Investor Connect – Rob Schultz of Serra Ventures

Investor Connect – Rob Schultz of Serra Ventures

June 4, 2018 by investor

Rob Schultz of Serra Ventures

In this episode, Hall interviews Rob Schultz, Managing Partner with Serra Ventures and Serra Capital. Rob is a seasoned business executive with over 25 years of experience as a consultant, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Previously, Rob was a Managing Director at Illinois Ventures, and is a founding member of the Illinois Emerging Technology Funds. At Illinois Ventures, Rob helped start and fund companies that commercialized technology invented at the University of Illinois, and he was the founding investor of ShareThis, the largest sharing network in the world. As an entrepreneur, Rob was the founder and CEO of DigitalWork, Inc., a SaaS based marketing automation company, and founder of Nequity, as a subsidiary of Signet Bank that was acquired in 1997.

Rob got into venture capital after his experiences and success as an entrepreneur. Rob discusses his experiences as a consultant and founder of a venture incubator with the University of Illinois, and how he came to Serra Ventures. Serra Ventures focuses on early stage, post-seed companies in a broad range of sectors, including medical and agricultural technology.

Rob talks about trends in the AgTech space, and the state of investing and startups in the Midwest region. Hall and Rob also discuss how a lower cost of living in the region is a positive influence. In addition, Rob explains how basic research on the part of entrepreneurs can go a long way to securing the funding they need, and how Serra Ventures helps and coaches their entrepreneurs through the startup process.

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