Robert Gehorsam brings to Playbl decades of experience leading organizations innovating in games, digital media, and educational technology. He has cofounded and led startups, been a senior executive in global media companies, and been a venture partner for a global venture capital firm. He currently advises a range of early-stage companies in artificial intelligence, intellectual capital, digital health, bio-fabrication, education, and the creative arts.
His clients have included Healthy Minds Innovations (the well-being spin-out from Dr. Richie Davidson’s famed Center for Healthy Minds), Girls Inc., Arizona State University, the Chan-Zuckerberg Foundation, and Logitech.
He is currently a contributing author to the upcoming Carbon Almanac (Penguin|Random House, June 2022).
Previously, Robert served as Executive Director of Institute of Play, a pioneering non-profit in the application of game design to educational systems. As founder and President at Forterra Systems he oversaw the creation and growth of a pioneering virtual world “serious games” platform used by a wide range of learning organizations and guided the company to a sale to SAIC in 2010.
Robert received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Grinnell College and serves as incoming President of the college’s Alumni Council and observer on the Board of Trustees.