When Rob went to get his medical marijuana card in California years ago, he visited a doctor on the beach. The experience, Rob said, was not professional — and he began thinking about people like his mother and grandma back in the midwest who would not feel comfortable seeing a doctor on the beach for a medical marijuana prescription. This inspired Rob to think about how he could make a better experience for patients.
Rob grew up in Chicago, then moved to San Francisco in 2006. He had worked as an equity research analyst on Wall Street before moving on to the tech industry as an analyst at Google. Through work, he met Kyle Powers, a software engineer who grew up in South Dakota and moved to San Francisco in 2011. With both of their backgrounds in the technology industry, it only made sense for Rob and Kyle to create a telemedicine service — and PrestoDoctor was established in San Francisco in 2014.