PJC, a Boston-based venture firm, has named Rob May as a general partner. In his new role, May will be responsible for leading the firm’s investments within the areas of AI, hardware, B2B and SaaS. May is the cofounder and former CEO of Talla.
BOSTON (PRWEB) DECEMBER 02, 2019
PJC, a leading Boston-based venture capital firm that specializes in early stage investments today announced that Rob May, Cofounder & former CEO of Talla, has joined the firm as a General Partner.
As General Partner at PJC, Rob will be responsible for leading the firm’s investments within the areas of AI, hardware, B2B, and SaaS. Rob is best known as a serial entrepreneur and Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) industry thought leader, with angel investments in over 70 early-stage AI focused technology companies.
“Rob’s leadership in the AI space and experience building a successful business make him an invaluable asset to the PJC team and community,” said David Martirano, Managing Partner at PJC. “As smart technology and AI continue to disrupt old ways of doing business and transform the way people live their lives, we are thrilled to have Rob to help lead us, and the next generation of entrepreneurs, through this evolving landscape.”
Prior to joining PJC, Rob founded Backupify, the world’s first cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery solution for SaaS applications. After raising venture capital from General Catalyst, FirstRound and Symantec, Rob grew Backupify to over 9,000 customers and 90 employees, positioning it for a successful acquisition by Datto just 6 years after founding the company.
Thereafter, Rob launched the InsideAI newsletter which tracks the evolution and opportunities within AI and now enjoys a readership of over 30,000 subscribers. In 2015, Rob founded his second technology company Talla, which provides AI-powered customer support solutions.
As PJC continues to expand its AI investments, Rob’s operating experience, complemented by his strong reputation as an industry thought leader in AI and as an investor, will attract founders and provide a proprietary deal flow of high quality early-stage investment opportunities. “Rob has been a great Board Member for Admithub and a great CEO mentor to me personally. His enthusiasm for building companies and his strong mentorship skills for CEOs make him a desirable investor for any company.” – Drew Magliozzi, CEO, Admithub
“I loved working with Rob when he was an investor in Scotty Labs. Through good times and bad he always brought a balanced and helpful perspective and was one of my first calls on key issues facing the company.” – Tobenna Arodiogbu, Cofounder, Scotty Labs (Acquired by DoorDash).
Rob holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. Rob was also voted one of Boston’s 40 Under 40 in 2013 by Boston Business Journal.
In the last quarter, PJC also welcomed Moira Finicane, Becca Norton and Daniel Ling as new team members.
Moira Finicane joins the team to help with marketing after spending the last three years leading global restaurant and courier marketing efforts at Uber Eats. Moira holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from MIT Sloan. She is also head of Marketing at Zera, Inc., one of PJC’s portfolio companies.
Becca Norton will be focused on PJC’s marketing and community engagement efforts. Most recently she was at Talla, one of PJC’s portfolio companies, where she supported the Cofounder & CEO. Becca started her career in communications and operations at the VC firm General Catalyst, and then spent three years at Backupify, including two years as a Customer Success Manager after the company was acquired by Datto.
Lastly, Daniel Ling joins as the investment team’s new Lead Analyst. Daniel joined PJC from Morgan Stanley where he helped evaluate the firm’s acquisitions of technology and software companies, and worked on principal investing, corporate strategy, and quantitative research. He is a graduate of Princeton University and was recognized as a U.S. Presidential Scholar.
PJC is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in, supporting, and building relationships with entrepreneurs who are creating the future. The firm has invested in over 90 companies which have generated a total of 16.5 billion in equity value. Notable portfolio companies include, Expensify, Nest, GetWell Network, Health-e Commerce, Nexamp and Yandex. PJC was founded in 2001 and is based in Boston, MA. Learn more about PJC at http://www.pjc.vc.