Rob Hayes has been a partner at First Round Capital since 2006. There he has led investments in companies such as Uber, Mint.com (acquired by Intuit), Planet Labs, Eero, TaskRabbit, and Square. Rob came to First Round Capital from Omidyar Network where he was their first venture investor; Hayes led most of Omidyar Network’s initial venture capital deals and later built and ran the technology investing group.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network in 2004, 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 the initial device-independent releases of 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.