Rob Theis

Rob Theis

San Francisco, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since August 31, 2011
I enjoy backing entrepreneurs who possess sharp business instincts, with a prepared mind to compete, the energy to go the distance and the passion to win. Quote_down
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Investor interests
Investments partners Rory O'Driscoll, Kate Mitchell, Sharon Wienbar, Stacy Bishop
Credentials Accredited Investor, Qualified Purchaser

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What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Most rewarding: The opportunity to make a difference and create a huge company that blazes new trails

Most frustrating: Something always goes bump in the night.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Realizing ones mistakes and course correcting.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. I don't believe in the no-win scenario
2. Must have passion, drive and no substitute for hard work
3. Always anticipate ahead

Full bio

Rob Theis invests in SaaS, Technology, Internet, Mobile and Media companies at Scale Venture Partners. He currently serves on the boards of BrightRoll, HubSpot, RingCentral, Scale Computing and Tapulous (Disney). Rob’s other prior investments include: JasperSoft, NeoPath Networks (Cisco), PGP Corporation (Symantec), Roamware, VanceInfo (NYSE: VIT), Vindicia and Wikinvest. 

Previously, Rob was executive vice president for New Era of Networks (NEON) and grew it to $200 million in revenues.  Rob spent 10 years in executive roles at Sun Microsystems, product management at Silicon Graphics and selling timesharing services for McDonnell Douglas Corporation (Boeing). 

In Rob's spare time, he is a Sheriff Cliff / Mountain Rescue Specialist and Rescue Diver.