Rob Hayes is a Partner at First Round Capital, which he joined in 2006. Rob runs the San Francisco office and focuses on investments in the consumer web and technology platform spaces, among others. Rob has led investments in companies such as Mint.com (acquired by Intuit), HomeRun (acquired by Rearden Commerce), Uber, TaskRabbit, AppFog, Get Satisfaction, and DNAnexus.
Prior to joining First Round Capital, Rob was at Omidyar Network, where he was their first venture investor. He led most of their initial venture capital deals and later built and ran the technology investing group. Before that, 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 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. from the University of California, Berkeley.