Rob Hayes

Rob Hays is a partner at First Round Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in idea inception and builds technology and services to connect their entrepreneurs with resources and each other to maximize their impact. Rob has led investments in companies such as (acquired by Intuit), HomeRun (acquired by Rearden Commerce), Uber, TaskRabbit, Square, 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 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.