Tony Grover is managing director of RPM Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Founded in May of 2000, RPM has built a reputation as an early stage venture capital firm with a unique investing strategy and core platform that enables it to provide exceptional deal flow and high value add. The firm has also developed a strong reputation as a trusted investing partner to several West Coast firms. He brings to RPM over 15 years of private equity, operating, and technical knowledge and experience spanning a wide array of industries and corporate settings.
At RPM, Grover is involved on the boards of Performix, a leading provider of manufacturing execution systems software that enables flexible, real-time plant operations for batch process manufacturing customers; Arbor Photonics, a designer and marketer of novel high power fiber laser components and systems for materials processing applications; Eden Park, developer and solution provider of next generation environmentally friendly lighting solutions; and JanRain, a provider of online identity management platforms delivered as an on-demand subscription service.
Grover was previously involved on the boards of FLX Micro, a developer of advanced MEMS sensors for harsh environment applications based upon its proprietary technology platform in silicon carbide microfabrication; ShareThis, an online advertising network powered by its one-click simple content sharing platform utilizing proprietary genetic algorithms; VizionWare, designer and manufacturer of digital interconnect cables, based on proprietary EMI reduction technology, for consumer and commercial digital based audio/video entertainment systems; and Mobius Microsystems, a leader in CMOS based system-on-chip technology with a focus on converging disparate semiconductor components onto a single chip utilizing digital, analog and radio frequency design expertise.
Before co-founding RPM, Grover was vice president at White Pines Ventures, a $100 million venture capital firm. In this capacity, Grover was responsible for investments in telecommunications, software, Internet and supply chain sectors.
Prior to joining White Pines Ventures, Grover was co-founder of Promotum, an Internet-based promotions, marketing, and services company that obtained seed capital from Pandesic, a joint venture between Intel Corporation and SAP. He was responsible for developing corporate strategy, day-to-day operations and managing technical development.
Grover serves on the advisory board of the University of Michigan Frankel Commercialization Fund, a pre-seed investment fund established to identify and accelerate the commercialization of ideas generated within the University of Michigan community, and co-manages the RPM-10 entrepreneurial internship, a program that seeds University of Michigan student run businesses through grants from the University of Michigan College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship.
Grover received finance, engineering and manufacturing experience serving as a business and cost analyst with Intel Corporation and as a manufacturing engineer for Cummins Engine Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI with his wife and two sons.