“If I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” - Isaac Newton.
Rob is a technologist, engineer, serial entrepreneur, investor, advisor, and father of two small kids who remind him daily that his past is mostly irrelevant to their future. He is equally excited and terrified by this future and is passionate about creating tools, content and networks that can shape an equitable and inclusive future of abundance for all.
At Hammerfx, Rob is leveraging the latest natural language processing (NLP) tools and access to critical frameworks and content to develop an A.I. Advisor and partner for CEOs and business leaders. He is also developing new capabilities and roadmaps to help businesses and leaders preemptively adapt to future technological disruptions.
As Associate Founder and CEO of Singularity University (SU) over more than 8 years, Rob developed a unique mindset and vision for the future working with some the greatest thought leaders and changemakers of our time. Under his leadership, SU became a global leader for understanding exponential technologies and transformation and worked directly with many startups, Fortune500 companies, NGOs, and governments. Rob continues as an ambassador and faculty member for SU and is passionate and speaks at length about technological disruption, global entrepreneurship, social impact investing, the future of education, transformation of work, innovative diversity, robots, AI advisors, and the ethics of technology.
Previously, Rob was a public director at Harman (HAR) to assist with their tech transformation, ultimately resulting in the ~$8 Billion acquisition by Samsung - their largest acquisition in history.
He also co-founded Velocity11 in 1999, building automation and robotics for cancer research and drug discovery. After being acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2007, he traded the CEO role for a General Manager role attempting to be a catalyst for change at a big company. He gave up in 2009 to go surfing, before finding his biggest challenge yet with Singularity University.
Rob is a member of the MG100 (Marshall Goldsmith’s leadership cohort), is currently on the board of Light&Motion, is an active angel investor, advisor and mentor, holds degrees in Mechanical, Materials Science and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from UC Davis and Stanford University, and is a struggling author, maker, and surfer, but above all, a proud husband and father.