from Omidyar Network where he was their first venture investor. He led most of Omidyar Network's initial venture capital deals and later built and ran the technology investing group.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network in 2004, Rob was at Palm, where he started up their corporate venture fund. While in that role he also managed the strategy effort around Palm OS that led to the spinout of PalmSource. Rob started at Palm as product manager for the initial device-independent releases of Palm OS. During this time, Rob was responsible for the versions of Palm OS on dozens of devices including the initial Treo products.

Rob previously spearheaded complex, system-level product development efforts at companies such as Geoworks and Go Corp where he focused on building products for the Japanese market. He began his career with the Japan External Trade Organization, studying international trade issues and building relationships between US and Japanese businesses, at a time when trade friction between the two countries was at its peak.

Rob has an MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Experience (8)

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    Gnip

    Member Of The Board Of Directors
    Nov 14, 2010
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    First Round

    Partner
    Jul, 2006
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    Omidyar Network

    Director
    2004 - Jan, 2006
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    Palm

    Senior Director, Business Development
    Jan, 2001 - Nov, 2003
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    Palm

    Director, Palm Ventures
    1999 - Jan, 2001
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    Geoworks

    Product Manager
    1995 - Jan, 1998
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    SimpleGeo

    Member Of The Board Of Directors
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    Uber

    Team Member

Advisory Roles (2)

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Investments (1)