Rob Freelen


Rob Freelen is head of venture capital relationship management for Silicon Valley Bank. The VCRM team serves as the primary point of contact for the SVB’s most active VC investors in the US. The specialized team coordinates across SVB and SVB Capital to deliver the full platform of commercial banking: venture debt, corporate cash management, foreign exchange, investment banking, private banking and wealth planning.

Rob has served SVB in a variety of roles since 2005. Rob opened the Southern California office in Santa Monica and was responsible its operations, growing the business each year of his tenure there. He was also SVB's first chief of staff and the head of business development for the Life Science and Healthcare Practice in the western states. Rob first worked with SVB Private Bank and Wealth Advisory, providing financial solutions to VC and entrepreneurial clients. During his years with SVB, he’s worked with hundreds of clients and has led debt transactions for more than 100 public and private companies. Earlier in his career, Rob worked with a Northern California startup and a San Francisco Bay Area asset management firm.

Rob earned a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He spends his free time cycling and playing outdoors with his three young daughters on California trails and beaches.
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Head of Venture Capital Relationship Management

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