Robert Okabe

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Robert Okabe made his first startup investment in 1995 and has invested in fourteen startup companies. While many of these businesses have been located close to his Chicago home, he has also invested in San Diego, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and New York. He helped lead the first large angel network in Chicago, was a co-manager of an angel investor fund, and has helped form two other investor networks. Bob supports startup investing globally and has spoken on the topic across the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Professionally Mr. Okabe has been a Managing Director of RPX Group LLC since 2002 where he leads the firm’s efforts to commercialize innovative technologies. RPX Group’s clients include Universities, National Laboratories, three S&P 500 companies and a Fortune 100 Global firm. He was an investment banker for twelve years as a Managing Director at Robertson Stephens, a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers and a Vice President at Kidder, Peabody & Co. Mr. Okabe began his business career spending nearly six years in financial management at General Electric. After leaving GE, he was a senior bond analyst for Moody’s Investors Service for two years. Bob has been on the adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois and has lectured at the University of Chicago Booth School and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He was awarded his BSc in Finance and Organizational Behavior from Boston University’s School of Management.