Palo Alto, California
Bob is a technology entrepreneur with deep operational, board and investing experience. Since co-founding eLab Ventures in 2013, his primary focus has been on startups developing and using artificial intelligence to create market disruption. He currently serves on, or has served on, the boards of eLab portfolio companies Cobalt, Aperia, MobileForce, ObservIQ, XOSphere, MemryX, pulsESG, Refraction AI and Verge Aero.
Bob was on the founding management team of TIBCO Software, where he helped lead its growth from startup to one of the leading enterprise infrastructure software companies in the world. Prior to TIBCO, he served as the Director of Intellectual Property for Reuters, where he helped the company navigate its transition to the Internet from being the largest private network financial information provider in the world. Bob began his career as an attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York City, where he represented technology, media and entertainment companies in a broad range of matters. Prior to co-founding eLab, Bob was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of international law firm Reed Smith, where he served as the chair of its Venture Capital and Emerging Company practice.
Bob has been involved with the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship since its inception in 2007 and currently serves on its Board of Advisors. He is also the past board chair of the University of Michigan Alumni Association. Bob is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and University of Michigan Graduate School of Engineering (MS in Computer, Information and Control Engineering). He has an undergraduate degree in computational mathematics and computer science from Northern Michigan University.