Robert May

Managing Director, COO, & CCO

Key Facts

  • 2001 US National Skydiving Champion,
  • 2,600 skydives (with 2 malfunctions!),
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Commercial Pilot ASMELG,
  • Playing guitar since age six,
  • Current passions: my three kids, golf, and craft beer (with very little time for the last two)


Robert is a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Industry Ventures.

Robert has over 25 years of experience in Finance, Operations and Management with 17 of those years specifically in Venture Capital. Previously, Robert was the COO and CFO for Founders Fund in San Francisco, CA. Prior to Founders Fund, Robert spent four years as the CFO of Thomas Weisel Venture Partners. Robert started his career in Venture Capital as the Controller for Mohr, Davidow Ventures. Robert was also a Senior Financial Analyst at Hewlett-Packard and Production Control Analyst at Drexler Technologies.

Robert had earlier fleeting careers as both a commercial pilot and studio guitarist. Robert graduated Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a BS in Business Administration, emphasis in Finance. He is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Financial Executives Alliance (FEA). The FEA is a national affinity group comprised of only the senior financial decision maker of firms in the Venture Capital, Private Equity and Hedge Fund verticals.