- His decision to start a company that wasn't SaaS first, and how Rob and his team are disrupting eCommerce.
- The evolution of AI and automation in the workplace, and what's missing for the space to really take off.
- Industries that are ripe for disruption through practical applications of automation, and the three criteria that make them candidates to target.
Rob is a Venture Partner at PJC and the Founder and CTO of Dianthus, a PJC portfolio company. Rob has expertise in the areas of AI, hardware, B2B, and SaaS.
Prior to joining PJC, Rob was the co-founder and CEO at Talla, an AI and automation platform, transforming the way businesses deliver customer support. He was also the co-founder and CEO of Backupify, the world’s first cloud to cloud backup provider which was acquired for over $100m. As an angel investor, he made over 70 early-stage AI investments.
Rob writes the world’s most popular newsletter on Artificial Intelligence – InsideAI. He has completed four marathons and is a hobby roboticist. Rob was named to Boston 40 under 40 in 2013.
Check out Rob’s podcast, “Investing in AI” to learn more about the impact AI is having on business models, markets, products, and consumer behavior. If you invest at any level and are looking to understand how AI will impact your world, please subscribe.
"I have a prediction with 100% in 10 years you're going to have a billion dollar ARR company emerge out of this category"
The Zero to One phase is the hardest stage because you're having to convince people to use a new product from a new company. And on top of that LaunchDarkly at the time was also a process change, and people weren't really used to continuous delivery.