Before founding Stage with Alex Rubalcava, Rob created the Entertainment and Technology Division for BNY Mellon and was the North America Director for Lloyds International one of the world’s leading financial institutions, focusing on major corporate entertainment-related investments. He has also spent a number of years working and advising a range of international music and film talent on embracing with new forms of technology.
Rob is also on the board of the British Academy of Film Television Arts (BAFTA) LA Games, British American Business Council, South Central Scholars and the Chairman of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Dorsey High School.
Rob graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2003, with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management.
In his downtime, Rob is an amateur paleontologist, snowboarder and gaming addict (come and find me on PSN)
Prior to founding Stage Venture Partners, Alex managed a small hedge fund, later turned family office, for high net worth investors, employing a long-biased value strategy. Prior to launching his own fund, Alex was an analyst at Anthem Venture Partners, a venture capital fund in Santa Monica, CA. At Anthem, Alex worked on early stage investments including Myspace, TrueCar, and Android.
Alex has been an active angel investor throughout his career, starting with co-investments in Anthem companies like RF Magic (merged with Entropic, later IPOd) and Planet ATE (acquired by Intersil). After Anthem, Alex was the first investor in Rentjuice (acquired by Zillow), MadeSolid (later a YC company), and Amino (still active, Series A Accel, Series B Charles River).
Before founding Stage, Alex was an active board member at Los Angeles nonprofits. He was appointed by Mayor James Hahn to the Los Angeles Animal Services Commission. Later he served on the board of KIPP LA Schools for three years, and on the board of South Central Scholars for ten years. Alex has published op-eds in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and has been quoted in dozens of publications on various investment topics. Alex is a 2002 graduate of Harvard University.