Rob is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Epik and Managing Director of Monster Venture Partners LLC.
Rob was the Founder of GMI (Global Market Insite, Inc.), a leading provider of technology-enabled services to the global market research industry. Mr. Monster served as Chairman and CEO from 1999-2007, during which time GMI achieved annual revenue growth of 100+% per year and served customers in more than 60 countries. GMI is backed by Technology Crossover Ventures, FT Ventures, and Voyager Capital.
Prior to founding GMI, Mr. Monster was a global product development manager with Procter & Gamble. During an eight-year technology management career with P&G, Mr. Monster worked and lived in Europe, Asia, and North America. He also traveled extensively in Latin America as part of his global role in leading the development and commercialization of a series of successful new product initiatives.
Mr. Monster, a Dutch-American, is fluent in English, Dutch, and German. Mr. Monster has both a BS and an MBA from Cornell University where he studied Life Sciences and Economics. Mr. Monster is a member of ESOMAR – World Association of Research Professionals. Mr. Monster is a co-author of the book‚ Market Research in the Internet Age‚ published by John Wiley & Sons.
Mr. Monster is the winner of the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Technology and Software (Pacific Northwest) and is a Director and advisor to a number of companies, notably in the area of consumer internet.