Bobby Lent is an American businessman and investor. A cofounder of Ariba and currently serving as Managing Director at Hillsven, a $40M seed venture fund focused on internet, cloud, ecommerce and mobile technologies; additionally he serves as Chairman for Traiana and Board Member at Expensify.
Bobby Lent is an investor with two portfolio exits to his credit, currently located in Redwood City, CA.
Early Life and Education
Bobby Lent was raised as a city kid in New York where he learned basketball early on – later becoming his chosen profession – as well as many life lessons and developing a strong sense of social justice through public and Catholic school playgrounds and schoolyards in NYC.
In 1995 he co-founded Ariba and oversaw its marketing, business development and corporate development functions. Presently he serves as the Managing Partner at Hillsven, a seed venture firm which invests in start ups focusing on cloud, mobile and e-commerce technologies. In addition, he sits on the Boards of Expensify and Bleacher Report while being an investor at both companies. He holds both an undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley as well as a General Studies Degree from Skyline College.
Bobby Lent is renowned in the tech industry. As cofounder and Vice President of Corporate Development at Ariba, an enterprise spend management provider. Additionally, he serves as Managing Partner at Hillsven Seed Venture Firm as well as being on the boards for HoneyBook Touch of Modern Expensify as well as being an investor at Traiana.
The Levine-Lent Family Foundation is an organization committed to Jewish day school education in community settings as well as to pluralism in Israeli education. He serves as president of North Peninsula Jewish Campus Supporting Foundation as well as sitting on several boards such as Israel Venture Network.
Achievement and Honors
Robert Lent has conducted extensive interdisciplinary research in Counseling psychology and Applied psychology, as well as related areas like Career counseling and Career development. His focus of research includes career self-management and transitions, academic achievement and student diversity/inclusion.
Stuarts Draft High School graduate and track and field athlete. Prior to returning as a volunteer assistant coach in July 2009, he assisted in coaching several national qualifiers, All-Americans and district champions/runners-up.
Bobby Lent is an avid golfer and advocate for Jewish community issues. He serves on multiple boards of directors, such as Levine-Lent Family Foundation which supports community Jewish day school education as well as pluralism in Israeli education, and Traiana which offers enterprise software solutions based in San Mateo with R&D offices located in Tel Aviv.
At Expensify, he currently holds positions as Investor and Board Member and previously held these roles with Ariba where he oversaw marketing and business development activities. Furthermore, he held executive roles at HoneyBook, Hillsven, and Cyhawk Ventures Ltd – with several of these serving as Co-Founders themselves! In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and his dog. As a lifelong resident of the US he lives his daily life there.
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Lent amassed significant wealth through his Food Network appearances and subsequent starring roles on Portlandia and Nurse Jackie, and major films like Ant-Man and Jumanji.
As well as his work in tech, he possesses an expansive real estate portfolio and horse racing stable. Additionally, he runs an active philanthropic fund and contributes start-up funding via Hillsven seed venture firm. His personal net worth is estimated at $10 million. In his personal life he is in a longstanding relationship with actress Rose Byrne; together they share two children: Rocco Robin and Rafa.