Robert has 17 years experience working with and founding software development and Internet companies. Prior to co-founding Ariva Partners, he was a General Partner at Alta Partners. and a Venture Partner with Sierra Ventures, investing in data storage and enterprise software companies. In 1999, he founded and was President of DotBank.com, which was acquired by Yahoo! in February 2000. Before joining Sierra, Robert was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Navitel Communications. Prior to Navitel, Robert was the founder and President of Virgil Corporation, which developed and marketed software for retrieving financial information from the Internet and online services. From 1989 to 1992, Robert was a Director for Lotus Development Corporation at their Lotus West offices. Prior to that, he was the President and Founder of PS Publishing. Robert started his career in 1983 as General Manager and co-founder of T/Maker Graphics.
Robert holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.