Rob Chaplinsky

Rob Chaplinsky Managing Director

I get the most satisfaction when I can help entrepreneurs see around corners.

Rob Chaplinsky has been investing in technology startups for over 20 years and is an entrepreneur and operating executive having co-founded silicon valley based venture capital firm Bridgescale Partners and software user interface company Dryft. Over his two decade venture capital career, Rob has managed multiple venture capital funds totaling over $1B in assets spanning all segments of the technology industry. Rob’s investments include elearning SaaS company Axonify where Rob is currently Chairman, semiconductor company Accelerant Networks (acquired by Synopsys NASDAQ: SNPS ), metrology company Brion Technologies (acquired by ASML NASDAQ: ASML), Stanford incubated cooling hardware company Cooligy (acquired by Emerson Electric NYSE: EMR), semiconductor company Cortina Systems (acquired by Inphi NYSE: IPHI), human resource capital management SaaS company Dayforce (acquired by Ceridian), mobile UI technology company Dryft (acquired by Apple, NASDAQ: APPL), semiconductor metrology company Form Factor (NASDAQ FORM), Internet of Things company Jasper (acquired by Cisco NASDAQ: CSCO), intellectual property company Pivotal Technologies (acquired by Broadcom NASDAQ:BRCM), security software company Proofpoint (NASDAQ PFPT), semiconductor company Quake Technologies (acquired by AMCC, NASDAQ: AMCC), work force management SaaS company Rypple (acquired by Salesforce.com NYSE: CRM), online photo sharing company Shutterfly (NYSE: SFLY), marketing research SaaS company Vision Critical (sold to private equity firm) and compensation management SaaS company Xactly (NYSE: XTLY).

Rob’s investment track record includes over 20 private technology companies of which 7 were head quartered in Canada, 4 companies went public, 14 were acquired, and have generated an average return multiple of 3.5x per deal.

While co-managing Bridgescale, Rob co-founded and was the CEO of user interface software company Dryft. Dryft was the runner-up winner at San Francisco’s TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 . As CEO of Dryft, Rob was responsible for all operations including recruiting, fund raising, sales and marketing activities to the major mobile hardware vendors, corporate administration, legal and finance. Dryft was acquired by Apple in late 2014.

Rob is currently on the advisory board of the Engineering School for The University of Waterloo and on the advisory board for IBM’s Spark technology council.

Prior to forming Bridgescale, Rob was a general partner at Mohr David Ventures and prior to that worked in various marketing positions at Intel Corporation. Rob has a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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