Bob joined Startup Capital Ventures at the time of its formation in 2005. Bob Rees is an experienced venture capitalist with a 30-year track record of forming, incubating, funding, growing, and exiting successful young companies. His background also includes operating executive experience in sales, marketing, and strategic planning positions with two Fortune 500 companies (Mobil and Tenneco).
As a Special Limited Partner in Woodside Fund III from 1993-1999, Bob built a successful investment record including exits from Innova Corporation (IPO), Hotrail (Acquisition), and AccelGraphics (IPO). Bob and three of his Woodside Fund partners left that firm in 1999 to form Access Venture Partners, an affiliate of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. As a Managing Director of Access Venture Partners until 2004, Bob sourced technology deals in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma, and syndicated these deals with top-tier venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. At Access, Bob led the firm's syndication of Dallas-based CashWorks, Inc. which was later sold to General Electric Card Services.
Prior to his venture roles at Woodside Fund and Access Venture Partners, Bob led the successful diversification of Rees/Source Ventures, Inc., a family-owned oil and gas business, through creation of a venture capital investment program. In 1987, he launched the Oklahoma City Innovation Center as Oklahoma's first privately run business incubator. He also played an active role in helping the State develop its own entrepreneurial and venture capital initiatives, which culminated in the founding of the Oklahoma Capital Investment Board (OCIB) and the Oklahoma Technology Commercialization Center (OTCC).
Bob holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business and a BA in Business from Principia College.