Bob is the Managing Partner of Founders Capital Partners, a venture capital angel group focusing on early-stage technology-based businesses in the central coast region of California.
Prior to establishing Founders, Bob was CEO of Angenics, Inc., a biotechnology-based diagnostics company he co-founded in 1981. Before founding Angenics, Bob was the Managing Partner of the Sprout Capital Group, the venture capital arm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. He was involved in research, private equity and venture capital investing with DLJ from 1969 to 1981, and with Kidder Peabody from 1966 to 1969.
Bob is currently a member of the board of Seek Thermal Inc, LifeScale LLC and Digifit, Inc. He recently retired from the board of West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE) after 25 years. He was a director of Indigo Systems Corporation until its acquisition by FLIR Systems, and a director of Genetic MicroSystems before its acquisition by Affymetrix. Bob has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies in connection with his venture activities. He is also a former Director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and a former Governor of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC).
Bob earned a BS in physics from MIT in 1963 and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 1965. He is a director of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, the Center for the Performing Arts of Santa Barbara (The Granada) and a Life Member of the MIT Corporation.