Rob is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of COSIMO Ventures. COSIMO operationally assists and invests in early-stage startups, with a focus on helping companies expand and grow into the US market. Starting his first company in 1993, Rob is an online pioneer, experienced entrepreneur & proven start-up CEO that has built over 7 companies and launched over 50-market leading products.
His first company, was the Internet’s first commercial financial service which was sold to Intuit in 1995. His second company pioneered the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence. The Company was sold to Lycos, where he became VP & GM Lycos.com, the number 2 Internet portal at that time. His most recent exit, Affinnova, which also utilizes ML, became the market leader within its space and was sold to Nielsen.
Rob is an extremely creative, passionate entrepreneur and investor that has been building and inspiring teams of product rock-stars to bring game changing products to market for over 20 years. Rob holds a BS in Engineering from RIT and a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business and is a veteran Naval Flight Officer, who flew 18 combat missions over Iraq.