Rob is the President and Founder of Internet Bandwidth Development, a consultancy focusing on providing technology consulting specializing in backbone networks, access networks, wireless networks, and innovative Internet/Web applications and services. IBD has provided services to technology start-ups as well as to top names in Internet hardware and software, and venture capital firms, including Zipdx, TelTell, Panorama Capital, SkyPilot Networks, VISA, Cisco, Ascend, iPass, and Oki Networks.
From late 2007 til early 2013, Rob was a co-founder and the CTO/Cloudmaster of Runa Inc., a Software as a Service for online merchants by leveraging Machine Learning & Big Data. Runa increases conversion of shoppers while on the merchant’s site using real-time, individualized promotions.
At Runa, Rob led an agile DevOps effort that is pushing the state-of-the-art in personalization, machine learning, service scaling, statistical / semantic processing and ajax technologies. Our system architecture is built with HBase/Hadoop Ecosystem, Clojure, RabbitMQ, Redis, Opscode Chef all in the public cloud.
Rob has been a principal or founder in several start-up network services and equipment companies including InternNex, MetroFi and UltraDevices. As an Internet pioneer in the early 90’s, Rob founded InterNex Services which was the first ISP to offer commercial ISDN Internet services, Frame Relay and higher speed business broadband services as well as one of the first o offer shared, dedicated and International Hosting Services. InterNex was later acquired by Concentric/XO.
Rob is a respected expert in IP networks and open source software and has been on the Advisory Boards of companies including Covad, Alteon Websystems (acquired by Nortel), AboveNet, WeFi, Boorah, GridNetworks, Cloudscale, Support Intelligence and Cosine Communications. He has been a frequent speaker on Next Generation Networks at conferences including CTIA and APRICOT (Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies).
In 2002 – 2003 Rob was a visiting research fellow at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) in Tokyo with a focus on Open Spectrum technology (Ultra-wideband spread spectrum, Cognitive / Software Defined Radios, Wireless Mesh Networks, expanded unlicensed 802.11 wireless) and how it impacts spectrum policy.