Rob Adams is the Founder and Owner at XTT Consulting and Startup Arts since November 2013. Rob manages Startup Arts to inform and educate current and budding entrepreneurs so they can reach their full potential. Rob also owns XTT Consulting where he specializes in business and technology strategy development, transformation initiatives, investment and acquisition, entrepreneurship and talent development projects with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100’s. Rob is an accomplished, experienced business leader, angel investor and advisor to startups, enterprises, venture capital and private equity firms as well as an executive mentor. Rob has over 30 years of industry experience in leadership in corporate venture investing and M&A, corporate technology strategy, talent development, global team leadership, strategic partnering, computer science and software architecture, which gives him a unique and holistic perspective on business challenges. Rob currently sits on roughly 12 advisory boards, is a Mentor at the 9Mile Labs, the Alchemist and the University of Washington’s Jones Foster accelerators. Prior to founding XTT Consulting and Startup Arts, Rob spent eight years as Senior Director of Cisco Corporate Development Technology Group, leading a global team responsible for diligence on investments and acquisitions, competitive analysis, Cisco’s Tech Radar, managing Cisco’s roughly $2B venture investment portfolio, creating business and technology disruptions, building technology strategy with Cisco’s businesses, competitiveness and innovation transformation initiatives and development of Cisco’s top technical talent. In his 18 years at Cisco, Rob also lead Cisco’s $3.6B strategic alliance with IBM and developed Cisco’s partnering strategy with numerous partners and joint ventures. Rob’s previous experience includes Senior Software Architecture and computer science roles in security software, databases, networking, programming languages and operating systems at Digital Equipment Corporation, Progress Software and TGV and Cisco. Rob received his B.S. in Computer Science from Penn State and completed Executive MBA courses at Harvard Business School.
Current founder of IXI; CEO of CDO Club/CDO Summit. Experienced, entrepreneurial, global CEO & Board Director at both startups and incumbents. Masters degree from Columbia University. Track record of successful exits & acquisitions: In 1989 I was the 7th person hired at Ovid, which provided natural language interfaces to medical databases such as MEDLINE. Ovid went public and in 1998 was acquired by Wolters Kluwer for $200 million. From 1994-1998 I was VP of Global Syndication at Reuters, where I pioneered online content syndication years before RSS was invented. At my second startup, in 1998, I was co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Kinecta Corporation, where I raised USD $30m in under two years over three rounds with blue chip investors such as Adobe, Canaan Partners, Fidelity, and Reuters. Kinecta was acquired by Stellent in 2002, which was acquired by Oracle in 2004 for $440 million. In 2011 I founded the CDO Club, the world's largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders. It has over 5,000 global registered members, including Chief Digital Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers, CEOs. CMOs, CIOs, CHROs, and CTOs. In 2013, I created the first event specifically to serve those communities, the CDO Summit. We have since held CDO Summits in NYC (for 6 years), London (4th year), Sydney, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, (3rd years), Istanbul, Amsterdam, DC, and Toronto. I was a seed investor in Revere Data, which was acquired by Factset Research for $15 million in 2000.